As a photographer, some of my favourite and most rewarding moments are
when pet parents join their companions.
I feel a real affinity with most of the pet parents I meet – pet people are
definitely cool people in my book! My aim as a photographer is to not only make my clients (both 2 legged and 4 legged!) look good – but to make the viewer really feel something. My favourite portraits are those that really capture the emotional connection we feel for our pets. That’s what brings a photo to life.
These moments are often the most difficult to capture yourself. Believe me I know!! Trying to get their attention, hold the camera, stay calm and natural and…. then…. finally…. at the absolute right moment… press the button.
Let’s face it – it’s pretty damn hard!
But those are the ones that are worth it. Those are the photos that you will keep and look back on in the future, reliving those moments with your special friend. They are the keepers!
You might not think of yourself as photogenic or might hate putting yourself in front of a camera (you are not alone!!) However, please allow me to take just one or two – no-one ever need see those photos except you. Does Buddy really mind that your hair is a mess or if you would rather be a stone lighter?
Of course not.
When your furry friend looks into your eyes he looks at you like you are just perfect. And you are just perfect for him.
And, if you really aren’t for turning and feel that your hair roots really are that bad…. A hand lovingly placed on your beautiful boy’s head or an arm round your special girl can also help capture that bond you have.
Don’t you love those photos where you and your pet
are ‘having a bit of a chat’ or ‘sharing a joke’. Just look at the photos of Heather and Max or of Sara and Gregg (below). That dog
is most definitely whispering sweet nothings into her ear!
That look says everything! Who cares that they really had their eye on the tasty treat 🙂 I can guarantee that it will be the look in their eyes (and not the liver cake!) that will be captured forever.
Are you happy being in photos with your pets? What do you think?
Wow these photos are stunning!
I’d probably fall into the category of ‘erm, I’d rather not thanks!’
However, perhaps you’re right – it’s the rapport we develop with our furry friends that’s important – not just the fact that they are sooo cute!!
Thanks so much for the lovely comments on the photos. I’m on a mission to get more people in their photos with their pets!
Great photos, love how you capture the magical bond between pet and owner
Thanks Tasha x
So true. I have had quite a few pics taken of my dogs but the ones I love the most are where you can see the connection with me – and I hate having my photo taken!
Your pictures are lovely xx
Me too! I think having your dog in the picture also is a bit of a security blanket, you worry less about yourself as you are concerned with what they are doing! X
I think it’s SO important to be in the photos with your pets, for sure! Great blog. The images are perfection.
Thank you! x
I was able to have some interaction photos done with my pups this summer. I absolutely treasure them. Keep encouraging your clients to join in!
Awww thats great, they will definitely be the keepers!
It’s funny, as a photographer myself I love taking pics of my pets but don’t think to get in the picture with them! Thanks for this reminder(:
p.s. the one with the boy and his puppy is SO CUTE!!!
Thanks Brittany, it is really hard unless you get someone else to take them… though i have just discovered the app for my new camera so may become a selfie -queen!!
Great advice. The time will come where those precious pictures with your furry friend will mean the world.
So true. And such beautiful photos!
Oh, Ally, these are wonderful photos – truly capturing the love between furbaby parent and the great furbabies!
I absolutely love our photos of our boys, not to mention the experience and fun we had while taking them!
Thanks Tracey! I’ll get you in the photos next time!! x