Say Hello to Max. I photographed him for Hampshire Hounds dog rescue in the hope of him finding his forever home. He was so friendly. Kept coming up to me and giving me kisses. Hope he finds his new home very soon!
I thought I would share a few tips from a recent shoot I did of the most amazing dog called Dudley. Dudley is a seven and a half stone Hovawart. This breed originates from Germany.
Black dogs and a contrasting backdrop
On our first outing with Dudley to Wilverley Plain, New Forest, it was quite early in the morning so the light wasn't very good and it was a very dull grey day. So in order to get some definition of Dudley's fur and achieve a good separation of the background we placed Dudley where there was a contrasting backdrop. This enabled him to stand out more rather than to blend in with the backdrop. Always have a good scout around before starting to take images.
Even on a dull day there is always directional light. Try to place your dog so the light is in their eyes making catch lights. This makes a huge difference to the end result. Eyes that look lifeless give such a dull image. Plus your dog can end up looking like a black blob!
Wilverley Plain, New Forest - our great location
Black dogs and catchlights
To get a great perspective I always lay on the floor to take the images. I go ready with over trousers and a large black coat. Getting down low makes all the difference. It is worth getting muddy for!
Black dogs and good light
As the light had been so bad on our first outing, I suggested we did another trip so we could at least have that image of Dudley in his favourite place with a blue sky! We were looking for the perfect shot. Waiting paid off as we eventually had a beautiful blue sky even though it was still only February. The next task was to get Dudley to not only stay in one place but to look straight at the camera! Normally I will take squeaky toys with me or I will make funny noises but Dudley was having none of this! Eventually a passer by came through with their dog and Dudley was all ears! It was absolutely perfect, the shot we wanted. Patience is so needed when photographing animals. If you wait long enough you will succeed.
I always ask the owner to be close to their dog and then I will photoshop them out afterwards. Then they can be at hand to get them to stay and listen to them. If it is a dog that won't stay still at all and we are after that portrait of them being still, I will ask the owner to keep their dog on a lead and then photoshop the owner and the lead out afterwards.
This was a very special shoot with a very special dog and I am so chuffed that we managed to produce some images that the owner absolutely loves.
That time of the year when the competitions start again! I entered the Guild of Photographers monthly competition and really chuffed to receive a bronze award on all three of them! I am so loving working in the new studio in Everton, Lymington, Hampshire.
Thought I would share my excitement to win this award over the weekend. Such a shame I couldn't make the Guild of Photographers award ceremony to receive my certificate. All my efforts of entering the competition regularly over last year have paid off. So happy!!!!
PHOTOGRAPHERS BAR WINNERS Catherine Dashwood
FINALLY - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS BAR
Becoming a member of the Photographer's Bar is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have had images assessed by the Guild via the Image of the Month competition over the course of a competition year, attaining a score the equivalent of a point for each entry made.
In other words any member who can secure 24 points in one section of the Photography of the Year Title chases from 24 images in any 8 months of the same competition year will be awarded honorary life membership of the 'Photographer's Bar' in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria - a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!!
Membership of this exclusive club is clearly something to aim for…and achieving it also has great marketing potential for those in business.
Ted was the perfect gentleman for his photoshoot. I think he only needed one take on all his shots. Never known a shoot to be so easy. His Mum and Dad came and collected their digital images and artwork today, so I can now share his images. Just loved him!
When you cross a chocolate labrador with a sprocker (Springer/Cocker) you end with a gorgeous dog like Boo! Just loved photographing him.
Helping Hampshire Hounds Dog Rescue in photographing this very gorgeous girl called Nola. Fingers crossed she finds a lovely new home soon.
Wow what a gorgeous boy! Ed came to the studio last week and he totally rocked his session. I think he made it hard for his Mum to choose her favourite image. Springers just have so much personality!
A private commission today with the most handsome of dogs, Dudley. This gorgeous boy is a Hovawart and weighs over seven stone. Such a gentle boy.
Handsome Maximus had his photo taken today. He is a rescue dog with Dawg Dogs. He is adorable and totally loved his photoshoot!
Met this little chap today! He was photographed for Hampshire Hounds for their gallery of dogs looking for new homes. Hope he doesn't have to wait too long!