I met some fun dogs who are looking for homes this week during a photo session at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. If I didn't already have 3 dogs, I would have snuck at least one or two of them home with me!
You need several things when you are shooting studio portraits of dogs: a contained space; some good treats; a squeaky ball; and a few assistants (or wranglers as they are sometimes called). Also - think safety - sandbag, sandbag, sandbag your stands! You don't want any pup to get injured during a shoot, and you don't want your gear to get knocked over and damaged - by the dogs OR you!
Your subject may need some sniff time to relax a bit - the backdrop and light stands have new smells and noises. Talk to the dog, be positive and encouraging and give them treats for good behaviors. The dogs I was photographing had varying degrees of basic obedience, so we were treating to build trust, and get them to remember their manners (and, occasionally, to look up!). For those dogs that aren't as food-motivated, the squeaky ball usually gets their attention.
This guy reminds me of Falcore The Luck Dragon from the movie The NeverEnding Story. He was a fun dog. As soon as I get his name, I'll update the blog.
I think Bub is saying, "Take me home, I'm a lover!" He is about 9, a beagle, and available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
Because food is involved, occasionally you get a great shot like this one! Roxy was such a cutie - and had some great poses during our session together. She is available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
Laila is a beautiful boxer. She's about 7 and currently available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
All of these dogs (and other dogs and animals) are currently available for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Go check them out and adopt one! They have lots of love to give. The photo session was a lot of fun. Hopefully these pictures will help these dogs find their new homes!
That's it for tonight! I'll leave you with the doggie wisdom my pups have taught me: treat well and treat often!