One of the areas I’m moving into is the idea of “pet photography”, more specifically, dogs, in fact, even more specifically “puppies”. The premise is that if parents will pay a large amount of money for pictures of their new born babies in baskets\hats\other ‘props’, why won’t the new parents of a puppy.
In order to do this of course, I need the beginnings of a portfolio, so I started putting the word out at my local pub, especially as there seems to be a number of proud parents showing off their bundle of fluff recently.
So far, I’ve photographed a 9 week old Jack Russel called Maisie, who was the perfect model, sat incredibly still most of the time, but did pee on the living room floor 🙂 The second was a bit more a handful, a bonkers cockapoo called Frankie. But in both cases I managed to get some ‘nice’ (but not yet “WOW”) shots that the respective parents seemed happy with.
It was an incredibly useful exercise, both from a technical perspective (getting the lighting right) and from a subject. In summary, it’s all about the preparation, getting the lights set up and metered before the subject arrives. Then working quickly, you have about 10-15 minutes maximum before the treats run out or the model gets bored and goes off sniffing something else.
It has been great fun though!