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Bruno and his biscuit crush

So, it’s Valentine’s Day. While many of us show our loved ones how much they mean to us with a bunch of scraggy roses from the local garage (I’m a hopeless romantic, can’t you tell?!), I’m pretty sure that Bruno here, if he had a girlfriend, would shower her with a thousand biscuits. This lovely hound has a penchant for the crunchy kind.

Another biscuit? Don't mind if I do!

Another biscuit? Don’t mind if I do!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Bruno has a gorgeous character – he clearly loves life and has a soft nature. Some of the most cheerful dogs seem to be former rescues, which I suppose could be rather a surprise. Perhaps they are just so happy to finally be happy. They certainly have a lot of love to give.

Is that a biscuit I see?

Is that a biscuit I see?
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Bruno enjoyed bounding across the grass if there was a tasty morsel at the end of it. In fact, he was a pretty good catch, too. Years of practice! This photograph was a tricky one to capture – we had to throw the biscuit accurately and anticipate where Bruno would catch it to get the shot in focus. We also had to make sure his nose didn’t reach too high and cover his eyes up.

Some predictions had to be made before we could take this photograph!  Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Some predictions had to be made before we could take this photograph
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

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Camouflage
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Bruno is a very clever chap. He has his own bell by the back door at home, which he rings with his paw if he wants to go to the loo. He’s also learned to close the sitting room door at his owner’s request on chilly evenings. Large paws can be extremely handy!

As the sun began to sink and turn the sky a rich orange, we enticed Bruno up onto a rock for a silhouette. He looks a little like a character in a children’s book with those fabulous handlebar ears.

The ears are the hero of this shot Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Bruno’s ears show his character in this image
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch.

Words: Aislinn Kelly. Photographs: Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson at The Mighty pooch.

Email: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some more of our shoots. Head to our website: http://www.themightypooch.co.uk/

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A colour-coordinated spaniel called Brin

Brin is possibly the loudest dog photography client we’ve ever had. Apparently he barks wherever he goes and he certainly brought his big personality to this photoshoot.

Brin is exuberant with a huge personality

Brin is exuberant with a huge personality
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

He also looked superb against the scrub on the moors, coordinating beautifully! As a result, most of the shoot was in colour with just a couple of black and white images.

Brin looked fantastic against a red moor Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Brin looked fantastic against a red moor
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

As we’ve mentioned in previous pic of the shoot posts, light is our number one concern out on a shoot. Running through the heather, for example, has to be done into the light, in order to catch it in our subject’s eyes. See how Brin’s eyes shine in the shots and there are no displeasing shadows on his face – it’s all about direction of light, as well as the quality of it.

Brin ran towards the light - and the camera - thanks to a narrow path with bush to either side Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Brin ran towards the light – and the camera – thanks to a narrow path
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

When we were photographing his action shots, Brin was quite unpredictable in terms of the direction he would run in. We had to choose narrow paths with high bush to either side to steer him on the path we wanted him to go, while we waited with the camera focused ready to capture an awesome shot.

The big puddle - it had to be done! Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

The big puddle – it had to be done!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

We managed to steer Brin away from the dirty puddles at the start of the shoot but, as we came to the end of the session, he enjoyed a good paddle and we captured a great image as a result. Look how happy he is!

Most of the shoot was in colour, with a couple of black and whites Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Most of the shoot was in colour, with a couple of black and whites
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

What a handsome chap Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

What a handsome chap
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

More running!Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

More running!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers

Words: Aislinn Kelly. Photographs: Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson at The Mighty pooch.

Email Aislinn: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

The Mighty Pooch are specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. Go behind the scenes of some more of our shoots.

A Jack Russell brings us to our knees: pic of the shoot five

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

Being a specialist dog photographer means we get to look at gorgeous faces all day long and spend time with some of the funniest characters you could meet, like Milo the Jack Russell terrier. Here we share some photographs from his shoot.

Milo literally brought us to our knees

Milo literally brought us to our knees

Ears can be so expressive

Ears can be so expressive

It’s becoming clear as I write these pic of the shoot stories that I find it impossible to choose just one photograph to share with you. Every dog we meet is full of different expressions, characteristics and ways of making their owner say “aww”.

We love a good action shot at The Mighty Pooch

We love a good action shot at The Mighty Pooch

Simple portraits always go down well

Simple portraits always go down well

When we photograph little chaps like Milo, it always presents us with an added challenge. From making sure the dog can see over long grass or heather to getting down to our subject’s height, we have to be more selective about our locations to suit the smaller clients. Milo, who is shorter than our very own Bruce, literally brought us to our knees.

It's always good to capture each dog's little tricks

It’s always good to capture each dog’s little tricks

Looking at these images, it’s plain to see why his pet parents frequently revert to using his nickname, Smiles.

Those ears again!

Those ears again!

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Photographs: Aislinn Kelly and Michael Thompson

All photographs are copyright of The Mighty Pooch dog photographers: hello@themightypooch.co.uk The Mighty Pooch is a specialist dog photographers based in Yorkshire but happy to travel for photoshoots. See more pic of the shoots here.

Lucy sprints for the camera: pic of the shoot four

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

We seem to be photographing a lot of spaniels at the moment and, when you meet several dogs of the same breed in the space of a couple of weeks, it reminds you just how much personality each individual dog has. They may all be spaniels but they certainly aren’t all the same! Lucy was super cute – in her own little world most of the time, enjoying a good sniff, but really engaging with us when we took her action shots.

Lucy's pic of the shoot - the girl can move! Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Lucy’s pic of the shoot – the girl can move!
Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

As we were preparing to take Lucy’s action shots, a passing man called out: “Good luck with that! I’ve tried to take loads of running shots of my dog and never get one in focus!” We didn’t have time to reply that, really, if we didn’t manage to get one in focus we’d be out of a job! 😉

Michael took this image. What you can’t see here is me crouching behind the bush to the left of the frame. I had to walk Lucy into the undergrowth and wait for the signal from Michael that he was ready to take the shot. Then I encouraged Lucy to run to her mum, who was calling energetically to persuade Lucy to run towards the camera.

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

You can see from Lucy’s face how much she was enjoying this. She’s almost smiling, knowing that she’s going to get heaps of praise and a nice treat when she reaches her mum’s side. She’s got light in her eyes, which is vital, as she’s heading towards the light source, and she’s leaning as she moves, giving an indication of her speed.

With Lucy being both black and white, she presents more of a challenge exposure-wise. It’s possible to lose detail in the whites of her fur in order to pick out detail in the blacks. This is where the balance of light and the correct exposure are really important to obtain a good photograph. We want to see those happy eyes clearly.

It’s not difficult to say that we adore our job!

Next on pic of the shoot: Milo the jack russell brings us to our knees (literally!)

Get in touch: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Words: Aislinn Kelly

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

Photograph copyright of The Mighty Pooch

I guess it must be bath time: pic of the shoot three

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

When we plan a mighty pooch photoshoot, one of our key aims is to bring out the personality of the dog we’re photographing. As all we dog lovers know, every single pooch has their own quirks, their own style and their own interests. That’s one of the reasons why we love them so much. Dexter the boxer was no exception.

Dexter pic of the shoot

Dexter’s pic of the shoot: the puddle dip

There was a slight worry from Dexter’s ‘auntie’ who had organised the dog photography shoot that Dexter wouldn’t get up to much – that he’d just lope around and not really co-operate. But that was fine with us – we’ve worked with all kinds of dog personalities and we have little tricks up our sleeves to get the images we want.

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We took Dexter’s portraits first – before he got dirty …

However, Dexter was fantastic. He loved it. We’re always amused by how much our pooches enjoy their photoshoots – it must be a combination of the fresh air, good smells and abundance of attention and praise.

Dexter’s auntie had warned us that when Dexter gets too warm, he likes to chill out in huge puddles, so we knew we had to get the portraits taken first before he heated up and decided to take a dip – basically, we had to get the close-ups before Dexter got very dirty!

The first time Dexter took a puddle dip, we couldn’t take the photograph. The light was all wrong for us and the location wasn’t good. We weren’t feeling it. The second time, however, we cracked it and took the black and white shot above. The light was good and the background uncluttered, putting all the focus on Dexter. His position in the water relative to the light is perfect and his expression is great – even the splashes of water round his forehead are reflected nicely in the light.

Why do we love this image? The eye contact is great – it’s like he knows he’s been caught in the act, and he knows he’s having a bath when he gets home … but does he care? Nah – not a bit! This is Dexter as Dexter’s family know him – and you can’t beat that.

Next on pic of the shoot: Lucy the spaniel in action …

Get in touch: hello@themightypooch.co.uk

Words: Aislinn Kelly

All photographs are copyright of The Mighty Pooch and not to be used without permission from the copyright owners.

Great expression!

Great expression!

A beachy dog photoshoot: pic of the shoot two

Buddy on his latest photoshoot at the beach

Buddy on his latest photoshoot at the beach

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

Buddy the dachshund (who also has a bit of King Charles spaniel in him) is well known to us and, frankly, pretty darn adorable. At five years old, he’s become the wise member of Bruce’s little pack of chums and he’s always a delight to photograph.

Due to his ginger coat, Buddy looks fabulous on the beach. The beach is his catwalk – well, dog walk – and so the golden dunes provided the ideal location for his latest photoshoot. We can’t just ‘snap away’ on a photoshoot and cross our fingers for a photograph in focus, though. Each photograph has to be planned beforehand.

Buddy is not a fast mover. We already knew this, having photographed him before, so it didn’t take long to get the set-up of the shot right. We decided to leave the sky at the top of the photograph, as the horizon dips towards the right of the image and draws your eye from left to right and down towards Buddy. We wanted him to look to his right, so that he’d be looking into the frame and also at the light source (the sun). He’s got fantastic, human-like eyes and we wanted to ensure they could be seen clearly. The tall grass to the left and right of the image provides a natural frame to the photograph and the colours are lovely, even down to the faded-denim blue sky.

This is one of our favourite Buddy images to date.

Check out the first pic of the shoot: Bruce in the snow.

Next time on pic of the shoot: A boxer on a mission …

Words: Aislinn Kelly

A snowy day with Bruce: pic of the shoot one

Bruce pic of the shoot

An insight in to the world of a dog photographer.

 

This is our Bruce, who’s used to posing for our camera. If there’s a biscuit on offer, he’s the David Gandy of the canine world.

As a terrier, Bruce is pretty switched on. It’s fairly easy to ask him to jump onto a stone, sit there till we give the command and then jump off. Nonetheless, this image took a couple of takes to ensure we timed it right.

The sun was out. This gave us a great source of light to illuminate Bruce (who, being black, isn’t the simplest dog to photograph, especially against white snow!) while keeping the background nicely exposed without losing the detail. We can see the view clearly. The key to an image like this is ensuring you catch the light in the dog’s eyes, particularly with a dark dog like Bruce.

The position of Bruce’s tail in this shot is so characteristic of him – he always trots around like he means business with his tail in the air, usually wagging. We’re pretty sure there’s a good dose of fell terrier (or Patterdale terrier as they’re more commonly known) in our little chap, so a leap like this is typical of his breed.

This photograph is definitely going on our wall at home: it’s an original shot of our little guy plus a wintery landscape image to boot.

More pic of the shoots coming soon!

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