10 Questions on Being a Pet Photographer

A while back a girl (I'll call her S.G.) emailed me. She was studying her Diploma of Photoimaging at CATC Design School and as part of her Folio Development, needed to find a mentor. Now I was in this position myself a few years back, so I always feel a twinge of guilt having to turn people down for mentorships. The truth of the matter is I just don't have the time. However, those of you who follow my blog or facebook page will know that I am passionate about sharing knowledge. I'm a total geek and I love to learn (and love to talk - I know, shocker), so if you have questions of your own drop me a line and I will make time to answer them (eventually, haha).

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S.G.: How did you first get started in pet/animal photography? Caitlin: When I was little, I always dreamed that I would one day work with animals. Then as a teen I picked up photography and threw myself into discovering the world through a lens. By the time I was 16 I had started winning awards and exhibiting my work, focusing mainly on fashion photography. I enjoyed photographing perfect, beautiful people (of course!) but deep down I was craving something more meaningful. It was Lyra who inspired me – the ultimate ragamuffin, a cheeky, shaggy mutt who won her way into my heart with plenty of cuddles and a fair few chewed up socks. Before she was even a year old, I knew that I needed to become a pet photographer. I launched Ragamuffin Pet Photography and haven’t looked back since!

S.G.: Is your portfolio a collection of your best work overall, or a set of images taken specifically for it? Caitlin: My portfolio is a collection of my best/favourite pet photography overall - it's primarily made up of images from client sessions, plus some of my work with rescues and of course my own fur family!

S.G.: What kinds of images work best in a folio to showcase your styles and talents? Caitlin: It's very important to keep your aesthetic processing style consistent, whilst showcasing a wide variety of compositions, narratives, angles etc. I do show a mixture of black & white and colour, but I make sure my post-production stays true to my "signature style" - i.e. soulful, artistic pet photography with a natural approach.

S.G.: How are you able to get great shots from an animal? Caitlin: Getting a great portrait starts before I've even met the animal. I've designed the Ragamuffin Pre-Session Questionnaire for my clients, which gives me a fantastic insight into the life and personality of their pet. That way I can tailor my approach to make sure the images I am capturing reflect the character and soul of the furkid that they love so much.

At the beginning of the session I spend some time letting the pet get used to me and my equipment. I prefer to start at their home for this reason - they are relaxed and confident. There's lots of treats, praise and cuddles involved here (well, there are lots of treats, praise and cuddles throughout the session)! I need to bond with my furry clients quickly, but genuinely. I want them to love me. There is no way you are going to be able to capture the essence of their soul if they aren't looking at you with pure love.

I also genuinely love my ragamuffin animals.  They are smart - you can't fake love to a dog. It's a relationship that goes both ways, and I believe that the love I feel for them shines through my photography. I get to know the idiosyncrasies of their facial expressions, I know how they like to be talked to. Thanks to the questionnaire that their humans filled out, I know what makes them excited and nervous and content. This much love makes for an emotional job, especially as my ragamuffins get older, but I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Once I start photographing, my approach really depends on the individual. For example, if they are confident and very interested in me, then I will immediately focus on capturing dynamic, close-up portraits. If they are more interested in exploring the landscape, then I'll focus on capturing wider environmental portraits and wait until they have settled in before I attempt to move in closer. For portraits with that amazing eye contact and perked up ears, there's often a lot of ridiculously silly noises from me.

My approach with cats is completely different. With cats I work very slowly, starting further away and gradually moving in closer (or using a telephoto lens) as the cat becomes used to me.

S.G.: Do you have more than one folio, and is it digital or hardcopy? Caitlin: I have a digital folio on my ipad, which I have on me at all times and I also have sample albums that I bring to events. However, the work on my website is my most important folio.

S.G.: How often do you update your folio, if you do? Caitlin: Not as often as I would like. But I did just give my website a big makeover and finally got around to updating my portfolio and creating a slideshow on my homepage with some of my very favourite photographs. I love it!

S.G.: What kinds of things make a "successful" image when working with animals? Caitlin: Well, it's all subjective, of course. But for me, on a technical level, the eyes have to be pin-sharp. I'm pretty OCD about that - I want to be able to count their eyelashes. That is, unless you are making the conscious decision to highlight another feature (e.g. their nose, paws or tail).

