Great studio sessions today, mostly involving babies! (Of one sort or another!)
First in was newborn baby Alex, who posed eloquently in the baby hammock, with mummy and daddy holding him safe at each end. And if you think he’s going to roll out, don’t worry, and please don’t have nightmares – the hammock is safely resting on a table!
To be honest, it’s not often that the average working photographer gets to work with a real, successful model. So you can imagine how thrilling it was when I discovered that the girl in front of my camera today had starred in commercials, had been in videos with popular music bands, and was well accustomed to posing for the crowds! So here she is, photographed by yours truly – none other than professional model Miss Mary M’Lovely.
Isn’t she just gorgeous! Star of stage, screen, studio and the catwalk – erm, maybe not the CATwalk!
Pet portraits can be GREAT FUN… but a few simple steps beforehand will help us to get the very best out of your pet’s studio visit.
1. Grooming. Whether you groom your dog yourself or have it done professionally it’s important to have it done a day or two before your studio visit rather than on the same day. Some dogs find grooming stressful and that will reflect in their images.
In an effort to promote inter-racial harmony, and world peace, – essential to our well being and prosperity after Brexit, our studio at Dundonald is open to everyone, no matter what part of the globe they hail from, or how unusual their appearance. So, it was with pleasure that we welcomed these two oriental friends this afternoon!
Yes, they are Broker and Fluffy, the Chinese Crested Dogs. (well – almost!) And they were greeat to work with and natural posers!
Photographing cats in the studio is never easy. The sudden flash of the lights seems to hurt their sensitive eyes, and after one shot they flee, terrified into some nook or cranny, in the hope of hiding away. Sometimes, even when they are being held by their owner, they will become so agitated that they will claw and bite their way to freedom.
Casper the English Long Hair Cat arrived at the studio yesterday with his human servant, and like any aristocratic cat would do, calmly settled down to pose for the camera, simoly aware that a celebrity cat of his position in life must sometimes nod at the paperazzi, and yield to the demand for publicity. Here’s a shot of him on his servant’s shoulder…
Our studio winners for 2017 have just been announced and here they are:
The Pet Portrait Awards
1st Meeko the Tibetan Terrier
2nd Sheepdog (I can’t figure out which of the family it was – there’s four of them!)
3rd Bentley the Lab-cross.
The Child Portrait Awards
Last year our combined group of 74 studios UK-wide raised a grand total of £21690 for our three charities. A massive thank you to everyone who joined in. If you didn’t win this year – why not try again in 2018?
Our three finalists for the 2017 Pet Portrait Awards have been announced by the national judges, and here they are! On Feb 5th we’ll find out who is in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and each will win a studio prize of a fabulous Art Print! One of these three will go forward into the national competition with a chance of winning the BIG £1K prize!
The 2018 PET PORTRAIT COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!
Top prize is £1000, and runner up prizes. Entry is by way of a £10 donation to DogsTrust. We have limited free sessions for this competition, if you are interested please click https://wp.me/P6sr71-nM for full details.