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Dog Photography Tips For Perfect Pet Portraits

Belgian Photographer Vincent Lagrange shares hips top tips on photographing dogs so you can capture perfect animal portraits.

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Vincent Lagrange is a pro photographer who makes dog photography look really easy, and, he also captures really great shots of dogs! However, anyone who's tried to photograph a pet will now they can be really unpredictable so sometimes, what can seem like a simple photography shoot can be anything but. This doesn't mean you should give up, though, as Vincent actually has some top dog photography tips to help you 'get that perfect pet portrait shot'. 


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For those who don't know much about Vincent Lagrange, he's created the series ‘The Human Animal Project’ and as well as finding out how he prepares for shoots/interacts with dogs when he's capturing animal portraits, the COOPH team find out more about his method and motivation behind the project.


Dog Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange


"I try to create a story in a way the animal's voice is centralised," Vincent Lagrange.

The most important thing you need to do is ensure you have a good relationship with the animal you are photographing and Vincent recommends shooting in a soft light setting without flash so you don't scare your pet. A calm, quiet atmosphere will produce better results and communicate with sound rather than bribing with food as once an animal has eaten, they can lose interest in what you're doing so your shoot will come to an end. 


Cat Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange


"Vincent only uses available light to create his pictures so, if you have a pet at home you can try out his tips without the need for huge studio lighting," says the COOPH team. 

Be patient - animals aren't the easiest subject to work with and if they don't want to do something, don't force them to do it. Instead, let them rest and come back to the shoot later on when they're more cooperative. 

Vincent uses a Leica S in the studio but a Leica M is the camera of choice when on the road, partnered with a fixed focal length lens. 

Enjoy the video, have a look at some of Vincent's images below and do remember to upload your own animal images to our Gallery


Dog Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange


Cat Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange


Dog Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange


Dog Portrait by Vincent Lagrange

© Vincent Lagrange

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