I want you to meet Scarlett. She was one of the first dogs I met at the animal shelter I used to take pet photos for before we moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas. All Scarlett wanted was some love and bell rubs. Which, I happily obliged. lol HA!
When I photograph shelter dogs, I don’t immediately start putting my camera in their face. Some of the time they are scared and skittish and my lens looks like a big scary eye. Rarely do I put the camera up to my face, and you’ll often see me shooting “from the hip” too. I feel like these babies see people come and go in the blink of an eye, so I like to sit in their kennel and give them a little attention before photographing them. This allows me to get a feel for the dog. Most of the time, it’s a go and they let me photograph them! But there have been a few times where it just wasn’t the right day for that particular dog. I have to give them their space too.
Just like I tell my “people” clients, I can tell if you’re uncomfortable in your photos so you have to let me know if you are. Animals are the same way. If they are scared or uncomfortable, you’ll be able to tell and it won’t allow you to reach the end goal…Get beautiful photographs of them to help them find their forever homes. <3
Aperture: ƒ/3.2 | Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Focal length: 17mm | ISO: 640 | Shutter speed: 1/500s |