Man’s Best Friend Ode To The Dog

Irresistible Dog Photos

A look at man’s best friend and companion through the lens of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

Writers Block
Writers Block http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/writers-block-edward-fielding.html
The Line Up
The Line Up – call in the usual suspects – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/the-line-up-edward-fielding.html
Happy Birthday Puppy
Happy Birthday Puppy – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/happy-birthday-puppy-edward-fielding.html
Recently Sold Acrylic Print of "Portrait of a Westie"
Recently Sold Acrylic Print of “Portrait of a Westie” 24.625″ x 30.000″ print of Portrait Of A Westie Dog to a buyer from Austin, TX. Print Material: Acrylic Print Finishing: Aluminum Mounting Posts   http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/saleannouncement.html?id=4419282a0938b694a2532875a4554c3c

 

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap
Dirty Dog Laundry Soap http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/dirty-dog-laundry-soap-edward-fielding.html
Wash Day Framed
Wash Day – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog
Stop and smell the roses
Stop And Smell The Flowers. http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog
Portrait of a Westie framed print.
“Portrait of a Westie” framed in a simple black frame and mat.  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

The Circus is in town!

Clowning Around
One circus is closing, a new one is opening.

Just as a new circus opens in Washington, D.C. including an oranged haired boss clown, its sad to see the closing of an American Institution – the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.   For more than 100 years the circus provided an escape for people across the spectrum.  An exciting event of thrills and laughs.

PETA is claiming a victory of shutting down yet another treasure of our collective memories. But I don’t see putting the hundreds of entertainers – clowns, aerial artists, gymnastic, horseback riders, trainers, artist, musicians, wranglers, riggers, teamsters etc. out of work and disappointing the next generation by removing yet another source of live entertainment. It’s ok kids, you can watch old clips of the circus on your phones – it’s just like being there! Just imagine the smells, the taste of cracker jack, begging your parents for a flashy light and inflatable elephant. Better yet, have three phones going at the same time and flip your head back and forth as you try to take all of the action in at once among the three rings.

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“The circus is a place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.” – Ambrose Bierce

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“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.” – P. T. Barnum

 

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If PETA, the international terror group, had their way, all joy in life and culture would be squeezed out until a meager existance of playing checkers with  rocks by the light of a soybean candle is all that is left.

No lobster dinners, no fishing, no hunting, no shoes, no belts, no fishtank, no pets…good grief where does it end?

“The circus allows one to be logical and unreal at the same time. In the circus, all is possible: there can be a man with two heads or a character with a green face.” – Fernando Botero

More circus clowns – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/clown

Taking young kids to the circus was kind of like, well…a three ring circus.  I recall going to the Ringling Bros. circus in Boston with my elementary school child.  We arrived just as the opening number was starting and it was a full blown, over the big top, sensory overload explosion of sight, sounds and smells.  Then there was the carnival barker or major league sports aspect of the hawkers selling all kinds of food and flashy souvenir trinkets. Every where you looked something was competing for your attention and your wallet.

 
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A less over the top experience was found at the Big Apple circus which comes our way every once in a while.  Big Apple is a more traditional, one ring circus with traditional acts and Grandma clown.  At bit less over the top and easier on the pocket book.  Maybe this size circus will have a future post Ringling Bros.  A more compact, easier to move, circus with few seats to fill and less mouths to feed.

 

Top Seller: Portrait of A Westie

Portrait of a Westie – Fine Art America’s bestselling westie dog portrait

Portrait of a Westie – When “Portrait of a Westie” by Edward M. Fielding was selected as one of the featured artwork on the homepage of Fine Art America, a bestseller was born.  Link

Portrait of a Westie framed print.
The most recent sale of “Portrait of a Westie” framed in a simple black frame and mat. Image Size:
16.375″ x 20.000″
Total Size:
22.125″ x 25.75″

Selected by the staff of Fine Art America among the 100,000s of thousands of photograph and artwork within the portfolios of over 125,000 living artist, “Portrait of a Westie” was granted a rare award and a place of home on the home page of Fine Art America.

This is one of the most popular configurations of “Portrait Of A Westie Dog” that is purchase on the Fine Art America site:

  • Image Size: 11.500″ x 14.000″
  • Total Size: 17.25″ x 19.75″
  • Print Material: Luster Photo Paper
  • Frame: CRQ13 – Black Wood (CRQ13)
  • Top Mat: Arctic White
  • Finishing: 1/8″ Clear Acrylic – Foam Core Mounting

This configuration sells over and over.

