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12 Ideas for Photographing Dogs: Include Your Dog in Photo Books

dog photo book ideaRemember to include your dog in family photo books: We don’t take a lot of video in our family, but whenever I look back on old videos, I can’t help but notice how often the dogs are present. Whether it’s one of the kids taking their first steps, the kids dancing, or a birthday party in the backyard, the dogs are always there.

So, this past holiday season when I was finishing up a photo book to give to the grandparents I was shocked when I realized that the dogs weren’t in it! That’s like leaving one of the kids out of a family portrait, and it’s ridiculous that our photo book almost got printed without the inclusion of our furry kids.

As I went back though our digital photos on, I realized that I had dozens of great pictures of our dogs, but I had just overlooked them. Do you need ideas for photographing your dog?

Check out these great Instagram (webstagram) photos for inspiration! (click to view larger)

Tips and ideas for photographing your dog:

Now that I’m aware that these shots might end up having prominent places in our house and in gifts, I want to share some ideas for photographing dogs:

  • Get candid photos of your dog – Pets do some funny things on their own, so when you observe them as a “fly on the wall,” you’ll get great candid pictures
  • Photograph them at their worstDo they look guilty after eating a shoe? Maybe they just scattered trash across the kitchen, or have to wear a lamp shade after a trip to the vet. Remember the saying, “one day you’ll look back and laugh?”
  • Take a photo of them in the bath – There is nothing like the look of a dog mid-way through a bath!
  • Take a picture of them asleep – Especially if they sleep with one of the kids
  • Keep a treat handy if you want them to look at you – If you aren’t taking candid photos, you’ll soon realize that dogs and cats don’t turn and give you a frozen smile like the kids will. (sometimes?) Have a treat handy, and you’ll have their full attention
  • Take lots of pictures of them as puppies and kittens – There are no do-overs after your pet grows up, and when they are young they change every day. A fun idea would be to get one picture a week for your pet’s first year to collage on a few pages of a photo book (look for a coupon)
  • Natural light is best – Flashes can’t compete with the rich natural light that the sun gives off. If you are photographing your dog or cat, try going outside or shooting near a window. Rooms with southern exposure are usually well-lit
  • Lighting from the side or above emphasizes detail – If you want to show off your dog or cat’s fur, wrinkles, and color, then don’t light them from the front. If you take a flash shot from straight on, your going to lose detail and texture
  • Check online for inspiration – Sites like webstagram have millions of photos organized by tags (like, #dog) that you can search, which is where most of the pics came from above. You can even search by breed
  • Before placing an order, don’t forget to use a coupon for Shutterfly photo books here.

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Any family photo calendar or book without your dog is incomplete. Remember that they are part of the family, and make a wonderful addition to any photo gift. I even have my dog on my personalized iphone case!

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Instagram Photo Books & Gifts at Shutterfly: Get Promo Code

instagram shutterfly iphone caseShutterfly Coupons for Instagram Photo Books & Gifts – I’m guessing that if you have an iPhone, some of your best photos might be on Instagram. This is great, but as you know, Instagram photos are square, and not a standard size. No problem, as Shutterfly not only has a ton of options for uploading and printing Instagram photos, but also featured weekly promo codes and coupons to save on your order:

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instagram shutterfly photo mugA while back my wife and I started really getting into Instagram. Apparently we aren’t exactly pioneers, as millions of people use the popular app to make their favorite photos look retro and square. But, there’s the rub. You can’t print Instagram or Webstagram photos at a standard size, so most of those awesome photos never make it onto actual photo paper. (Need inspiration? Check out these cool Instagram photos highlighted on Shutterfly’s blog from last summer)

The good news is that Instagram has become much too popular for the top photo services like Shutterfly to ignore. Long story made short, now you have options of what to do with the plethora of great Instagram / webstagram photos that are collecting virtual dust on your iphone, the most popular of which is to put them in photo books or even as magnets.

They even have an app so you can quickly hash tag and transfer your favorite Instagram photos over to! Before you do so, grab one of our featured promo codes, and get up to a 50% discount on your order at or free shipping at Shutterfly.

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Sample instagram photo book from shutterfly

*If you’re really into the retro look, check out the latest discount codes for Tiny Prints, (their sister-site) and make stylish invitations and announcements from your Instagram photos! They have some really cool vintage-inspired designs

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Shutterfly Photo Book Coupons: Up to a 50% Discount or Free Shipping

shutterfly logo smallShutterfly Photo Book Coupons: Every week you can find great new coupons for to use towards their hugely popular photo books. Perfect for any occasion, there’s no better way to preserve your priceless memories. Here are the best coupons currently available:

Make a photo book for any occasion:

shutterfly photo book kidsWhat’s the best coupon for Shutterfly’s photo books?

Well, that actually depends on a couple of factors. Because everyone’s order is unique, you might want to compare codes or promotions to see what gives you the best discount.

Often you’ll want to compare free shipping against a “percentage off” coupon, although in certain cases you can combine discounts. The best time of year for coupons is during the Holiday season in December, or a couple of weeks before holidays like Mother’s Day.

How do you make a photo book at

Well, I’m glad you asked. Actually, there are two main options for starting your book: Simple Path, or Custom Path. The difference between the two is pretty self-explanatory. Simple Path lays out pages for you and gives you background choices for each month, while Custom Path really takes the training wheels off and lets your own creativity be your only limitation.

Making a Photo Book Using Simple Path:

here’s a quick demonstration of how to use Simple Path

 Making a photo book with Custom Path

Custom Path photo books give you more flexibility

Photo books are great gift ideas all year round

Send some smiles any time of year by gifting a personalized photo book. Need a great gift for a family member’s birthday? You’re in luck, photobooks are currently on sale at Shutterfly. Easy to use, they offer a ton of great gift ideas for all your digital pictures, even the Facebook ones. From small, 5×7″ books up to large 11×14″ photo books, or Instagram photo books, there are a ton of options to make yours unique.

With the 11 x 14 size book, you get a remarkable display of photo art for your coffee table or entrance. Summon your inner Martha Stewart with the larger size which will give you more options and space for creativity. The added bonus with the larger sizes is that shipping becomes free. Why waste money on shipping when you can use it for more pages, more photos and upgraded options, such as hard covers and matte finishes? These are included in the books eligible for discounts from coupons. (above)

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Printing photo books? Check out the latest coupons for Walgreens photo books here

On top of a great keepsake for your special memories, photo books make terrific gifts. Do you have a new baby in the family or recently celebrated a milestone birthday? Share your little one’s special first days or 1st birthday with family members and close friends by sending photo books instead of thank-you cards for baby gifts. Why not gift a photo book to your wedding party and special guests, or make one from the photos taken at your baby shower?


Don’t forget to use a coupon or promotional code

Every week there are fresh coupons and promotions directly from Shutterfly. If you are paying full price for their photo books, then you are paying too much. Please check out this week’s coupons for Shutterfly here for up to a 50% discount or free shipping.