Just dogs with Sherri t-shirt on. I told her no; that I was a trainer and professional dog photographer. The woman behind me piped in "that must be just about as bad as babies." Hmmmm; I wasn't quite sure what to say to that so I simply replied "I prefer to shoot dogs; I love it."
Of course I love babies; I had three of my own, now grown. And I think they are as cute as the next person; but dogs are my thing. That said I do love to photograph dogs and kids; that is entirely different. Seeing a completely natural, unrehearsed connection between a canine and a human child......................amazing. Over the years I have contemplated branching out; and who knows I may still but for now I'm shooting dogs. I've been doing it for 6 years now and I love it; haven't gotten even the least bit weary of it.
Taking a great shot of a dog demands that the dog is relaxed; a face says everything. And if a dog is stressed about a shoot; it's not going to have a happy face. Today I was sitting on the ground as one of the dogs inspected the camera. He sat nearly on top of me as I put it all together. Once I was ready I sat and let him check it out; this is important. Often during a shoot I will see a glimmer of hesitation about the camera; this is my cue to drop it and chill. We wait; have a rub, a little chat and we're good to go again.
The next dog was the same; as friendly as they come but a little worried about this huge black thing staring at her. She voiced her opinion to the black monster; so the camera sat on the floor for a bit until she felt okay about it. It's all about the dog; nothing else matters during a dog shoot.
Watch; see, react.