Secrets of a pet photographer
Being a pet photographer in South Florida is amazing! I love capturing the little things we love about our pets. In order to have their personality come through in the photos, I rely on a photojournalistic approach. All that wedding photography training has sure come in handy!
In addition to a journalism style mixed with portraiture, I do have a few tips and tricks that help when capturing those candid moments. Here are a few of my secrets for pet photography:
Did you know I started as a photojournalist in a newspaper? It is true! From press conferences to natural disasters, sports and everything in between, I have covered it. All this training has prepared me to act quickly when the dogs are being extra cute.
I don't really photograph the dogs up close. I have a pretty big zoom lens and tend to photograph them from a further distance. By doing this, the pups are more engaged with their owners and the treats provided and I get to capture them in their natural habitat.
There is plenty of play time during the shoot. From running with their owners to playing fetch and tug of war, the dogs are being themselves while I shoot away.
But sometimes I do get really close. When I shoot close, I use a macro lens. This lens allows me to capture sharp images while being really really close to the pups.
I play silly! Yes, I make all kinds of crazy noises not only to capture their attention but also to get quirky and funny faces. Speaking of quirky, you should see the looks I get from passers-by. But hey, the pups, owners and I are having a blast.
Drop and roll. Photographing the dogs at their eye level is crucial to creating images that connect with the pups. More often than not this means laying on the floor. The trick? Hit the clearance aisle and get a supply of dirt-friendly clothes.