Every once in a while we have a client that thinks their dog is perfectly behaved and it will take no time at all to get beautiful photographs. What they don’t realize is that no dog is that perfectly behaved and a lot goes into capturing a dog’s expressions, beauty and fun.
We pay a lot of attention to the details and we have a few tricks up our sleeves. Is your dog sitting on his tail? We pull it out. Is her face covered in slobber? We clean it up. Is he sitting with all of his naughty bits exposed? We move him to a more pleasing pose. Is the light falling on her properly to emphasize her beauty? We check the light. Are her ears up? We make sure. How about his mouth closed instead of panting? Yup, we know some tricks about that too. Creating a relaxed environment? We’ve got that down, though we may need to remind mom and dad to be patient when Fido isn’t doing their favorite trick.
By the end of the session, we are all tired, but it is a fun tired. And most clients say they had no idea so much was involved. But my favorite quote was from a client who was a school teacher. She compared her job to what we did working with her dogs. She said that she didn’t know how we did it. It would be like her walking into a classroom of 35 children and no one spoke English! Perhaps we know how to speak “dog”?