Small dogs are much more of a challenge than larger breeds but equally photogenic. When I booked the photo shoot for Vinnie and Daisy ( A Pug and Puggle ) I prepared myself to spend a lot of time lying on the floor. My preferred method to shoot dogs is at eye-level the larger the breed the easier it is. With a Pug and a Pugge this meant I would spend the entire shoot on my belly.

In my studio, I have one bag of tricks put aside for dogs shoots and that comprises:

  • An injured animal call
  • Dog Whistle
  • Squeaky tennis balls
  • A variety of squeaky toys
  • A variety of non-squeaky toys
  • Dogs treat  – small dog size
  • Peanut butter

All of my toys were at the ready.

I had set the studio up for hi-key photography…the creation of a brilliant white background using multiple strobes and a white back drop. From experience I knew that the dogs would walk around and this would allow me to get a mix of close-up shots with a nice white background and some nice shadow shots when the dogs would wander in from of my key lights…this always happens and I have learned to use it rather than fight it.

Meet Vinnie and Daisy…enjoy.

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George Ross

A full-service photographer, George Ross specializes in wedding photography, product photography, website photography, sports and portrait photography. Located in Richmond, Rhode Island, George travels and shoots wherever his clients need him. Call 401.284.6106

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