Los Angeles Dog Photographer | Buddy, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Have you ever thought, "I wish I had beautiful photos of my dog, but he won't sit or stay!" Have you given up on hiring a photographer to take photos of your dog because you thought he wouldn't behave or didn't have enough training? I'd like to introduce you to Buddy.

Buddy is your typical 8 month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy—boundless energy in a world of limitless distraction. His session was held at a local, dog-friendly park, which meant lots of new places to smell, strange dogs, and new humans. What I didn't know was that there was a large film production taking over the majority of the park during the time we scheduled his lifestyle dog photography session!

To compensate for losing access to a large area of the park, we made use of the park's unique features, including a decorative tile bench, and experimented with some less foot-trafficked areas. However, as the sun went down, more and more dog walkers came out to the park, which was already restricted by the film crew, causing Buddy to become even more distracted. I shot his entire session with him on a leash, and he was on the move for the majority of shots. Can you tell?

As a dog that wasn't motivated by verbal cues, noises, or treats, it proved difficult to grab his attention for more than a second at a time, but I've found that the best photos are when dogs are being, well, dogs! When dogs are comfortable and enjoying themselves, their true personalities emerge and they really enjoy the photography experience—even if they aren't interested in my treats or noises.