My first shoot as a pet photographer
As I recall my first ever shoot as a pet photographer, I think about the friendly barks I received from Tara the Rhodesian Ridgeback. I had an instant rush of adrenaline, mixed with excitement and nervousness. I’m not going to lie, I did think for a second, what have I let myself in for? But at the same time I was completely in my comfort zone, and making friends with Tara felt completely natural. Any nerves I had been feeling were instantly undone as I engaged in some pet pleasantries (ear scratching and belly rubs). I quickly became acquainted with Tara and although she was a little standoffish at first, I was welcomed into the house with Tara’s full approval. I guess that’s the benefit of working with dogs. It can never be too stressful – it’s just one long session of pet therapy.
From there on out the shoot naturally unfolded. As I photographed Tara, I soon realised the benefits of just following her movements with my camera, rather than forcing her into poses. I let her do her own thing; she lay down, she sniffed the cat, she nuzzled at her owners for attention, she had a play outside, and these are the shots that sum up Tara’s gracious and loveable personality. Within half an hour I had the shots I needed and I couldn’t believe how well it went. I loved every minute of it.
That first shoot will always stay with me. I had an overwhelming feeling that this was the career path for me. Any doubt I had around leaving my 9-5 or the thought of not having a steady income didn’t matter anymore. I had a great time and couldn’t wait for my next client … and the next challenge.
Click the link to see the full album of my shoot with Tara.