Photographer Richard Mitchell Offers Tips To CBS 2

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For many families this time of year means holiday picture time. And those families that include pets know how crazy it can be to get your furry friend to cooperate.

CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu spoke with professional photographer Richard Mitchell on how to get the perfect shot of your beloved pet.

Before you get your pooch to pose, Mitchell suggested taking the dog out for a walk.

Mitchell also said not to feed your pet right before the shoot.

“I find a hungry dog is an attentive dog. They’ll pay attention to me if they’re hungry and they think that they’re going to get something, a reward or a treat, if they work with me,” Mitchell told Hsu on Thursday.

Speaking of treats, keep them handy during the photo shoot. Also make sure to clear the room of distractions, Mitchell said.

Another tip is to take as many pictures as possible. The photographer said sometimes he will take hundreds just to get a handful of good ones.

Ultimately, Mitchell said patience is key.

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