On a more conceptual level, I think a successful portrait needs to capture a little of the animal's soul or personality. That's why I am so dedicated to getting to know the animal before we start shooting. I also think magic can happen when we photograph pets with their humans. Nothing super pose-y or fake, but when everyone starts to relax and be themselves, and I can capture that look of pure love, then I know I've got something special.

S.G.: How did you begin to develop your folio? Caitlin: When I first started Ragamuffin, I was still in university (studying my BA in Photography at RMIT), so I did have the luxury of time and motivation to develop my portfolio. I worked a lot with rescue animals and did a series of fine art projects to hone my style and message.

S.G.: How do you price your work, what things will make the pricing change? Caitlin: My pricing is calculated based on my cost of goods (e.g. how much it costs for me to create a canvas print, or an album), plus the costs of running my business (everything from the expenses of camera equipment to insurance to marketing) plus my personal cost of living.

When I wrote my business plan for Ragamuffin, I knew I wanted to position myself as the high-end option for pet photography. There are plenty of photographers out there who will shoot-and-burn, but I know my clients feel confident when they choose Ragamuffin because they are hiring a full-time, professional photographer who will never compromise the client experience to save a few dollars. My pricing structure allows me to shoot with my Patience Policy (no time limits) and to offer the very best products to my clients. By going down the high quality/low volume route, I'm able to share a connection with each client that cheaper competitors churning out work cannot offer.

S.G.: Do you have any advice for developing my own folio, and as an emerging photographer? My number one piece of advice would be to practice, practice, practice! Perfect photographic moments with animals are fleeting, so there is a lot of technical skill required. You need to know your equipment inside out, so that you can focus (ha!) 100% on the pet.

Experiment until you start to refine a style (especially when it comes to post-production). During this stage it can be really useful to keep a visual diary full of any photographs or artwork that your find inspiring. You will begin to see an aesthetic pattern emerge. Try to apply that style to your own work, and you may just discover something that works.

As an emerging photographer, I would advise that you be ruthless on your portfolio. You are only as good as your worst photograph, so if it's not amazing don't show it!

I'd also advise that you study the business of photography. I consume business books/information with an insatiable appetite. I'd recommend checking out my list of the Top 10 Business of Photography Blogs.

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So that was my interview with S.G.! I meant what I said lovely readers- please don't ever feel intimidated or shy about asking questions. If we don't learn, we don't grow and everyone started at the beginning! For more tips and insights for photographers, you can subscribe to my newsletter here.

x Caitlin

5 Tips for Interesting Perspectives in Pet Photography

 {Plus - Featured! on the Top 10 Blog}

Ragamuffin Pet Photography has been featured in the Hair of the Dog Top 10 collection of pet photographs shot with an interesting perspective! Click here to see the whole collection, featuring some awesome pet photographers all around the world!

Perspective plays an important role in professional photography. Creatively playing with angles and depth within an image can make the difference between an average photograph and a winner. Read on for 5 tips and techniques for introducing a sense of interesting perspective in your own pet photography . . .

Perspectives in Pet Photography

Perspective in photography is technically the sense of depth or spatial relationships between objects in the photograph. For example, the distance between the kitten's paws reaching down towards the lens, to the kitten's face, right up towards the top levels of the cat tower.

1. Lens Choice

Your choice of lens and focal length can have a dramatic effect on the perception of depth within your photo. The kitten photo was shot with a 24mm focal length, which helped exaggerate the apparent distance between the top platform and our kitty.

Basically, a wide angle lens distorts both the relative size and the distance between your near and far objects. This makes anything close to your lens look big and anything further away look tiny and distant (caused by the angle of view). You can take advantage of this to create comically distorted pet portraits with the big head, little body effect with very wide angle lenses, or even a fisheye lens.

Using a wide angle lens to exaggerate perspective in pet photography

2. The Diminishing Effect

This is one of the easiest ways to create depth in your image. Essentially the diminishing effect works because our brains recognise that the same object, when placed further away, appears smaller. So if you find a pattern in your shooting environment (e.g. a long row of trees, a staircase, a brick wall - or even a cat tower) you can use that pattern to demonstrate depth and perspective within the photograph.

The Vanishing Point used for diminishing effect to show perspective and give depth in these dog portraits

3. Overlap Perspective

Ok, so this one is just common sense, but you can still use it to your advantage in your pet photography. When an object blocks or overlaps another object, our brains understand that the first object is closer than the latter (duh). For example - the kitten is clearly closer to the camera than the cat tower platforms because she overlaps them.

