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Studio Dog Portraits on Location

Studio Dog Portraits on Location in Johanneburg

Studio dog portraits shot on location in Johannesburg.

Meet Rosie, Angus & Tank. Three little Dachshunds.

I was commissioned to photograph this this trio of friends recently.  Their mom told me that Tank gets very nervous if he travels, so we needed to do the shoot at home using my portable studio set up. The dogs were a little suspicious as I got the backdrop and lights ready, but the swift arrival of a selection of treats soon put an end to that worry.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Tiny Rosie was first up for her portrait session.  This little lady is 9 years old and her mom was keen to get some cute portraits of her to out up on the wall.  Rosie was quite shy so it took some coaxing to get her to sit still and look at the camera, but by the power of snack items, we got there.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Next up was Tank, also a senior boy who wasn't quite sure about the task at hand.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

He was far happier when his sister was sitting next to him, safety in numbers, although that meant sharing the treats which he wasn't too happy about. He did however get his own back by photobombing Rosie's portrait.

studio dog portraits on location
studio dog portraits on location

Younger brother Angus showed them both how it was supposed to be done. He sat like a champ for his portraits, in exchange for a constant supply of snacks of course.

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

Angus is a standard sized wired haired dachshund, so he towered over Rosie and Tank who are mini versions.  

studio dog portraits on location johannesburg

To finish the shoot off, we attempted some team photos. 

studio dog portraits on location

The dogs were far more focused on the snacks than me. Perhaps next time, I'll do a Lady Gaga and cover myself in steak before the shoot to ensure full eye contact at all times, LOL.


Dachshund Dog Art Shoot


So this happened.

Meet Phoebe, Chelsea and Harvey, three little dogs with BIG personalities. They came through to the studio with their parents and grandparents (Harvey belongs to granny and grandpa) for a portrait shoot which was rather chaotic, but lots and lots of fun.


If you've ever wondered how I actually manage to get portraits of multiple dogs sitting still, the answer is with patience, perseverance and snacks.


Smaller dogs are usually much easier to coerce into sitting still than big dogs and with all the extra pairs of hands made this shoot quite easy really.......


Harvey (above) wasn't overly impressed with the whole portrait shoot thing, the girls however got totally into the modelling vibe. To be fair to Harvey, his Dad was telling him that he smelt like a little girl after his bath the day before, so that probably put him off his stride a bit.


All eyes on the snacks.


Cheese, viennas and............




Happiness is an arm full of Dachshunds.

I'm so excited to see what the portraits from this shoot look like hanging up at Fran & Brad's house.  They ordered 12 20cmx20cm framed portraits which are going to look amazing.