Labby on Location
Commissioning a portrait shoot at your home is the perfect option for dog parents with multiple dogs and for dogs who don't enjoy travelling.
A calm and happy dog makes for an enjoyable portrait session, beautiful photographs and a set of images that are entirely unique to you.
I'd love to chat to you about planning your dog portrait shoot so please get in touch with me here to start the planning process.
Hunter, Tate and Havoc
A shot that won the 'Admired in Africa Newborn Gold' award in 2015, this image of newborn Tate and his Boston Terrier siblings took a bit of teamwork to create.
First we had to get Tate so asleep that he could be curled up onto the suitcase, then one by one we added the dogs. Their Mom was standing next to me holding a tennis ball above the camera lens whilst firmly chanting 'stay', 'stay', 'stay'.
Whilst this is a platform for my dog portrait photography, you can find a collection of dog and newborn portraits on my human portraiture website - www.emmaobrien.com
Maggie the Welsh Terrier
Here's Maggie sitting on her Mom and Dad's bed.
Her photoshoot was commissioned as a surprise gift for her dad's birthday.
I relish the challenge of working on location photographing dogs. Our home spaces are unique to each of us and incorporating them into a portrait session makes for a totally individual set of images that not only capture your dog's character, they become a visual journal of your life too.
Charlie the Corgi
Charlie had his portrait session in the garden at home in Pretoria.
This boy is his Mom and Dad's pride and joy and they'd been wanting to book a portrait session for a couple of years.
Our dogs become such an integral part of family life that dog portrait shoots are be coming the norm rather than the exception these days.
Each dog we have the privilege to own in our life is a living, breathing work of art and photographing them is a way of immortalising their beauty and soul.
To find out more about booking your own dog portrait session, click here.
Sebastian & Miguel
Senior boys Sebastian and Miguel were photographed at their home in Sandton. Their Mom had originally booked a studio shoot, but when we chatted to plan the session she told me that Sebastian was epileptic, so a studio shoot was a no go.
Instead I shot their portraits at home and made use of a plain white exterior wall to create the clean white background look their Mom had visualised. We had them posed here on a beautiful silk bench (only the best for these two) and used chicken to get them to look up simultaneously.
Sally & Jens
New older sister Sally inspecting her baby brother. It's very difficult to plan a newborn shoot at the best of times, especially when their are dogs included.
The arrival of a new baby is a transitional time for new parents and dogs. When clients ask me to photograph both together, I let shoots evolve naturally and make sure I'm ready to capture the moments as they unfold.
You'll be pleased to know that Sally approved of her new baby.
Velcro & Pebbles
Velcro the Great Dane and Pebbles the Pug.
These two were part of a much larger rescue dog collection that I photographed. Not usually allowed on the couch, their parents made an exception for the shoot and the dogs nonchalantly looked away as I captured this shot.
Find out more about this gorgeous shoot and meet the rest of the family here.
Scarlet the Parson's Terrier
Scarlet was photographed in the garden at home along with her four doggy siblings. Being a terrier she was more interested in chasing her ball than she was in posing for photos, but we managed to get her to stop for a moment when her Mom held it above the camera lens.
Bostons & a Baby
This is the second shot you'll have noticed that includes Boston Terriers and a newborn baby. Quite by chance and shot two years apart, this image was a far easier capture than the one of Tate.
Careful baby placement, waving of treats and instructions to stay brought this image to life.
Mia & Jed
This pair of cheeky Jack Russells got their portraits taken twice. They totally overtook their Mom and Dad's maternity shoot and then insisted on being centre stage for their baby sister's newborn session (as you can see).
Dogs are an integral part of our lives and it's an absolute joy to include them in human portrait sessions.
Miguel was photographed at home along with his brother Sebastian. Their Mom wanted to have a studio style look to the photos, but Sebastian's epilepsy meant that shoot with studio lighting was impossible.
I took the studio to them and captured this shot using natural light and a black blanket as a back drop.
Dogs at Home
Fine art dog portrait photography shot on location using natural light in client's homes - Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, London, New York, Paris.