Last weekend I attended a workshop on pet portraits, and the instructor brought her wonderfully well-behaved dog so we could practice what we were learning. We had an indoor and outdoor session, and it was really helpful to get a chance to photograph an unfamiliar animal in an unfamiliar space. I like to take pictures of my own pets or my extended family's pets, but there are a whole different set of challenges to consider when you are working with a pet you don't know. In addition to camera and lighting techniques, we talked a lot about body language and how to interact with pets and owners so that everyone is more relaxed.
I wasn't happy with the colors in any of these shots and found that I liked them a lot better in black and white. For the outdoor part, it was a rainy day and we were shooting in a patch of muddy grass in the middle of a parking lot, so the background was not ideal.
For the indoor session we set up a makeshift studio with a chair and a sheet. And our model Tokota got lots of treats and made all kinds of interesting faces for us. I think he took his assignment very seriously!
He also knew how to wave. :)