Pet Photography - Early morning 'golden' hour

May 15, 2020  •  5 Comments

This week's pet photography theme is "Golden Hour" and I've noticed several things about Florida's "sunshine state" weather.  The first thing I noticed is how many cloudy and overcast days we have - well, we may have 'sunshine' but it's not here many days of the year.  Overall, that doesn't really matter except when you're trying to do photographs of your dogs with a theme of 'golden hour' which is the hour of daylight shortly after sunrise or before sunset.  The light is usually redder, more golden color because the sun travels through more of the earth's atmosphere than when the sun is higher in the sky.  The second thing I noticed is how early the sun is now rising here - it's just after 6:30am - which is pretty early to be out walking the dogs!  Last, one of my favorite places to do golden sunlight in the morning is over at the Harney bypass off US 301 - however, I'm not sure that's open right now with the COVID-19 - so we stuck to walking our normal areas here near home.

Earlier this week showed some promise of being 'sunny' (although the light still wasn't great golden color).  The clouds were sitting on the east horizon - but I got the girls to do a little posing for this week's post.  Often we walk around Biltmore Park which is very popular for the dogs as we sometimes have to navigate around it based on the direction other dogs & owners are walking.

I decided it might be easier to get the twins (Ollie & Rue) to be more willing if they were off the ground - so up on the park bench each was placed.  Abby who is much larger looks up at them and has a special moment with Ollie (Ha ha, it's your turn, I get to relax!).  It's a cute moment between them.

A gentle moment between dog siblingsA gentle moment between dog siblings

Onward, Abby - let's get the girls looking the same direction.

The twins, sisters on a benchThe twins, sisters on a bench

Ollie on the left, Rue on the right - these girls will be three this summer - often called the twins - they are litter mates adopted from Maxx and Me Pet Rescue here in Tampa, Florida.  Rue wasn't much for being up on the bench and quickly jumped down leaving Ollie to pose.

Ollie shortly after sunriseOllie shortly after sunrise

Ollie Portrait - Golden Hour morningOllie Portrait - Golden Hour morning

Here's a photograph of our first dog, Dolly, during the golden hour at Harney Bypass Canal where there is a boat ramp and some open fields for the dogs to walk around and enjoy.  They also have a few 'hills' that allow you to photograph shooting down or up at your subject.

That's it for this week's pet photography blog.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to visit  Darlene Woodward with Pant the Town Photography serving MA and NH.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session, send an email to [email protected] or give us a call/text Linda at 813-610-2671 in the Tampa Bay area (Florida).



Ollie and Rue are adorable, and it's nice to see Abby helping out as your assistant!
Such lovely light you have captured with The Twins. They are adorable and the headshot of Ollie is beautiful! The photo of Dolly is lovely, she looks to be such a sweetheart.
Darlene Woodward(non-registered)
They are so cute! Love the close up portrait of Ollie - it's beautiful!!!
Angela Schneider(non-registered)
Ah, just perfect. Morning golden hours are for suckers, though. Haha! I love the way Rue's and Ollie's ears curl. There's just something so cute about it.
Tracy Allard(non-registered)
I love that you call them "the twins", we call our dogs "the girls" and "the boys" LOL I know how you feel about "hey, can we see a little sun?", we have so many cloudless days here in north Texas, that when we do finally get a cloudy day I'm compelled to get out there an photograph SOMETHING against it!
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