I was asked to do a pro-bono job for Sydney Dogs and Cats Home recently. The brief was to create minimal studio images which could be used on promotional material for an upcoming gala event. Since I love working with puppies I asked them to send a couple my way. I was in fact sent nine, so I had a variety to choose from! They had a bit of a drive to get to me so, when they arrived, I suggested we take them straight outside to go to the toilet. I sat down on the edge of the deck while I watched them enjoy a lawn for the first time (their carer has no grass) and before I knew it these five week old puppies had worn themselves out and were starting to fall asleep! I did have a sleepy puppy pile photo in mind but I was going to do that at the end, after the awake shots. With pet photography, especially baby animal jobs, you need to adapt, so I let the sleepy puppy theme run for the whole shoot. What choice did I have?!

yawning puppy on black background

tired puppies on black background

tired puppies on black background

tired puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleepy puppies on black background

sleeping puppies on black background

pile of sleeping puppies

I did manage to get at least one awake photo of each of them.

puppies on black background

All the puppies have since been adopted.

SDCH are one of the beneficiaries of the money raised by my Tails of Sydney project. Pre-order your copy today to support SDCH, Fetching Dogs and ABR.

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