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The Monday Herd | Free Education

I’ve been getting a lot of email and a few facebook messages here and there about how to photograph a dog and make it look ‘cool’ or ‘interesting’.

I am going to first point out that I can’t make a dog look cool or interesting!  They are pretty cool and interesting all ready, all I do is follow a few guidelines.

So, I figured I would post 5 of my rules I follow when photographing.

Rule One.

Eye level.  One of the biggest ways to connect with a dog through a photograph is to be on their same level.  Now this does not mean you have to have eye contact with the dog, it just means you should be on your knees or laying down for a good portion of the shoot.  Unless of course you are really short and the dog is really tall in which case you both could probably be standing

Rule Two.

Patients is key.  I’ve found that most dogs can clue into whether or not your irritable.  Trust me, you’re session will go a whole lot smoother if you relax and realize you’re photographing an animal rather than a person.

Rule Three.

Let nature takes it’s course.  This sort of ties into rule two.  If your plan is to have the dog sit in a bunch of different locations and then have them stand and stay in a bunch of different locations, you’re going to fail.

Follow your subject around, let him/her sniff around, let the dog go do dog stuff.  You’ll be happy you did as will the dog

Rule Four.

Location. Location. Location

Put some thought into your choice of location.  It shouldn’t overpower your subject but it should compliment.

Rule Five.

Dont’ be afraid to step back.  The dog doesn’t have to fill up the entire frame on every shot.  Let the location that you carefully planned take some precedence.

Have a rad Monday!!

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Diana Hansen - June 25, 2012 - 7:04 pm

Ty, thanks for sharing your photography with us. It makes me realize how special and interesting dogs and humans are in their everyday environment just being themselves.
Diana

Ty - June 26, 2012 - 1:03 am

I really appreciate the comment, Diana!

The Monday Herd | Looked over

I am amazed at what I sometimes miss while going through photos and trying to figure out what I want to blog, what I don’t, what I want to include in my portfolio and so on.

This image below is a perfect example of something I missed.

I absolutely love this image for several reasons.  One reason, which is probably the most obvious, is the death stare between Kaia and the cow.

So good!

Either way, i’ll let you mull over this image and I hope you have a rad Monday!

Dog and cow in field

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Jen + Russ | Field Engagement

He changed her oil, once.  The rest was history.

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The Monday Herd | PA, PA

My Dad isn’t from Connecticut.  Neither is the rest of the side of his family, go figure!

Which is why I spent the better part of last week and this weekend in Port Allegany, PA.

It’s a small town with a whole lot more character then people, which I am cool with because as usual I had a blast when I was out there!

My cousin Cassie + her now husband Mr. Nate tied the knot this past weekend so, I headed out earlier to shoot an engagement session with them, their closest friends and their two herdies.

We also shot some guns.

It was certainly a successful celebration, my only regret is that it couldn’t last longer.

Below are some pictures of Port Allegany and some quick sneak peek pictures of Cassi + Nate’s engagement.  Be sure to like us on facebook to stay in touch for updates!

On with the pictures!

Have a rad Monday!

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This is the house my dad and his family grew up in!

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When my Dad was 19, he built a coffee table for my Aunt Melanie for her birthday.  He made a card and a list of ‘commandments’ to accompany the coffee table.  If you know my Dad and the way he thinks, these next two pictures are a riot!

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Power wheels, packing heat.

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Mr Nate’s gun safety 101

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Hi Mom.

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View from our engagement session.  Pretty solid!

Here is a quick sneak peek of their engagement, be sure to stay tuned!

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Tamara Lorenzo - June 12, 2012 - 7:22 am

Love these! Nate’s Aunt Tam

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