Photo and Video Guidelines

Foster Families, the dog pages on the BROOD website are one of the most important ways to "market" a dog to a potential family; it is through the website that prospective owners first get to meet the dog. Therefore it is up to you to see that the information on the website is accurate, truthful and brings the dog's personality alive. To help your foster dog find that perfect forever home, we need your help. Here are tips for how to get the very best photo or video.

Start with a calm dog. Give her a bit of time to sniff and run around, explore their surroundings, and calm down, before you begin your photo session. Pick a quiet, serene space, away from the distractions of traffic, strangers, excited children and other dogs. A distracted and excited dog is practically impossible to photograph.

Beautify your pup. You don't have to get him a salon treatment, but do give him a nice brushing, wipe away the eye boogers, put on a cute bandana and take off that ratty leash before you begin. You want your pup to look clean, adorable and huggable.

Get down to her level. Get down on the ground and bring your camera down to eye level with her. This makes the photograph seem more intimate; the viewer feels like they're face to face with the pup, and there's a sense of connection.

Get him to look at you. This also adds a sense of personal connection. The goal is to get the viewer to feel like they're looking right into the pup's eyes. To get your dog to look at you, try wagging a treat right by your camera lens, using a high pitched whistle, or having a friend wave their arms directly behind your head to get your dog to look towards the camera.

Declutter. When there are garden tools, empty boxes and a million other things in the background or foreground of your picture, it draws attention away from your pup, and makes for a cluttered and unattractive photo. It only takes a few minutes to put all that stuff away, or to pick a clean, serene space.

Capture her personality. Does your pup have a favorite toy? Include it in the photo. Is she shy and affectionate? Pick her up and have your friend take a photo of her in your arms. Let your pup's personality, however playful, timid or serious, shine through in the photo, to show everyone what makes him or her so unique.

Call a friend. Having a second person to help you is a great idea! Your friend can draw your pup's attention to the right direction while you handle the camera, and if need be, dive and tackle a naughty pup who decides to make a run for an open gate!

Above all, maintain a calm, cheerful and encouraging demeanor. Your puppy will follow your emotional cues, so try and make it a positive experience for everyone involved!

Photos should be emailed to BROOD's at the same time as you submit the two week Foster Dog Report.