Sometimes people ask me, "What is the hardest subject to photograph?" Well. the answer would be babies and dogs. Darlene came prepared when she took her dog Jackie in for studio portraits. She was publishing her book and needed an eye-catching shot for the book cover. Besides several cute attires and head pieces that were a perfect fit for Jackie, she also brings in several seamless paper backdrops for the photo shoot.
Jackie was well trained. When Darlene placed her on the paper backdrop, she just quietly sat there. I adjusted the studio lighting to the proper height to define details on her hair and snapped several shots while Jackie was still paying attention to my tone. Soon enough, as I expected, Jackie was bored and just rested her head on the floor. Darlene lifted her up and gave her some treat. I had to imitate barking sound as an effective method to "communicate" with Jackie. It worked.
In an hour of the photo shoot, we took plenty of good shots in various outfits and backdrops. I look forward to reading Darlene's book when it's published.