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!
So this is really becoming my thing lately. I am having so much fun working with children individually where I can direct and interact in ways that bring the best out of my subject. This has certainly become a process now of creating rather than taking photographs. And its what I have always wanted to be, a portrait artist rather than a photographer. I cannot put into words fully just how rewarding this is. For each of these shoots (as with nearly all of my shoots) we begin with a consultation where we discuss what we would like to achieve in the shoot. Here we will consider the type of clothing and any possible props. We will look at both the clients clothes and my ever growing collection so we can pick what will work best. In all circumstances we are heavily guided by what the child in the portraits wants to wear as I see this as vitally important. If he or she is uncomfortable its going to show and the portraits won't work. But most are happy to play dressups and wear a com