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Studio Dog Portraits

I LOVE photographing people and my photography background is mainly people led, shooting either weddings, children, family and corporate portraiture.  Studio Dog Portraits is my new venture.

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.

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“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” – M.K. Clinton
Studio Dog Portrait

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.

Studio Dog Portrait
Dexter is a very accident prone pooch. He’s had a few serious scrapes in his short lifetime, but as you can see he loves life…
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Flo is not a fan of TV show The Chase and needs to be comforted if it comes on. Thankfully it’s not a Walsh thing as we hit it off…
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Denis loves eating toast crusts on a morning and hates it when his human moves ornaments, because Denis doesn’t like change…

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.

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“Every dog must have his day.”

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.

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George aka Gorgeous. Everyone who knows him loves him and his parents call him Mr Sociable. He does have a mischievous side, but he never gets caught in the act…
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Millie’s an all or nothing kinda girl. You’ll see her diving into the sea, river and beck, but you’ll never see her step in a puddle or walk on wet grass. Which is how she earned the nickname Princess Paws…
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“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”
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Herbert and Sullivan, like all siblings they fight like dog and dog, but when faced with adversity they will protect each other…

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).

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Finn aka Batdog, if his humans have been out, as soon as they get home BANG he’s off, like a bullet out of a gun he’ll circle the room with supercharged love energy and pure joy…

If you’d like your dog photographing by me please email me studio@garywalsh.co.uk

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…

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