Tip of the Day – Face towards the light

Tip of the Day – Face towards the light

Image 1 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Welcome to the first post for Chloe’s session! Last week we focused on Dutchie, a 4 month old puppy. At the other end of the scale this week is sweet 14 year old Chloe the Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She’s quite deaf and not as speedy as she used to be, so I had to pull out a few tricks and techniques for her session that I’m looking forward to sharing with you!

The location we chose is an inner-city urban park, so there is a good mix of revitalised old buildings, and more natural green settings. We started off on a little boardwalk – open on one side to the river – walled on the other side with some cool street art.

I wanted Chloe facing out from the wall towards the light, so we set her down close to the wall, with her mum (who she always looked to) just a few metres away. Because she isn’t very fast moving, she stayed standing for a little while, just looking up at her mum, before moving away. We did this a few times, just picking her up and setting her back near the wall again when she wandered off.

I made sure I was very low to the ground at Chloe’s level to help present her perspective of the world. Making sure she was facing out from the wall towards the open sky helped with the catchlights too.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 115mm, ISO 400, 1/640 sec, f/2.8

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