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How to take a perfect picture for a dog painting?

By Pawstro | 13 Aug, 2021 in Pet Painting

How to take a perfect picture for a dog painting?

Dogs are our furry family members that are loved and cared for in our households. So, every pet parent is excited to take exquisite pictures of their dogs to preserve their memories as well as proudly post them on social media to share them with extended family and friends. Although it is best to keep your phone or camera handy daily and click candid moments, you can also arrange a photoshoot session to click the best photos of your dog to frame as a pet portrait and hang in your house. Unlike humans, dogs can be unpredictable, challenging and difficult especially while capturing photographs.

When you wish to get a pet portrait for your dog from Pawstro, a perfect picture will prove to be an excellent start for a perfect painting. Hence, we have prepared a list of tips to follow to take perfect pictures of your dog.

Click a perfect picture of your dog with a camera for a dog painting
If you are clicking photos of your dog with a mobile phone, it may not be challenging since your dog may already be used to you using your mobile phone around him. However, a camera is a new thing that may create amusement or curiosity in your dog making him behave differently. In that case, you can start clicking pictures of random things around you and then once your dog is acquainted with the camera, you can start capturing your dog in action. Pictures with a good camera are always a better option as compared to a mobile picture when being used for paintings. Another advantage is that you can print those images at very low prices on photo papers and hang them around your house or put them in cute little frames for little tables at work and on bedside tables.

Click from the eye level of your dog
Whether you are clicking humans or dogs, in order to bring out the emotions, it is best to click photos from the eye level. So, clicking photos from your dog’s eye level will bring out his personality and emotions. It will not only fill the photo but also provide a sense of connection and intimacy, which will make it look real and bring life to it.

Photos printed from eye level are the best way to capture your pet’s best feature and cheerful personality. More the highlighted face, the better the picture. When it is challenging to capture while your dog is playing or running, you can leverage its quiet moments such as watching television, sleeping, lying down, sitting and playing silently with your other pets, etc.

Give some treats or toys
Dogs have a very little attention span which makes it difficult to keep them engrossed or active in the photoshoot. To bring out the best expressions in your dogs and get perfect pictures, you can get some treats and toys for your dogs and keep giving them time to time to keep them playing and enjoying the process. Also, giving treats will associate the photo session with positivity making it more exciting and enjoyable for the dogs so that you can also take expressive pictures of them. Giving them toys will give you good action shots including playing, jumping and running.

Keep the flash off
Since your dog cannot get familiar with the concept of the photoshoot, it is not a wise idea to keep the flash on because it can scare your dog. Also, sudden flashes at random moments will make your playful dog startle. And clicking photos in natural daylight works better. So, keep the flash off and let the real portrait and personality of your dog come out in the photos.

Your dog doesn’t know how to pose. So, keep him active by giving treats, toys or bring your family members to play with him to get the best shots. You can keep clicking many shots to get that perfect one photo.

Click their pawdorable naps
Pets, just like babies, look their cutest self when they are asleep. For capturing cute memories, you can click their pictures while they are napping or when they are cutely snuggled and curled up on your lap. Such moments make for great photographs when you’re on a nostalgia trip, revisiting those memories with your furry mate.

Choose the right location
Location plays a major role when clicking a good pet picture. Many a time, cluttered rooms or surroundings become unwanted tenants in your image. To avoid that, plan well in advance. Choose a good background for your photographs. If you will, set up some fuzzy soft toys near the place where you wish to click the photographs. A well-lit environment is also very important. If the lights at your house are not too bright or flashy, always click your pictures in daylight. Take a look around your room, get rid of all the clutter or unwanted elements. Such photos also become a great pick for dog portraits.

Get going
Portrait shots are amazing, undoubtedly. But if you can capture your dog in motion, nothing like it. It doesn’t even have to be an elaborate motion picture. Just try to click a couple of continuous shots while your pets are in a playful mood. That should do it! Such playful pictures become a beautiful memory when you get them painted into beautiful pet portraits.

Turn your photos into beautiful pet paintings

Now that you have a perfect picture of your pet! What next? Time to turn it into something amazing. Visit us at and get a beautiful pet portrait for your pet. The process to get a dog painting made is pretty simple at Pawstro. You just have to send a good quality picture of your pet via email or via our social media handles on facebook or instagram. We will get back to you in case of any queries and voila! in just 48 hours, you will have a beautiful painting of your pet. Pawstro also offers cat portraits, horse paintings or basically any pet that you wish to get painted. You can call us on 9054719872.