Capturing Canines

Believe me, I have big, bold plans for world travel. I want to go everywhere, and take pictures of every nook and cranny of the cities I visit. I want to photograph old cathedrals, large, snow-capped mountains, old bookshops in city plazas, and beaches that go on for days. And I will. I promise.


In the meantime, I’m going to photograph the things around me. And for some reason, I’m surrounded by canines (it’s fine, I’m 100% okay with this). Austin is one of the most dog-friendly cities in America. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Austin Pets Alive and Austin Animal Center (among other organizations), the Lone Star Capitol has been No-Kill for almost 5 years, setting precedent for other large, metropolitan areas.

Between my canine-friendly workplace and Scout’s large network of puppy pals, I’ve got a lot of pooches to choose from. This is Doctor Puggles (he’s a dentist). He’s also really attentive to the word “cheese,” which makes him a perfect model. And just look at that bowtie!


These dudes are coworkers, drinking buddies, and best of friends. I like a lot of things about this picture, but from a technical standpoint, I’m conflicted about the use of the flash. On the one hand (paw?), it would have probably been better to improve the backlighting, or increase the ISO. On the other, ISO increases noise and blur, particularly when you’re shooting two wiggly, tail-wagging targets.


Pet photography is interesting. It’s so much different than photographing humans or landscape, because there are lots of moving parts that are out of your control. You have to anticipate the dog’s next move before photographing them, and you really don’t have any control over what they’ll do. In a way, you have to use that to your advantage. Get on their level, explore the world from where they see it. Snap a shot of them when they think you’re not looking.


Or, hey, maybe all you need to do is take a nap.


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