Posts Tagged ‘spaniel’

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!
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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
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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!
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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.

Wrapping up a hectic April on The Mighty Pooch blog

The sun finally made an appearance this month, bringing with it glorious daffodils, crocus and, right outside our house, some beautiful blossom. We’ve had a busy month at The Mighty Pooch HQ with photoshoots and we also managed to get away for the weekend with the pooch to Crake Trees Manor in Cumbria, where we spent three nights in a shepherd’s hut and managed to photograph the resident dogs while we were there.

 

The gorgeous view from the shepherd's hut at Crake Trees Manor

The gorgeous view from the shepherd’s hut at Crake Trees Manor

In Cool Canine Kit we checked out some bulldog-inspired pieces for dog lovers’ interiors, plus the hottest dog-inspired arm candy for spring summer ‘13. After much research, we also picked out our top 5 dog-inspired gifts for guys who love their four-legged friends and aren’t afraid to show it!

We visited the guys at Dogs Trust Leeds to photograph sponsor dogs, Millie, Jake and Elvis, three gorgeous dogs who were down on their luck till the wonderful folks at Dogs Trust came along to take care of them. Now they are the faces of the charity – and what lovely little faces they are. If you fancy sponsoring one of them, head to www.sponsoradog.org.uk for more info. Take it from us – it feels good.

We also checked out GPS collars after we found a wandering dog – let us know if you use one and what you think – and learnt something interesting about the sniffing powers of detection dogs. And we chatted to Nicole Welch, a 17-year-old with a huge ambition to open her own dog-friendly café in London.

Dexter the boxer - one of our pic of the shoot stars

Dexter the boxer – one of our pic of the shoot stars

Dexter the boxer and Lucy the spaniel were our pic of the shoot stars this month. And finally, in Crazy Dog Lady, we shared with you super Sam the dachshund’s incredible thieving ways. We’re still searching for that cape!

Phew, I don’t know how we fitted all that in.

And so May is upon us, bringing more Crazy Dog Lady shenanigans to The Mighty Pooch blog – are the clever things Bruce does really clever or just a coincidence? We’ll have more Cool Canine Kit, plus we’ll meet the Dogs Trust sponsor dogs in pic of the shoot, and lots more! So please stay tuned – and get in touch if you’ve anything to share with us or would like to be featured as a Pooch Profile.

Have a great month!

Aislinn Kelly

hello@themightypooch.co.uk

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

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