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

    heeler puppy on adventure in Idaho

    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.

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


    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 a photographer on the West Side. Bella and I took a quick photography retreat on the coast at Long Beach, Washington.

    It was a ton of fun and we got a lot of images that I will treasure for years.

    I love making that magic for you.

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    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. 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. 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. 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. 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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