This shot was inspired by an image that I had seen on Facebook and I decided to try and replicate it. The core of the image and the greatest challenge would be be to have the dogs stare through the center of the lens in a relaxed fashion and not look like he was being teased by a treat.  For the shot I needed a female dog owner with long hair and a dog that was up  for the challenge. I was very keen to try this shot and knowing that my own dogs would not play along I put out a request on Facebook and the response was strong. I will probably shoot a few more but first up was Jodi and Morgan. Morgan is a high -energy, playful Labrador/Rottweiler mix.


The desired shot was per this image but 98% of the time Morgan had his tongue out so we had to be very patient. Jodi was a trooper constantly posing for shots we could not use until we got the money shot.


I could not use toys to catch Morgan’s attention because he just wanted to play so I used a ‘Rabbit Call’ which simulates the sound of an injured Rabbit and that did the trick. I plan on shooting a few more like this over the next month….but I believe that we have set the bar pretty high with this shot.


rhode island dog portrait

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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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