I find that photographing animals can be incredibly difficult. Luckily, I have been blessed with three pets that are not only unbelievably cute and cuddly, but are also more than happy to model for me, should I ask them to. My two cats, Luigi and Mario, are seven years old; they are both Abyssinians, although their distinctive colourings and characteristics set them apart.
Rufus is our four year old Tibetan Terrier, a breed which is typically very amiable and loving. One of their most irritating characteristics is that they tend to be quite clever and this leads to them being incredibly stubborn. For instance, Rufus does not do anything that he doesn't want to do unless bribed with cheese or roast chicken. Even more annoyingly, he has powerful puppy dog eyes which are impossible to stay mad at (even after he has consumed two whole trays of your freshly baked gingerbread cookies). This photograph of Rufus seems almost as if I'd used a miniature wind machine to blow towards his face. Tibetan terriers are shaggy but beautiful breeds who are difficult to catch straight on (because of their excitable nature). His position on the grass allows for a really nice contrast between the colour of his coat and the darker shade of the grass beneath him. You can tell by the position of his feet that I was lucky to get this shot before he leapt up to jump on me.
In general, I find the best way to photograph any of them is always to stay far enough away that they aren't distracted by my presence. If I get too close to photograph them, they start scratching themselves on my camera or tugging at me to stroke them. I find the best rule to be using as much natural light as possible, as it will only enhance the texture, colour and movement of their markings.
Hi there, my name is Nevada and I'm a twenty-five year old music teacher. The Little Green blog centres around wildlife, gardening and lifestyle photography. All photos are my own and represent the portfolio of an amateur photographer!