Friday I was lucky enough to have Kim and Rick along with their dogs, Petra and Kelty, to come to the studio. This now gives me 3 teams total that I have photographed. After talking to a view of my friends about the project I felt that I wasn’t capturing the “Hero” persona of the dogs. So, I decided to to see how putting their vests on would help make them look less like pets and more like SAR K-9′s. I think it works.
With Kim, I didn’t want to just another portrait. So I had her put on her gear and what a difference that made. I had her turn on her head lamp. LED’s are getting amazingly bright- I couldn’t see her eyes for most of the shoot due to glare from the light. Her dog, Petra, was easy to shoot. I was hoping to get a more serious expression out of her but she was just too happy and excited.
I decided to shoot Rick and Kelty in Black and white and have them looking straight at the camera with mirrored side lighting. I feel Kelty over powers Rick and I’m still trying to make my mind up about this pairing or the other one.