This is really a bit of a feel-good-Friday post and not linked to any recent events, but I was going through my photos and noticed how many dog portraits I have taken recently. So I wanted to share some of my reflections, and in any case, who doesn’t like looking at photos of dogs right?
My favourite aspect of photographing dogs is that most of the time they don’t pose (although we all know dogs that do). There is something very off-putting about the self-awareness most people have when you turn the camera on them, and you can see from their expressions that they were thinking about how their nose/teeth/hair is looking while you were taking the photo. With dogs this is rarely a problem, and because of this, their entire personality shines through in their eyes. This is also why, in a way, I prefer photographing older dogs to puppies – puppies are super cute but they don’t quite have that same character in their eyes yet.
There is however the issue of them moving around a lot. Or rather, being completely still and adorable until the moment you get the perfect settings on your camera, you focus in on the eyes and then….they’ve either run away or they have their nose right in the lens. I still haven’t quite figured out how a semi-fool-proof way to get the eyes in focus when the dog is not lying down, so I adopt the general attitude of taking a thousand photos and one or to will always turn out good.
(For some reason I can’t get the caption to work for the first photo – it is of Bobby who is our old, senile and blind sausage dog.)