Sunday, September 12, 2010

Nurse and Dog Sitter

Cooper & Abrahm
Lucy & Arthur
I dog sat for Todd & Stephanie (son and DIL).
I tried all weekend to get a picture good picture of them together.
Some dogs were good. Others were naughty.
Took care of Tom.
Handed out pills, changed bandages, fixed ice packs.
Staples come out on Monday, all 15 of them.
He is doing so well.

(These are the out-takes of my photos sessions with the dogs.)
Photographing animals
Be patient
Keep picture-taking sessions short and your voice calm. Try to take pictures during natural activities rather than direct your pet during this new activity called picture taking.
~I wished I had read this before our session!~
Use props to focus attention
If your pet isn't a willing poser, use a flower, a toy, or a small snack to get its attention.
~If I had a snack, I would have had a riot on my hands~
Shoot at eye level
Eye-to-eye contact is as engaging with a pet as with a person. So get down on your pet's level to create warm and intimate pictures
~ I did try this one but they all thought I had a treat for them. I got ambushed~
Get close
Fill the camera's viewfinder or LCD display with your subject to create pictures with greater impact. Step in close or use your camera's zoom to emphasize what is important and exclude the rest. Check the manual for your camera's closest focusing distance.
~You got to be kidding...with this crew?~
Show your pet in action
Animals love to run and play, so take pictures of them on the go to show their joy. Use a high-speed (400 or 800) film to stop the action. Plan the shot for the action to happen in one spot and focus on that spot.
~Did you see the action shot of Cooper peeing on the tree?~
Take lots of pictures
Take lots of pictures to increase your chance of capturing just the right moment. Even the pros take lots of pictures and think nothing of shooting a whole roll just to get that one great shot.
~My patience wore out~


  1. Still a great shot of the pups! Looks like Tom is doing well. Have a great week. Jude

  2. What a great snapshot of the pups! I was reading this post this morning and saw the first picture and asked my mom... Where did the big dogs come from? Then I scrolled down and read on! I so glad that Tom is doing so well, hopefully all this sitting won't mess up his smiling chair!
    Dee Dee

  3. So glad that Tom is doing so well! I love the "out take" pic's of the dogs. :)

  4. I thought the first photo was the waiting room for Tom's visitors.

  5. Glad to find that Tom is recovering well from his knee replacement! You are a brave woman to have all those little guys AND to be playing nurse!

  6. Hi, came over from Tanna's. Love your doggy pictures - especially Cooper peeing in the tree!

    Glad to see your hubby doing well - hope he's a good patient!

  7. They behaved this time... a great shot of your doggy friends.

    Tom was looking comfy enough in his easy chair.

    How's the nurse holdin' up?

  8. Love the doggie pics!! You must be quite patient to take care of four dogs AND a husband!!
    Glad to hear Tom is recovering well!!
    HAVE FUN!!

  9. What cutie pies! The dogs, I meant, although Tom isn't bad himself. LOL!

    Hope to see you for Simple Pleasures on Thursday, if you have some spare time on your hands after all your caregiving/dogsitting duties are done. ;)

  10. Glad recovery is going well. Cute pics of the furry friends!

  11. Those dogs are so funny. Do you want to babysit some little kids?

  12. Great tips on pet picture taking, but the funny wisdom of your comments was the best part!

  13. I love the picture of the dogs and the tips for photographing your dogs!!! Thanks for making me smile:-)


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