Last week, I introduced you to the adorable pug Franklin, and this week, he's back for another round of photography fun. Why the encore? Well, for starters, I couldn't resist bookending last week's "From Below" shot with a complementary "From Above" image. Plus, I wanted to showcase how a single location can offer a wealth of photographic possibilities, especially when viewed from different angles. Granted, we drove to this spot this time around since the session was on a different day, but it's just a stone's throw from last week's locale – we could have walked if we'd wanted to! 😉
What started as a beautiful day turned crazy chilly out of nowhere just as we arrived on location. But Franklin, ever the trooper, didn't let the breeze and chill dampen his spirits. Just like last week, Franklin was leashed for the duration of his session. (It's a standard practice, ensuring that our furry friends can explore while keeping them safe and secure during our photography sessions.) As expected, Franklin was a bundle of joy and cuteness, and his happy demeanor was infectious. With plenty of tall landscaping features at our disposal, we encouraged Franklin to embark on a grand adventure among them. While he may have been a tad more accustomed to my array of noises this time around (read: less head tilts), those big, soulful eyes still worked their magic - he didn't hold back and charmed me with every click of the shutter. 🥰
Franklin may be pint-sized, but I wanted to capture him with a bit of breathing room AND I wanted to zoom as much as possible to get a nice shallow depth of field to make him pop, so I utilized a stepstool to give me that extra bit of elevation. Luckily, the natural light was plentiful and diffused (resulting in fabulous catchlights in Franklin’s enormously expressive eyes), so I didn't need to rely on my off-camera flash for most of the session. This was a relief, especially considering how windy it was – my flash modifier tends to act like a kite in such conditions! Despite the elements, we were determined to seize the moment, swiftly moving from one location to another to make the most of our session before we completely froze. 🥶
The behind the scenes (BTS) look of how I created it:
Additional (unedited) images from Franklin adventure, that I’m sure will melt your heart as much as they did mine!
From Franklin’s mom: “Franklin is curious, mischievous, energetic, and not shy! I think this is a typical pug, but it’s our first pug so it’s new to us!”
Ginger Wick Photography is an award winning dog photographer specializing in creating beautiful custom artwork of dogs & their people. Based in Parker, CO serving the Denver area.