Tilly is the smallest dog I’ve ever photographed. She’s a Malchi; that’s a cross between a Maltese Terrier and a Chihuahua.
She’s also totally adorable but a bit of a prima donna. Pam, her owner, told me that she had this habit of getting in Pam’s handbag if she thought Pam was going out. So that was going to be on the shoot list wasn’t it.
Being a pet photographer especially in Lymm, is great for me as I get to photograph so many different shapes and sizes, and breeds of dogs every year. As more new breeds are invented (like Cockerpoos, labradoodles, cavichons and so on) I’m building a portfolio of Cheshire’s top dogs.
I love pet photography for many reasons. It’s very different from photographing adults, but not that different from photographing very young children.
You can hardly tell them to do anything so it’s more about creating situations where they (hopefully) will do what you want. That way you can get the shots that you know your clients will love and will want to have on their walls.
It was a fairly damp November morning but the rain held off for long enough to get a really good selection. Here are a few from Tilly’s pet portrait photography session.