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Dogs on rocks: How an unlikely location turns into great photos

    Five, maybe six years ago, it was just a bunch of rocks on the side of the trail.

    Now that I’m a dog photographer, always looking for great locations and epic backgrounds, it’s different.

    It’s a place to put dogs on rocks. For unique pet portraits that make a statement in your home.

    I’ve stopped Bella on what used to be just a pile of rocks a few times, and she never fails to pose beautifully.

    To put dogs on rocks

    Dogs on rocks is one of my favorite ways to photograph dogs and create one-of-a-kind portraits for your home.

    One of my favorite places to do that is Dishman Hills.

    puppy at dishman hills, the perfect place for unique portraits of dogs on rocks
    Kipton at Eagle Peak

    Dishman Hills Natural Area is also one of my favorite places to go for a nice long walk with Bella (psssst … it might be one of the locations in my 5 Favorite Close-to-Home Hikes in Spokane Valley).

    I’ve recently wrangled a few clients into using it for their portrait sessions, and I can’t wait to share their galleries with them. Squeeeeee …

    While walking to a favorite, secret spot on Sunday, we passed by a pile of rocks. Once we were done at my favorite, secret spot, I said, “It’s time for dogs on rocks.”

    Just a bunch of rocks at Dishman Hills

    We walked back to the pile of rocks and my clients said, “Oh, this is so cool … we just walked by there and I never would have thought …”

    Kaboom …

    dogs at a family portrait session
    Scout, Windsor and Lucy

    Most people don’t see the opportunities that exist for one-of-a-kind portraits as they’re walking along the trail. That’s OK, because it’s my job to see those things.

    I’m always looking for the opportunity to put dogs on rocks and aim my lens at them. Rocks work amazing for some of my favorite poses, including:

    The Down

    Lab mix looking over a rock at Dishman Hills
    Annika on a rock at Dishman Hills

    The Power Pose

    lab mix at Dishman Hills in Spokane Valley
    Annika’s goofy version of the Power Pose
    boxer in a wheelchair in Spokane Valley
    Bam’s serious version of the Power Pose

    And all you saw while walking by was a pile of rocks.

    another pile of rocks at Dishman Hills in Spokane Valley

    All around the circle

    Short and sweet for this week. It’s busy season with the fall colors and I’m packing my brain full of incredible information that’s going to make my photography better and my business run smoother.


    Now it’s time to jump into the worldwide pet photographers blog circle where we’re all showing you the difference between what you see and what we see.

    Let’s head to Australia and start with Canberra Pet Photographer Ina J Photography, showing you why you don’t need to have your dog off leash or extremely well-behaved dogs to get beautiful outdoor pet portraits.

    When you get to the bottom of Ina’s post, click the next link in the circle and then keep going until you find yourself back here to dogs on rocks. 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.

    3 thoughts on “Dogs on rocks: How an unlikely location turns into great photos”

    1. Ha, I laughed out loud because in a session Sunday morning I literally said “it’s time for dogs on rocks”. The pet parents looked at me quizzically and I had to explain about our blog circle (and the photo turned out great, when I showed them the back of the camera they said “Ah, I see”).

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