I’m going to let you in on the worst kept secret in photography. We hate selfies! And with good reason. Once upon a time if you wanted a good photo of yourself you had to get all dolled up, drive to the studio,and pay a professional. And then came social media and the evolution of the selfies. First it was just the bathroom mirror pics, then duck lips, and selfie sticks. People make crazy faces and gestures. Having said all that, here’s my dirty little secret…I take selfies. Now, you won’t see me posting them hourly on Facebook. And very rarely are they just because I think the world needs more of my face. Most of the time it’s to share where I’m going or what I’m doing with my circle of friends.
Next: strike a pose! But for the sake of everyone who has to look at your pic, keep it natural. No duck lips! Think of something funny to achieve a natural smile. Tucking your tongue behind your front teeth is another trick. Try to keep it quick. The longer you try to hold a smile the less natural it will look. If there are wrinkles at the corner of your eyes it is a real smile. Grab some friends for even more fun.
And now it’s time to add the pups. First and foremost don’t expect too much…if you can get them to look in the general direction of the camera call it a win! Be patient. Set your pet up next to you, like you would your girlfriends at a party. Tuck those leashes to the back. If your pup is a flight risk you might find it helpful to kneel on their leash. That way your hands are free. Put your arms around your pup so your hand falls low on their chest. Or lay your arm flat on their back if you need to keep a grip on that collar. If you try to force them to look by grabbing their head it’s not going to go well. And odds are good your pet won’t understand when you yell “hey look over there!”. Think you can hold their head in place? You’ll end up with what appears to be a stranglehold — Homer Simpson style. So instead you have to outsmart them. Toss a rock, stick, or snowball in the direction of the camera and hang on tight. Get lucky and you’ll catch their interest enough to get a great ears up & paying attention shot. If you’re unlucky you’ll knock your phone off a stump with a rock and your dog will run after it. You can sometimes use your surroundings to your advantage. If you’re hiking on a popular trail, set yourself up so that while your pup is fixated on the other dog coming up the trail you can snap your awesome selfie. Know that you’re probably going to have to make a few attempts, but don’t go crazy. Odds are your pics won’t be perfect so just embrace the moment.