One of the great things about dogs is their hair coats look as gorgeous in winter as in the summer - so, unlike horses, they still look their best for winter photos. In fact, there are several benefits to photographing dogs in the winter.
Heat stroke can be a concern for active dogs on a hot summer day. Winter offers an opportunity to photograph your dog being active without the danger of him / her overheating.
Because your dog isn't dealing with the heat, they may have more endurance for play and activities - great for catching that incredible action shot! Though I do love a portrait of a dog with their tongue hanging out, winter photos are less likely to show your dog panting.
One of the best aspects of winter portraits is the reduced likelihood of flies, mosquitoes, and ticks being part of the experience - not only for your dog but for you as well.
If you live somewhere that gets snow, photographing your dog in the snow offers incredible contrast between the background and the subject - putting the sole focus of the image on your dog and really making them stand out.
Winter is one of my favorite times of year for dog portraits. If you have questions or would like to schedule a winter portrait session for your dog, contact Shannon today.
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 2022, 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.