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Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
 

photographing rescue dogs


I am going to be doing a shoot for 5 rescue dogs, very well mannered and trained. aside from all of them together with the rescue equiptment, anybody got any ideas?


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1/9/2007 9:17:20 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
Head Shots
*agility shots of them through there paces.
*Dog and Handeler
* Dog with any awards he has received.
* Dog with Flag background.
* have someone pose as a victum with:
Dog Pulling them.
I hope this helps.
Debby


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1/9/2007 9:24:09 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Debby, thanks I know I could count on you for an answer. your always very helpful to me :)


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1/9/2007 10:05:25 AM

 

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messagenger dog


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1/9/2007 10:22:18 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Brenda,
you would have gotten those on your own anyway.
But you are always more then welcome, just post back some of your shots ,ok.
and have alot of fun doing this shoot.
My very best for all your ventures,
Debby


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1/9/2007 10:28:05 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Thanks Debby. I will post them. I know now that she has 5 in her home and more in a kennel so who knows how many I will end up doing! LOL. I'm hopeing to get to do the local K9 also.when I started I had only planned on doing people portraits, I never knew so many people would want them for thier pets and working dogs.I have plans in motion for the local animal pound also, shot to help advertise all the animals up for adoption. adopt a pet get a free photo type thing, as soon as all the kinks are worked out.


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1/9/2007 12:15:05 PM

 
Jenni Bidner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2006
  Hi Brenda,
I teach the dog photography classes here at BetterPhoto AND I'm a k9 search and rescue handler with ILL-WIS SAR DOGS :-)

Debby's ideas are great. You also might volunteer to be a "victim" for the unit. This means you'd walk a city trail, get "lost" in the woods, or hide in rubble, depending on their specialty. If you ask them to hide you at a point where you have a good vantage, you can photograph the dog teams coming in at you. But be ready for nose prints on your lens-- these dogs tend to be exuberant!

You can also ask them to run the trail past you. When shooting pictures for my book "Dog Heroes: Saving Lives and Protecting America" I had great luck lying on my belly in the middle of their trail, and shooting with a wide angle lens as the dog charged towards me. Some dogs were so intense on the trail they barely noticed me. Others gave wonderful eye contact.

In my classes I usually tell people the best (most classic) portraits are taken at the dog's eye level and from a distance with a telephoto lens. However, on SAR dogs, it's sometimes fun to put them up high (like on a boulder) and look up on them. This gives them a majestic king-of-the-mountain look that is appropriate for a "hero" dog.

Hope that helps! Please email me if you post the images to your gallery. I'd love to see them.
Jenni Bidner


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1/11/2007 6:28:18 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  WOW, Jenni , You and Debby have given me such great ideas!! I'm so psyched about this shoot!I will defanitly post shots! Pam & I just have to work out a day to do them. now my mind is in overdrive, the location is wooded and lakeside. I may get the chance to take one on the boat for a shot also. Thanks a bunch to both of you !!! :)


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1/11/2007 6:44:31 PM

 
Jenni Bidner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2006
  If they are doing water recovery training, you might get your best shots from the shore. (All you will see from the boat is the dog's butt). The illwis website has some examples at www.illwissardogs.org

WHich unit is it? I may know them :-)


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1/11/2007 7:17:52 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Jenni, Im not sure what unit it is I havent ask . All I know is it is at Lake Side Acres. The handeler is Pam Bennett, 2 of the dogs do water and the other 3 do something else I thought she said FEMA???? I dont know a whole lot about them yet, I've known her for years but dont know a whole lot about the SARS dogs or how the whole thing works, but I think what the dogs do and the dedication of them and thier handelers to thier jobs is an awsome thing. I love any animal unfortanatly for me I'm highly allergic, but it hasnt stopped me from having pets or just giving a cuddle to ANY animal that will let me. my husband and I used to take in injured or abandon baby skunks, and release them after they had healed. the extra bonus to that was it kept a lot of unwanted vivitors away.LOL


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1/13/2007 1:54:46 PM

 
Jenni Bidner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/13/2006
  I know Pam Bennet! She is a very respected handler and SAR instructor. My shots of her and her Labs are/were on her website. Say hello for me :-)


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1/17/2007 6:03:17 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  I will tell her:) She is also my husbands aunt, and my nephew's teacher. I will look for her website.


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1/17/2007 12:01:29 PM

 
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