Taking Trophy Photo'son Sep 9, 2012
Tell a Better Story
Nothing infuriates me more than seeing a mature buck thrown up in the bed of a pickup truck with the successful hunter straddling over the deer with a cheesy grin and thumbs up. Sure, I am happy for the hunter, but such pictures reflect poorly on the hunting community, and I believe it’s disrespectful to the animal.
When positioning your deer for the photo, using the foreground and background to help share with other’s the story you and your harvested deer shared. I’m usually not a big fan of props in harvest photos, but if you have sheds of the buck from previous years, include them in the picture. It gives the photo depth. If you hunted out of a climber when you arrowed your trophy, leave it strapped on your back or tastefully position it in the photo.
Also, let Mother Nature do her part as well. You and your buck shared the same woods when you harvested him, so if possible, position your deer in an area that lets viewers know where you shot the buck, without knowing where you shot it. For example, if you arrowed a giant corn-fed buck in the Midwest, a harvest photo in a corn field might be a good idea. If you shot him deep in the mountains, let the intimidating hills and ravines do their part in the photo if possible.
Try to take a picture of your trophy in the conditions it was killed. A photo in the back yard leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to the location of the hunt and all the visual imagery that was experienced. The above photos are two perfect examples of capturing the conditions of the hunt.
One of the first photos that should be taken with a downed animal is one with the hunter smiling ear to ear. It’s the photos people look forward to the most and it reveals the hunters genuine excitement. However, once those shots have been captured, get creative with the hunter’s pose. You can have the hunter look down at the buck’s rack to depict a feeling of respect and admiration. The hunter kneeling over the buck shows thankfulness and an appreciative hunter. These aren’t rules, just ideas. Everyone’s got their own creative mindset; harvest photos are a great chance to express it!