Everyone had a good time at my recent project photographing pet products for a local company.
This was something in the works, but was put on hold early in the year. Originally the project was to photograph dogs on dog beds, but a brand new product was coming to market soon that was combined into one project. Selected photos are mostly headed for Amazon product images while others are destined for their website and social media.
The Pea and Bean are activity trackers for dogs and cats, www.mypoof.com. Pretty cool product. I’ll need to get one for my Scrappy dog to see how much exercise he is getting as he’s outside in the yard a couple times a day just flying around the yard by himself having a good time. Its dog gone wild.
Most important task for this project was finding the dog and cat models. I reached out to my previous portrait session clients who I felt had dogs and cats that would do well for this type of photography, especially those that were calm and would sit and lay down easily. There was always an option for professional dog models (at a cost), but my clients came through and their furkids were excellent models.
Another task was to secure a photo studio with enough space AND air conditioning. Several studios rent out space but either don’t allow or charge extra to have dogs and cats on site. The solution, that was perfect, was to do this at the client’s office. Very large space was available that made this so easy.
Models were scheduled every hour. Big dogs, medium dog, small dog and cat. First to come were Baxter and Suzy. Here is my favorite of Baxter and Suzy, in the middle, with their other housemates Eve and Stewart during their portrait session late last year. All four dogs are rescues.
Baxter was up first. For each dog pet model, the goals were to photograph them wearing the Pea and the Bean and also the Pea or the Bean in its holster that attaches to the collar. Then bring out the dog beds and have them in the beds with the Pea or Bean. The Pea and Bean also keep track of their sleeping.
Baxter enjoyed the comfy beds.
They wanted photos of dogs sleeping in the beds, but this was as close as I could get. Baxter’s eyes were getting droopy and I just held the camera. Everyone quiet, no noise, let’s wait for Baxter to close his eyes. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Nope. Press the shutter as this was the most he would do. We get the Orvis catalog at home and they have lots of dogs sleeping in beds. I have an idea of how they achieved this, but that wouldn’t have been possible for this photo shoot.
Suzy was next. Suzy is 15 years old. She doesn’t look it, but she does have difficulty hearing. We use visual cues to get her attention versus a variety of sounds that I use on other dogs. Successfully got her to perk up her ears on this one. Such a pretty smile.
This one is destined for Social Media. It’s my mistletoe shot that I use during holiday photo sessions held at pet businesses.
Next up is Kodie. I refer to Kodie as “airplane dog”. Her people have a plane and that was incorporated into her photo session.
Kodie, as expected, was an easy dog to photograph once she got settled in.
This first one shows the Bean in the holster on the collar.
There would be no sleeping Kodie on a dog bed today.
Time for the little dog. Bullet is a 4 pound Yorkie. I bought solid color collars to use on the shoot and his neck size was 6″. It was much harder than I expected to find a collar small enough.
Bullet was not a previous client but I learned from a good friend that Bullet has done some modeling for product photography before, so I was sure he would do well. He performed like a people model, almost every shot he gave a different look.
Magnus, Mr Cool kitty, was the last model of the day. When Magnus had his photo session earlier this year, I knew he would be a model for me someday. He was so chill for the camera.
After Magnus arrived, he roamed around the area checking everything out. Once he was comfortable with this strange environment, he was ready to rock.
No beds for Magnus, just the Pea and the Bean.