Holiday Pet Portraits with dogs

December 10, 2021  •  4 Comments

This week our pet photography blog circle is celebrating the holiday season with 'green and red'.  It's a busy time of the year and we took our dogs to the local park and photographed them among the green ferns.  As we are in central Florida, winter has not changed our scenery much and we still have lots of green trees, grass and plants with our temperatures being pretty warm this week (we are getting highs into the low 80s).

As many of you know, we have three rescue dogs adopted from Maxx and Me Pet Rescue.  Abby is our oldest at almost 6 years now and is my best model.  Abby will do whatever you want for food - so take along a few treats and you're just about guaranteed to get some great photographs.  The idea of putting a scarf around their necks was new to them and they all seemed very happy to sport this new item (whew, they were not trying to eat it or yank it off!).

This photography setup has worked for several years now and always provides beautiful photographs.  Late afternoon on a mostly overcast day, we went into the woods near our home and set up in a quiet area.  My photography equipment is fairly simple - a Nikon D750 camera with a trigger for the off camera light.  For lighting, I use a soft box and the AD200 flash unit on a light stand.

Black and white hound dog Christmas portraitBlack and white hound dog Christmas portraitBlack and white hound dog Christmas portrait

Abby stood watching those treats while we set up the lighting and got everything in place.  Next, my partner, Jim is working to get our twins into the photograph with Abby.  Ollie (green and red stripe scarf) is a good model and sits fairly well - however her sister, Rue doesn't have a clue what 'stay' means - making this a tricky job to get all three lined up.

Three dogs pose with holiday scarfsThree dogs pose with holiday scarfsThree dogs pose with holiday scarfs Ah, well everyone is lined up, but Abby has a pretty serious look there.  Let's try again for a little more relaxed smile.

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Ah, now we got a great photo of our three fur kids (Rue, Ollie and Abby).  Thank you to my partner, Jim Vargas, for helping to corral those dogs into a wonderful photograph.

Abby has a hound dog nose and she knows there are still some treats in that little bag, and she hangs out waiting for another treat - so I captured another beautiful portrait of her.

Black and white hound dog Christmas portraitBlack and white hound dog Christmas portraitBlack and white hound dog Christmas portrait

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Blogging with Pet Photographers

This is a personal project that I try to participate in each week (as much as possible).  This post is part of a 'blog circle' which is with several other Professional Pet Photographers around the world.  Each week a different theme is provided to the group and we, as pet photographers, interpret the theme in our own way.  Follow the link provided at the end of each of my blogs to the next pet photographer's blog - and when you arrive back at my blog - you've completed the entire circle of blogs for this theme.  For more pet photographers sharing their take on this theme, head over to Jemma Martin of JM Photography looks at all things festive and shares some festive dog photography.

 


Comments

Tracy Allard(non-registered)
YEAH! All three dogs looking at the camera at the same time AND with smiles! Abby looks especially proud of herself!!!
Nicole(non-registered)
oh my gosh Ollie and that head tilt! LOVE!
Elaine(non-registered)
What fun! Loved the little scarves and Abby's expressions. You did it! You got them all together and "smiling."
Jessica O.(non-registered)
I LOVE Abby! Beautiful work!
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