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“My crazy dog would never sit still for a photo shoot”

    I hear this all the time.

    “My dog would never sit still for a photo shoot.”

    Here’s what I want to know:

    Who in their right mind ever thought a dog should still for any longer than it takes to ask for a treat?

    A photo shoot of adventure

    Dogs weren’t meant to sit still.

    Dogs were meant to sniff, explore, run, jump, play and pee on everything.

    I mean, yeah, a good sit makes for a lovely portrait, especially against some of the epic backgrounds we have around here.

    Like Panda’s Power Pose on a rock overlooking Pine Lake at the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney, Washington.

    rescue dog at turnbull national wildlife refuge
    Panda’s Adventure Session at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge

    Or let’s see the difference in a shoot with Enzo, a Great Pyrenees mix from Missoula, Montana. Enzo went for a little sunset hike at Dishman Hills Conservancy Area.

    He has a great sit:

    dog photo shoot at dishman hills

    But look at this good boy’s Power Pose:

    hiking with dogs at dishman hills

    See the difference? Now guess which one I prefer.

    The answer is easy. Power Pose all the way!

    Dogs in action

    During our consultation, we’ll talk about all the fun you like to have with your dog.

    Do you play fetch?

    Do you go swimming?

    Do you …

    Dogs live in the moment. They have a joie de vivre beyond a mere mortal human’s comprehension.

    Creating images of them at play fills your heart (and album) with fabulous memories of your dog doing dog things.

    Just the way he was meant to.

    Like Panda.

    rescue dog running through grass at turnbull wildlife refuge

    And this stunning husky, Alpine:

    husky dog running at plantes ferry in spokane valley

    And then there’s playing in the water for an epic photo shoot.

    alpine in the water

    And the ever-so-simple, yet perfect shot of you and your dog walking together.

    me and bella


    A damn second.

    Who’s that bitch?

    Yup, that’s me and my best girl, Bella. This is one epic walking together image created by my amazing friend Holly of Holly C Cook Photography.

    I booked a photo shoot for me and Bella with both Holly and with my other amazing friend Marika Moffitt of Soul Dog Creative. That was last month when we took a quick photography retreat on the coast at Long Beach, Washington.

    My wall art and albums are in production and I cannot wait to get them in my hands. I knew as soon as I saw my galleries that I was going to order more than just one piece or two. I wanted them all.

    All around the circle

    I’m a “say what I mean and mean what I say” kind of gal. I learned that from my Newfoundland friends when I was a sports writer in Gander in the early 1990s.

    That’s why I went to Long Beach to a photo shoot with Bella.

    While I may often sound flip or un-serious, I feel a profound connection to dog photography and the ability my friends and I have to help you tell your story through your dog.

    I can take epic pictures of Bella every day of the week, and my phone is as full of silly selfies as yours are. But I cannot — absolutely cannot get the kind of incredible art of the two of us together like someone else can.

    I believe in professional dog photography. So I put my money where my mouth is.

    Now, let’s go see some more epic stuff from Holly. She’s kicking off the international pet photographers blog circle. Seattle Dog Photographer Holly Cook answers the question “Do Manners Matter?” when it comes to your dog’s photo session.

    When you finish enjoying Courtney’s post, click the next link in the circle and keep doing that until you get back here to the kind of photo shoot that’s wild, adventurous and carefree.

    That’s when you know you’re home. Right where you belong.


    Dogs. Adventure. Outdoors. These words set Angela's heart afire. Angela Schneider, an award-winning writer and dog photographer, documents the story of you and your dog and the adventures you take together. Your portraits will be a statement piece in your home, art that will make your friends and family beg to hear its story.

    7 thoughts on ““My crazy dog would never sit still for a photo shoot””

    1. avatar of cahlean

      Power poses are epic! I’ll work with sits, stands, lays and of course action shots (just throw the ball at me, bonus points if you hit me). And totally awesome that you had a professional session done of you and Bella. It’s a great way to capture your bond & relationship.

    2. avatar of elaine

      In my next life, I need to live near a body of water. (Sigh) You are ever so lucky to be surrounded by such lovely places to capture images of clients and their pets!

    3. avatar of nicole

      I’m so with you on the “power pose!” I hope you don’t mind, I’m stealing that term from you, because it’s the perfect description of what I want to see with an epic background.

    4. avatar of carol

      So great that you were able to go see the other PNW photographers and have shoots done!! I gotta pull the trigger and hire a local photographer that’s out here. She did the breed shots of our puppy before we got her and they were great!

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