I just read a great article on ReadyMade.com about taking great pet photos for personalized greeting cards. I don’t know about you, but my dogs shy away from the camera and don’t sit still. However, after reading this article, I feel a bit more confident about being “puparazzi.”
Helpful hints form the article include:
- Using the rapid-fire setting on your camera so that you can get multiple shots. You can always go back and delete the bad ones.
- Stick some peanut butter to the roof of your pooch’s mouth to snap a photo of her licking her chops.
Garry Gross is a New York-based dog photographer who formerly worked in the fashion and beauty beauty world. He has now focused on dog portraits and his Senior Dog Portrait collection is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some of the faces made me tear up – it’s amazing how expressive and telling your face becomes as you age and it seems to be the same for pets.
Star Animal creates custom animal portraits like no other: humanized and historical! And, a little silly. OK a lot silly.
You send your photo and choose your style, then artist Philippe Tyberghien will create your pet’s portrait and you receive a file and/or a printed portrait. Website is in French.
Award-winning photographer Martin Usborne will present a new solo exhibition, MUTE, at East London gallery theprintspace on Thursday October 21, 2010. The exhibition consists of photographic prints of dogs looking silently out of car windows in the dead of night. While you might think that this is a statement on leaving dogs in hot cars — it’s not. Rather, Martin is exploring the sense of loneliness and isolation that many humans (and animals) experience in modern times. These images are poignant and haunting.
Stephanie Millner is an example of a true pet portrait photographer (though she does humans too!). Her pet portraits focus specifically on her subjects faces & actions with little to no props or action. I really love that she stresses the facial expressions — particularly smiles — and captures that one specific moment in time.
Tim Flach takes portraits of animals, many of which are dogs. His expressive portraits are much like human portraits rather than snaps of dogs in their natural habitats. There is an emphasis on the traits of the particular kind of dog he is photographing almost as if he is trying to exaggerate what is already there. I can’t imagine what it is like to get that one great shot, especially with an animal who is far less cooperative than a human!
Photos: MTV/Jesse Freiden
Pet photographer Jesse Freiden is taking doggie portraits to a whole new level. He’s transforming them into Little Monsters, Lady Gaga style, in his latest endeavor: The Doggie Gaga Project.