It’s back! Anyone who follows my photography knows that I love photographing dogs. The Pet Photography booth first appeared August 2016 at the inaugural Glens Falls Pet Fest and was a big enough hit that I decided to commit for the following year’s event. Word had spread and the second round of puppy portraits was an even bigger hit!
With the opening of a new dog training facility in South Glens Falls — Paws For Obedience — I was offered the opportunity to host my photo booth during their grand opening event. Given the time of year, it seemed appropriate to work with a Christmas theme. With the help of my fiancée, we built a Christmas set, featuring a mini tree, holiday backdrop, and holiday-appropriate hats for the dogs to wear.
For my photographer friends, the technical details: Canon 6D, EF 50mm f1.8 STM, Yongnuo 560IV (key light) in a softbox, Yongnuo YN300 III LED panel (backlight/backdrop), Yongnuo 560-TX transmitter, tethered to Lightroom and images printed 4″ x 6″ via Epson Picturemate PM225. The dogs were sat on top of a small coffee table with a gray blanket on top. This elevated them nicely against the details in the backdrop and made for an easier photographing angle. The key with photographing dogs (particularly in high-distraction environments), is the squeaker. I take them out of my dog’s toys and hold them behind the camera. I will wait until I have the framing, exposure and such perfect before I squeak. You typically only have one or two opportunities to get a shot of the dog looking towards you and you really don’t want to miss these. This is even more true when you’re photographing two dogs at once.
If you have any questions about my setup, my sessions or photographing dogs, don’t hesitate to ask! I love talking gear and photography.
If you want to see some more of my Pet Photography, check out my Instagram. And now, the real reason you’re here, the results: