This week’s topic for our 52 Week Pet Photography Project Blog Circle is: “Before & After”
Perfect timing as we had a Valentine’s photo session scheduled for the adoptable pups at the MSPCA Nevin’s Farm!
Once a week I try to get out to the shelter to photograph the adoptable pups at the MSPCA for Pet Finder, and also for a Facebook Page that I co-run called “Who’s a Good Dog at Nevin’s Farm”. I usually take photos outside, but when I can, I like to bring “the gear” and give the pups their moment to shine! If Friday afternoons are available for me there is a great group of volunteer “wranglers” that are awesome with reading dog body language and super helpful to get things done! 🙂
I have a variety of different colored backdrops from Savage Universal and sometimes we use props and sometimes we add some fun overlays to the pics. For our Valentine’s theme I brought both Coral and Teal papers. Teal is my favorite as I find it works well with every dog’s coloring! I brought along my Alienbee 800 and medium soft box and set up in the dog training room. It’s a great space to work! I don’t have wireless triggers so I set up near the outlets. The following are pics of my set-up. I find most of the dog’s are not comfortable on the paper so I usually have a bath mat or something for them to sit on.
For studio-type photo shoots I use my 24-70 mm lens. I turn the lights off (they are horrible!) and use just the strobe lighting. We photographed 14 dogs this day. The following is the pup I fell head over heels for, Shyla. She had the cutest little wiggle butt and loved to run right over to me and lick my face 🙂 Poor little girl is just 4 and has a lot of health concerns.
Final image of Shyla. My Edits: In Lightroom: Cropped. Brought shadows slightly up (slider to the right). Highlights to the left (I had slightly over exposed her whites on her face). Added a little clarity and vibrance (sliders to the right) In Photoshop: Removed the leash. Added a Valentine Overlay, Heartsspeak Adopt Overlay and “Shyla”.
And here is one more final, on the “coral” backdrop. Nahla went home just 2 days after and we changed up her photo to “adopted” 🙂 YAY!!! She was one of our long term pooches, too, so this was awesome news!
Thanks for stopping by and if you know of anyone looking to adopt, please share this beautiful pup!
Next up on our blog circle is Cahlean with About A Dog Photography | St. Cloud & Central MN dog photography. Click on the link at the end of each post to see each pet photographer’s take on the weekly topic! This week we have a large group of participants! ENJOY!!!