Every dog needs a place in this world.
A Spokane landscape is always at the front of my mind when I’m planning a dog photography session.
Give him his place.
The image I make should be bold and dramatic with vibrant colors and your dog should look confident, powerful.
Like he’s stamping his paws down on a rock saying, “This is my world.”
Inspired by Spokane landscape
As frequent readers to this space know well, I rejoined the world of photography in the late 2000s following a brief break that was a result of work fatigue. My first Maremma sheepdog, Shep, and I started hiking in the Rocky Mountains and I couldn’t not want to take pictures!
The landscape of Alberta — whether the incomparable Rockies or the Badlands and their fascinating ghost towns — have been incredibly inspiring to me.
I yearn for beautiful vistas, rugged rocky bluffs, sparkling lakes and bold, vibrant colors. I follow Paul Zizka of Banff, Alberta, stormchase, friend and former co-worker Chris Ratzlaff of Calgary, and Victoria Haack of Salmon Arm, B.C. to watch what they’re doing with light and angles and subjects.
I’ve spent several years exploring Eastern Washington and when I landed in dog photography, I knew I wanted to showcase our fantastic Spokane landscape and, of course, amazing North Idaho scenery, too.
Whenever I pack my camera bag for a session or an adventure with Bella, I draw on my experience with landscape photography and my love of dogs to bring you the best of both worlds.
I love it best in wide angle and with off-camera flash to give it that extra bit of drama.
You + your dog + a beautiful Spokane landscape = wall art
It’s your place in the world.
It’s your dog’s place in the world.
And it’s how you fit together.
Community over competition
Dog photography is one of the fastest growing niches in the photography world! And the Spokane market is no different.
I first realized I might make this my “thing” several years ago when I was plotting my move to Spokane from the B.C. Interior. I thought if I could just get him to marry me and get settled, I could do it.
I did it.
I launched Noses & Toes Pet Photography (finally!) in 2017, first waiting patiently through a bit of time trying to resuscitate a marketing career I never really liked.
Soul-sucking blankety-blank such and such.
I found support groups on Facebook and one in particular has exploded in just four years from 3,000 members to 12,000. We chat about dog photography, its techniques, editing and the business.
And that’s where I first encountered my friend, Rachel, too.
The Touched by a Dog photographer
Rachel Moore is the Top Dog over at Touched By a Dog Photography. We’d chatted online many times and she finally walked up to my booth at the 2018 Pet Expo.
We’ve become good friends and we support each other as this crazy business takes off.
We are both on-location, nature-based photographers who highlight the Spokane landscape but we are so vastly different.
From our style to our personalities.
You see, Rachel is one of the soft, sweet gals whom you cannot help adore.
And you know by now I’m a wee bit rough around the edges.
It comes through in our work.
Rachel takes a moody approach to her work, giving you images that are artful, majestic and dreamy … even painterly. She uses soft, muted colors that transport you to a different realm.
She is inspired by the poetry and prose of Lucy Maud Montgomery of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Montgomery, whom I read voraciously as a child growing up right next door in Nova Scotia, wrote with a vivid imagination spinning tales of Anne of Green Gables that I lived out in my own head.
Montgomery turned P.E.I. into a magical land, where fantasy and adventure ruled.
That’s Rachel’s work: an adventure into fantasy, a romantic dreamscape that launches you into another plane of existence.
We recently paired up for a night of “I shoot your dog, you shoot mine.”
She brought her beautiful Brigs out to Saltese Uplands Conservation Area for an early evening walk and we each found a perfect spot to pull incredible images of each other’s dog.
This is her take on my Bella, with her 105mm lens at dusk:
And here’s my take on her Brigs with my 20mm lens and off-camera flash:
Both Rachel and I have niched down to dog photography because the subject matter inspires us in our day-to-day lives. Dogs are a big part of who we are.
We’ve both further niched down by finding a style that’s unique and close to our hearts.
She’s writing more about her style today, too.
All around the circle
Style is one of those things that sets every Spokane dog photographer apart from each other.
Making your choice of dog photographer depends largely on the way you want to showcase your dog in art for your home.
Style is the topic for this week’s worldwide pet photographer and I can’t wait to see how the other photographers interpret their style.
Start with Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography, fetching pet and family portraits in Coppell, Carrollton and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Click the link at the bottom of Tracy’s post to get to the next post and so on.
When you get back here to dog portraits with bold colors and rugged landscapes, you know you’re home.
Right where you belong.