I knew this image was a favourite for a reason. The judges of the monthly competition obviously agreed. So often winning competition entries aren't just about the technical qualities but also about the story telling within an image. And for me this tells a very sweet story. This lovely puppy was oblivious to the commotion in the background but instead intent on behaving for the camera. She wanted her portrait taken and didn't care what her brothers and sisters were getting up to. I love it!
Or so the saying goes. But I have to say that working with dogs has been so lovely. They have been almost entirely a dream to work with. I say almost entirely because we have had a few moments where a dog has needed to settle. And one moment where the dog had settled but one of my cats decided to have a look through the glass door which, as you can imagine, rather quickly unsettled the dog. Still, that didn't stop us from creating incredible work. In fact it was during that shoot with the cat instance when I created two of my favourite pieces, shown below. (It was while sitting on the couch here when he noticed the cat peering through the curtain) I don't know if I've just been lucky or all dogs are just easy to work with. I photographed a french bull dog puppy and I thought that would be tough as he hadn't had time to be properly trained yet. But he did everything we wanted in no time at all. And this included the props we used here (below), which to me