Dog Photography

Learn to capture the beauty of our canine companions in this full day, hands-on workshop. Dogs included!
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Our pets are intelligent, loving, loyal and filled with fun. I like to think of them as love on four feet. Dogs and cats add so much to our lives and yet are gone too soon — so photographing them is both a way to hold on to them a bit longer and a way to honor their memories.

But they certainly present some challenges for most photographers. They don’t always behave the way we want them to, and can’t always read our minds. We train ourselves to make light and camera settings a priority during a photo session, but with pets, the expression and the body language are absolutely key to success.

In this full day, hands-on workshop you’ll learn about managing your pet during the photo session, selecting the light that will show off their fur and whiskers and which lenses and settings will give you the look that you want. Let us teach you to set up the shot you envision hanging on your wall — and then add the dog or cat. We’ll have visiting pups for inspiration so students can test their new skills in a nearby outdoor location. Tip: Don’t wear your nicest shoes and dress comfortably!

You should already have a strong grasp of shooting in Aperture Priority and Manual exposure modes and the basics of how aperture and shutter speed work together. If you’re a beginner (or have been shooting for a while but still aren’t comfortable with these concepts) you can take our DSLR-1&2 evening classes or the Beginner DSLR Full Day Workshop first or some other equivalent training.


  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings.
  • The DSLR-1 and DSLR-2 evening classes, Full Day Beginner Workshop or equivalent level of experience is a suggested prerequisite.
  • A laptop to download and edit your images after our photo shoot.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use.
  • A handheld reflector if you have one.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little slobbery.


  • Cost per person is $240 early registration, $260 late registration.
  • Doors open at 9:45am.
  • Class starts promptly at 10:00am and ends at 6:00pm.
  • We’ve varied from our typical workshop hours so that we will have better natural light for the outdoor photo shoot.
  • Classes may be held in the upstairs classroom, up one flight of stairs, no elevator access.
  • Workshop price includes lunch.
  • Advance registration and payment is required.
  • A laptop is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 14, minimum number to make a class is 8.
  • Parking is available on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power.


10am-12:30pm: We’ll begin with a classroom presentation of the instructor’s work and a review of styles of pet photography. Then she’ll explain the techniques for creating those styles and for capturing beautiful and flattering images of your canine subjects.

12:30-1pm: We’ll break for lunch (included).

1-3pm: Our dog models will arrive! After we’ve gotten acquainted we’ll start shooting and applying your new skills. Teresa or her assistant will be available to answer your questions and help you to get the images you want.

3-4:30pm: We’ll bid our furry companions goodbye and you’ll set up your laptop to download, select and edit your photos. Once you’ve selected your best 20-30 images, Teresa will spend some time with you individually reviewing your images and helping you narrow down your 5-10 top shots from the day.

4:30-6pm: The instructor will project selected images from each photographer and offer comments and feedback.

Q: Will there be dogs present in the workshop?
A: Yes! We will be bringing in trained (and possibly adoptable!) dogs for the shooting portion of the workshop.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: Yes, we will be bringing in lunch.

Q: Do I need a laptop?
A: Yes. After the photo shoot you’ll be downloading and selecting images for review. You can use any type of editing or selection program that you’re comfortable with.

Q: What do I need for this workshop?

  • A DSLR with a full battery and empty memory card and a basic understanding of how to use your camera and its settings.
  • A laptop with an editing software you are familiar with (i.e., Lightroom, Aperture, Iphoto, Picassa, etc.) You’ll need to be able to export selected images to a thumbdrive which will be provided.
  • Any lenses or accessories you want to use.
  • A handheld reflector if you have one.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a little slobbery.

Q: Are there previous requirements for this workshop?
A: You should have a working knowledge of your camera settings including exposure modes, shutter speed, f-stop, white balance and ISO control. It’s recommended that you’ve already taken the DCP Beginner DSLR Workshop, DSLR 1 & 2 classes or equivalent training.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than 2 days before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: Details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Q: Where is the workshop held?
A: At Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers, Dallas, 75207.

Teresa Berg

Teresa Berg is a nationally recognized photographer and co-founder of Artists for Animals. She specializes in contemporary, artistic portraits for a sophisticated clientele. Additionally, she donates much of her time to animal and children’s charities.

Berg’s work has been featured on the CBS Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, The Today Show online, BBC Radio, The Dallas Morning News, The Toronto Star, Professional Photographer Magazine, Country Living Magazine, Reader’s Digest Magazine, Guidepost Magazine, Bark Magazine and numerous blogs.

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