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I LOVE WHITE DOGS, BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT RIGHT?
I think that’s pretty evident to those who follow me on social media. White dogs light my world, and to prove it, I have three of them!
I adore them, and until our little Daisy came into our lives way back in 2007, I’d only ever had black or black & white dogs in my life. Since Daisy, we then adopted Luna in 2011 and Harvey in 2012. Both primarily white dogs with a little tan in the mix for all three albeit an eye patch for Daisy, now faded eyebrow and ears for Luna or entire head in the case of Harvey.
SNOW WHITE, PERHAPS NOT?
White is the theme for our Pet Photography 52 Weeks Project this week and I suspect most of my northern hemisphere cohorts will be blogging amazing dogs in snow images this week!
Snow, something we will never see here in Wootton on the Barrington Coast, although never say never I guess as anything is possible in our world.
I’ve decided to talk about white dogs this week and some of the nuances in photographing them and editing their photographs into works of art.
SNOW WHITE, PERHAPS YES!
One issue that often occurs in our little white furry friends is tear stains around the eyes, mouth and sometimes even the paws.
I wonder how many people out there with a white dog in their life has dismissed the thought of a professional photo session for this very reason?
Well, hopefully this blog post will allay those fears and help them on their way to getting amazing artwork of their beloved white dog.
A TEENY TINY WHITE DOG NAMED MISS LIZZIE
My years of experience photographing dogs creating beautiful artwork from those photographs has instilled some clever editing skills into my workflow. To demonstrate, I’d like to introduce you to Miss Lizzie the adorable and incredibly teeny tiny Maltese Terrier.
Miss Lizzie is one of the stars of my fundraising coffee table book “Teeny Tiny Dogs and Their Stories“. Her Mum Trish adores this tiny dancer to the moon and back and dotes on her every move.
WINTER CHILL BRINGS ON TEARS
Miss Lizzie had her photo session for the book smack bang in the middle of Winter. Winter in Sydney Australia is a little milder than you’ll see in some of the other blog posts this week! With chilly weather brings tears, and tears on a white fluffy dog generally means staining.
Here are a few photos from Miss Lizzie’s session in raw form and slide to see the finished image.
The finished heirloom artwork forever immortalising Miss Lizzie for decades ahead, ensuring she will never be forgotten. And not a tear stain to be found.
This is my Chops Canvas Collection which comprises a 30×40″ canvas flanked by two 16×20″ canvasses in portrait orientation. A magnificent statement piece for the discerning dog lover’s home.
IN THE WORDS OF HER ADORING MUM
“Miss Lizzie is the most mischievous little princess, and the most affectionate little girl. She loves to snuggle up and give cuddles to everyone she meets.
She doesn’t have an off switch, except when she is sleeping. I believe she is keeping my little 10-year-old pom active.”
ALL AROUND THE BLOG CIRCLE, ALL AROUND THE WORLD
Thank you for reading! Please head on over to check out Helen Green Dog Photography in Geelong, Australia. Yay Helen, finally another Australian photographer in our blog circle! Click the link at the bottom of each post until you end up right back here. I’d love to hear what you thought of this blog. Do you have a white dog in your life?
Dogs’ lives truly are too short. I’m learning that now with my senior dog and ever-increasingly white dog Daisy. Don’t wait until it’s too late, make a date and come visit us for your dog’s very own farm photography experience. Let’s get some stunning artwork up on your walls for generations to come. Let’s create a visual legacy for your dog.
Miss Lizzie is adorable. I LOVE the slider before and after photos too. Those are awesome.