It has been sold to:

  • West Chester, PA
  • Prescott, AZ
  • Haines City, FL
  • Neosho, MO
  • Houston, Tx
  • Derby, Ks
  • San Jose, CA
  •  Logan, QLD – Australia.

Other buyers have chosen metal prints such as this one going to El Paso, Texas and Fort Mitchell, KY

Portrait of a Westie Metal Print
Portrait of a Westie Metal Print

Portrait Of A Westie Dog

  • Image Size: 8.250″ x 10.000″
  • Total Size: 8.250″ x 10.000″
  • Print Material: Metal Print
  • Finishing: Hanging Wire

Of course there are thousands of other framing options like this one going to Trumbull, CT

Thousands of framing options available!
Thousands of framing options available!

The image “Portrait of a Westie” is also purchase as a throw pillow , phone cases, tote bags and greeting card going to places like:

  • Saint Petersburgh, FL
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Thoury Ferottes, SetMarne – France
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • West Allis, WI
  • Mission Hills, KS
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Miami, Fl
  • Christchurch, Canterbury – New Zealand
  • PLANO, TX
  • Keene, NH
  • Sykesville, MD
  • Boliver, Oh
  • Kaunas, Kauno – Lithuania
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Irvine, CA
  • Wingate, NC
  • Two, Tunis – Tunisia
Portrait of a Westie Throw Pillow
Portrait of a Westie Throw Pillow
Portrait of a Westie Phone Case
Portrait of a Westie Phone Case
Portait of a westie tote
Portait of a westie tote

Another popular westie image is “Wash Day

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See the entire collection of fine art dog photographs and artwork here.  

Keywording 101 for Art Sellers

Selling Online Requires Keywording

What if you had a great product to sell but it was invisible?  How would you describe it to potential buyers?  How about you get them to see how the wonderful qualities of the product?  How would you attract potential buyers to said invisible product?

Selling products like artwork and fine art photographs online is much like selling an invisible product, because people search the Internet by using text based search engines.  Sure there are image search features on search engines like Google but for the most part buyers search using text.

Even within an online gallery like Fine Art America, text searches are used to bring up a selection of artwork and fine art photographs from the massive database.

If a buyer can’t find your art, they can’t buy it.  It’s as simple as that.

Keywords are the key to buyers finding your work

One of the most basic ways for your artwork and fine art photography to be found is via keywords.  Keywords are descriptive words used to describe the image.

In essence  you are trying to guess what word or words a potential buyer would use to find your artwork.

Another word for it:  Index term, a term used as a keyword to retrieve documents in an information system such as a catalog or a search engine

Usually online art galleries or databases require anywhere from 10 to 50 keywords.  You should start off with the first words that come to mind when looking at an image.  What words would you used to classify the image on your computer to find it again in the future?

This quick, top of mind words are going to be the most valuable.  For example, this photograph of a dog taking a photograph in the studios.

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Right off the top of my head I’m going to think: dog, camera

Then I’m going to start getting more detailed and try to describe the image further with more detailed description words like:

studio, Westie, press camera, vintage

Then I’ll start to think about the mood of the image – funny, humor, photographer

And I’ll use descriptive words about the medium: photograph, black and white

I might add framed, print, fine art, poster and other more generic descriptors.

Basically you want to cover the who, what, where, when, why and how of the image.

Pho Dog Grapher Coffee Mug
Pho Dog Grapher Coffee Mug

If the product was a coffee mug I might include: ceramic, coffee, java, mug, tea, beverage, gift, household.

Keywording is an essential component of selling online so be sure to take the time and effort to do so!

 

Recently sold – Dirty Dog Laundry Soap

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap
Dirty Dog Laundry Soap

Edward Fielding sold a 7.125″ x 8.000″ print of Dirty Dog Laundry Soap to a buyer from Cincinnati, OH.

http://pixels.com/saleannouncement.html?id=851c3054e362e9ce230fe28e56e8943d

Unlike self cleaning cat owners, dog owners know that if you have a dog, you know they need a bath once in a while.  And if you have a dog who likes to dig or roll in smelly stuff, you know that they will need a bath often.  And then if you have a white dog like a Westie or West Highlands White Terrier, you know they need a bath even more often.

“Dirty Dog Laundry Soap” is a vintage looking image featuring photograph, artist and designer, Edward M. Fielding’s westie named “Tiki” who is often employed as a model for his photographs.

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Washing a Small Dog

My twenty pound ball of white fur actually enjoys his bath.  I fill up the kitchen sink with warm water and he sits right down in it.  I use the sprayer to direct the water around and avoid his ears.

