I've often toyed with the idea of moving into a studio with my photography. The people and dogs coming to me? That's a great idea, that would make my shoots a breeze? My shoot days consist of quite a bit of driving; hauling my camera bag and other equipment which weighs a ton into my xterra, my poor back and shoulders. I face the wonderful Southern California traffic; drive turtle speed down the destination road trying to locate the particular house and then hoist my equipment once again. In the house I do my canine greeting first, as the dog is normally the first one in my face, unless of course they are the shy type, then I really have my work cut out for me. I say hi to the owner and get back on the floor to get to know my subject a little bit more.
Once I feel that I know who I'm shooting we move onto the a tour of the house, yard or park as I scan for those perfect spots to shoot. The entire time I'm asking what my model likes to do, where is their favorite chair, do they know how to stay? These are all important, I want to get a good shot, one that best portrays the dog as their owner knows them. Once I find a few great spots to shoot I set up my camera. My camera bag is a backpack type, being that many of my shoots are at the beach or a park, wheels wouldn't work so well. So, my camera is set up and we are set to shoot.