Studio dog portraits shot on location in Johannesburg.
Meet Rosie, Angus & Tank. Three little Dachshunds.
I was commissioned to photograph this this trio of friends recently. Their mom told me that Tank gets very nervous if he travels, so we needed to do the shoot at home using my portable studio set up. The dogs were a little suspicious as I got the backdrop and lights ready, but the swift arrival of a selection of treats soon put an end to that worry.
Tiny Rosie was first up for her portrait session. This little lady is 9 years old and her mom was keen to get some cute portraits of her to put up on the wall. Rosie was quite shy so it took some coaxing to get her to sit still and look at the camera, but by the power of snack items, we got there.
Next up was Tank, also a senior boy who wasn’t quite sure about the task at hand.
He was far happier when he was sitting with his sister, safely in numbers, although that meant sharing the treats which he wasn’t too happy about. He did however get his own back by photobombing Rosie’s portrait.
Younger brother Angus showed them both how it was supposed to be done. He sat like a champ for his portraits, in exchange for a constant supply of snacks of course.
Angus is a standard sized wired haired dachshund, so he towered over Rosie and Tank who are mini versions.
To finish the shoot off, we attempted some team photos.
The dogs were far more focused on the snacks than me. Perhaps next time, I’ll do a Lady Gaga and cover myself in steak before the shoot to ensure full eye contact at all times, LOL.