Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dog Portraits in the Studio

Animals and children are notoriously some of the hardest subjects to photograph. In other words, they do not care about my vision,  timetable, my lighting setup or where to stand.

My wife and I have been talking about some puppy photos for our 2 sibling adoptees, Zack and Zoey. We also have become keenly aware of our aging Buddy Luv who has suffered some pretty serious medical setbacks this year. We thought we had lost him at least twice so every minute with him is a gift.

Meet Zack. He is your typical alpha male troublemaker. He has bitten ears, dragged his sister down the stairs, nipped my behind when my back was turned, barked at the howling beagles down the street, and presented us with a collection of dead things. He is also very sweet when he wants to be.

I am not sure that he knows his name yet. He suffers from selective hearing loss (ha ha).

This is Buddy Luv. He was adopted about 10 years ago which makes him probably around 13-14. He picked his own name because the one the adoption agency gave him was not working. To make a long story short, I was calling my other dog my "little buddy" noticed that every time I said the word "Buddy",  this this guy would dance in one place and get excited. So, the name stuck. 

Children like to point out his blue eye which is totally blind. I tell them it is a camera eye. He also lost all his hearing which has miraculously cured his "thunder-phobia".

This is Zoey and she is a Daddy's girl. She is so precious and wonderful.

I never thought that I would like having a girl dog, but she has won me over.

Pink is her favorite color... an obvious choice for a princess.

Some may think this is a picture of beauty and the beast... but they would be wrong. There are 2 beautiful dogs here. Who would not love that face.