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Pictures of a Photographer: Dogs

Updated on November 23, 2011
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There's nothing like enjoying photos of your dogs. They start out being cute as puppies and get better every day as their personalities shine through. Our canine companions have a way of warming our heart in the midst of everything. One of my favorite photographers, William Wegman, has the most exquisite photos of Weimaraners. Capturing the essence of the stately breed, he puts them in photos where they take on human qualities. Even the novice photographer has some great pics of their pups. My mother considers it her vocation to dress up and take pictures of her Doberman. The only thing better than looking at the photos is seeing her in action.


Kramer - The Super Model

Dog modeling started in our family long before Kramer was born. As little latch key kids, my brother and I filled our parentless time dressing up our our doberman named Killer. We would set up photo shoots on the back patio as Killer donned army gear or basketball attire, high tops and all. Those were the days!

Twenty years later and now retired, my mom has taken our family pastime to new heights. Maybe it's because Kramer has an amazing ability to sit still or perhaps it's due to my mother's creative ability but I believe Kramer has hit super model status. He continues to amaze with his ability to strike a pose and communicate with his eyes. America's Top Model contestants have nothing on this dog. He really is fine with cross dressing, looking as good in a skirt as he does in a suit. Heels - no problem! Earrings, bring 'em on! Lipstick and blush give him that je ne sais qois!

When not modeling, Kramer Fox lives in sunny Southern California. He enjoys long walks and delicious meals. At night he lays his head on a feather down pillow with 600 thread count sheets. Only the best for this dog and all dogs who make incredible companions.



My mother says I'm an angel from heaven.
My mother says I'm an angel from heaven.

How to Take Pictures of Your Dog


If you're inspired to set up a session with your pooch, try following these tips.

1. Cookies. Cookies. Cookies. These models will do amazing things for a treat and deserve to be rewarded for their hard work. Make sure you hold the treat close to the lens of the camera. Since the dog will always watch the treat, you can keep him looking at the camera.


2. Props can really set the stage but beware that food props won't last long so be ready to shoot quickly. Very important - don't give the dog a taste of the edible treat until you are done or you'll lose the dog's attention.



3. You can never make enough funny noises behind the camera to get some great shots. The higher the pitch, the better.



4. Make sure you turn the dog towards a source of light, so you get a reflection of light in the dog's eye. If you don't have that, your photograph won't have any life to it.


How this California dog became a Cornhusker fan will always be a mystery. Go Big Red!
How this California dog became a Cornhusker fan will always be a mystery. Go Big Red!


5. Take the outfit to the nines. Soft textures like feathers, tulle or a boa look great on a dog and can easily be found at your local fabric store. You can also borrow items like clip-on earrings, scarfs or hats from your Grandmother. To get your dog into the holiday spirit, you can use bunny ears, halos, Santa hats or Halloween costumes. If your dog has long hair, try a little gel. Get creative and have fun.



6. When dressing your dog, try to use colors that don't have too much contrast. For example, if you have a black dog dressed in white, your camera will adjust to one tone or the other. You will lose some detail in the dog or the outfit. The photo can still work, it's just something to consider.



7. Enlist an assistant. This job is much easier with a little help.



8. For more information, read a book or two on pet photography so you know the basics of lighting and composure.


Stock Photos

If you are an avid pet photographer and are interested in making money, selling your work as stock photos may be a good option for you. There are a lot of agencies that you can approach with your dog photos or any great photos that you have. Obviously you would want to submit the highest quality photos that would be of interest to advertisers. Be prepared for rejection and taking any constructive criticism into account. There are some great hubs written about stock photography for your reference.

About the Photographer

Kara Fox has been taking photos for most of her life. In addition to photographing her superstar, Kramer Fox, she is the photography editor for Newworldreview.com. Ms. Fox has also been featured on KABC and multiple online publications for her work photographing women at California shelters with partner Evvy Shapero, cofounders of Glamourproject.org. Their effort is a labor of love as they bring a day of beauty to disenfranchised women.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you homesteadbound! I love how you support the work of other hubbers and I enjoy reading all of your recommendations. Your macrophotography series is amazing!!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Hello, Chasing Riley! I have included this wonderful hub in my weekly hub luv series this week! Great hub! And such a patient dog!

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      Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States

      Super funny!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I hope your dog likes them Susan! If she likes to play dress up, I'm sure you already have some great outfits for her!

