Headshots are a type of photo many humans use for things like dating sites or Facebook profiles or Linkedin. They are images that are generally showing a person's head and shoulders. The goal is to make the person as attractive as possible to help either find a mate or help in getting a job. The headshot is one of the tools of actors and actresses to get noticed for casting roles. The headshot should be professional but should help the person stand out from the crowd.
With pets, the headshot can be used in a similar fashion to help an animal get adopted. More often than not, the background is a simple non-distracting background, to really showcase the animal's features but the background can also be used to grab attention. You want the dog to look happy; which can sometimes be difficult for dogs in a rescue situation. A great headshot show's off the animal's personality.
Some tips for good doggy headshots:
Here are some examples from this past weekend, where I photographed two dogs looking for their furever homes. They are available through The Greater Derry Humane Society
This is Captain. He is a young pit bull mix. Approximately 30-35lbs.
This is Chevy. She is also a pit bull mix. She has velvety soft fur and was nervous around the camera. She was approximately 50lbs and was super happy when the camera wasn't aimed in her direction. Because of her anxiety with the camera, it was difficult to make her look happy. I've since found out that she may have met her match! Yay Chevy!
To see other pet photographers showing off their headshot photos, head on over to see Tim of Tim Evans Photography servicing Mississippi.
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Beautiful! And THANK YOU for the tips! I've never done headshots before and this was very informative. :)
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