In working with shelters, I have had multiple discussions about having a clean background for taking pictures. By that, I mean that you don't want a background that overwhelms the main subject: the animal. In the case of where I live now, Kaua'i, it is easy to try to take the dog out to some gorgeous areas. However if you do not shoot a tight shot of the animal, you will actually minimize the animal and lose your audience.
|Baby G, at the Kaua'i Humane Society since last August, during her 10-minute photo shoot. By getting her with a regular backdrop, we were able to get nice clean shots of her without distracting backgrounds.|