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Sit. Stay. Smile. The Art of Dog Photography!


Join us for this full day class on the art of photographing dogs! This is a hands-on classroom experience not to be missed!

Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

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Class: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

Sit. Stay. Smile.
The Art of Dog Photography

Join us for this full day class on the art of photographing dogs! This is a hands-on classroom experience not to be missed!

This is a full-day comprehensive program with lecturers, hands on training and shooting! We will work through real-world scenarios with real dogs – not highly trained models – which will take your photography in a whole new direction! Whether you want to work in pet photography, include pets into your existing business, or just create better images of pets as part of your family portraiture, this program has a lot to offer you!

Our full day!
The morning will start with a talk led by our own Kim Sancranti of Kimberly Sarah Photography. Learn how she makes great images of dogs in the studio! From big concepts to little tricks, she will share her secrets to a great emotive dog portrait.

Following Kim’s talk, Bud will make a brief presentation on symmetrical and asymmetrical lighting patterns and their use in pet photography, along with a review of studio lighting for those that might need a brief refresher.

Before we transition into the studio for our practical session, we will hear from an experienced dog trainer from our partner organization, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire (details pending). We will also learn about the shelter, its mission, and its role in our community.

In the afternoon we will move into the studio in assigned groups, and create stunning portraits of our “model” dogs – real shelter dogs! In typical organized SOPHA fashion, we will show you how to make great images. Every participant will get a chance to not only photograph dogs, but see, learn, and adapt to different dog personalities. From the lazy lap dog to the slippery sly one to the energetic bounder, we will likely see it all – and make images that let the dog’s personality shine.

About our “models” – shelter dogs!
We have the privilege to have shelter dogs from Animal Rescue of New Hampshire (Bedford, NH) as our models. These are not highly trained dog models, but dogs looking for a home! By providing the shelter with great images of these fantastic dogs, we will help them find a great home.

You can help improve the life of these beautiful animals!
Most pet adoptions are initiated with an online search and the experts tell us that one of the biggest determiners in find a great home for a shelter dog is the quality of the picture displayed. A great pet portrait significantly increases the chance that a shelter animal will find a new “forever” home. And here is where you come in: as a participant in our class you will be agreeing to give at least one photo to the shelter for their use in the dog’s adoption process. In addition to the photos you will share, a portion of your class fee will go to the shelter in support of their great work!

What you need to bring
Be sure you bring materials for note taking (if you desire), your camera, a freshly charged battery, and an empty memory card. Bud and Kim recommend a mid range telephoto zoom lens for pet photography over prime lenses. The 24-120 (-ish) lens is our favorite, although we are sure you will have something that will work. As always, SOPHA has a full range of rental cameras and lenses should you need it, please call ahead to reserve. Pizza lunch, water, and soda will be available, but if you have special dietary needs, you should make your own arrangements. Questions? Call or email!

Our class is held in Studios A and B at SOPHA, at 15 Merrill Street in Manchester, NH. We are five minutes off of major highways and parking is easy.

Date and Time
This program will be offered Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

Please read these important notes:
– We will be working with shelter animals during this class. And while these dogs have been screened for temperament, working with dogs in a studio carries a certain amount of risk, however small. In return for your participation in the program, you agree to assume all liability for any injury you might incur and hold both The SOPHA, LLC and The Animal Rescue League of NH harmless of all claims.
– Because of the unique nature of this program and our commitment to the shelter, we cannot follow our normal SOPHA refund policy. We are unable to offer refunds. Should you find yourself unable to participate in the program, you are welcome to sell your seat to another photographer, who also will agree to all these provisions.
– Remember that these are real animals that are new to being in a studio. As such the welfare of the animals will come before our desire to photograph them. We will make reasonable attempts to give participants the best photographic experience possible, but participants must understand that we anticipate a certain level of chaos and we will make our best attempts to control it.
– Please do NOT bring dog treats. We are working closely with the amazing folks at the Animal Rescue League of NH, and they know these dogs best. It is important that we do not run into problems with digestion, allergies, etc.
– By participating in this program you are specifically agreeing to supply the shelter with at least one edited image for each dog you photograph. More is better. Time matters in the adoption process, so you are agreeing to supply the images within ten days. If you have questions about this part of the program, please don’t hesitate to contact the office – we are glad to help!

Join us and be a part of this exciting Dog Photography event at SOPHA. Let’s do something that we can talk about for years to come!


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