I figure it takes me about 10 minutes per dog to get a 'good enough' picture. At first I would try and try for the perfect shot, despite no interest in treats or toys, despite not wanting to make eye contact. Now, I recognize when it's not going to happen, when someone is not interested and I just have to move on. Usually, then, I take the most forward facing profile, as they watch other dogs or distractions. Tonight I had one of those, an Australian Shepherd who was just happy to be outside. Can you spot him?
These 2 were my challenge photo. They are a bonded pair, tiny and shivering, who seemed like they had never been approached with love or kindness. The trick here was to capture them together, to show their bond and convince someone to give them a go. I do so hope they get placed together. They seem to be all each other has in the world.