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Some people think that pet photography is cheese. Some people think that art is just for a niche. And some people don't even think about the combination of both: fine art pet photography. But this wasn't the case of Alana.

One of the things Lily likes is to be hold on Alana's arms and I wanted to capture that special thing they have together.

One of the things Lily likes is to be hold on Alana's arms and I wanted to capture that special thing they have together.

She didn't think it twice. She is passionate about her pup Lily, a beautiful combination of pit bull and terrier. She knew Lily was growing fast and she didn't want to wait too long. Lily is a young dog, full of energy and very goofy and Alana wanted me to immortalize her dog's personality, forever.

Lily on top of the world giving me a warm "smile".

Lily on top of the world giving me a warm "smile".

During our pre-session consultation, she told me about their story: how they met, how a good match they are, what things make Lily so special and unique… All the information helped me to design the perfect dog photo session for them.

TigerLily, which is her actual full name, has a tan coat with black stripes. Somehow she looks like a little tiger. So I though that going to the top of Bernal Heights, which have very dry zones with some naked trees like the African savannah, would be perfect for her. Lily would blend nicely with the nature and the color palette would be warm but wild.

The light during the sunset is perfect to create candid and warm portraits. Here Alana was giving Lily a treat for being such a good dog model.

The light during the sunset is perfect to create candid and warm portraits. Here Alana was giving Lily a treat for being such a good dog model.

We did the session in the late afternoon. I wanted to use the soft light of the end of the day and then play with the sunset's colors. The sunset is wonderful for dog photography because the natural light is still abundant but not very harsh. As a pet photographer that only uses natural light, it was perfect. It allowed me to play with the long shadows, create strong silhouettes against the sun and get a romantic look. If you are skilled and know how to use your natural resources around you, you can end up having very creative and artistic photos to show to your client.

Here are my favorites pictures from that day.

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Would you like to have a session like this with your dog? Contact me to schedule your free session consultation. I'd love to work with you!


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

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