Opal was a challenge to photograph! Not interested in toys or treats, and nearly impossible to move away from your legs – it made for a great learning experience. With patience and time any pet can have great photos of them! What most people do not understand is how much time you really need to take photographs. Along with time to get to the know them, you need patience and understanding of the pets personalities – and tailoring your approach to them is of utmost importance.
With Opal, we started the day off on a group dog hike. She hardly would move away from the legs of my friend, who was walking her while her owner was away on vacation. When we got back, we gave her some individual time in the yard to get to know me better. For Opal, we had the added challenge that her mom was not around to help. She was in a new place with new people, and you could tell she was more of a shy and anxious dog. Far different from the other rambunctious and energetic dogs on the walk.
Once she got to know me, she would once in a while look in my direction. For the most part, she would sit and smell the air. Just getting her far enough away from me to take a photo was the first feat. In the end, we got some great portraits of this girls smile! With quick timing and patience, I managed to get the shots I was aiming for.