It's week 38 of the Pet Photography 52 Week Project and the subject is "motion". I was on vacation this past week which meant that I had one day to photograph the theme AND write my blog post but I pulled it out on Thursday before the rains began (again!).
There's no better place to find dogs in motion than at the dog park and luckily I have two within a mile of where I live in Coppell. I cruised past the Waggin' Tails Dog Park in Coppell but there wasn't much action going on there so I headed over to the McInnish Dog Park in Carrollton and scored a small group of rowdy dogs (plus it has a water feature so my fingers were crossed that there would be some swimmers there)!
I also took this opportunity to finally take a new camera body out for a spin and put it's 14 frames-per-second capability to the test. The verdict? WINNER! I'm in love and can't wait to use it in upcoming sessions as the holiday portrait season heats up!
Dogs at Play
After having asked the humans if it was ok to photograph their dogs, I was treated to this triad roughhousing it up. Despite how it looks in the images, as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (yeah, that's a mouthful so we just use half the alphabet and go by "CPDT-KSA") I recognized equal play by all three dogs (i.e. everyone was getting as good as they are giving) along with frequent self-interruptions. Dog parks aren't for every dog so it was fun to watch these three enjoy themselves as well as their attentive owners (another plus!).
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What he lacked in coordination, he more than made up for with his enthusiasm!
Rotties Have More Fun
Tennis Ball Action
I couldn't believe my luck when I turned around and saw a bloodhound coming into the park, and not just any bloodhound, this guy actually FETCHED items tossed into the water. He did it very slowly and deliberately, but he fetched! You know what comes after the water...
Water, ears and drool flying; it was a glorious sight to behold (from 30 feet away)!
Thank you to the humans for allowing me to photograph your dogs and I'd love it if you introduced your pup in the comments below. Now on to Danyel Rogers with Wag to my Heart serving the Portland Metro Area to see what she did with "motion" and then continue clicking on the link at the bottom of each post for an around-the-world tour of action-packed pet photography!
Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both natural light and studio photography providing pet, couple and engagement, family and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography in her studio located in old town Carrollton as well as out on location in Coppell and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.