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I met Bonz when I was at Dolores Park. Such a black beast is difficult to ignore. Riff, my little rescued chihuahua-terrier mix (which is fond of big boys because he thinks he is big too) run towards Bonz, the big black mastiff. I remember my jaw dropping when I saw him. Is not that I haven't seen big dogs before, but Bonz had something special. He was as big as handsome. This is how I met his owner Niels, and how we start talking about pet photography in San Francisco.

Bonz, the playful bull mastiff during his dog photo shoot around the Mission District in San Francisco.

Bonz, the playful bull mastiff during his dog photo shoot around the Mission District in San Francisco.

 

A week later I got the request to photograph Bonz and his brother. Oh, wait! Does Bonz has a brother? Yay! - I thought. Well, it wasn't exactly what I expected, but even better. A 12 year old tan Doberman. Pretty, very pretty.

Bonz at that time was 3 and of course, he was full of energy. Too much energy for old Bosch (that's the Doberman's name). I knew that such a crazy combination would be great for the session.

Bosch, the Doberman. He is already 12 years old!

Bosch, the Doberman. He is already 12 years old!

 

The dog photography session was divided in two: one outdoor session and one indoor session. Being Bonz a young-high-energetic mastiff (still acting like a puppy), I wanted to tired him up for the indoor session. 

We headed to the beach. We arrived there around 8am as I wanted to capture the early fog from the Bay Area combined with the cold ocean and the black sand. It was the perfect combo to create moody images.

Bonz howling behind Bosch at the beach.

Bonz howling behind Bosch at the beach.

Later in the day, when the boys were panting, we went back to the house. Lucky me, the house was not only gorgeous, but it had plenty of natural light.

I first started with Bonz (the young rescued black mastiff) while Bosch (the senior Doberman) was doing his thing around. Bosch was a gentleman and let Bonz had his moment of fame. However, when it was Bosch’s time, Bonz couldn’t handle it. He was all over me! Yes, I love animals. Yes, I’m very patient. No, I can’t shoot with a 250 lbs of dog on my lab! He was photobombing Bosch as much as he could. Bonz is adorable, is a huge puppy always looking to get back scratches. He is an attention seeker! Anyway, I manage to handle my Nikon D600 with one hand while scratching Bonz's back with the other. 

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.


The photos turned out spectacular. Both Bonz and Bosch are great models. Bonz, because his goofy personality gave me very tender images. Bosch, because besides being a senior dog with 12 years, he was very handsome, energetic and fun to work with. Specially during the indoor dog session, he was acting very calm and slow. Perfect for god dog portraits.

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.

Indoor session at home. Dog photography with natural light.

Here are some of the photos from the session. Aren't they handsome?

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Do you want a session at the beach with your dogs? Contact me now to schedule your free session consultation and let's discuss your ideas.


Session selected as my favorite one of 2014! See the rest here.





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