Step 1: Start with a really cute dog. (This isn’t rocket science after all)
Step 2: Add a neutral to nice background. (Hint: check weather forecasts)
Step 3: Get the dog to do really cute stuff. (Helps if the dog will actual do what his/her pets (humans) say)
Step 4: Have impeccable timing. (This step is all on you.)
Really, I’m not actually kidding about step 1, 2 and 4. Step 3 is optional depending on how cute the dog is. My friend’s dog is really cute (see evidence below).
So, Step 1 is covered. We chose a nice off leash park and this was our 3rd attempt at the weather. It was the tail end of winter, so lots of browns and greys – pretty neutral. But even then, it can work against you:
At first glance, Chubby looks great – wonderful shot in mid lunge. But there’s the tree. So, Step 2 was partially covered.
However, Chubby was aces at Step 3:
There was a reason we chose to do this photo shoot BEFORE Chubby got his hair trimmed.
However, I didn’t forget Step 4. You can get some great action shots if you are in the right place, at the right time, and the dog listens to his owner.
And, the piece de resistance: