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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.


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 …

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Words: Aislinn Kelly

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Great expression!

Great expression!

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