When photographer Kerry Jordan founded National Dog Photography Day four years ago, she never anticipated it would go viral.
But celebrities like footballer Frank Lampard and Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis quickly got involved – even The Queen took to Instagram to share a snap of her corgis.
The hashtag #NationalDogPhotographyDay has since been a huge hit online, encouraging owners to “celebrate their love of taking photos of their dogs ” on July 26.
Whilst we all enjoy capturing precious moments of our pooches, photographing your pet can be frustrating when they don’t want to look at the camera or sit still.
Sharing her number one trick, Kerry told The Mirror : “One of the best things you can do to help elevate your photos is to make it a fun but calm experience for your dog.
“Make sure they get lots of praise and rewards so they associate your phone with a positive experience.
“Your dog doesn’t understand that you are trying to take photos, but it won’t care if they get rewarded for it.”
To take part today, share a picture on social media with the hashtag #NationalDogPhotographyDay and follow Kerry’s top photography tips:
If you can teach your dog to sit and wait – one of the most basic commands – your success rate in taking a good photo will go up.
Have a look to see if your phone has a portrait or aperture mode or similar.
It mimics the effect of a DSLR at a low aperture and blurs the background, which means your dog will really stand out.
It also helps get rid of anything that’s really distracting.
Most people take a photo of their dog from a standing position.
Instead of this, bring your phone really close to the floor – and for an extra dynamic shot – try actually turning your camera upside down so the lens side is on the floor.
Try making funny noises so that your dog looks directly towards you. If that doesn’t work, try doing a fake throw above your head.
Pop a self timer on so that you can try and get their attention on the camera and not have to worry about hitting the shutter button.
Move around and try different angles.
One of the sweetest shots to do is standing above your dog with the camera pointing directly down – particularly lovely if your dog is sitting in some wildflowers or fallen leaves.