If you have a copy of my bestselling book (I still pinch myself when I type those words!) Your Baby in Pictures, you’ve seen one of my favorite sections on photo tips for baby and dog! Below is a little BTS (behind the scenes) story on how this darling photo shoot went down. It’s all the juicy details you can’t publish!
I did a photo shoot of a baby and dog, and OH MY STINKING GOODNESS!, it was the BEST, most HILARIOUS time ever! We could not stop laughing all throughout the shoot. Talk about two unpredictable subjects!
Plus, there is this mysterious and beautiful connection between babies and animals that always amazes me. I mean if you really think about it, this sweet dog is like a horse in size from little Walker’s eyes. But Walker wasn’t afraid and just jibber-jabbered to the dog non stop. It was the sweetest thing!
I look at this moment below, and I can’t help but see a deeper connection between babies and their pets. The connection can be so gentle, so protective, and thoughtful. And even though baby is pulling on the dog’s ears, grabbing fistfuls of fur, or trying to catch that wagging tail, the dog doesn’t waver in her steadfast commitment to watch over this little one. It makes you want to cry and laugh all at the same time!
There are so many fun moments from this shoot. Within Your Baby in Pictures, I share the lessons I learned and photo tips for baby and dog you can try when working with best friends at the same time. And get this! Brian video taped the WHOLE shoot so you’ll get to watch this hilarious adventure for yourself!
But here is one of our FUN behind the scenes photo tips for baby and dog that we didn’t publish in the book. The way I got this photo, my favorite one, is two words “Peanut Butter”. Baby doesn’t have any nut allergies, and the dog LOVES peanut butter. We decided to slab peanut butter on this little one’s forehead so the dog would stay (literally fixated) for me to get the shot. HILARIOUS! All mom’s idea too! I can’t take any credit! LOL!
For all my Photo Recipe Lovers! My f-stop was at a 3.2 to soften the background of French Doors. I had a higher ISO. It was 640. Why do this? I knew I needed to freeze the action between these two, so that means I needed a fast shutter speed. My Shutter Speed was able to be 1/2000th’s of a second because my ISO was higher. This helped me freeze every split second of interaction between the two.
A big thanks to the precious baby Walker and Mushu, the sweet pup!