Knut, Bazel and I have a photoshoot at Tregirls
For the last couple of years I've been meaning to have some photographs done of me and the boys (my dogs for those who don't know me!) and I've finally gotten round to doing it! It was certainly an eye opener being on the other side of the coin looking for a photographer who I thought would capture the images I wanted....and I had a very clear idea of what I wanted!
I started by Googling as seems to be the norm these days but there are very few photographers in the south west who specialise in taking photographs of dogs. Many stated they were specialists but when you clicked through to their site, there were primarily wedding and/or portrait photographers with the odd dog image thrown in for good measure! As I trawled the pages, I made a note of those photographers who looked promising. Having found 3, I sent each an enquiry email and only 1 responded. I find that quite amazing but they are obviously in such a place where they have plenty of work and can afford to ignore emails from prospects. By the by, that's not how I operate; I read each enquiry and respond as quickly as I can, even if it's to say that perhaps I'm not the ideal photographer for the shoot you had envisaged.
Anyway, Tom of Tom Walters Photography replied and after explaining what I was after (and that he was happy with the fact that I was a photographer and might be a bit picky about some things!), we agreed to do an hour's shoot at Tregirls. Given our busy schedules, Sunday seemed the ideal day but the weather wasn't as good as it could be and we had to reschedule twice....an occupational hazard in Cornwall at any time of the year!
We met at the top of the beach and while we wandered down, Tom took the opportunity to get to know the dogs and to have a chat about what I wanted. I don't like being on the other side of the camera but once you forget about the photographer, it's really good fun! We walked across the sand, sat in the dunes and wandered through the woods behind the beach and all the time, Tom was taking images but I didn't really think about it a lot of the time!
All in all, I really enjoyed the shoot and Tom was excellent at making it relaxed and non threatening. Now I've got to decide how I'm going to present the images; I've already got my 6" x 4" prints so best go lay them out and decide!
Just before Christmas, I was asked to do a photoshoot for Debby and her 4 dogs: Ola, Pixi, Herbie and Poppet. We met up one Tuesday afternoon at Debby's house and I was able to meet the dogs and see where we could do the photoshoot to get the best images (they were to be a surprise present for Debby's husband!).
The dogs were great but full of energy..and I mean full of energy! The garden seemed to be the best bet so we arranged to do the shoot the following week.
So, best laid plans and all that! Within 5 minutes of starting, the heavens opened and the rain began. We adjourned indoors and I was wondering how on earth I was going to finish this shoot and get the images Debby wanted. Luckily, Debby's dining room looked out into the garden with large French doors and as a bonus, it was the best room for the light. However, it was very crowded with the dining room table taking up most of the working space. I asked Debby if we could use the chair in the corner and also if we could let the dogs up onto the table (non doggy people will be absolutely horrified to hear that yes, dogs routinely go on tables!).
I had just bought the Fuji 56mm f1.2 lens and was keen to try it out, but I'd also brought the X100S as it had the fixed 23mm lens on it. It was not the easiest shoot I'd done but I was immensely pleased with the results. It was challenging with the space, the choreographing of the dogs (Debby's job!) and the fear that Herbie had whenever I pointed the camera even vaguely in his direction!
Let me know what you think....and if you'd like some images done of your pets, get in touch.
Easter Saturday and I'm off to Perranporth to meet Cally, the black labrador, and her humans Bryson and Rachel. We had planned to do this shoot just after Christmas but, as you all know, the relentless wind and rain was not very conducive to getting great images. Anyway, the weather was set fair, if a little breezy, and the sun was shining. Cally is really Bryson's dog and Rachel wanted me to capture the special relationship which they enjoyed. With that in mind, we headed off along the beach, up to the dunes and down to the shoreline, finishing up with a welcome brew in the Watering Hole.
Don't let the sunny aspect fool you....the wind was bracing and the sea (allegedly, as I didn't go in!) was very cold!
If you'd like some portraits of you and your dog(s), please get in touch...numbers below!
This is me...
...teacher, tutor, photographer, gardener and dog walker....in no particular order!