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.
Have a great week.
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