I Love Bad Photos

I love the feeling I get when I capture that elusive “perfect” photo of my dogs. A photo when they’re both in full romp, both of their faces are towards the camera and both perfectly in focus. Alas, due to my middling skills as a photographer and the frenetic tendencies of my pups, those perfect photos are few and far between.

The photos I post on the blog range from “ok” to “great” on my own scale, with most being “good.” However, there is a special place in my heart for certain “bad” photos I take that generally never see the light of day. For me, bad photos sometimes tell a better story than those perfect shots. Here are a few of my recent bad-favorites.   Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

The goal was a cute family photo. The result was a blurry mess, but I just love Penny bugging Eko and Eko whining to Emily about it

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

I had another portrait-style photo in mind here, but Eko showed he still knows how to start trouble by pushing Penny and setting off a game of tag

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

This photo is just absurd. Penny tried to jump on Eko, but he ignored her while grooming himself. Penny remained stuck on his head for a good ten seconds

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

Getting everyone to look at the camera at the same time isn’t easy. Penny did her job here…

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

But when Eko turned around she decided to just quit and walk away

Rhodesian RIdgeback, puppy, adventure, chicago, marking our territory

And sometimes no one looks, but you catch your pup looking like she’s talking out of the side of her mouth like and old-time mobster plotting a heist

Life is messy, unpredictable and weird so I appreciate holding on to some of my perfectly bad photos which reflect exactly that. Whenever you take a really good, really bad photo I highly advise you hold on to it!

Does anyone else have a favorite bad photo in their collection?

36 thoughts on “I Love Bad Photos”

  1. Another fantastic post, Will. When you are getting ready for group shoots, have you tried hanging a tennis ball (or something else interesting) around your wrist as a way to get the kids to look at you?

  2. I don’t know why but when I point my camera and any of my dogs they look away and I can’t get them to look at the camera. What the heck are they thinking? I wonder often! lol

  3. My blog is currently full of really bad photos Will 🙂 Really bad! Quick snaps taken while Siddy is doing something [most often something that he really shouldn’t be doing] and invariably he is on the move! I have noticed that even my shots of inanimate things are getting blurred though – maybe it’s catching……

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