NWPBanner
Welcome! NWPphotoforum.com
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
why you don't do portraits at a dog park #32156
10/26/10 07:29 PM
10/26/10 07:29 PM
Joined: Jun 2010
Portland, Or
NinaS Offline OP
Venturer
NinaS  Offline OP
Venturer

Joined: Jun 2010
Portland, Or


I shoot Canon

PDXDogPortraits
Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: NinaS] #32157
10/27/10 07:31 AM
10/27/10 07:31 AM
Joined: Feb 2005
Manhattan, New York, New York
James Morrissey Offline
I
James Morrissey  Offline
I
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Feb 2005
Manhattan, New York, New York
LOL, Nina, that's awesome!!! Curiously, when you do your in the park portraits, are you dragging all of your lighting gear? Or is it strictly on-board flash (assuming you may be working in non-ideal lighting)?

James

Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: James Morrissey] #32158
10/27/10 09:04 AM
10/27/10 09:04 AM
Joined: Dec 2005
Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, A...
PossumCorner Offline
Old hand
PossumCorner  Offline
Old hand

Joined: Dec 2005
Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, A...
Nina your shot is an absolute gem. Perfect expressions. Next month I'm doing a fund-raiser shoot with a Christmas theme and yes it is at a dog park. It will be early summer here so their aim is all outdoors. (And mine is to stay calm).

Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: PossumCorner] #32159
10/27/10 09:35 AM
10/27/10 09:35 AM
Joined: Jun 2010
Portland, Or
NinaS Offline OP
Venturer
NinaS  Offline OP
Venturer

Joined: Jun 2010
Portland, Or
James,
I lug all my portrait booth stuff, without the actual booth
lights, props, camera etc
this is a large indoor dog park & this time I set up inside the park area, last time was in the lobby.

thanks


I shoot Canon

PDXDogPortraits
Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: NinaS] #32160
10/27/10 11:43 AM
10/27/10 11:43 AM
Joined: May 2008
Virginia, USA
Jim Poor Offline
Addict
Jim Poor  Offline
Addict

Joined: May 2008
Virginia, USA
Love it! I've got an outtake or two from my own dogs' sessions last night.

Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: Jim Poor] #32161
10/27/10 12:12 PM
10/27/10 12:12 PM
Joined: Jun 2005
TN
Julie Offline
Addict
Julie  Offline
Addict

Joined: Jun 2005
TN
That's hilarious

Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: Julie] #32162
10/27/10 01:13 PM
10/27/10 01:13 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Colorado
Ty H Offline
Wanderer
Ty H  Offline
Wanderer

Joined: Oct 2010
Colorado
Ha! That's awesome.

Re: why you don't do portraits at a dog park [Re: NinaS] #32163
10/27/10 06:16 PM
10/27/10 06:16 PM
Joined: Mar 2005
Florida
Jim Garvie Offline
Addict
Jim Garvie  Offline
Addict

Joined: Mar 2005
Florida
Nina,
we have two dog parks here in Hunters Creek in Orlando and both are outdoors. I've had several portrait sessions there over the years but the environment is anything but conducive to good portraiture. There are dogs running around everywhere and even with my lighting and lots of props, it's hard to get the dogs to focus on the photographer.

I love your shot but I'm betting it's one of a lot of less usable and sellable images. Regardless, outdoors means you really can't use a backdrop and the existing backgrounds at both parks are less than photogenic.

On the other hand, I do go and take candids of the dogs in the parks and those sell pretty well. As do the shots of the kids on the soccer fields right next door to the dog parks. But when it comes to portraiture, I'm a bit of a control freak and dog parks are not an environment where you have much control.

Jim


Jim Garvie
www.jagphoto.biz
Jim; Could you expound on these skills? [Re: Jim Garvie] #32164
10/27/10 10:11 PM
10/27/10 10:11 PM
Joined: Oct 2010
Longmont, CO
M
Marski Offline
Wanderer
Marski  Offline
Wanderer
M

Joined: Oct 2010
Longmont, CO
Quote:

Nina,

On the other hand, I do go and take candids of the dogs in the parks and those sell pretty well. As do the shots of the kids on the soccer fields right next door to the dog parks.

Jim




How do you show the photos to create a sale, with such fleeting subjects?

Thanks for any info you have time for,
Lamar

Re: Jim; Could you expound on these skills? [Re: Marski] #32165
10/28/10 08:59 AM
10/28/10 08:59 AM
Joined: Mar 2005
Florida
Jim Garvie Offline
Addict
Jim Garvie  Offline
Addict

Joined: Mar 2005
Florida
Lamar,
I post the images on my website and give the owners a card with the website address and tell them to check it out. I know most of the people -- and all of the dogs -- so I can always remind them the next time I see them and ask if there's something special they'd like to see.

I don't go from dog park to dog park in Orlando doing the candids. I stay in my own "home" parks where I bring my own dogs and so nobody is pressured into buying but if they see something they like, they do. Also, it's a good way to get formal portraits once the dogs demonstrate their love for "Uncle Jim". Having Dr. Doolittle hands doesn't hurt.

Jim


Jim Garvie
www.jagphoto.biz
Page 1 of 2 1 2

Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 144 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
montage, Poppy, sheril walker, WbN, sierravalleylabs
3311 Registered Users
Forum Statistics
Forums11
Topics6,471
Posts35,909
Members3,311
Most Online629
Dec 4th, 2019

Copyright 2005 - 2020 Nature, Wildlife, and Pet Photography Forum. "NWPPhotoforum" and "nwpphotoforum.com" are the property of Nature, Wildlife, and Pet Photography Forum. All Rights Reserved. Wild Coyote Studio, New York Pet Photographer

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1
(Release build 20190129)
PHP: 5.6.40-1+hw3 Page Time: 0.090s Queries: 15 (0.034s) Memory: 0.9641 MB (Peak: 1.9695 MB) Data Comp: Zlib Server Time: 2020-07-04 09:44:40 UTC