Dog and Pet Photography: More Than a Squeaky Toy and a Good Camera
Course Number: 8
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Pet photography has its own unique challenges that are different from photographing people.
This class will deal primarily with photographing dogs, but we will spend a little time on other animals too. Time will be spent talking about dog behavior and working with dogs, communicating with dogs, dealing with fearful animals, making a dog comfortable, and getting the best expressions.
We will go into detail about posing dogs alone, groups of dogs and with people. We will talk about lighting and the unique challenges of lighting dogs. Then there is Photoshop, compositing , and retouching that is specific to dogs. Lastly, we will talk about the business of pet photography. It is different in many ways from people photography and those differences can be important.
Whether you just want to add pet portraits to your existing portrait line up, you want to photograph your own pets better, or you want to start your own pet photography business, this class has something for you!
- Dog body language and dog handling for easier photo sessions
- Lighting for dogs and other pets
- The business of pet photography
Margaret Bryant is an award winning photographer who specializes in photographing dogs and their people. Her style is simple, original and authentic and often shows the humor and whimsy of dogs.
Starting her business in 1998, Margaret has specialized in dogs and their humans from the very start. Margaret has earned her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees, and is also a Certified Professional Photographer. She is a seven time PPA Photographer of the Year medalist, a two time Grand Imaging Award finalist, and has several images in the PPA Loan and Showcase Collections.
Margaret gives back to animal community by creating the annual Weimaraner Rescue of Texas calendar, raising cash for local spay neuter clinics with her Bow WOW Sessions, and from time to time photographing animals at the City of Dallas Animal Shelter in hopes of making the animals more adoptable.