When you discuss the connection and the bond between an owner and their dog we all have our own ideas of what that looks like, how it is expressed and what it feels like. If you have a dog, you will have your own experinces of what makes a strong bond, or connection and how that demonstrates the love you share with your dog.
It is those moments we share with our dog that develop and strengthen our bond, those shared experiences that bring us closer together.
We can all recollect our favourite holiday with our dog or our favourite day trip or road trip to a new and exciting destination.
When photographing dogs, either in the studio or on location, I get asked a very common question:
Can you make sure you capture the dogs character?
That usually means the dog is doing something they really enjoy so their face is full of interest and life. I make sure I do take these style of photographs because the client has asked me to but they are missing a huge opportunity to capture a level of expression and character and this is the one they see with their dog because it involves the dog looking at them.
You are your dogs world and they live their life for you so what better way to capture and demonstrate their character than like this…..
You see, this image is not capturing the dogs face because he is not looking at the camera, he is looking at his world. Of course it is nice for us to see the dog looking at the camera and the owner in this image chose an image with that as their pose.
For me this is a more powerful statement because it is a moment they are sharing together, sharing their bond, their connection and their love.
There are many other photographs I took during this session and I like many of them but it is this one that moves me the most as it is so special because it captures so very well the love the owner and dog share and they joy that brings both of them.
Everyone will have a different favourite photograph because we all see things slightly differently but there can be no mistaking the emotion captured in this photograph.
A good photograph will trigger a memory of the moment the photograph was taken and that memory will trigger an emotional memory that will remind you how you were feeling when the photograph was taken.
I will remember taking this photograph and the others from the session because I remember the emotion and the love these two shared.