After a shampoo and rinse, I wrap him in a towel and try to get most of the water off.  Then he gets a rub down.  Next he is let loose (outside preferable if it is warm enough and I put the towel down on the ground.  He shakes off and then proceeds to go crazy on the town rubbing his face and ears on it.

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And I all most forgot the most important thing about bathtime. The treat at the end. If you train your dog to work for a treat, they won’t have any problem with bath time.

Buy the book – “the Quotable Westie”

Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse for this series of dog photographs. Tiki takes on multiple personas including old Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One Thousand and One Nights and Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail. Accompanying quotes from writers, comedians and other notable humans round out the photographs…

https://www.amazon.com/Quotable-Westie-Photographs-Edward-Fielding/dp/1481084372/

Gift Books Available!

Three books are available from Dogford Studios Press. These little books make unique gifts!

The Inventor's Sketch Book
The Inventor’s Sketch Book

The Inventor’s Sketch Book:  For makers, inventors, creatives and innovators, The Inventor’s Sketch Book provides the inspiration to jot down ideas, sketches and the inventions of tomorrow.

Quotes from famous thinkers as well as plenty of sketching space to get your ideas down on paper. Illustrated with amazing historic invention drawings from the archives of the U.S. Patent Office.

Makes a thoughtful graduation gift or for anyone who has great ideas and loves to tinker.

https://www.createspace.com/5250231

The quotable Westie book
The quotable Westie book

The Quotable Westie: Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer
Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse
for this series of dog photographs. Tiki
takes on multiple personas including old
Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One
Thousand and One Nights and Jack
Nicholson in The Last Detail.

Accompanying quotes from writers,
comedians and other notable humans
round out the photographs and includes
this tongue in cheek gem from Jerry
Spinelli:

“People who dress up their pets to look
like Little Lord Fauntleroys or cowboys,
clowns, ballerinas. As if it’s not enough
just to be a dog or cat or turtle.”

Tiki does indeed appear as a clown, Little
Lord Fauntleroy and a balleriana but
Fielding and Tiki seem to know that its
enough just to be a dog but they obviously
have a lot of fun together dreaming up new
characters to play.

https://www.createspace.com/4070210

Pugs Book
Pugs Book

Pugs: Fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding follows up on his popular “the Quotable Westie” dog photography book with a look at comical, lovable pugs full of character and humor.

Pugs of all shapes and sizes from cute puppies to full sized adults with poses ranging from irresistible cuteness to plenty of attitude.

This small art book direct from the artist makes a great gift for pet lovers and pug owners.

About the Author/Photographer: Edward M. Fielding’s work has graced the covers of best selling novels, galleries and in magazines. His ability to charm dogs into posing for him in the studio has earned him the reputation of a dog whisperer. Pugs with their constant motion have probably been the biggest challenge yet in this series of funny dog portraits.

https://www.createspace.com/5240200

I hate Mondays

I hate mondays
I hate mondays

I started a new series of funny dog quotes that compliments my book “the Quotable Westie” – https://www.createspace.com/4070210

You can subscribe on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/quotable_westie

The meme’s star Tiki the Wonder Models and some of his dog friends.  Taking portraits of my westie Tiki is one of the ways my photography work started to get noticed.  Tiki has starred in countless blocks, book and magazine covers and in advertisements around the world through my licensing as well as graced many walls via fine art.  http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

Dog art
Dog art by Edwarrd M. Fielding http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog

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I use my photography to communicate my vision of the world. My work deals with storytelling in light and shadow from the beauty, texture and shape of every day objects to wonders of the natural world. Thanks for stopping by! — Edward M. Fielding

Edward M. Fielding
Fine Art Photography
www.edwardfielding.com

Fine art photography and digital art by artist Edward M. Fielding. Fielding is an artist working in the photography and digital media. As a freelance artist my work is currently represented by several leading stock agencies.

My work has appeared in featured in numerous magazines, greeting cards, advertising, book covers and media companies as well as been widely shown and juries into fine art shows.

Recently I was one of the featured artists in the PhotoReel art show at Gallery W at the Whitney in the Berkshires.

In addition to fine art photography, I enjoy being a staff educator at the AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, NH teaching creative technology such as Scratch and Lego Mindstorms robotics to elementary and middle school children.

Many of the images featured here on Fine Art America are available for rights managed licensing for book covers and other projects from Arc Angel Images – http://tinyurl.com/aww2wzl
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All work in this gallery is the original work of Edward M. Fielding. It is for sale, copyrighted to Edward M. Fielding and, as such, is protected by US and International Copyright laws.

Copyright Edward Fielding All Rights Reserved. COPYRIGHT NOTICE:
Edward Fielding retains all rights to these images. It is illegal to copy, scan or duplicate from the website in any form.
Images on this site may not be used for personal or commercial use without written permission by Edward Fielding.

