Is your dog fearful, shy, or not great with other dogs? Do they need a bit more time to feel comfortable in new situations, with new people, at new places? Are they older, slower, palliative and maybe need a calm, quiet atmosphere?
My approach when photographing pets is one of patience and taking the session at a pace that's suitable for them.
With over 10 years of photographing dogs who are either in, or have been in the care of a rescue or shelter, I tend to gravitate to those who need a bit more time to feel comfortable in front of the camera. By providing an opportunity for dogs who are often on the periphery, I take a measured approach to help keep their stress or anxiety in check and if I'm lucky, build a bit of trust and make a new friend along the way.
Some of the stress-reducing options can include: play breaks (to get out any extra wiggles that may be building up), a treat game, a wee break or having you sit with them or offer a reassuring touch.
The results? A short story that captures and embraces your dog's expressions, emotions and personality.