Thursday, March 24, 2011

Portraits of Gypsy

I finally got out my camera (as opposed to my iphone) and tried to get a decent portrait of my new dog, Gypsy.  Here (above) is the first one I took.  It may be the best one, but I didn't stop there.
I kept snapping away:
The hardest part was trying to get some expression on her face.  For the next one, I meowed (for the life of me, I have no idea why blogger won't post this in the correct orientation!):
And I thought I should get at least one that had her whole body in it:
Eventually, Gypsy grew weary of the whole thing, and I remembered Shimelle's idea about just putting your camera on the ground amd pressing the button:
I learned that shooting a dog portrait was much harder than I imagined!  So, which is your favorite shot (#1-6)?  And a couple of questions for you dog lovers - do you have any great tips to share for shooting pet portraits?  And, what kind of dog do you think Gypsy is?  We've been thinking she's a Norfolk Terrier mix, but I'm curious what others think.
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27 comments:

StacyC said...

Gypsy is adorable! I think I like the last shot the best (where you placed the camera on the floor). It truly captures her emotions at that point.

Sian said...

I think maybe the first one is my favourite, but with a model like that - they are all gorgeous.

scrappyjacky said...

The first and last are my favourites....but she's so cute...she looks great in all of them.
We tend to get the best portraits [as opposed to action shots] when the dogs are knowing they're about to get a 'treat'....bribery [I mean reward] works just as well with dogs as it does with children!!!

Margi said...

awwwwwwwwww Gypsy is a sweetie pateetie! Love the pics!

Jinnag said...

Oh waht a cutie! My favourites are yhe first and last - but really - they are all great shots! J x

Mary B said...

The first and last photos are the best. I love her little face, made me grin when you said you meowed away like made to get some reaction.

helena said...

she is adorable. I like the second and last - great idea to put the camera on the ground.

WendyB said...

I love them all, she is gorgeous. I always have trouble taking shots of our dog (Welsh Border Collie), getting her to stay still would be a start lol

humel said...

What a cutie!! Oh Rinda, she's adorable :-) Like the majority here, the first and last shots are my favourites, but she's gorgeous in all of them xx

MonicaB said...

OMG! These photos make me want to run out and get a dog. What a cutie!

Cheri said...

great shots Rinda, but I love the last one best. I think getting down on her level really makes the portrait!

Lizzie said...

Lovely pictures, Rinda - food for scrapping perhaps?
I love the first, second and last ones - but, as the others said, they're all so lovely because of the subject!
She's definitely a Terrier... but I don't know enough about dogs to give an opinion on her origins - sorry! I think her breed should officially be "Cute Terrier".
I was taking pictures of my mum's little cat today, while I played with her. I took 3 - maybe one will turn out to be good.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Hi Rinda ~ I'm with everyone else on this. LOVE the first and final shots. I'm thinking she's a terrier mix myself, but no matter what her breed, she is just SO cute! I'm glad you are enjoying having her as a pet {as evidenced by a photo session and a post on your blog}. :o) xo

dogmatix said...

Hi, am over from BFS. Love the pictures, the lasr one is definately my favourite. Seems like such a natural doggy pose of exasperation that my dogs seem to have whenever my camera comes out lol

Julie Ann Shahin said...

What a cutie!!!! I'm also from BFS!!!! xoxo

sharyncarlson said...

So adorable!! I think my favorite is the last one. We don't have the easiest time photographing our pug. I swear, it takes about 25 pictures to get one good one!

Becky said...

I can't make up my mind, but I think number 1 - she is really gorgeous.

Karen said...

What a cutie! #1 is my favorite with #6 close behind. No help here with dog identification.

Jo said...

They are all gorgeous shots, I can't pick a favourite, a really beautiful dog.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Great shots! I like #6 best.

She is a cutie!

Heather said...

I am in agreement with most of your commenters - the first & last shots are beautiful portraits but every one (even the one that gives you a stiff neck!)is gorgeous.
xx

Amy said...

I was sure I had commented here, and yet I cannot see that I have???? The wonders of blogger!

Anyway, I am a big fan of shots taken at ground level, for some reason theya re really speaking to me at the moment and I'm finding I'm putting the camera down a lot!

Ginger said...

Rinda I don't think you need any tips on photographing pets as I think you have captured Gypsy's spirit in these photos. She looks like she sits well for the camera. I'm partial to photo #2, I love it when puppies look up at their owners with those puppy dog eyes :)I have an American Eskimo named Edwin and he will sit well for the camera too. P.S. - I checked out your friends post and LOVED her version of Alice in Florida!

Beverly said...

ohwow she is absolutely precious! My favs are 2 and 6! BTW I answered your follower/subscriber ? on the BFS forum, lmk if it's not clear :)

JO SOWERBY said...

i think shes adorable from all angles,
Jo xxx

Julie Shoemaker said...

I love her little face Rinda. No idea what kind of dog she is, other than precious. #3 is my fav...her pose and the look in her eyes.

Miriam said...

The last one for me, so is just gorgeousx I loved the meowing one, made me laugh. I have done that, my dog tries to lick the lens when I want a special photo! x