Artist Blog: http://edwardfielding.me/

press release
Press release for funny dog photographs by Edward M. Fielding

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Be the person your dog thinks you are
Be the person your dog thinks you are

More funny dog photographs

Buy the book – the Quotable Westie – https://www.createspace.com/4070210

List Price: $12.00
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Full Color Bleed on White paper
44 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1481084376 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1481084372
BISAC: Pets / Dogs / Breeds

Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer
Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse
for this series of dog photographs. Tiki
takes on multiple personas including old
Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One
Thousand and One Nights and Jack
Nicholson in The Last Detail.

Accompanying quotes from writers,
comedians and other notable humans
round out the photographs and includes
this tongue in cheek gem from Jerry
Spinelli:

“People who dress up their pets to look
like Little Lord Fauntleroys or cowboys,
clowns, ballerinas. As if it’s not enough
just to be a dog or cat or turtle.”

Tiki does indeed appear as a clown, Little
Lord Fauntleroy and a balleriana but
Fielding and Tiki seem to know that its
enough just to be a dog but they obviously
have a lot of fun together dreaming up new
characters to play.

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap Artwork

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap Artwork

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap
Dirty Dog Laundry Soap http://pixels.com/featured/dirty-dog-laundry-soap-edward-fielding.html

Dirty Dog – The word “Terrier” means “go to ground” and if you have ever met a terrier you know what that means.  Usually it means chasing critters and digging to China.  Terriers as a group were breed to go after rodents.  West Highland White Terriers in particular are well known for their ability to dig ferociously in the garden, trying to get at a chipmuck, mole, vole or mouse.

My westie or West Highland White Terrier , Tiki, has been known to dig after critters and even bite at tree roots to get at them.  Westies were breed with four well know traits to help their owners keep them safe.  One is the white fur color which helps with viability and keeps them from getting shot by accident.  Second is the double coat, a soft under fur for insulation and a wire outer coat for dirt shedding.  Remarkably, the dirt does seem to come off rather quickly with a brushing.

The third trait is a high pitched bark so you can find them under the ground if they have followed a woodchuck or rabbit deep into a burrow.  The fourth trait is a strong tail bone in case you have to put the westie out of a hole.  You should not pull on the tail of any dog but westies have particularly strong tail to body connections.

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap

Dirty Dog Laundry Soap is an art piece featuring a westie dog getting a bath in an vintage soap label.  It came about from my series of images featuring Tiki the Westie supermodel and has become quite popular in my portfolio of artwork available for purchase as prints, framed art as well as on products such as t-shirts, throw pillows, cell phone cases and other decor items.

You can see the entire collection of dog related images here – http://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/dog
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Mad About Westies

West Highland White Terriers AKA Westies

The crazy cute Westie is one of the most popular small terriers among pet owners. Standing 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder, with dark piercing eyes, compact body, and an adorable carrot-shaped tail wagging with delight, the Westie’s looks are irresistible. Beneath the plush-toy exterior, though, beats the heart of true working terrier. Bred to hunt rats and other furry critters, Westies are surprisingly strong, brave and tough.  Look out chipmunks and squirrels!

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The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie or Westy, is a Scottish breed of dog with a distinctive white coat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs of white terriers in Scotland prior to the 20th century.

West Highland White Terrier Dogs 101 Segment

The Westie is grouped with and probably closely related to the other terriers of Scotland, including the Cairn, the Dandie Dinmont, the Scottish and the Skye. It was bred to be a working terrier, going to ground to combat rats, rabbit, badger and fox. Legend has it that Colonel Malcolm was hunting with his small brown terriers and accidentally shot his favorite, mistaking it for a fox. Malcolm apparently set about developing a small white dog that could perform all the functions of a working terrier but would never be accidentally mistaken for prey. He selected the lightest puppies from litters of Cairn Terriers and bred them without crossing with any traditionally tan dogs. Eventually, he created pure white terriers that bred true to type, temperament, function and color.
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The white coat of the Westie or West Highland White Terrier should be hard to the touch, never soft and fluffy.  The westie breed has a two layer coats.  A soft under layer for warmth and a wirely outer coat for shedding dirt.

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The breed was listed officially as the West Highland White Terrier in 1907 at the Crufts dog show in England. The name was chosen for the rugged character of the dogs and the area of their development. The West Highland White Terrier Club of America was founded in 1909. It is a member club of the American Kennel Club. The Club’s annual meetings and specialty shows are held in conjunction with the Montgomery County Kennel Club Show at Ambler, Pennsylvania in October. In addition, the club holds a national Roving Specialty Show each year with one of the regional clubs acting as host.

