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What are the perfect photography poses for dog and horse owners? As a photographer specialising in horse and dog portraits, I always try to coax owners to be involved in the picture. While it’s lovely to have a treasured canvas of your four-legged friend, it’s really the relationship, the special bond between the two of you, that I hope to capture through my lens.

I appreciate that not everyone is comfortable in front of a camera, however, which is where a little creativity in the composition of the photograph can work wonders. I thought I’d share a few tips and ideas on how you can be present and portray that friendship in exquisite photographs, without taking centre stage yourself.

An over-shoulder shot

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To keep the focus firmly on your furry friend, but convey closeness, an over the shoulder shot holding your pooch can be poignant and beautiful.

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Comforting hands

The sense of touch plays such a big part in the link between pet and master. An image depicting an owner’s hands comforting their companion will forever be a reminder of your special connection.

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Boots made for walking

Does your dog get excited as soon as your walking boots come out of the cupboard? Capturing these on camera with your dog by your side will remind you of the amazing times you’ve had out and about on walkies.

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Walking away

I love these images of pets with their owners strolling along with their backs to the camera. A relaxed snapshot of daily life with your dog or horse.

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From a distance

If you want to be included, but aren’t ready for a close-up, a photograph taken at a distance can be just as effective. This may give you more confidence to face the camera, or you can choose to look away. Your dog or horse can remain the focal point, but the relationship between you can still be expressed.

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To find out more about our professional equine and dog photography packages, please contact Sam on 07966 423843, or email: enquiries@safirephotography.com.

www.safirephotography.com

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