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Today we have our friend Krista from Ruff Adventures sharing how she manages to take the most difficult of clients (your pup!), and add them into your photoshoot! If you have been considering adding your four legged friends to your upcoming photo session, or maybe you just need some updated photos of your pet, Krista is here to help!

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From the expert herself-

Photographing dogs is something I have been practicing since my parents bought me my first camera in 1990.  I took countless photos of our pets and to this day I still have a few favorites that stand out in my head.  My favorite picture was taken with a disposable camera of my Boston Terrier Buster in a mud puddle playing with a basketball twice his size.  He is covered in mud and smiling from ear to ear.  Documenting our dog’s soft ears, funny quirks and loving nature is important to my clients and myself.  Our dogs are our best friends and it’s important to have portraits of them so you can look back and see those puppy eyes, those sun kissed whiskers and the lazy old bones who have been with you through thick and thin.  PINTHIS

Getting pictures of dogs can be challenging and so many people say, “How the heck did you get my dog to sit still?” and I tell them what worked for their dog.  It’s no secret that I use different tools and tricks to get the perfect picture.

Here are my top three tricks that will get your dog looking and posing for the camera.

  1. Get their energy out!
    A tired dog is a happy dog.  Both physical and mental work can tire your dog out so that you can spend a few minutes snapping away getting the perfect shot.  A long walk, the dog park or tricks and training will surely get their energy out.  I took Buddy on his 4 hour Ruff Adventure and the first image is one of my all time favorites but he’s far away and wanted nothing to do with my camera.  I used it to my advantage and captured a beautiful moment at sunrise.  Two hours later I was able to capture his goofy personality and wet nose up close for his parents.  He was tired and let me work my magic while he rested and rolled about happily.

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  2. Leash stake!
    You can buy a leash stake at a hardware store for under $20 and it’s magical.  You twist the stake into the ground and secure your dogs leash to the stake.  If you have a puppy, a bolter or a dog that has more energy than you can possibly get out than I recommend this tool hands down.  Once the dog is safely secured you can walk away and when you turn around you have a dog that is looking right at you thinking “whoa whoa whoa…where are you going?!” and in a few minutes you can get some fun shots.  You can position the leash down the dogs back if you don’t want to see it; I use Photoshop to edit leashes.  Charlie was just 10 weeks old when we photographed him at Butler Park and we used the leash stake during his session.  He peeked around this tree and I melted into a puppy loving puddle.  He’s just the sweetest but without that leash stake I wouldn’t have been able to capture this image for his parents because he wanted to be in my lap giving me kisses.  Leash stake to the rescue!

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  3. Treats or Rewards

Having treats on hand that your dog doesn’t normally have is key to getting their attention.  Whether it’s cheese, peanut butter, hotdogs or chicken jerky, your dog will be ready to pose the day away with anything stinky or delicious.  I also use owners as rewards for dogs who are owner obesessed.  I’ll have the owner stand behind me and praise them and the dogs just love it.  Slider came to see me with her Dad for a tribute session when she was diagnosed with kidney disease and in every portrait you can see her looking at her Dad lovingly behind me.  The portrait of them together isn’t forced and you can feel their love without asking them to look at me or pose for the camera.  They were having a real moment together and her Dad will cherish this portrait the rest of his life.  Slider could have cared less about the snacks I brought, in fact she buried the cheese I gave her.

So get creative and see what trick your dog responds best to ensure you get some awesome portraits of your best friends.   If you can’t seem to get your dog to cooperate call a professional and we can help!

 

Krista Allenby

Ruff Adventures

www.ruffadventures.com

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The newest New Braunfels wedding venue is beyond gorgeous, and we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to shoot a bridal session there! Austin wedding venues are hard to beat, but this one is up there with all of our favorites!
We had the dreamiest of dream teams that came together to make this amazing, neutral, sun kissed bridal shoot come to life. So many beautiful, creative, women that I am grateful to call friends! Make sure to check them all out below!

Vendors:
Venue- Allen Farmhaus
Hair and Makeup- Makael Pitchard Makeup Artistry
Florist- The Bloom Bar
Model- Victoria Dresden
Dress & Hair Accessories- Celebrations Bridal and Prom

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Happy February! Valentines day is sneaking up on us, and you know that you need to get something good for that special person in your life! What could be more personal and romantic than a photo gift?! We’ve made a list of our favorite products that you can order using your most treasured photos! Trust me, you can’t go wrong with any of these babies!

Instagram book!
We are always sharing our favorite photos on Instagram, but having them in their own little book makes all the memories come flooding back. Add photos from Instagram, FB, or upload new images to complete your adorable 5×5 photo book. I make one of these each year, and the best part is getting to sit on the couch and relive all our memories from the last year. So special! Plus, the pricing starts at just $18! Find them here!

Polaroid + Wooden Block
Confused? Take a peak of what i’m talking about here! If you know someone who needs a little decoration for their office desk, this is the perfect, adorable, solution. Modern, sleek, and unique. Best part? You don’t have to pick just one! Order a stack of photos so they can change it out and always spice up the look! Bonus: This is great for male or female! Nothing too girly about a wooden block!

Personalized Calendar!
Can’t pick just one favorite photo? Make a calendar with your favorite images that represent each month! I have one hanging above my desk and it is my favorite part about a new month coming up! Plus, these aren’t those cheesy, collage calendars. They look super modern and allow for all kinds of customization, without sacrificing class. Male or female, this gift is sure to be a winner!

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Happy Wednesday!

We are officially in the last month of pregnancy, and while we are so ready for our sweet baby to be here, I am looking forward to the next month of down time and relaxing. My apartment needs a good cleaning, my closet needs purging and my stack of library books wants some attention! A month off is EXACTLY what my body, mind and baby all need!

So, what does that mean for the business? 
I will be taking maternity leave from February 1st-April 17th. During this time I will have automatic responses set up for any emails sent our way, and will check them randomly, making sure there aren’t any emergencies! If there is something that I consider an emergency, I will be contacting you ASAP. I will also be present on Instagram, sharing an overload of baby snap shots! So make sure to follow along with us (@greytobluephotography). Lastly, we have super fun guest bloggers coming in to take over our weekly blog posts! These will range in topic, so be on the look out for some amazing articles.

I have the BEST community that has guided me through streamlining the back side of the business, and helping me get all set up so I can enjoy all the baby snuggles without having any stress! I’m not sure what I would do without them. I am so grateful for the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the time with Atlas, rather than worrying about the business. It really is the best gift!

So, until April, see ya later!

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My friends make THE cutest babies! Photographing kiddos is something I consider a specialty in itself, but when one of my favorite friends asks me to do a little mommy/daughter shoot, I can’t help but jump on the opportunity! Plus, when their kid is the happiest one year old on the planet (and looks like this!), it really isn’t work 🙂

 

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