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Most Westies will get dirty between baths no matter how often they are bathed. It is a Westie duty to see just how dirty it is possible to get before Mom or Dad catches them. If you are lucky, it is just plain mud or dirt and not something smelly!!

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BATHING PRODUCTS AND PROCEDURES:

  • DON’T use human shampoos unless “prescribed” by your vet. (Occasionally the vet may tell you to use a medicated human product for treatment of a medical condition. Of course, in this case, do as your vet tells you to do. ) Human products have a PH level set for human needs. A dog’s PH level requirement is quite different. Always use a product made specifically for dogs unless your vet specifically tells you to do otherwise.
  • Read the instructions on the shampoo. Many shampoos require that you leave them on the dog for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. This gives them time to work. If you do not follow the instructions, the product will not do its job.
  • Use a rinse that will re-moisturize the skin. Your vet can give advice on this subject but a very commonly used rinse is called HUMILAC. This product is a non-greasy skin conditioner that gets right through the hair and down to the skin without leaving any residue on the hair. It is like putting body lotion on your legs after you have bathed. It helps keep the skin from drying out even after more frequent baths. It can be sprayed on the dog and rubbed in. Possibly a more effective way to use it is to mix it with water and pour it over the dog in the final rinse. Instructions are on the bottle.
  • If your dog has dry, flaky skin (doggie dandruff) and you do not bath him frequently, use the HUMILAC as a spray between baths. If the dog is bathed more often, use it as a rinse (mixed with water) and follow up by using it as a spray between baths. NOTE: If the flaky skin continues, ask your vet to run a full Thyroid test. Low or low-normal thyroid can be a cause of skin problems and is easily corrected with medication.
  • Put a rubber mat on the floor of the tub or sink. This will give your dog a more secure footing.
  • Most important of all, when you shampoo your dog, you must do a thorough rinsing. Rinse your dog, rinse your dog again and rinse a third time. When you are SURE you have every bit of shampoo removed, rinse once more!! The residue left from the shampoo is often the CAUSE of itching.

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Photo Ideas

Time it well. If you’re looking for action shots, have your photo shoot before the daily three-mile run. If you want a serene portrait, make it after.

Let your dog get used to the camera. The click and flash of a camera can rattle dogs at first, says Rogers. Let your dog give the camera a good sniff, then start casually shooting the surroundings (if you’ve got a film camera, you can do this before you load the film). Once your dog’s gotten used to the camera and starts doing his own thing, begin taking pictures.

The idea is to keep things natural and relaxed. What not to do: Grab a ton of treats, abruptly shove the camera in your dog’s face, and repeat, “Mommy’s gonna take your picture!” at high pitch.

Take lots of pictures. This is the first rule of photography, no matter what the subject. The more you take, the better your chances of getting a few amazing shots. “Always bring an extra battery,” warns Rogers.

Turn off the flash. Most amateur photographers do best with warm, natural sunlight. To avoid washed-out pictures, shoot in the mornings or evenings, on slightly overcast days, or in the shade on a bright day.

For indoor shots, you’ll probably need a flash. You’ll get a more natural-looking shot if you use an off-camera flash and swivel it upward so the light’s bouncing off the ceiling.

Get down on your dog’s level. “If you stand over your dog and look down, every shot you take is going to look like everyone else’s,” says Rogers.

Pay attention to background. Simple backgrounds, like a white sandy beach or green trees, make your dog stand out. If you’ve got a point-and-shoot camera, have your dog at least a dozen feet in front of the background so he’ll be more in focus than whatever’s behind him, and of course, watch for the tree branches growing out of his head. Pay attention to color, too: No black backgrounds for black dogs, brown backgrounds for brown dogs, and so on.

Enlist help. A friend with a squeaky toy will come in handy if you want a head-on shot or a regal profile. However, keep your dog’s personality in mind with this tip. “Some dogs get amped up really fast when their toys are around, so it can have the opposite effect of what you intended,” says Rogers.

Get creative and playful. Lots of full-body shots taken from ten feet away can get mighty dull. Get up close so your dog fills the entire frame. Get even closer so you get the full effect of that long, wet nose. Photograph your dog head on, in profile, at 45-degree angles. And don’t get hung up on perfection; sometimes that shot with your dog’s tail out of the frame is the one you’ll have hanging on your wall for years. “With pet photography, serendipity is the name of the game,” says Rogers. “The best shots are often the spontaneous ones.”

Tips for Better Dog Photographs Featuring Tiki the Westie