My journey into photographing Shelter dogs.
Updated: Sep 26, 2019
This Photography article is dear to my heart. I love dogs, that explains why I have three of them. Several years ago I decided to donate my time and skills to photograph animals at a local pet shelter. They were very excited about my offer. So for the next three years, I went to the Shelter every Thursday to do pictures. If after reading this article any of you are interested in photographing shelter animals please contact your local animal shelter or Rescue groups in your area.
The Shelter manager set me up in a small room with a metal table to put the smaller dogs on. I provided a backdrop. Here are a couple of tips for you:
1. If you can get another Volunteer to help you , it will make things a lot easier.
2. Bring Treats and squeaky toys.
3. Bring Props
5. Dress them up!
i would always buy dog clothes when they would go on sale, like after a holiday. I also bought a fire hydrant to use in some of the photos. If you don't want to use the same background you can always go to a fabric store and buy material for backdrops. Sometimes I even used plastic table cloths. When I was doing my photography shoot I used a Canon 5 D Mark II along with a 50mm lens. (i now shoot with a Sony A7III mirror less camera). I used an Alien Bee light with a white umbrella to soften the picture . While I was there they had the highest adoption rate they had in a long time. The local news station even came out and did an interview with me.
Hopefully, I have inspired some of you to go out and help a Shelter today!