In January each year, the Bay Area Pet Expo is held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. It’s an event where pet related businesses setup a booth and thousands of people come with their dogs to browse and sniff (dogs sniff, not people sniff). I talked with one woman who spent the entire day there.
This year the adoptions were in the other building, which was very good for me, as last year at the end of the day we adopted a new pup into our family AND later in the year we adopted another pup from the Marin Humane Society. Here’s Scrappy’s story.
Many different dogs, but Chihuahua’s and Yorkie’s seemed to be everywhere. Many dogs dressed up in adorable outfits or simple sweaters to keep warm.
Previous years, I setup my booth with just samples of the products I offer clients and spend the day chatting with people who might be interested in my on-location pet photography photo session for their furkids.
This year, I decided to take on-site portraits of dogs. The setup was similar to my Bark in the Park booth and Okashi Barkery Ice Cream Social, but this time I used a gray background and set the lighting to provide a more dramatic and timeless look.
While I would have liked to have photographed more dogs, I had a fun time with those who did have their portraits taken, plus plenty of time to still talk with potential clients and answer their questions.
More than once, people commented that they have so much difficulty taking their own photos of their pups. I reassured them that they will love my results. The first dog, a Yorkie, was a perfect example. This little girl was a spinner and moved quite a bit, but of course I got plenty of shots to choose from.
My setup at the Expo with my new retractable banner.