- Zoom in and keep background clutter to a minimum
- Keep “people parts” and whole persons out of the photo if you can
- Work hard for a picture where your dog is looking toward the camera (a squeaky toy, or kissing the air with your lips pressed, can help a lot with this.)
- Good lighting is key. Stay away from late evening or early morning – heavy shadows are bad.
- A cute scarf or handkerchief will always get notice
- Leave out the fancy graphics, or frilly or fancy picture frames. A plain photo is best. Photos should be at least 400px wide, much smaller and they won’t show well online.
TIP: To reduce your photo size or to “crop out the clutter” you might try a easy, free tool that we love at iPiccy
Consider providing a few different photos of your dog, such as:
PHOTO 1 – Headshot photo. This will be the most important photo. It’s the ‘thumbnail’ photo that adopters see as they search for dogs. A great close-up photo will help create a great first impression that draws visitors in to want to learn more about your Fido friend.
PHOTO 2 – Full body photo. Try to get a photo of your dog with cute expression on his face – the photo should show your dog’s personality. We like ‘whole body’ photos of dogs at play with a toy or just at home hanging out.
Here are a few examples