When I need a dog model the first place I ask is in my private group for the ruthlist subscribers. If that fails I put a call out on my Facebook page, which is exactly where I found these three medium sized light coloured dogs. 

First up was Echo – who was the first dog that I photographed for the HUH? book earlier in the year. When I opened my camera bag I realised I’d brought the correct body that I wanted to test but not the correct lens (they look identical!) and I promptly blamed the foster puppies for giving me baby brain! Since I was there with three models lined up I went ahead anyway. As usual, this gorgeous boy was a joy to photograph.


Next up was Elcho, who may be the first standard Poodle I’ve ever photographed. We were having a great time until his ball went behind a construction fence. While I was rescuing someone from a Magpie, Elcho’s person managed to retrieve the precious ball. I don’t know how. I should have been watching, she must have go-go-gadget arms!


The light was just stunning and even though all these locations were within a few minutes of each other they all look very different. My last model was Chubby (not chubby) and she was exactly what you’d imagine a young Golden Retriever to be – naughty! But boy did the camera love her.


When I told Echo’s person I thought I’d brought the wrong lens she said she was happy to meet up again later in the week. The first test shoot wasn’t a complete waste of time thankfully, I learned things about the body that I needed to adjust so when we met the second time I was much better prepared. I also got some lovely shots with the new body/old lens combo which my models are all very happy to be receiving.


When I was done test shooting action stuff I offered to take some portraits. Echo is with the same talent agency as my boys – Animal Talent Time – and it helps to get noticed when they have professional photos on their profiles. Echo is definitely more talented than my two! 


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