Dog photographers: Seeing red for great portraits
I don’t do a lot of indoor work. I’m not at the stage where I have a studio like many dog photographers.
I may never have a studio.
An adventurer, a hiker, a hobbyist landscape photographer, I freakin’ love the outdoors.
I love #dogsonrocks, #adventuredogs, #dogsthathike … well, you get the picture.
In one Facebook group, we were challenged to make a one-light image and, in the Project 52 blog circle, we were challenged this week to make an image using the color red.
This wasn’t easy.
I thought about putting Bella in a Calgary Flames jersey, but she’s really not the #fangirl type.
I racked my brain and finally decided to mash the two challenges together, bust out an off-camera flash and reflector, put Bella on the couch, and tuck her into my snuggly red plaid bankie.
All snuggled up
Since we’re in a bit of mid-winter chill in Spokane and Eastern Washington — not as bad as our Mid-West and East Coast, mind you, but cold enough for us! — I think it fits the bill.
How about you? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be snuggled up next to this doll?
You see that she’s none too happy about being my professional dog model, right?
My vision was to replicate this image taken with my (exceedingly crappy) HTC One A9 phone camera.
It was taken very much in the moment. Bella was napping and being her Adorabella little self. (As opposed to those times when she’s Beelzebella.)
Yet, she isn’t much one for posing.
She doesn’t really care for sitting around and waiting when she decides there’s something she’d rather be doing. (It’s not like I can’t empathize.)
And she will not pretend to nap for me.
So, I had to switch gears and bribe her with some Jiffy peanut butter on her favorite red Kong bone.
All around the dog photographers circle
Ultimately, this little challenge reminded me I should stick with outdoor stuff.
It’s easier to plan, easier to manage, easier to get a great pose out of a dog (because what dog doesn’t love being outside?).
At least for me, that’s the plan.
Plenty of dog photographers around the world rule the studio shot. You’re likely to run into a few of them if you start clicking through our weekly blog circle. This week, I’m throwing you over to Ursula, a freelance photographer based on the south shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin.
It’s cold out there but over here in Spokane, WA, and North Idaho, we’re enjoying some temps on the warmer side of the thermometer. We dip down next week but I am still taking bookings for the rescue promotion I announced last week.
For $59, you and your rescue dog get a one-hour portrait session, a mounted 8×10 and two digital files ready for social media sharing. All you have to do is share the story about how your rescue dog changed your life.
I can’t wait to hear all about it!