Being a renter, I am not lucky enough to own a dog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them. Yes, I’m one of those people who pats the dogs of random strangers in the street, who calls those pups over just to ruffle their ears. Big dogs, small dogs, I’m always going to jump at a chance to spend some time with a four-legged friend, particularly if there are two-legged friends accompanying them.
When I told my Darwin mates, I and E, that I was coming up to do my practical, one of the things I suggested was a dog photoshoot. My original subject was supposed to be Reggie, a stubborn but loveable (lady) dog owned by my friend I. As Reggie was getting on, she wanted to get a few nice photos of her still enjoying rambling walks in the park, and rolling in the warm grass.
So, one afternoon after a day chilling in her pool and a few choice cheese and fruit platters, we hit the streets. Golden hour was upon us, and boy do I love the photos that resulted.
Reggie, despite generally being a bit of a sensitive Sally with no interest in me at all, might actually have warmed a little in the golden light. So galloped and gambolled through the park. As always, dogs never cease to surprise me. Later, we swooned over the photographs, and I realise how much I miss doing these little photoshoots.
In fact, Reggie’s photos were so nice, that our other friend E (also in attendance during Reggie’s shoot) decided she too wanted a sun-drenched lifestyle shoot with her four-legged fur-child: Wally.
Now, this is not the first time that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing Wally, but this is definitely the first ‘formal’ photoshoot with our long-legged, but unfortunately not so graceful, greyhound buddy. We did this one at sunrise, but Golden Hour eluded us somewhat as a muggy day dawned. Still, all in all, everyone went home happy (if not a little worn out from trying to get Wally to do what we had envisioned). Wally, unlike Reggie, has a love for everything the world has to offer. Unfortunately this also means he has the attention span of a goldfish, which is why I got about three photos out of two hundred where he’s actually making eye contact with the camera.
Oh well, I still love them!
So, while I’m not lucky enough (for now) to own a dog of my own, I am glad I have friends with fur-children happy to have me follow them around in the park and take photos. If you’re one of my friends, and you’ve got a dog, I’m there for you!