Once Upon a Time, the Felix believed that the camera would steal his soul.Does anyone else remember the year that our Christmas Card shoot was a total disaster? This is just one, of many, times that I tried to create a nice photo memory and failed. My iPhoto library is a testament to how many crappy photos I have taken of this dog. Thanks a heap, Felix. Do you know why our blog is called ‘Kol’s Notes’, even though it was inspired by sweet Felix? He was the WORST dog to get a picture of. He wouldn’t sit still. He wouldn’t look at the camera. All attempts at a successful photo shoot were thwarted by Felix’s own refusal to co-operate. I tried begging, pleading and bribing him to work with me, but as it turns out, none of those things are successful dog training strategies. If I couldn’t get a half decent photo of him, I knew he couldn’t be the spokesdog for our blog.
Lately, though, I’ve been noticing that Felix is much more relaxed in front of the camera.
I hadn’t given too much thought to why, until Pamela from Something Wagging asked me if I had any tips to help her adorable golden, Honey, respond better to the camera. You know, I am clearly no expert at training and I am sure not an expert at photographing dogs, but I am an expert on Felix and how we’re working through his issues. Felix is a camera shy dog, not because he is actually afraid the camera will steal his soul, but because, generally speaking, he is a nervous guy. Luckily, we’ve found some ways to work around his camera shy ways.
Tips for Photographing a Camera Shy Dog
Work on confidence building.