Meet Mushu, his Mom Carina and younger brother Banjo. Carina is the co-founder of The Dog Blog South Africa (you can see the other c0-founder Madaleen and her doggy photo shoot here) a website dedicated to all things dog related in SA.
Studio shoots have a very different look and feel to a location shoot, and I think there are two factors to consider when you are booking a portrait shoot; which style you prefer (clean background as compared to a more busy background) and how well your dogs behave when they are out and about.
Mushu is a very busy boy, he likes to explore and meet people, so a studio shoot was the best option to keep him contained. Banjo on the other hand is so chilled, either option would have been perfect for him.
I’ve got a few different backdrops in the studio so that each shoot can have several distinct looks and styles. We shot against the white background and the black background, changing the lighting and outfits to create two completely contrasting sets of images.
I enjoy the fashion style looks that you can create in studio with a controlled environment, and this worked really well for Carina’s shoot.
Mushu wasn’t very impressed, but Banjo took it all in his stride.
The Dog Blog team shot a behind the scenes video so you can get an idea of what really happens during a studio portrait shoot with dogs –
If you like these images, you can commission your own doggy studio portrait shoot by contacting me here.