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Best Practices for Taking Bichon Frise Pictures

Sep 9, 2008
The fluffy white Bichon Frise is so photogenic, it is an ideal dog to use as a subject for portrait photography. Have you ever wished you can take professional quality portrait style pictures of your Bichon Frise? You don't need to go out and buy expensive camera equipment to take great pictures of your dog. Scientific advances, and lower prices, make it possible for you to take great photos of your Bichon Frise with an inexpensive digital camera or even a digital camera cell phone.

Digital photography makes it super easy to take professional looking photographs of your Bichon Frise. Follow the tips in this article, and soon you'll be taking Bichon Frise pictures that you'll be proud of. You'll have all kinds of Bichon Frise pictures to upload to photo sharing sites or load into a digital photo frame. You'll have awesome photos worth pasting in your scrapbook, using as desktop wallpaper or a screensaver, or sharing with your friends in an online photo album.

Do some advance preparation for your Bichon Frise photo session. First, make a list of all the equipment you'll need. Second, put a fresh memory card in your camera with plenty of storage capacity so you don't get an annoying "card full" message when your Bichon Frise finally strikes that perfect pose. Third, start with fresh batteries. Fourth, decide whether you'll take pictures of your Bichon Frise inside or outside, and secure the location if you decide to shoot outside. Fifth, make sure all your backdrops and props are ready and close at hand. Sixth, have an idea of the different poses that you want to capture.

When you're trying to take great pictures of your Bichon Frise, you can't also be the one who does all the grooming, staging and other behind-the-scenes tasks. Ask a friend who gets along well with your dog to act as your assistant. After the photo session is over, give your helper a thank-you gift with one of the photos on it. A coffee mug or a framed print of one of your Bichon Frise photos is a good idea for a gift.

Before you start shooting, get out your camera and check the memory card to make sure you have plenty of room for photo storage. Put fresh batteries in the camera, especially if you are taking pictures indoors or if you don't have an AC converter for your camera. Decide where to pose your dog, and collect any backdrops or props you want to use so they are all ready to go.

Your choice of what background to use for your Bichon Frise picture will set the tone of the mood for the picture. Plan your backgrounds carefully. The Bichon Frise looks best photographed against a solid colored backdrop. Many photographers now use a chromatic green backdrop. With this backdrop, your background "disappears" in your digital photos, and you can place your Bichon Frise into any digital backdrop you can find. Add scenery and details to your photos without leaving home.

Toys and props add interest to your photos, and they keep your dog engaged during the photo session. Using props when photographing a puppy makes the pup look even younger and smaller.

Look at a few Bichon Frise pictures, and you'll notice right away that the best ones are taken at the dog's eye level. Don't hesitate to set your dog up on a table or bed to raise its height. Remember, safety first! Have your assistant monitor the situation so your dog doesn't fall off. With these great tips, soon you'll be taking amazing candid shots or portrait style pictures of your Bichon Frise.
About the Author
About the author: Mary Stevenson is a passionate lover of the Bichon Frise and owns a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Bichon Frise. Among other topics at this website, you can also learn all about Bichon Frise Pictures plus a whole lot more.
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