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Capturing the details in dog photography

Where’s the face?

An empty house. No pitter patter of paws against the hardwood floor running to greet you at the door. No jumping with excitement and a slobbery kiss to melt all your worries away. No more looks from those endearing eyes. Many of us have experienced the heartache of losing our beloved pet who was ready and waiting at the door for whatever adventure we had in store. Often times we will think of the funny or heartwarming expressions made with their face, but when our pets are no longer with us, it is not just the face that we remember. It is that tail that beat against the chair as he is greeting you after a long day at work. It is that unique patch of fur on his back, that you can see from far away. It is the paw that he places in our hand with love and compassion. This week we will be focusing on the details that are important to capture in order that we can trigger and honor the memory of our pet when he is no longer here.

backside of dog
dog waiting for directions

The back has it

Capturing the back of a dog will show the cut of our dog as well as the strength and muscle, especially when they are getting ready to pounce. We can see the way they sit and the markings that they have on the back as well as how the ears lay. It also shows the funny little habits they may have of splaying their back legs and shows off their cute little (or long) tail!

rear and tail of a doberman
Backend capture of a dog
Celia stalking
Dog ready to play

The Paws

The paws are what they give you when you ask them to shake hands, and twitch during the night as they dream of catching that bunny or squirrel. They are what they use to reach out and paw you as if to say, “pet me now!” or “It’s time for our walk.”

B&W of dog paw

Dog and his Human

Detail images are a great opportunity for a pet owner to be in the picture without having to “be in the picture”. Some options include holding your pets paw, or capturing a loving arm wrapped around your pet.

rescue dog looking at a cookie
I wuv you
paw in hand

End of Life sessions

End of Life sessions are a priority at Nancy Kieffer Photography. I have felt the pain and loss of a dog that died way too soon as well as a dog that lived a long happy life. They were both heartbreaking. I will work with you to get the session that you desire with your pet and keep the comfort of your pet in mind. Payment plans are available and the images are held until such time that you are ready to view them. These sessions will also focus on the details that you wish to remember.

Blogging for Pet Photographers

This post is part of circular blog with other Professional Pet Photographers. Our goal is to focus on a particular topic/assignment each week and put our own spin on it. There are photographers from all over the world participating.  Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Then follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

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Kylee Doyle of Kylee Doyle Photography, serving pet parents in the greater Sacramento area.

Come and find your Best Friend!
Second Chance has a unique program near Syracuse N.Y. where inmates train the rescued dogs and it gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Appointments currently required related to Covid-19 protocols.
Cali the Doberman

Cali is a beautiful sweet girl that is looking for a new home.

Please contact Friends of second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078

Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a pet and nature photographer serving  Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet, whether it’s a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch. Travel assignments welcomed.

To book a session, Email: or call 315-469-8807.   Nancy also offers instruction in photography and Lightroom.