Under | 52 Week Project | Week 14

Happy Friday,

Under is the theme for the project this week. We could pick under exposed, or under something, I could have gone with under the studio lights but I think we’re going with under pressure.

Reggie is a shy dog, it takes a while for him to relax around new people. The first time I photographed him at Chautauqua Park in Boulder it took about 45 minutes before he would even get within a few feet of me. But, I took my time and it was so worth it, he romped around the park showing off for me and we got some awesome smiles from him.

This week Reggie came to my studio in Denver, I haven’t seen him since the session at the park last year so he had to get used to me again. This time it was just a few minutes but he had all new problems, the studio lights, the background paper, he was super nervous. I had Reggie’s mom sit next to him on the paper and I fed him a few snacks and tried to get him to relax. Then I started triggering the flash and gave him more snacks. With each new addition he’d get a little stressed and yawn or walk away and shake but they he would come back and we’d try again.

You can see by the first picture he’s a little stressed. Yawning can be a stress signal for dogs, Boo does it right in my face when we are in the car, he actually opens his mouth towards my face like a lion and yawns.

Anyhow, Reggie finally relaxed enough to look at the camera and give us a smile. It’s all about patience. You can’t hurry trust and besides, that awesome smile is worth the wait.

denver pet photographer studio photos of dog under pressure
Under pressure



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Framing Your Subject | 52 Week Project | Week 4

Framing Your Subject

This week in the 52 Week Project the theme is framing your subject.

Photographers use a lot of different items to frame their subjects. Trees, architecture, fabric. I’m going to use paper. I use paper backgrounds a lot in my studio work and sometimes I really use a lot of paper.

What did your dog just do?

Boo Radley usually has a great time in the studio and he’s really well behaved because he knows he’s getting snacks. He is used to being in a studio since his mom is a pet photographer but most dogs are not used to it and every once in a while there are a few scared dogs or cats that are a disaster in the studio. I’ve had them pee on, barf on, rip, and completely shred the back ground paper.

It’s not their fault!

They are just nervous. Dogs and cats aren’t used to being around ultra large rolled up sheets of thick paper that makes noise when it moves. That can be scary. Fortunately lots of treats, toys, and encouragement get them over their fear pretty fast so that we can get a great shot after we roll out a little more paper, of course.

Here are photos of Boo Radley with a paper frame.

Denver pet photographer rolls out lots of paper instead of carpet for photo shoots
Boo Radley is busing through the photography background paper during his Denver pet photography session

Boo Radley's photo bustin through paper

Boo Radley's photo bustin through paper

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