First things first – from now on, if you want to see examples of the work I’m doing with clients you can visit my website and from there you can visit the Big Air Blog where I will post a selection of photos from various sessions. I’m going to try to keep client photos off Wootube, and let the House o’ Five shine! Feel free to pass the website onto your friends or anyone you know with dog :)
Yesterday Jen of Mambo Mutts and I rented Studio 78 for 5 hours so we could take studio style photos of other people’s dogs. Bill from Studio 78 has been a super nice guy and very accommodating, and it’s a super fabulous set up for us. Usually human models and the like use the studio, so he’s always intrigued by the doggie aspect of our sessions. But he’s been great, so if you’re a photographer or know a photographer looking for studio space with full gear (lighting, backdrops etc) look up Studio 78!
Shooting in studio is very different from shooting outdoors, where most of my sessions take place. And since the outdoors is free, and the studio is not, we’re under pressure to take a lot of photos in a short period of time with each client to get as many fantastic poses as possible. Dogs do not understand the rush, so you’ve got be creative to get them to do something. They are not always cooperative.
The thing about cookies is that they crumble. The other thing about dogs in studio is that they are nervous – new environment, strangers sticking cameras in their faces, lights flashing at them and electronic equipment beeping. Nervous dogs shed like mofos. When you’re shooting under studio lights on a black background, EVERYTHING shows up on the floor.
Because nobody wants to buy a photograph that reminds them that they really need to vacuum every time they look at it!
Editing is very time consuming, so if you’ve ever wondered why photographers charge so much, it’s because the 20 minutes in studio, or one hour at the park they spend with your dogs is just the tip of the work-involved iceberg. There are still hours of editing to do after your tired dogs go home. I took over 1300 photos yesterday – more than 10 gigs of photos – and I was only one of 2 photographers there! You can imagine the hours we’ll spend in front of the computer in the coming days.
When you love what you do though, it’s totally worth is. And when you can sneak your own dogs in between clients for quicky shoots, it’s a super bonus.
My dogs are not nervous in studio at all – after all, they’ve grown up with a camera in their faces, and they are super well rounded, well socialized dogs. In fact, they are very willing to pose for me no matter where I set them up.
Thanks to all of you who came out yesterday to let us photograph your dogs! Jen and I will be in touch to give you logins/passwords for viewing your photos as soon as we get through the mountain of editing we have to do :) We had a really good time, hope you did too!