A lot of regular visitors here and on my facebook page have asked to see some shots that don’t normally make it to public viewing. So in the spirit of letting it all hang out I’ve decided to start a regular outtake feature here to give everyone a good laugh at my expense as well as a sense for what it’s like for professional pet photographers to deal with subjects that don’t necessarily follow direction that well.
My choice for this first outtake post was easy and I realized it would be about 5 minutes into the shoot.
The subjects: a pair of Pomeranians named Oscar and Frasier being photographed in Pleasanton in front of the new Firehouse Art Center.
The goal: get Oscar and Frasier to sit still long enough to grab a shot of them looking at the camera with the theatre behind them .
Problem #1: Oscar had to be on leash and barks constantly when excited
Problem #2: Being photographed means being excited
Problem #3: Did I mention problems #1 and #2?
I’ve posted a series misses followed by the one shot I got from the sequence that passes muster. In reality, there were quite a few more outtakes and really only one or two others of the two dogs together that ended up working well as a printable option. You’ll need click on the image to see the individual shots.
What you can’t see is one of the two pet parents lying on his back behind and below the two dogs holding on to Oscar’s leash as his wife is directly behind me jumping up and down shaking a treat bag. At the same time, I’m taking as many shots as I can and trying to keep these two whirling dervishes in focus while they spin around and hop over each other. Oh, and did I mention this is a public space so there were people riding by on bikes and stopping to watch while we did this. Whew, I’m exhausted again just thinking about it.
I also have to give kudos and many heartfelt backslaps to Oscar and Frasier’s mom and dad who sacrificed good posture and self respect to make this all possible. You guys were awesome!
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