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5 pet photography tips


November 2017 issue Tech

Angela Lawson, Cr.Photog., CPP, is a veteran when it comes to photographing animals. She’ll present three hands-on demo sessions at Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, in January. She offers the following tips for successful pet photography:© Angela LawsonAlways do a pre-consultation with owner and pet. Lawson begins her pre-session consultation by talking to the client about their session goals—wall portraits or album, one pet or multiple pets? After about 15 minutes, she... Continue Reading >

Tutorial: Off-leash (not really)


6.29.2017 Tech

As a location dog photographer my number one priority during a photo session is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the dog. In my suburban location about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., this means more than 95 percent of my subjects are on a leash during the session. However, looking through my gallery on my website, you would never know it. Digital leash removal is an essential skill for any dog photographer.Having images in the gallery that give the appearance of a carefree,... 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 >

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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