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Michael Forsberg photo immortalized on U.S. stamp


2.22.2017 News

The size of the print is tiny, but its significance looms large.  On March 1, conservation photographer Michael Forsberg has his work immortalized when his image of sandhill cranes over the Platte River is dedicated as a U.S. stamp. The stamp commemorates Nebraska’s 150th year of statehood and represents an important part of the state’s natural heritage.Having grown up in Nebraska and now based in the state capitol of Lincoln, Forsberg has dedicated much of his 20-year career to... Continue Reading >

Wild thing


April 2016 issue News

The unlikely portrait subjectBrad Wilson’s portrait sessions with captive animals are as unpredictable as the subjects. After securing permission to photograph an animal, Wilson rents a studio or sound stage near the zoo or sanctuary where the animal resides, pays trainers to accompany the animal, and then gives the animal free reign. “The animals are effectively loose in the studio and are not trained in the traditional sense,” he says. “They’re habituated to humans and human... Continue Reading >

10 tips: Live animal sessions with kids

May 2015 issue Business

Child portraits with bunnies, ducklings, and chicks are popular for spring and make for adorable images. But how do you run these sessions in a way that’s safe and comfortable for both animal and child? Here are 10 tips:   First and foremost, get right with the law. When you capture images of  clients with their pets, you don’t have to obtain a license. But if you’re acquiring animals specifically for sessions, you’re required under the Animal Welfare Act to obtain an animal... Continue Reading >

Animal eyes


3.14.2016 Tech

Shape and location affect catchlightsAnimal eyes reflect light differently than human eyes. The breed and species of an animal, the angle of the eye itself, and how convex (spherical) the eye actually is are all elements that determine where the catchlights in the eye fall relative to where the light sources are placed.© Angela Lawson With the dog’s face forward, the catchlight from a fill reflector on camera left reflects in the center of the nearest eye and offset toward the nose in... Continue Reading >

Unleashed moments


March 2016 issue Profiles

Kaylee Greer’s approach captures dogs at their bestWhen Kaylee Greer photographed Guinness the chocolate lab in January 2014, she came prepared in the usual way: with a generous supply of dog treats, plenty of peanut butter, and toys to keep the subject engaged. Things that weren’t in her arsenal: a shot list, a detailed plan, or any preconceived notions as to how the commercial shoot would go.“I just go in and fly by the seat of my pants, I guess,” says Greer, laughing. “But I... Continue Reading >

It’s not about the horse


September 2015 issue Business

Corralling a profitable niche“Hey, get this: On Friday, I drove to FedEx at the L.A. airport and picked up a horse,” Steve told me.What the heck?© Mark Brandes Photographer Mark Brandes has cultivated a horse-loving clientelle.I was having breakfast with a friend who’d recently gone through a divorce. In the settlement, he ended up with a Dodge pickup truck and a horse trailer. So logically, he started a horse transportation business.“Dude, who ships a horse by FedEx?” I... Continue Reading >

License yourself for live animal sessions


May 2015 issue Business

Portraits that unite children with small animals such as rabbits and ducklings are popular with clients especially during the springtime. If you're photographing a client with their own pets, you're free and clear under the law. But if you're bringing these animals into your studio for sessions, you're considered an animal exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act, which means you'll need to obtain an animal exhibitor license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Animal and Plant Health... Continue Reading >
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