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Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project – Week 2 – Before and After

A peek into the wonderful world of photo editing

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2019 Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project.

The theme for this week is “Before and After”.

Even shelter pets deserve the best

I haven’t started my client sessions this year as yet, so I’m using my shelter photos from my visit to the Sutherland Shire Council Animal Shelter this week.  I spent 6 hours at the shelter this week as I had a few weeks’ break over Christmas.  There were lots of animals needing adoption portraits to help them find their forever homes.

The first image of each animal is the straight out of camera raw image, and the second image it the edited image.  My editing mainly consists of correcting exposure and white balance where necessary, tweaking shadows and highlights, enhancing the eyes, removing any stray hairs or eye goobies (I always clean their eyes prior to taking a photo, but sometimes they still sneak in).  I also like to tidy the image up to remove any distractions that would detract from all attention being on the animal and their gorgeous little faces.

With shelter pets, I still undertake leash removal like I do with client pets.  When I first started volunteering at Sutherland Shelter, they almost had a heart attack when they saw the photos, thinking I’d photographed the dogs off leash!  But alas, that was just some Photoshop trickery… I want people to see the dog for who they are, and not be distracted by a leash holding them in place, so when I can, I remove it.

I hope you enjoy seeing the transformation that a little care and time invested in editing can make, to give the animals the best chance to be noticed.

Your dog… have you been wondering about having them photographed?

If you thought your dog needing to always be on a leash meant you couldn’t have a professional photo session for them, then hopefully this has enlightened you of the possibilities.  Most of the dogs I photograph are on leash… and I’ll show you how to hold the leash to ensure it can easily be edited out of your dog’s photos.  Don’t put it off until it’s too late … it’s time to let your dog shine!

Thank you for reading and please head on over to check out Elaine Tweedy of I Got The Shot Photography, serving pets and their people in Northeastern PA and surrounding areas.

Continue clicking the link at the bottom of each post until you end up right back here.

If you would like to book a photography session for your dog please get in touch as I’d love to meet you.

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  1. Kim Hollis on 11 January, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I love that you do shelter photos…. such cuties I hope they find homes soon. It’s amazing how professional photos can help them.

    • Jo Lyons on 12 January, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Kim… I hope they do too!

  2. Angela Schneider on 12 January, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Nice work on the eyes, especially on the cats A very subtle pop.

    • Jo Lyons on 12 January, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Angela… it just give them that extra boost.

  3. Darlene on 12 January, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Great edits, Jo! They look challenging with the patterns in the background – nice job! Thank you for volunteering with rescue to help these beautiful animals find forever homes!

    • Jo Lyons on 12 January, 2019 at 2:20 pm

      Thanks Darlene… it’s very rewarding but it is hard work with some of the dogs!

  4. Lynda Mowat on 12 January, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Super cute photos. I hope these beauties have all found their forever homes now. I’m sure the professional photos help. The kitties are especially cute!

  5. Tracy Allard on 12 January, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Great job capturing all the dogs looking so relaxed and happy with big smiles, that should help them get adopted for sure!

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