It's simple, but when you combine the concept of overlap perspective with several of these other perspective tips then you can create a really interesting portrait.  Try intentionally overlapping objects in front of the dog or cat to create more depth in your frame.

Overlapping objects to create depth in pet photography

4. Depth of Field

Speaking of depth. Our eyes are accustomed to not being able to clearly view objects that are far away (some more so than others *adjusts her glasses*). Utilising your depth of field can emphasize the perspective within a photograph. Vary your aperture and focus in on a particular aspect of your shot (e.g. I focused on the kitty at f/2.8 and allowed both her paw and the rest of the cat tower to fall away into blurriness).

Focusing in on a particular subject within a relatively busy frame introduces a feeling of depth

 

5. Change your angle

I've saved the best for last - change your camera angle and your portfolio will love you for it! Far too many people photograph pets from their own eye level.  This means the animals are always looking up at the camera - it's a cute shot that emphasizes puppy-dog eyes, but it can be uninteresting because it's the same angle that we see our pets from in our day-to-day life. You can combine the angle with a couple of the other techniques mentioned in this blog post to add interest - or you can move yourself around to find a whole new perspective.

To shoot the featured kitten photograph, I was lying on my back, looking straight up at the kitty. I was balancing the camera by pressing it hard against my face, with one hand gripped on the shutter and my other hand playing with a feathered toy to grab her attention.

I spend most of my sessions crouched down in awkward positions or lying on my belly. I want to get down to the pet's level, so that I can photograph them eye-to-eye. Occasionally I will roll over on my back so that I can photograph from beneath the pet's level (side note: do not become a pet photographer if you are squeamish about getting dirty or muddy). Photographing from beneath the animal, looking up, can create either an epic-hero stance or a comic, playful pose (like the kitty).

Interesting photographs can also be achieved by photographing down from a high level (I'm not talking human-eye level, I mean something more like a bird's eye view).

Definitely play around with your angles!

 

Experiment with angles in your pet photography

 

Above all else, just experiment with your camera and don't be afraid to roll around in the leaves like a lunatic. If you've found this post interesting or useful, be sure to leave a comment below and click here to subscribe to the Ragamuffin Pet Photography newsletter.

Top 10 Business of Photography Blogs

A few weeks ago I had the honour of giving a lecture on the business of photography to the BA of Photography class at my old university, RMIT. A few of the students asked if I would mind compiling a list of recommended blogs that focus on the business of photography. In no specific order, here are my top 10 favourite websites that all photographers running their own small business should read! 1. The Modern Tog

Jamie Swanson runs the Modern Tog, a friendly yet insightful blog about the business of photography. She focuses on real-world, easily actionable tips on business and marketing. But your number one reason to visit The Modern Tog should be to purchase her Easy Client & Money Manager excel spreadsheet. It's US$129 and so worth the investment. Prior to purchasing the Modern Tog Manager I was using attempting to use a combination of MYOB and Lightblue, but this excel workbook is easy to customise, quick to use, and collects all the info that you need in one place. Highly recommended!

2. Brand Camp

Kristen Kalp on Brand Camp specialises in (you guessed it) branding. Her blog is less focused on actionable tips and more focused on your business identity. She wrote a brilliant ebook called Sales without Shame, but unfortunately she retired it. That being said, her blog is still full of great advice with an emphasis on doing business in a way that is good for your soul, not just for your bank account.

3. Photomint

Lara White's specialty is Wedding Photography, but you will still learn plenty from the Photomint even if you don't shoot weddings. Her shooting and production tips are particularly helpful.

4. Psychology for Photographers

Oh my goodness I love this blog! Psychology for Photographers is the one blog whose newsletters I do not archive to read when I have the time - I have to read them that same day (geekiest guilty pleasure ever!) Jenika is a beautiful story teller and her insights into the psychology behind business (and life) will both inspire your mind and transform your approach to your business.

5. Photography Awesomesauce

Photography Awesomesauce is chock full of tools and tips that you can implement immediately to change your business. Carrie Swails is less focused on the thoughts/philosophies/psychology behind business and more focused on sharing advice that will change your day-to-day life (one of my favourite recent posts is How to Create Your Own Work Schedule).

