Our two dogs are probably two of the most photographed animals on the planet. Thankfully, most of the time they are pretty patient about it.
Lambeau, a border collie mix, is definitely the most cooperative of the two. Sun, rain or snow, Lambeau is ready for his close up.
This photo was taken a few years ago during a heavy snow. They say the eyes are the windows to the soul and I think that saying fits this image nicely.
The key to shooting a good dog portrait is to get on the same level (or even lower in some cases) as your pet. This is quite the opposite of what most dog whisperers will tell you when you are learning to train you dog, as dogs are not keen on taking commands from persons or animals
that are looking up at them.
This portrait was taken with a macro lens and it rendered striking detail. The snow flakes are sharp and if you look very closely you can see us reflected in Lambeau’s eyes. I have taken similar photos before and since, but on this day, the snow flakes were in the right place (it was snowing pretty steadily) and the light caught the dog’s face just right. A cool thought on a warm spring day.