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Walk In The Woods

Walk In The Woods

Taking on a walk on a crisp sunday morning is the best! It is quiet and the coffee in the thermos is hot! Can’t think of a better time to take a walk with the camera around my neck!


Resting Pose

Resting Pose

This little guy is always sleeping!

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire Terrier

Saw this little girl while out apple-picking last weekend. When I commented on how cute she looked with her tongue out, her owner replied, “it is always stuck out now since she had all her teeth removed because they are rotted”!

10 Tips To Photographing The Family Pet

Photographing animals can be a highly rewarding yet challenging task! There are some steps however that amateur and professional photographers can take into consideration when preparing to photograph the family pet.
1. Provide a safe environment for the pet (in a studio, fenced in area, etc.)
2. Determine from the owner/handler any pertinent information about the animal before the photo session. For example, if the pet is a senior and fragile, you will need to consider the best way to position him so he is not in any pain. Is he friendly with humans or does he have a tendency to bite (if so, strongly consider safety considerations), etc.
3. Have the owner/handler take their pet for a long walk or run before the shoot so he is sufficiently relaxed and ready to go upon arrival. Make sure the animal is brushed and the eyes are not covered by fur.
4. Have dog/cat friendly treats on hand so you can entice the animal to sit/pose in a ‘photogenic’ manner.
5. Have the owner/handler work with you to direct their pet and assist in proper posing. Having said this however, if you get the sense that the owner/handler is anxious or frustrated over getting their pet to cooperate, sometimes it is best to have an assistant get involved instead.
6. Watch for signs of distress in the animal ie. ears back in a cat or tail between the legs in a dog. These warning signs, among others, let you know that you may need to wait or postpone the session for a later date.
7. Create complementary backgrounds for your subject that add to his/her personality and colour and do not distract in any way.
8. Using a leash may be helpful to move the animal into position for the camera. This can be removed later with a proper photo editing program such as Photoshop.
9. Be conscious of the animal and its response to the use of camera flash. Some animals are not bothered by flash while others are. Ask the owner/handler what previous responses to flash have been like. Sometimes a ‘quick flash test’ at the beginning of the shoot can save you time and disaster during the session.
10. As the photographer, it is important to be relaxed, yet confident over directing the session, the handlers, and the animals. Everyone will respond much better if they know you are confident and enjoy what you do. Most of all, have fun!

Young girl and her buddy

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Here is an image I shot of Sami, a three year old French Bulldog from Norway. Very sweet. Have you ever heard the chatter that comes from a french bulldog? It is so sweet; they sound like they are ‘cooing’ with their little squeaks!

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Kiro is a four month old Border Collie. She is being raised and trained to be the ‘official sheepherder’ for her owner in Norway. So far, she is a winner! This little girl is so well behaved, she blew my socks off during the photo shoot. She will have no problem herding the 200 sheep who are waiting for her leadership!

Photographing Senior Dogs

Yesterday was a very interesting day. I had the pleasure of photographing three senior dogs; two dalmations and a mix breed. They are all brothers. All three have lovely dispositions but were very frail. The two dalmations, Whiskey and Chelsea have hip displasia so were unable to sit down and get up on their own. Their owner wanted to have them photographed as they are very old and she is worried their time is soon coming to an end. We decided to take the shot down at the beach. Their owner was so patient and loving and took the time to try to get them to sit side by side so I was able to take the images. I knew I had to work fast as I did not want them to experience any pain during the shoot so I took several shots from different angles. When we were finished, their owner helped them to sit back up and lifted them back in the car. It was a very moving and memorable experience. Here is one of the images.


Wind and little dogs

Yesterday my little dog and I were out for a walk and it was very windy. He hates the wind and I think secretly thinks he will be blown away like in the Wizard of  Oz! He dropped his centre of gravity and stayed low while his floppy ears stuck out like propellers. He looked very paranoid as he glanced left and right nervously; not knowing if he should move or remain still. It was hilarious! Finally, I gave up and brought him home. I wonder: does anyone else have dogs that react to wind like that?

Airlines and Dogs!

Well  now if this isn’t hilarious, I am not sure what is!  We  need to take our  two dogs on  a Trans-Atlantic flight and know that our big dog will have to go below in the cargo area in a cage.  Our little guy, we are hoping (keep your fingers crossed) “will make weight” (feels like a MMA weigh-in!) so he can fly in the cabin with me. He is a little chubby so we are nervous; my husband has suggested various methods to slim him down before the flight which is in a couple of months from running him on the treadmill to having him attend a Dog Weight Loss clinic LOL. I think he will make it but still, we have had quite a laugh while musing over our dilemna! Wish us luck!

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