I decided to have another pop at The Kennel Club's annual photography competition again. I missed out last year and the competition is getting tougher each year. I wasn't even sure I was going to enter this year, but I found with the deadline just a month away I wanted to give it another shot. There's no harm in entering. I have seen other professional photographers entering and not getting placed, so it really is a tough one as a lot of the choices are subjective to the judges personal opinions.
On Friday I decided to put a call out on my local village's facebook page requesting doggy models and the response was fantastic. I've just had a fully booked weekend and I have another coming this week. I've spent time with two puppies and three 3yr old dogs. This weekend I have an 8 month old Vizsla and a family of three labradors. It is always lots of fun, especially when the dogs seem to freeze up in front of the camera. I think yesterday was lazy Sunday syndrome, I am sure dog's suffer with it too as our lot always seem to be less energetic over the weekend.
Yesterdays shoot was spent in back gardens, and this weekend we will be out trudging through the muddy countryside to get our shots. I got soaked legs the last two days from kneeling down on the grass. I'm sure I must look funny almost laying on the floor to get my photos, but hopefully I will get a few worthy of entry into one of the most famous dog photography competitions, and I can hope that everyone who has helped me will be crossing their fingers that I will get a win. At least they have all had the joy of getting some free photos, which I think is a fair enough way to say thank you for their time in helping me :)
My models so far
Dog Trainer, animal lover, artist and photographer