The beginning of this shoot started off with an embarrassing little mistake. After talking with Snoopy's Mum, I knew that he was a rescue Collie who was very wary of new people.
I arrived at the house to find Snoopy in the garden. I ignored him while I got my camera kit out of the car, letting him size me up first. I went through the gate and kept my distance at first, talking softly. This was well received with a waggy tail and I took this as a good sign. I crouched down and took a few shots before offering up a tasty treat that I always carry with me on shoots (it's always good to smell interesting to the dogs I'm photographing!). The treat was gratefully received and I was congratulating myself on a good start to the shoot when a voice said "Can I help you".......er.....I looked up at the chap who asked the question and quickly realised if someone was asking that, I probably was lying in the wrong garden, taking photographs of the wrong dog.
After clearing up that I had accidentally arrived at the wrong house and apologising profusely, I managed to find my way to the right house....two doors down.
I'm happy to report that things went a little more smoothly after that! I employed the same technique, ignoring Snoopy at first and letting him come to me. The shoot was a great success, I loved hearing Snoopy's story and watching him play with complete disregard for the 'stranger' in his midst (much to his Mum's surprise). We did the shoot in two halves, with the second half at West Wittering Beach, one of Snoopy's favourite places. Check out his lack of eye to ball co-ordination in some of the shots, he also did a bit of dancing for us too ;)
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