6. Served Up Fresh

Well, where do I start with Served Up Fresh. In a nutshell, I wouldn't have the business I do today if it wasn't for Alicia Caine and her blog, Served Up Fresh. If you are intending to start a portrait business, then you need to make one of your top priority purchases the Easy As Pie pricing guide. At $349 it's on the pricey side, but it's soooo worth it. Alicia explains how to create sustainable, profitable pricing with a simple approach that won't have you tearing your hair out in frustration. Her actual blog posts are relatively infrequent, but sign up because when she does publish something it is always insightful.

7. Joy of Marketing

Sarah Petty from the Joy of Marketing is my business role model. I highly recommend checking out her podcasts and education prodcuts - fair warning: they aren't cheap, but they are worth every penny (haha bad joke, but you'll gettid if you visit). She frequently puts on online "events" which are always overflowing with great advice from impressive speakers, so it's worth signing up just to stay in the loop for her next event.

8. Tofurious

Lawrence Chan mixes SEO advice with creative insights and a generous topping of psychology to form Tofurious, a funny, lighthearted blog that is packed with business-healthy content. His Creative Pricing and Packaging e-Book ($65) is also an interesting read (especially for his explanation of the thought processes behind packages).

9. Photography Spark

Zach Prez is another SEO god. He used to write Photography Web Marketing (also worth checking out) and is now the brains behind Photography Spark. It's hard to believe that Zach isn't a photographer, because he has a brilliant understanding of internet marketing for photographers. Photography Spark addresses more than just SEO, but I also highly recommend purchasing Zach's SEO Cookbook for Photographers (US$99) and implementing his tips as you set up your blog and website.

10. Photography Concentrate

Photography Concentrate does have a strong emphasis on technical photography tips versus business tips, but it's still worth joining their Explorers Club (especially for Lauren Lim's free PDF with tips about being a shy photographer - thank you Lauren!) Their Backup or Die ebook (US$20) is also a fantastic kick in the bum for any of your lazy backuppers!

 

I hope you find this list helpful - there are plenty more out there so if there are any favourites that I've left off the list be sure to note them in the comment section below. Stuff your mind with knowledge and education ~ the moment you stop learning is the moment your business will start to die. Overdramatic but true :)

 

x Caitlin

yellow labrador puppy and golden retriever puppy in Melbourne

 

How to: Beautiful Bokeh in Pet Photography

I recently decided that instead of answering requests for advice and technical questions privately, I would publish some frequently asked questions here on the blog so that others can read the answers too . . .  

"Hi, I've been following your work and it's absolutely beautiful.

I'm a beginning pet photographer and wondered if you'd be able to help me out a little. You get such beautiful bokeh in your photos and just wondered if you could give me some pointers.

I understand that you need to set your F stop as low as you can get it, but I think there's more to it. Any advice you can give would be appreciated."

~ V.

 

Bokeh (pronounced like "bo" in Bob and "ke" in Ken) describes the aesthetic quality of the out-of-focus, blurry area of an image. Val was right - having a shallow depth of field (as a result of shooting with a low F stop) does contribute to pleasing bokeh, but there is definitely more to the story.

  1. Shoot Wide Open: I almost always shoot with apertures around f/2.8, unless I'm photographing action shots. If you are using a kit lens with an aperture of f/5.6 then you just won't be able to achieve the look you're after.
  2. Leave Space: I like to shoot in areas that have a lot of space. The more space between your subject and the "background" (whether that be a tree or a building or a field), the more blurred your background will be.
  3. Get Close: Get close to your subject (use a Macro lens or a lens with a short focusing distance).
  4. Backlight: I position the dog in a shady spot with the strongest source of light is behind them. This means that their sweet little face will be smooth, but there will be enough light in the background to create some interesting bokeh.
  5. Light sources: Include several small light sources in the background - anything from small specks of light filtering through a spare tree canopy, bright city lights or drops of rain glistening off the pavement.

How to create bokeh in professional pet photography

Lyra's Project ~ Week 11 ~ Texture

 This year I've joined up with some of my colleagues from the Beautiful Beasties Network (an international group of professional pet photographers) for Project 52, to collectively challenge ourselves and our creativity with a weekly assignment. Every week a different pet photographer chooses a theme, which each person interprets in their own way. The photograph must be taken during that week, and on Friday evening (8pm Aussie time) everyone's blog posts go live. Click the link below to see the next photographer's image and continue around the blog circle until you end up back here - enjoy!

