I’ve always been a dog person, our pooch is now thirteen and she’s a huge part of our family. At home we have portraits of our children, but we didn’t have a framed portrait of Ruby. So three years ago I set about photographing her in my studio and now we have a beautiful chunky framed black and white print that takes pride of place in our living room.
When friends and family saw Ruby’s frame they asked me to photograph their dogs and now dog portraits have become big part of what I do. I really enjoy photographing dogs and I find it very similar to working with toddlers, you can only start photographing them when they are ready and their attention span is limited.
I’m bursting with new ideas and backdrops for my dog portraits, I’m also going to put a coffee table book together filled with my new image ideas, this will take pride of place here at my studio. Also Lynn and I have also been talking about putting a calendar together, but let’s not run before we’re walking.
So far so good with my studio dog portraits…
I’m about halfway through my studio dog portraits for my beautiful coffee table book and I’m loving the dogs I’ve had through the door so far. I’ve had timid, boisterous, playful, curious. I’ve also had sniffers, lickers and a couple of farters, but I’ve loved them all with their unique personalities.
The second best part of these sessions is inviting their owners back to the studio the view what I managed to take in the studio (unfortunately I’ve got a few owners desperate to view their shoots, but the current situation is stopping me from getting to the studio computer, it will be worth the wait).
It’s lovely for me as a photographer to hear the dog’s owners tell me which images they really like and why. When I look at my session images I look at the lighting, the composition and the focus before I look properly at the dog, the owners obviously look at the dog and little details that define their pooch. I’m learning all the time by listening (every day is a school day). Dog owners are just like parents looking at portraits of their children, they want to see something that reminds them of their dog and that I’ve captured an angle that shows the best likeness, I know this might sound odd as it’s their dog in the images, but the wrong angle, wrong lens or a strange composition can end up with an image that doesn’t represent their best friend.
As an added bonus I’ve also seen some beautiful frames collected by happy owners and I’ve got frames and other wall art on order. Some of the owners are opting for full image blocks (like a canvas, but better).
If you’d like your dog photographing by me please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Your dog could feature in my coffee table book, it was meant to be designed and ordered by the end of March, but due to the current situation I have extended entries…