Photographing Pets

Dog and Cat Photography

I usually photograph portraits, mostly men, editorials, and engagements and weddings. Every once in a while, I get to photograph pets, by themselves or with their owners, for business and for fun. I love animals, dogs in particular, and I always find it interesting to capture them.

Here are a few samples of my pet photography and stories behind the images, including images from Urban Animals event at D Pet Hotel in New York City.

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Here’s a shot of a grumpy cat, guarding the entrance of a store, on the streets of Lagos, Portugal. I had to shoot this from across the street.

When it comes to photographing cats, I think the challenging part is to get them interested in you, the camera, and photo shoot. That’s easier said than done. Cats usually have a mind of their own. But if you make friends with them first, before the photo shoot, you’re half-way there.

Cat photography by Alina Oswald.

“No Smoking sign” Cat photography by Alina Oswald.

I snapped this picture while walking in Portugal. I’ve noticed this cat, sleeping, with the paw over the nose, a cigarette butt nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feeding the cats in Portugal. Meia Praia, Lagos, Portugal.

Here’s yours truly feeding the stray cats in Lagos, Portugal.

 

 

 

 

 

I love photographing dogs, in studio and on location. And that is photographing dogs, their interaction with other dogs, especially when shooting outdoors, and with their humans, too.

Ambrose, the guide dog for legally blind; Kurt Weston's guide dog. December 2011

Ambrose, the guide dog. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Also, here’s a shot of Ambrose, the guide dog of my friend and award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston. Learn more about Kurt Weston and his guide dog, Ambrose, in Journeys Through Darkness: A Biography about Weston and his work.

 

 

 

 

Also, here alina_kimba_2I am, with our family dog, Kimba (she’s adopted from Spain). Kimba was quite captivated by whatever was going on on the screen.

It is fun photographing pets, observing how they interact, and also how they treat the camera and you, the photographer. In the end, you always learn something new, and make new furry friends.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Alina Oswald

 

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