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  • Writer's pictureShannon Edney

Exploring Different Styles and Techniques in Dog Photography


Unleashing Creativity

Dog photography is an art form that allows photographers to unleash their creativity while capturing the unique beauty and personality of our four-legged friends. From playful portraits to dramatic landscapes, there are countless styles and techniques to explore in the world of dog photography. In this blog post, we'll dive into some of the most popular styles and techniques, inspiring you to discover new ways to capture stunning images of man's best friend.



Portrait Photography

Portrait photography focuses on capturing the essence of your subject, highlighting their personality and unique characteristics. When photographing dogs, portrait-style shots often involve close-up shots of their faces, showcasing their expressive eyes, floppy ears, and playful expressions. Portrait photography is all about capturing the bond between human and dog, creating timeless images that celebrate the special connection between them.



Action Photography

Action photography is all about capturing dogs in motion, whether they're chasing a ball, jumping into a lake, or running through a field. Action shots freeze the excitement and energy of the moment, allowing viewers to feel like they're right there alongside the dog. To capture stunning action shots, photographers often use fast shutter speeds and continuous shooting mode to capture every split-second movement.


Lifestyle Photography

Lifestyle photography aims to capture dogs in their natural environments, whether it's lounging on the couch, playing in the backyard, or going for a walk in the park. These candid shots offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of dogs and their owners, capturing authentic moments of joy, love, and companionship. Lifestyle photography is all about telling a story, allowing viewers to see the world through the eyes of the dog.


Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography takes a more artistic approach to dog photography, focusing on creating visually stunning images that evoke emotion and captivate the viewer. These images often involve creative compositions, unique lighting techniques, and imaginative editing processes. Fine art photography allows photographers to experiment with color, texture, and mood, creating images that are as beautiful as they are thought-provoking.



Whether you're drawn to the intimate moments of portrait photography, the excitement of action shots, or the artistic expression of fine art photography, there's no shortage of styles and techniques to explore in the world of dog photography. By unleashing your creativity and experimenting with different styles, you'll discover new ways to capture the beauty and personality of our canine companions, creating images that are as unique and captivating as the dogs themselves.

Special thanks to our doggy model, the absolutely adorable Kevyn!


International award-winning portrait photographer Shannon Edney's photos have been featured on multiple magazine covers with photos published in print and digital advertisements around the world.

Based out of Missoula, Montana, and moving to the Nampa, Idaho area in May 2024, Shannon specializes in pet portrait photography showcasing dogs, horses, and their people. Shannon is known for her ability to catch the perfect expression and capture her subjects in unique lighting, resulting in portraits rich in artistry that will be treasured for years to come - whether it be on a fine art canvas or in a custom artisan album.

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