I Wanted To See How Dogs React After I Give Them Treats And Made This Photo Series (10 Pics)
As a pet photographer, I love to add an element of fun to my portraits by introducing props for the dogs to interact with. This mini-series was aimed to capture the comedy of dogs and their reactions to food.
As well as capturing a natural reaction, I also wanted to stage some images to tell a visual story and show a range of expressions. Both cute and funny, these dogs faced up to the challenge and this was the result!
I hope this post won't make you too hungry!
I have to give a huge applause to this dog. Having to combine the command to wait and getting that sausage to balance on her snout was a huge challenge but she pulled it off brilliantly. Those puppy eyes looking up at you waiting for the command to release. She definitely got an extra sausage for this shot.
I am a professional pet photographer that lives and works in Bristol, UK. As well as an obvious animal lover I'm quite a creative person and have a lot of interest in most creative fields. I'm huge into films, listen to music any chance I get and have recently got into digital drawing, over my older roots of traditional painting techniques. I'm extremely fortunate to do what I love for work and having photographed a variety of animals now; this has certainly been the highlight of my photography career!
My creative roots started way back in school with Fine Art. I originally started off painting and drawing, only later on through College and University did I develop my love for photography.
With my career I started working as a portrait photographer as soon as I graduated university (6 years ago) and it mainly consisted of families with the bonus of their pets when they brought them into the studio for photographs. Enjoying these interactions with the pets I wanted to branch off and photograph my own work, focused solely on animals. It mainly started off for fun and to develop my own portfolio but soon turned into a side business.
This gentle giant was big enough to reach the high surfaces. You need to test the props to make sure they're up to standard right?
I've always been a massive animal lover and having grown up with a number of different dogs and cats I wanted to show their unique characters through my photography work. They have such massive personalities; this is what I wanted to portray through my imagery. The cuddles through the photoshoot are definitely a bonus!
As of right now, I have had to make a few adjustments to my photography career, working full time as a commercial photographer. My studio style is still quite prominent and I'm lucky to still be able to do what I love. As is the situation for most people, I had to adapt and make changes through Covid-19 and in this current stage in my life, I have had to put pet photography on pause. I am hopeful to return to my pet photography at some point in the near future, I had some hilarious projects planned and I miss meeting all the fantastic pets that come into the studio!
The most challenging part of this series was how long the food lasted. Some dogs made the most of the opportunity to guzzle up the food before I even got one shot. Others were more patient and I was able to create a food display around them. It was such a tease but they were well rewarded afterward!
This pair had the upper hand. Long snouts and tongues to get the very last scraps of the marrow stuck inside the bone.
I've always been visually driven with my work and I think I'm drawn to this more than the context. Particularly with studio photography, I love that you are able to create the entire picture; the lighting, the background, the composition and the way the subject is photographed. Working with animals is always a challenge but I love the unpredictability and unplanned moments that sometimes create the best images from the shoot!
These dogs were the ultimate treat catchers but no one's perfect. If anyone’s seen treat catching shots or attempted it yourself then you know you need the right equipment and impeccable timing. Studio lights can freeze incredibly fast movements and with practice (and a little luck) you can capture that perfectly timed shot.