This week I had the most lovely request, from a Nottinghamshire based Dog Breeder, to photograph some adorable French Bulldog puppies. Anyone who knows me understands just how much I love dogs, and I adore spending time photographing them.
I have photographed hundreds of dogs over the years, mostly for loving pet owners, but more and more dog breeders are using Professional Photographers to advertise their animals for sale. Personally, I can’t think of a nicer job to get.
On this occasion I was working in a pretty tight space but I was just able to set up a small roll of white paper and a single light in an alcove in the clients hallway. As I was working in a fairly cramped space I was limited to using my small Metz 40MZ3 speedlights mounted in a small Phottix soft box. I fitted a grid onto the soft box which allowed me to limit the light falling onto the backdrop causing a nice grey graduation behind the puppies. As usual I used my incredible Fuji cameras to photograph these adorable little dogs. I dragged my Fuji XPro1 out of semi-retirement and fitted the brilliant 18mm lens onto it. We started with the tiny tots. Just 6 weeks old they were fairly docile and relatively easy to photograph. Now, all went well until I was confronted with three little devils from another litter. These puppies were a couple of weeks older than the others and completely full of life. The venerable XPro1 struggled a bit to keep up with them, as the screamed around the tight space. I swapped to the X-E2 but even that had a fight on its hands. In the end, I just amount managed to get a shot of each of the dogs.
If you are a Dog Breeder, and would like some photographs to advertise your litters, please let me know.