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Tracey Clark is a photographer, writer, teacher, mother, and the founder of Shutter Sisters, the online collaborative photo blog for women with a passion for photography. She is the author of 4 books including her latest Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood.

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10 Tips for Creative and Clever Pet Photos: Canine Edition

By Tracey Clark and Her Teen |

 

After choosing to be surrounded by cats for nearly my entire life, it’s still hard for me to really believe that I have become a dog person. My husband and I had 3 beloved cats for 17 years of our “togetherness” and truthfully I would have never thought we’d cross over into the dog side. Alas, here we are years later with not one, but two dogs. Life takes some strange turns. Mine has unexpectedly led me down Canine Lane.

Once Junie and Grady won my heart—I’ll admit, it didn’t take long—they also won the attention of my lens. As it is with my children, these two dogs just might be the most photographed dogs on the planet. That’s the dog’s life you get when you’re adopted by a photographer. But they don’t seem to mind. In fact, it’s rare that they even pay attention to my camera which makes it that much easier to capture them in every angle imaginable. And I take full advantage of their willingness to be the subjects of my creative affection. Cute, quirky, and joined at the hip, these too characters never cease to tip the adorable scale which makes for some pretty charming photos.

And speaking of charming, when I caught a glimpse of Casey Mullins’s one-eyed, extra-toed cat I nearly died from deep lingering cat love. Yes, I really am still a cat person at heart and because one of my favorite cats was only born with three legs, I have a soft spot for all animals with that certain je ne sais quoi. That is how this little collaboration between myself and Casey began, and why I begged her to share her creative and quirky pet photography tips with me.  And believe me when I tell you that Casey’s got more to offer than just enchanting cats; she’s a stellar photographer and all around awesome gal. But, you probably already knew that.

Without further ado, here’s 5 of my favorite photos of my dogs (and the photography tips to go with them) and 5 more that are my interpretation of Casey’s tips that she’s sharing on her Babble Voices blog Shutter Lovely. You won’t want to miss them. They are lovely indeed! Be prepared for a cute overload.

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Tips to help you take even cuter pictures of your pets

Give them their space

I consider each picture I take a little work of art. Even in something like pet photos, deliberate use of compositional elements can help create compelling images. Negative space (or all the space around your main subject) can be used as one such tool. Back away from your pet and creatively place them in the frame and use a little extra negative space as a positive.

 

Something tells us your just itchin’ to share some of your own adorable pet photos? Go ahead. We showed you ours, you can show us yours. We promise we won’t bite (or claw).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more about Tracey and how she elevates the everyday, visit her at traceyclark.com.

For the story about how she and her teen got here, take a peek at their first post at Reframed.

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Tracey Clark is a photographer, writer, teacher, mother, and the founder of Shutter Sisters, the online collaborative photo blog for women with a passion for photography. She is the author of 4 books including her latest Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood. Read bio and latest posts → Read Tracey's latest posts →

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