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Hey, I am Anne, a professional dog photographer from Austria. I live in a really beautiful region called Salzkammergut with many lakes and mountains. I have always been really close to nature and animals. Therefore, my goal since I started with dog photography was to capture the beauty of nature combined with dogs.

I visited so many breathtaking places with my own two rescue dogs, Yuri and Finn, but still, there was one big dream: TO TAKE PHOTOS OF DOGS IN ICELAND. Sadly with my own dogs, it's not possible due to quarantine restrictions. So I searched for dog models and found the best dog owners and dogs who made such a huge effort to help me. Therefore, I dedicate this post to the amazing dog owners and their fantastic dogs who made it possible to make my dream come true. Thank you a thousand times for everything.

The dogs were safe. Sometimes photos may look a bit dangerous because of the chosen perspective and so on - but safety for the dog is always first. I think I took thousands of photos - but here are my favorite moments for you. Enjoy fairytale Iceland with the magic of our furry companions. I am really curious, what's your favorite photo?

More info: Instagram | annegeier.com | Facebook

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Magical Mood At Vestrahorn With Kjolle

Magical Mood At Vestrahorn With Kjolle

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I traveled a lot with Yuri and Finn to take photos of them in other beautiful countries like Norway, Italy, Switzerland, and so on. If you are curious about our adventures, you will find more about them in my previous post.

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Beautiful H煤g贸

Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Beautiful H煤g贸

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Little Ice Bear H煤g贸 At Diamond Beach

Little Ice Bear H煤g贸 At Diamond Beach

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I started with photography because of my first dog Cindy. Initially, I just wanted to capture moments of her, but it quickly developed into a passion. I taught myself everything. Back then, there were no specific training courses for dog photography. I live in a very beautiful region, and soon I knew that I wanted to capture dogs, especially in combination with nature, in the most natural way possible.

It's important to me to tell stories with my photos, to take the viewer on a little adventure, and to show everyone what unique beings dogs are and in what enchanting world we live. That's why I particularly focus on capturing beautiful lighting, and special weather conditions like fog and fairytale-places in order to give the images a certain magic.

I spend a lot of time in nature with my two dogs and I consistently encounter breathtaking light conditions and landscapes, and I always strive to get better at capturing these moods with the dogs in the frame. It motivates me to capture special moods in combination with amazing landscapes and dogs, and there are still so many places where I would love to photograph dogs.

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The most challenging aspect is the outdoor conditions. As a photographer who just works with dogs in natural settings, weather conditions can be a significant challenge. Unpredictable weather, changing light, and environmental factors can impact the quality of the photographs. Especially in Iceland the weather is really unpredictable and changes a lot. The conditions there are sometimes really tough.

The best part of being a dog photographer is working with these wonderful animals. It's very diverse because each dog has its own character, and you have to work differently with each one to showcase them well. It's beautiful to observe the dogs during the photography sessions and to witness how proud the owners are of their pets. Furthermore, I love my job so much because with my photos I can bring immense joy to many people by capturing unique moments of their beloved four-legged companions for them.

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The Best Artist Is Nature Itself

The Best Artist Is Nature Itself

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Blue Hours At The Black Beach

Blue Hours At The Black Beach

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I always strive to prepare as thoroughly as possible, especially when I am not familiar with the place and I have not had the chance to visit it several times like in Iceland. This means gathering information before the photo shoot, such as which season is best for the specific location, studying the sun's path, determining whether it's better to visit the place in the evening or morning, and assessing if the location is suitable for dogs. I usually address these questions through detailed research.

Like in Iceland, I am always a bit nervous because I don’t have a lot of chances to get the photo that I have already in my mind and I prefer not to have the dog pose for too long; that's why I carefully plan everything in advance. Once on-site and considering the conditions, I contemplate the focal length I want to use. I ask myself several questions: How do I want to showcase the dog in the landscape? How do I want to portray the landscape? What possibilities does the location offer?

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Ice Cave Near Katla

Ice Cave Near Katla

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Sometimes, the landscape itself dictates the lens choice. For instance, at Seljalandsfoss, using a very short focal length is necessary to capture both the dog and the entire waterfall due to limited space. Once I decide on the lens, I consider where it makes sense to position the dog. Especially when portraying the dog as a small element in the photo, it's crucial to choose a location where the dog stands out from the landscape. I pay attention to contrast and color differences. Finally, I select a suitable perspective that highlights both the dog and the landscape, paying attention to the lines dictated by the landscape. I strive to create an appealing composition, leveraging three-dimensionality to add depth to the image.

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Regarding the dog's pose, especially in the wild scenery of Iceland, I prefer it when the dog appears natural, i.e. showing slight movement. That's the reason why I don't have fixed ideas regarding the dog's pose initially. I always observe what the dog naturally offers, how the dog behaves, and how to motivate the dog with joy towards a specific pose, etc. Anyway, the dog needs to feel comfortable otherwise the photo will lose its authenticity.

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H煤g贸 In Front Of Seljalandsfoss

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love love to go exploring and see many of these spectacular natural sites with H煤g贸.

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Hidden Waterfall At 脼akgil

Hidden Waterfall At 脼akgil

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It'd be funny if he was looking up with his mouth open 馃樄馃ぃ馃樄

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Sundown At Reynisfjara With Ynia

Sundown At Reynisfjara With Ynia

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Nora At Blue Lagoon

Nora At Blue Lagoon

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Close To Katla

Close To Katla

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Mr. Cinder
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is a fantastic picture. Those dogs are gorgeous. The scenery is amazing.

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A Place Full Of Magic - J枚kuls谩rl贸n

A Place Full Of Magic - J枚kuls谩rl贸n

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Little Lion King - Mr. Fayro In Front Of Kvernufoss

Little Lion King - Mr. Fayro In Front Of Kvernufoss

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Big Waves At The Black Beach

Big Waves At The Black Beach

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Sansa At J枚kuls谩rl贸n

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

馃幖馃幎Foxy Lady, You Know You're a Cute Little Heartbreaker 馃幍馃幎

#22

The Sun Always Shines After The Storm

The Sun Always Shines After The Storm

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Eva On The Ice Blocks

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Red Stones Of Rau冒h贸lar

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Samantha Martini
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Such good puppers! My Persephone acts like a camera may steal her soul and could never be a model 馃う馃徏鈥嶁檧锔忦煠 very impressive photos of some super impressive doggos!

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#27

Misty Mood At The Blue Lagoon

Misty Mood At The Blue Lagoon

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Dark Rocks Of Kleifarvatn

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Myrkvi At Fairytale Glj煤frab煤i

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Sunrise At Reynisfjara

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Action With R枚kkvi At The Black Beach

Action With R枚kkvi At The Black Beach

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Red Rocks In South Iceland

Red Rocks In South Iceland

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Blue Ice

Blue Ice

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A Field Of Ice

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H煤g贸 At Sk贸gafoss

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Ice Cave At Katla

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Volcano Meets Ice And Einst枚k

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Blue Sky Above Iceland

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this dog! Reminds me of my Great Pyrenees and Golden mix... Heads so small compared to the body!

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