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Pet Photography Melbourne

The theme for this week was texture. I originally planned to contrast the texture of Lyra's weathered, rough paws with Pan's soft, pink paws when midway through photographing I started feeling ambitious. It took a lot of time, patience and patting but I slowly, slowly, slowly moved them so they were spooning each other (they've never done this before *proud parent moment*). It's photos like these that made me create the Ragamuffin Patience Policy for my client sessions - sometimes all you need to get "the shot" is time.

I incorporated "texture" into this portrait in post-production. For those reading this who aren't photographers, a texture when used in post-production refers to an image that is placed on top of another image. The photographer then uses and adjusts various blending modes so that the texture image becomes part of the original image. You may have seen photographers use old pieces of paper, scratches and even written letters and the end result typically has a vintage aesthetic to the image. I personally often subtley incorporate textures like scratched metal or watercolour paint on canvas with my detail photos in session (e.g. with little noses, paws or ears).

For this portrait, I wanted to really play up the texture - it is the theme of the week, after all! I used three different texture overlays, all from the Itty Bitty store (there are many stores online that sell bundles of textures - I've also built up my own library of textures over the years with photos of everything from tree bark to dirty pavement to pretty bokeh). Each layer was added with between 15-45% opacity and an Overlay layer mode. I then selectivity remove parts of each texture with a layer mask.

Now head on over to Raleigh dog photographer, Tara Lynn to see her interpretation of "texture". Don't forget to keep on clicking through the blog ring until you end up back at Ragamuffin Pet Photography.

How to take the Perfect Group Photo with your Dog

Kerri contacted me to organise a fabulous surprise for her husband's 50th Birthday. She wanted a beautiful custom portrait featuring all four of their children, to hang as a large mounted fine art print in their kitchen of their home in Glen Waverley, Melbourne. Austin is their sweet, beloved Boxer - very much the fourth child of the family - and his three siblings are Blair, Andrew and Fraser.  The family style was described as classic with a twist, so I decided that a strong and simple approach was the way to go. Definitely a monochromatic photograph (for that timeless touch), but it was so important to inject some energy and joy into the portrait since staged group photos run the danger of looking stiff.

Fortunately I was in the company of three very sweet "assistants", who had no trouble laughing and being themselves whilst Austin lapped up all the attention. Their down to earth style complemented the natural backdrop of Jells Park in Wheelers Hill wonderfully. Austin is very clearly a "Mummy's boy" though - in the end we had to have Kerri hiding behind a tree (sorry Kerri!) because Austin just got too plain excited everytime he saw his Mum! Nawwww!

"Austin is getting older (and greyer by the minute). I would like to take the opportunity of my husband's 50th to surprise him with a really special, natural and candid shot of the kids and Austin with the lovely, natural backdrop."

Dog Photo with Children in Melbourne

"Austin is largely motivated by love and affection. He's a bossy, fun, excitable clown who makes us laugh every day . . ." ~ Kerri R.

Now, don't be misled by picture of perfect that is portrayed by this group photo. Whilst the Robertsons really are an outrageously good looking bunch, group photo perfection is attainable by us mere mortals as well  ;) The secret?

DON'T SHOOT FOR THE GROUP

I know that seems like weird advice for a group photo, but I approach my groups a little differently to typical photographers.

The first step is to compose the image (decide where is everyone sitting - Mr Bossy had to be front and centre of course!).

The next step is to loosen up. I shoot during this stage, but I already know that I am going to dump the first few minutes worth of photos as soon as I get home. So why bother shooting at all? Because people (and pets) need a bit of time to get used to the camera. The temptation when someone initially points a lens in your face is to freeze and grin, but I'm searching for natural, genuine smiles. Once everyone gets over the "freeze and grin" stage, we start to laugh and have a little fun.

How to Photoshop a Group Photo

These four photos were combined to create the finished portrait

Now, what do I mean by "Don't Shoot for the Group"? I mean, aim to capture the perfect portrait of each individual, rather than trying to capture one single okay photo of the group. Armed with expertise in post-production, you can safely focus on each individual knowing that four photos (taken within the minute) can be combined in Photoshop later.

For example, I captured one photo where Austin was looking at the camera with this happy look of utter contentment on his face and his typical, pant-y smile. Right in that split second, his three siblings happened to be glancing down or away. Their expressions are ok - but not perfect. To combat this I could have requested that they all look at the camera - smiling at all times - during their session. But if I did that, I could never have captured Blair mid-laugh with her eyes twinkling, Andrew grinning at the tail-end of his own cheeky quip or Fraser quietly smiling - small but so sincere. So while I photograph, my mind & eye is concentrating on each person individually, and I won't stop photographing until I know I have their own unique expression captured.