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      LOL these pictures are fantastic. I have to show your hub to my dog Magz...she loves to play dress up :)

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Barbara. I hope my mom logs in soon to see all of these nice comments.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed these photos. They are just precious.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Millionaire Tips - I'm sure Zeus will be amazing! ;)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Oh my goodness, Zeus will not be happy that I saw this hub!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Maria! He does get a lot of treats! He needs to. I don't know too many male dogs who would be willing to put up with makeup and heels. :)

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      MariaDoyle 5 years ago

      Wow, I have seen a lot of dogs dressed up but never with makeup! Some very unique ideas and great photography. Kramer must get a lot of treats. :)

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      You are so right frogyfish. We love him like crazy. Someone sent me an email telling me that she liked how we showed the softer side of a Doberman without having his ears clipped. In my experience, these are very loveable dogs.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      It seems Kramer wants to please you and that means you have loved him. Cute photos all the say and interesting read.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I can just picture that Cara! Thanks for reading.

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      cara c. 5 years ago

      Jen I absolutely loved this! You know how I feel about dogs. I should post a pic of Matteo and his chihuahua. They both dress up as superheroes and bound across the furniture. Well done and thanks for thinking of me.xxoo

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Evvy! I can't wait to write a hub about you and my mom. Hopefully you have some photos we can share online about Glamour Project.

      Homesteadbound - I love that you showed it to your husband. I agree, Kramer is a very patient dog! I think he kind of likes it :)

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      Evvy 5 years ago

      Jennifer, Fabulous writing, most enjoyable with moments of humor and moments of helpful information. Awesome hub. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more!

      Kramer is the best model!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I shared this hub with my husband and he said, "That is one patient dog."

      This is a great hub. The pictures do look better mixed in sizes.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Kim K & Marlene! You guys are awesome!

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      Marlene 5 years ago

      Too cute! and I love your picture and I love the name Chasing Riley.

      Loved it all

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      Kim K 5 years ago

      These are fantastic photos. Loved the article, too:)

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I'm so glad you said that Janet. I was hoping someone would be able to use the tips to get amazing photos of their dogs. It works for group photos too that your dogs are in with the family. Thanks for reading.

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      Janet 5 years ago

      Great tips on how to take pictures of my dogs, I could never get them to look at the camera. Thanks for sharing.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Dumbledore. I like that one too.

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      Dumbledore 5 years ago from Somewhere in Ohio

      The dog with the feather hat is especially charming.

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      Winky 5 years ago

      Seriously almost fell off my chair when I saw Kramers pics, is that Olli in the bowl? You can't help but smile when you look at them. Love the article too.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      It would be so much fun if you would write an article about you're career. I think everyone would love to know more about pets in the biz.

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      Karen Thomas 5 years ago

      I love it! I have been fortunate enough to actually have a career that allows me to dress up animals...even guinea pigs! :}

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Cynthia - that sounds like some great Thanksgiving fun. I love the name Blue.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago

      Love the photos AND the article. You've inspired us. . . Maybe we'll try to take photos of our dog Blue over the Thanksgiving break.

      Cynthia

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Steve - me too!

      Healthy Pursuits - I like the tutu too. I's one of my favorites.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Karla Iverson 5 years ago from Oregon

      Wonderful! And, even though the dog looks like it might be a little resigned, I'm sure it has fun, too, doing this together. My favorite is the tutu!

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      Steve 5 years ago

      Jen, I am laughing out loud!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you Mare! Xoxo

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you homesteadbound. Your words of encouragement mean so much to me.

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      Mare 5 years ago

      Good for you, Jen! What fun. I would have voted "all of the above," if given the choice. So since not, I voted contrariwise, from the, "how would I know that?" school of thought. What I do know, is that Kramer, (and Jack) couldn't have chosen a better home and family! Love to all! Look forward to more...

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Great, great hub! This was so much fun and such a great hub! Welcome to hubpages. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this great hub! Welcome to the 30 in 30. By the way, did I tell you this was really a great hub!

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Clean Life. I'm having fun on HP. I hope I can contribute as much as you all have.

      Steve - great idea. We need to get him a GoPro. That would be a fun hub to see the world through Kramer's eyes.

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      Steve 5 years ago

      These photos are great. Kramer is an incredible model. I understand that he is also a fabulous photographer...do you have any of the photographs he took?

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      Mark Bruno 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      First off, Welcome to HubPages and your hub is great!! The dogs are so adorable. Great Job!! :)

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      this article made kramer's day!!!

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      brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

      Funny hub :) I so love dogs! I have two shih tzu. Pictures of them makes me smile and relax.

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you all for the positive feedback. I had a lot of fun sharing this. If you like it, please remember to vote up.

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      Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      What a brilliant hub and what a very patient dog you have! My old dog would have soon whipped off any outfit we tried to put on him!

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      Carolee Samuda 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Funny dog hub. I especially like the one with the lipstick and rouge.

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      dialogue 5 years ago

      Cute Dogs....

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      Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thank you ByChance. We have so much fun with him.