Lifestyle Dog Photography

A course by MESTIZAA
Canine photographer. Bilbao, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/23/2018
, Canine photographer

Learn the techniques to photograph your dog and create a professional Instagram feed from scratch

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (15)
  • 565 students
Lifestyle Dog Photography

Learn the techniques to photograph your dog and create a professional Instagram feed from scratch

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (15)
  • 565 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 16 Lessons (2h 12m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

Transmitting the relationship that dogs have with their families through photographs, capturing a gaze, expressions, or emotions can be a great challenge. Photographer Maider Sierra, also known as Mestizaa is an expert in this art and reflects her love for dogs by giving life to work that is full of personality and sensibility.

In this course, Maider introduces you to the world of lifestyle dog photography and shows you how to find your own style when choosing lighting, color palettes, and special locations. See how to prepare your photos ready to share on Instagram and create a professional feed with your dog as your main protagonist.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Photo preproduction
  • U4
    U4. Photoshoot
  • U5
    U5. Postproduction
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by learning about Maider Sierra’s experience as a dog photographer and how she started her personal project: Mestizaa. She shows you her main references within the canine photography space and tells you more about what you’re about to learn in the course.

In the second unit, see how to prepare your work material and dogs to carry out your photoshoot, learning some tricks to make the process easier. Create your own style by choosing lights, colors, and specific locations, and see how to create a mood board to find inspiration.

Begin the pre-production phase and learn how to work with natural light, seeing some tricks to adapt to different situations and obtain the best results. Maider shows you the different types of frames you can use depending on the size and number of dogs that you include.

Next, it’s time to get started on your photos! See how Maider works with a hand-held camera in two sessions: one with an interior location and another with an extra protagonist. Then, see how to take street-style photos outdoors. In each session, see how to obtain the best light, frame, and get useful advice on how to interact with the dog and person that accompanies it.

In the last unit, learn how to choose the best photos and edit them, both on your phone and computer, with Adobe Lightroom and other apps. Finally, Maider explains how to share your photos on Instagram to maximize your potential new clients.

What is this course's project?

Carry out a photoshoot with your own style and post it on Instagram, achieving harmony in your feed with your dog as your main protagonist.

Who is it for?

For all those interested in animal photography.

What you need

No previous photography experience is required, but if you want to do a professional photoshoot, basic knowledge in photography will be useful, as well as a computer with Alien Skin and Adobe Lightroom.

As for materials, you’ll need a phone or camera, and last but not least, a dog.


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A course by MESTIZAA

Canine photographer

Passionate about dogs and photography, Maider Sierra Menéndez united both worlds to become a canine photographer. In her work, she aims to convey the love she feels for dogs and the lifestyle that revolves around them.

Maider started off by taking pictures of families before moving onto the canine world, working with brands like Brott, Dogmade, and Indomable. In 2015, she created her personal project Mestizaa and now dedicates her undivided attention to her passion: taking pictures of dogs and their families.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2


    • How to work with dogs
    • Choose a style
    • Mood board or inspiration
    • Materials and how to prepare the camera
  • U3

    Photo preproduction

    • How to choose the type of light
    • Framing
  • U4


    • Indoor dog
    • Dog plus inner person
    • Street style
  • U5


    • Postproduction of photos on computer 1
    • Postproduction of photos on computer 2
    • Photo selection and mobile retouching
    • How to get the most out of your Instagram feed
  • FP

    Final project

    • Lifestyle Dog Photography

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Lifestyle Dog Photography. A Photography, and Video course by MESTIZAA

Lifestyle Dog Photography

A course by MESTIZAA
Canine photographer. Bilbao, Spain.
On Domestika since 05/23/2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (15)
  • 565 students