Back in July I had the chance to get my fix of cuddling puppies with a gorgeous litter of Rhodesian Ridgebacks - oh, and take some photos 😉
Photographing this litter was particularly special to me because their daddy is Eiko, who was one of the models when I did my original dog photography training with Linda Johnstone, so it was absolutely lovely to be able to meet all his babies. Of course it did mean the pressure was on to live up to expectations!!
The aim of a litter shoot is ideally to get a group shot of the entire litter together, as well as individual portraits. The group shot is not guaranteed because it depends very much on how the puppies are on the day - particularly when there are 13 good sized wriggly bodies to keep track of!! Luckily Aileen, the breeder, had several helpers on hand to round up the escapees when needed.
I began the day taking the individual shots, to be sure there was a good puppy portrait of each puppy. It's always good to put puppy in or on something, and I'd had the idea to re-cover an old chair with some navy blue leatherette specifically for this shoot. You can read more about my crazy chair idea here.
After all the individual shots were done, we had a break for puppies (and us) to have lunch, and then it was on to attempt the group shot. With all the helpers everything worked perfectly and the below shot was the result! I was absolutely thrilled to get this shot, which was gifted by Aileen to each of the new puppy owners when the puppies went to their forever homes.
This litter shot also got a Bronze Award with the Guild of Photographers in their Image of the Month competition in July!
To find out more about booking a litter shoot, call me on 07930 337914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org