This year so far has been all about the felines! Noah is settling in great and is getting on superbly with Oliver although I won't be getting him into the studio just yet.
For now I'd like to share some images from a shoot that actually happened in June! This was one of the few personal rather than client photoshoots that I did last year, that because I was so busy with dog models, I never had time to edit them! I knew I'd be taking a break from shooting and doing more planning in the new year after the Christmas rush, so I saved them to share with you now.
This photoshoot has a little story attached to it. This young boy, about 8/9 weeks old in this photo is one of four. He has two brothers and a sister. My partner and I found him when he was just the tiniest ball of fluff cowering in the back garden, frightened for his life. A black and white female had made herself at home recently and we would see her lounging around most days. We had suspected she was pregnant, it was soon made definite when she'd suddenly slimmed down one day. Tragically the stray mother was run over but, thankfully a week later we found her roughly six week old kittens. The kittens were cared for and brought up with lots of fuss and food. Before they went to their new forever homes, I got them in the studio. One black and white kitten has actually become a family member and is very close friends with our Bengal Oliver. I plan to get him in the studio again soon and create a then and now post!
Christmas 2017 is a wrap!
This winter was our second year for organising Christmas Mini Sessions. This year I decided to create a scene that was opposite from our 'Warm Winter Cabin' set up last year and I created 'White Winter'; which was rather convenient since we did have a snow spell the other week!
There are so many photos from all the gorgeous pooches we had in our studio and as much as I would like to share them all, I don't think you want to be here for hours so, I'm just going to show you a few of my favourites! Click to view gallery.
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It's been a while since I've done some proper images of Olly aside from his Instagram (its fire.and.ice.bengals if you're interested in ;) ) I had my partner help me keep him entertained on the studio table. We had some of his favourite treats in hand, he was actually really, really good! The top image is something I've wanted to do for months, I think I had the idea before Christmas. I thought it would take me ages to get this many different expressions but Oliver was actually really easy to work with. I did take him outside for a walk to use up some of that energy, it worked clearly! The final image isn't perfect, there are some shadows (don't look too closely now!) I should have spent more time on each individual image, editing the photos when I'd put them all together was a a it more difficult. I will get round to re-doing it though, I'd like to get this printed.
Just how cute do these guys look?? I've done studio style shoots before however I'm still very much learning. I prefer shooting outdoors but I want to progress in studio set ups too as it's great for puppies, kittens, cats and smaller animals. I really like simple set ups like these and it's great for when the weather hasn't been too good! I'm still experimenting with lighting and settings, I don't think I did a bad job here through!
I hope everyone had a love filled Valentine's what ever you did last Tuesday! I had work like I'm sure a lot of you did too! However on Sunday I fell in love with these adorable Valentine's puppies! It was a simple set up, I used a black sheet for the background and clipped on one of my wallpaper wood designs onto my mini studio table (a fold out desk)... I found the little round basket, which I used for these guys a week before, in the loft when we went to grab a few of my studio backgrounds and flooring! I thought it was so cute and perfect for the little pups although, it won't be long it'll be far too small for them!
I had my lovely assistant, Edd help me with the shoot. There is no way you can keep control of and photograph little pups by yourself! We photographed the pups separately and in pairs. Three may have been too much of a handful without another pair of hands! I would photograph them quickly before swapping pups so that they could have a break. They were feeling quite sleepy at the time, they would snuggle and snooze in between! We gave all three a break half way, then Edd picked two up for me to photograph and they yawned one after another, after another... cutest thing ever! I also loved when they would often gave the roses a sniff, the image below on the left was my favourite of all! I can't wait to do more shoot with these little guys, keep an eye out!
My house mate decided to get a pet ferret, straight away I thought that it would be fun to get her in the studio. She was extremely curious, the only way I could get any decent photographs of her was to use props that she could play with. As soon as we put her in Sammy's hat I knew that I would get my money shot!
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