improving your skills by photographing dogs needing homes

Help others and help yourself

Sounds crazy yeah? well hear me out...

There are many places that are trying to find forever homes for dogs and this is something that occurs more often each day, they often have staff or volunteers, or trustee's who work tirelessly assessing, caring and rehoming dogs.

Often armed with nothing more than some knowledge and a network of people willing to help out of the kindness of their hearts as many of these organisations rely on donations and such for the care and upkeep of the animals in their trust.

So how do you fit in? for this scenario you are a photographer, many places have nothing more than a camera on their mobile phones or sometimes at best a point and shoot camera, you however are a photographer your job is to convey emotion, character and feeling in your work right?

Greyhound LGT | DOG PHOTOGRAPHER IN LINCOLNSHIRE

you can see where this is going yes? you have a particular set of skills they require a particular set of skills .

But here is where it can get really interesting, working in the photography industry sometimes we need to stretch our creative muscles, perhaps you have ideas of all kinds of technical wizardry you would like to experiment with but client shoots are not always a convenient place to experiment.

So why not do a good deed, find an organisation in need of your skills as a photographer, what is the worst that can happen? they say no thank you we have someone already?

super happy greyhound | DOG PHOTOGRAPHER IN LINCOLNSHIRE

Best case scenario you have an opportunity to do a good deed, a good photo may well be the difference between a dog finding a forever home and being overlooked.

greyhound funky ears | DOG PHOTOGRAPHER IN LINCOLNSHIRE

The photos throughout this article are a good example of what I'm trying to get at, I really wanted to practice backlit photographs so the dogs are positioned with the sun behind them , I have one light up front to the right off camera to fill the shadows, now it may not have been appropriate to practice such things on a client shoot but your doing a good deed and the end result is what really matters, so we have photographs of greyhounds that would not be possible at all without the use of my particular skillset

So go now reach out to a local organisation, make a difference, stretch those creative muscles and make a difference in your community

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we also have some pretty cool resources like our top tips for photographing dogs

If you are interested in seeing more of our work click here have a browse and see how we put these little experiments into practice in our portfolio

that head tilt though | DOG PHOTOGRAPHER LINCOLNSHIRE

A huge thank you to Lincolnshire Greyhound trust for allowing me the opportunity to photograph dogs in your care as always a whole bunch of fun and some great characters