I'll admit it: this is NOT the time-efficient method. I know plenty of photographers who would criticise this approach, since time=money and the costs by necessity cut directly into a photographer's profits. However, when you are working with animals and groups then I think it is worth sacrificing some time in post-production for the perfect portrait that a family will cherish for years and years to come.

Thank you to the Robertson family for involving Ragamuffin in your surprise. It was such a pleasure to work with you all!

Click here to read more about group photos with Ragamuffin Pet Photography

How to take a Group Photo with Cats and Dogs

I had a few questions last night after posting my portrait for the Beautiful Beasties Project 52 family theme. Click here to view the original post. I must confess that my furkids - gorgeous as they are - would NEVER have posed like this together. So to get all five of us in the one photo, I had to montage five images.

First step was to set up a tripod at the foot of our bed (well, that's awkward). To make things easy when you do this, it's crucial that the tripod does not move. If the frame shifts between photos, you're just adding extra work for yourself in post.

I set the focus and Johnny and I quickly took turns jumping into bed (thank you Johnny for clicking the shutter for my pic!) Then we asked Lyra to get under the covers for her shot - unsurprisingly, she didn't stay under for long, what with our 41*C weather yesterday! We finished with each kitten individually - you can't see it, but Johnny is beside the bed, patting them under the covers.

All five layers were opened together in Photoshop, and I used masks to reveal the portions of each photo that I wanted to show. You can use tools like the Pen tool to create exact masks, but I just used a brush with varying percentages of hardness to create my masks. I finished up with my usual curves/colour adjustments, some spot healing, a shadows/highlight adjustment layer, light vignette and a sharpening/blur. Play the video above to see each layer and how they work together.

Hope that helps, or at leasts satisfies some curiosity! Check out this blog post for more insights into group photos with your pets.

Why Did You Start Your Business

Ragamuffin Pet Photography was featured on last week's serving of business inspiration from Hearpreneur. Hearpreneur is a member of CEO Blog Nation and the "Why Did You Start Your Business?" feature is designed to give us all a much needed boost of inspiration by reading about the unique stories and entrepreneurs behind small businesses.

"I started Ragamuffin Pet Photography because I recognized that so many pet lovers struggle to take beautiful portraits of their furry family that capture their soul & personality. Everyday snapshots are cute, but they aren’t lasting keepsakes that you want decorating your home. My business combines professional expertise, award-winning art and a passion for animals to create gorgeous, natural photography so that my clients can celebrate and remember their furbaby forever."

The Cats and Dogs of Melbourne Pet Photographer, Ragamuffin Pet Photography

These three are my more personal reason for starting Ragamuffin Pet Photography - the love of my dog and cats!

Group Photos ~ Never say Never!

A lot of families with big "packs" come to Ragamuffin convinced that it will be impossible to get a good group photo. "It's too hard," they say, apologetically. "It will never happen with my dogs . . ." Well, I reckon my new tag line should be "Ragamuffin Pet Photography  - Never say Never!" At yesterday's Pets Haven mini sessions day, we had a few group photo requests. Obviously in a standard Ragamuffin session, where we're photographing in your home or at a park with lots of space, it's a lot easier to capture natural group portraits.

With a backdrop made for 1-2 dogs, a busy event milling behind us and bucket loads of excitement, the situation was admittedly testing my Never say Never motto! But all we need is a bit of photoshop, a lot of patience and a touch of magic!

Ragamuffin Pet Photography - Never say Never!

Group Photo of Dogs in Melbourne

Group Photo of Dogs in Melbourne

Vintage Post Production ~ Ragamuffin Style

I've been getting a lot of comments and questions about that different "look" and "style" of my artwork, so made a quick little video to show you curious cats the work that goes behind creating a Ragamuffin portrait (this is from Chad and Ren's session). The Signature Style of Ragamuffin Pet Photography is quite earthy and organic (maybe a bit vintage?), which I think works well with my natural approach to photographing animals. Anyway, it's something that's been developing over the years, and I like that people say they can recognise a Ragamuffin straight away!

Now if only it was actually that quick!

Click here to view my portfolio and see more of those gorgeous dogs and cats!