posted on 23rd of february, 2009

Dogs make great models, but before submitting any dog photo to Dreamstime, consider obtaining a model release from the owner, particularly if it is pedigreed, and especially if it is a registered champion. I've had at least one dog photo refused for that very reason. In that case, it was a Boston Terrier participating in a Veteran's Day Parade.

On the other hand, rescued shelter dogs such as Jack, the cinnamon-colored cross-breed pictured here, are probably a safe bet for posting without a release. Nevertheless, when in doubt, get a model release. In the event I should need such a specialized form, I've modified the standard Dreamstime model release so that it applies to pets and minors, and includes parental/owner permission.

Since I currently have just one dog photo on Dreamstime, I picked a few choice others that epitomize canine portraiture which I heretofore refer to as "phoDOGraphy."

Comments (11)

Comment by Valleymiss on March 20, 2009

I love dogs...big,little,mutts,pettigreed any of them. These photos are wonderful captures!

Comment by Valleymiss on March 20, 2009

I love dogs...big,little,mutts,pettigreed any of them. These photos are wonderful captures!

Comment by Lj1980s on February 25, 2009

phoDography is a brilliant phrase that I can see entering the language!! lol

Comment by Mayatairy on February 24, 2009

Wonderful creatures !
We are sooo lucky to have them in our lives !!!!

Comment by Dmccale on February 24, 2009

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Oh yes they are sooo cute here is one of mine.He is 15 yrs old.I love all dogs

Comment by Fultonsphoto on February 24, 2009

How can you not love them :0)

Comment by Tomdraug on February 24, 2009

Hehe cool name and cool doggies :)

Comment by Marilyngould on February 24, 2009

Whether pedigree or not, all are beautiful models!

Comment by Eclecticelegance on February 24, 2009

Aww!!! I hope I can eventually take photos of our dogs that are high enough quality to be accepted!

Comment by Creativei on February 24, 2009

Cute, lovely dogs, and yeah phoDOGraphy suits well.

Comment by Maigi on February 23, 2009

Aren't they just beautiful! phoDOGraphy - love that! :)

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Photo credits: Matthias Nordmeyer, Zhiwei Zhou, Ciprian Florin Dumitrescu, David Park, Eastwest Imaging, Wenzhi Lu, Koh Sze Kiat, Peter Kim, Stockshooter, Sunheyy, Dana Kenneth Johnson.

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Dana Kenneth Johnson is an independent freelance photographer and writer living in Gowen, Michigan, and specializing in photographing toy cars and die-cast models, animals and wildflowers, scenic landscapes and nature details.

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