Pet Photography - before and after photos

April 24, 2020  •  4 Comments

This week's photography blog for pets is "before and after".  There are many photographs that I just do very simple and minor edits (exposure, shadows, highlights, cropping).  Those are the easy ones! Then there are some that the location is less than ideal and to get a better photograph a lot of cleanup work on the background/location is done.  Sometimes if the background is not favorable to the dog with respect to a photograph, the background is replaced.   Let's take a look at a few examples that show the before and after photograph of these rescue dogs looking for their foster or forever homes.  All photographed were modified using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Example 1: Removing a leash

Here's an example of a easy, simple photograph of a rescue dog - BEFORE

AFTER leash removal.

This senior dog spent her life not being socialized, but stuck in a back yard.  Her owner passed away and she was turned in to the shelter and then brought to Maxx and Me Pet Rescue.

Example 2: Leash removal, back ground cleanup

This is the before photograph. The mom is on the right - Athena and her son on the left, Roscoe.  They are both pretty young and these rescues were very strong and pretty full of energy.  It was a while before they stayed put this long to grab a photograph of them (each dog leash being held by a different person).  While the overall hanging out next to each other was nice - the background was a little messy.  Both of these young dogs are up for adoption - they are strong, but they were very affectionate towards us while we were there photographing them.

Here is the after photograph.  The leashes have been removed, the background cleaned up to be less distracting.

Example 3: Background replacement

In the next example, the background was pretty much a blown out white color - mostly because the white fencing was getting sun, the dog was under a shade canopy and darker in fur color. Here's the original photograph with his leash.

Here's the after photograph (we had a little fun with the background texture).

For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit Angela and Bella of Noses & Toes Pet Photography hiking Spokane during stay-home orders.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session, send an email to [email protected] or give us a call/text Linda at 813-610-2671 in the Tampa Bay area (Florida).


Wonderful edits! Athena and Roscoe are so darn cute!! I hope the beautiful senior gal has found a loving forever family.
Excellent edits!
I really like the last one with the textured background!
Kelly Middlebrooks(non-registered)
Background replacements can be fun! That mom pup is a beautiful dog!
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