Last week I had the privilege of helping my friend Corey take some photos of his Senior dog, Pancho. As a film photographer himself, Corey had been wanting to make some studio portraits of Pancho for some time, but without studio lighting, he wasn't able to get the photos he had in mind.
I packed up my kit of studio lights, a few backdrop selections, and my digital camera and headed over to Corey's place. Having access to a large room, we quickly set up the 'portable studio'. Corey wanted to photograph Pancho on a black backdrop, so that's where we started. We rolled out some black seamless paper, plopped Pancho's bed at the front of the paper and got to work. As Corey was only interested in head shots, the bed wasn't going to be in the photo.
Pancho was a willing subject, it might have been because of the copious amounts of 'snausages' he was being rewarded with! Corey wanted to photograph Pancho with his 4x5 large format camera on film, as well as a couple of other smaller film cameras. Mid way through the session we switched to a white background and added an additional light to make sure we got a pure white background. I let Corey use my Nikon D7500 to shoot some digital photos of each scene as well, as he only shoots film at the moment.
We had a good time making images of Pancho, and it brought back memories of all the K9 images I made over the years for people. I look at the photos I made and think that I helped, even in a small way, create images that people can look at to remember their beloved pets. I'm fortunate that my dog Zulu spent so much time with me in the studio at the start of my career, I have so many wonderful images of her. And with Lexi, I have so many photos of our adventures together on road trips or hiking through the woods of Vancouver Island and beyond.
I know how important it is to capture these fleeting moments and to create lasting memories through photography. So break out your camera and take photos. If you need some help with that, I'm here for you.
Pancho on black ~ photo by Corey
Pancho on white - photo by Corey