January 17, 2012

You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, “My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!” — Dave Barry

Photographing dogs is easier than photographing horses or people (most of the time, anyway) — dogs just have an ability to let their personalities shine through in a photograph. With horses and people, sometimes you have to poke at them to get them to come out of their shells and let their true being be seen.

I have a range of noises I make when I photograph dogs. Cat noises are the most plentiful in my repertoire but there are also dog noises, whistles, grunts and trills — and many times I get as much of a rise out of the dog handler as I do the dog. Sometimes neither is impressed, however, and we have to resort to using another dog or animal to get that “smile” I want.

I love the way dogs are almost always happy to meet another dog. Many of the dogs I photograph are not in the best of situations — and that they want to meet and greet is amazing to me. If I were in a shelter situation, all I’d want to do is hide in my kennel. You have to admire this “go get ’em” quality that is dog.

To see more of my work with shelter dogs and learn about the shelters I work with, follow these links:

Chain of Hope: http://www.chainofhopekc.org

KCMO Animal Shelter on Petfinder

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