I woke up this morning to a Facebook post from a fellow pet photographer and friend who shared news that we had been included among the top 50 pet photographers in the United States. I am honored to be featured in this blog post among some of the best in the business - including some photogs whose work I have admired for years. To read the entire blog post, click HERE.
One of my goals for 2018 was to do more traveling. It's something I enjoy and I think it's great to get out of my small town and experience other cities, countries and cultures. If I could find a way to travel AND make money at the same time, it's something I'd do in a heartbeat. Which then led to this crazy thought of why not travel and do pet photography sessions at the same time? This would combine several of my all time favorite things...dogs, travel, and photography. What could be more perfect??
Some of the places I'd love to visit on my bucket list include Iceland, Norway, England, Spain, France, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Africa, Dubai, and of course, Italy and Greece. Since that's a bit of a tall order (I won't give up on my dream though!), maybe I should start a little closer to home, huh?
So how about Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington DC, NYC and Princeton NJ? All of these are places I've visited and/or lived at one time or another. I've got a pretty good lay of the land and know some great locations for photo shoots. Just add a puppy or two (or more), and I'm there! Seriously though, I am being serious! Know anyone in these locations who'd love to have a photo session with me and their beloved fur kids? Tell them to contact me. If I can get enough folks signed up, I'll start planning a photo session they will never forget!
If you've checked out my website lately, then you know a few things look different. Well, actually, almost everything has changed! It's been a labor of love and took several weeks, but I finally gave my site a long overdue facelift! I started designing a new website last year, but for one reason or another, never finished it. So when I came down to Florida last month, redesigning it was one of my primary goals. And at last, it's done! If you get a chance, check it out and let me know what you think. If you have any suggestions for what I can do to make it better or see any typos, please share it with me! My goal was to create a site that is user friendly yet also conveys how much I love what I do. I recognize that many people have not heard of pet photography, but I hope to be a part of the change. So many of us consider our pets as part of the family so why not capture those special moments you share with them? After all, isn't your pet worth it?
Last week's lesson was about isolating our subjects using one of three methods. This week, our task was specifically use a longer lens, 200 mm, and pay attention to three things:
- How tight is the angle of view? What are you able to exclude from the frame?
- How do foreground and background elements appear compressed?
- How does the combination of a long lens and a shallow depth of field allow you to isolate elements in ways you couldn't do with a wide or standard lens?
Using my 70 - 200 mm lens zoomed all the way out, I stood a few feet in front of Izzy and focused on her eye. The use of the longer lens meant I could focus more on her face and exclude distracting elements behind her. Which in this case were a shed and a set of agility weave poles. I used a larger aperture thus throwing the grass around Izzy out of focus, creating a nice blurred green background. Doing so helps the viewer focus more Izzy's face, or eye in this case, which was my intention.
When you to isolate subject or even part of a subject, using a longer lens is an excellent way to do so. Now, go see how everyone else isolated their subjects with a longer lens. Start with Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area and keep clicking on the links until you get back here. Have a great weekend!