Healthy Spot contacted me about hosting a holiday photo shoot for their clients in Long Beach and Santa Monica, and I was thrilled to plan an Easter/Spring dog photo booth.
The challenge of creating a dog photo booth is that it needs to be "dog-proofed." Dog-proofing essentially means that the props must be unbreakable and safe and the set must be easy to clean and reset in case of accidents. In addition, the set can't be too busy; the dog needs to be the main character so choosing the right style and amount of props is key.
After the set has been conceptualized and built, the clients begin to arrive for dog photography sessions, and the real fun starts! It's always exciting to see what different dog breeds and personalities I'll be shooting each day. I had the pleasure of meeting Weimaraners, Toy Poodles, Schnauzers, Pugs, Chihuahuas, Mastiffs, Dachshunds, Jack Russell Terriers, Golden Retrievers, and many mixes in between.
When working with dogs in such short periods time for dog photo booth sessions (15 minutes per dog), I try to project a sense of calm throughout each session. Dogs are often excited to explore and tend to be restless when asked to sit in a dog photo booth at a pet store like Healthy Spot, but I've captured adorable photos of even the most rambunctious puppy.
In one session, I worked with a dog that was blind and deaf, so I had to use his sense of smell only to instruct him where to sit and stay. Whether a dog is blind, deaf, both, or neither, I am able to quickly determine what motivates each dog and incorporate treats, dog toys, sounds, or even the dog's owner into the session in order to capture an excited dog's attention.
Here are a few photos from the Easter/Spring dog photo booths at Healthy Spot in Santa Monica and Long Beach: