Client Session ~ Yoyo & Blackie in Brisbane

My session with Blackie and Yoyo would have to be one of my most sunshine-filled yet! Right from the start we had some gorgeous warm afternoon light to play with.

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We settled on my south west Brisbane forest location, which is a great combination of having a rural feel, with a pine forest close by.

8085-130831-CharlotteReeves8293-130831-CharlotteReeves Adopted from the pound at 7 months old, Yoyo is a Border Collie mix who is full of confidence and lots of spunk!

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His little brother Blackie joined the family at 9 weeks old when he was adopted from a friend. He’s the shyer of the two, but so sweet and loving.

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Both dogs absolutely love their mum Nicole and were happy to show just how much during our shoot.

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While some might see it as a challenge, I actually really enjoy photographing black and white dogs. When shooting in this lovely golden afternoon light, colour casts are commonly picked up but can be easily removed in the post-processing stage. In fact, I came up with a new technique for doing this in Photoshop while editing this session. If you are interested in learning more about this, I published a video tutorial on YouTube outlining my unique technique, using Blackie as an an example image.

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Can you tell I’m a little bit obsessed with getting that golden glow? The boys were so good in staying in the right spot for me to make this happen.

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Of course, we had to get a photo of the boys together. We tethered them at equal lengths to the post behind them to get their heads right on the same plane, so I could shoot using a shallow depth of field and still get the eyes of both dogs sharp.

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With the very last smidgen of sunshine, it was time for some “puppy dog eyes” photos, using treats to get their attention. Yoyo approved!

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And how cute is little Blackie, such a darling boy.

8675-130831-CharlotteReevesNicole had this to say about her session:

“My boys Yoyo and Blackie got on really well with Charlotte. Which is great as Blackie is a nervous dog. Love the photos and the book the pictures came in.”

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