LPA has Gone to the Dogs

LPA Design, where PocketWizards are designed and built, is a dog-friendly office. On any given day there are anywhere from two to five of Man’s Best Friend wandering about. We don’t ask much of these dogs, just the usual “let me scratch your head” or “chase the ball” but after a recent studio portrait session for the staff, we put the dogs to work as models.

Louie photographed by Dave Schmidt at PocketWizard Studio, ©LPA Design, 2011.

I’m sure many of you know what it’s like to work with uncooperative models, but I have a new appreciation for pet photographers and their patience in working with these furry friends. We managed to get good images of three out of the four dogs around that day with a lot of coaxing and a few treats. Interestingly, we haven’t heard one complaint from any of them about their portraits, now hanging proudly in the front of the studio. We can’t say the same for the staff portraits we did earlier that day.

Jackson photographed by Dave Schmidt at PocketWizard Studio, ©LPA Design, 2011.

The lighting:

  • Key light – Elinchrom RX600 triggered with a PowerST4, with a Paul C. Buff 86″ PLM v.2 silver umbrella
  • Hair light – Nikon SB900 with a Honl snoot

The RX600 with the PLM was high to camera right and angled so the edge of the light caught the subject but most of the background remained dark. A fill reflector was low and camera left with the SB900 hair light snooted and slightly behind subject to camera left and slightly above the subjects head.

Jake photographed by Dave Schmidt at PocketWizard Studio, ©LPA Design, 2011.

Carter photographed by Dave Schmidt at PocketWizard Studio, ©LPA Design, 2011.

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4 Responses to “LPA has Gone to the Dogs”

  1. Mike says:

    cool ;-) i did a photo with the PW help of the hotel dog here also ;-) http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelroy/5640949603/in/photostream

  2. tony says:

    Hair light – Nikon SB900 with a Honl snoot

    you mean “fur light” :)

  3. houston pocket wizard usin’ pet photog here! good try with the doggies…haha! i wouldn’t trade my job for the world!!

  4. San Jose-based pet photographer here! Nicely done — Some very handsome K9 models, for sure. But if you really want to earn my respect, try shooting cats!