Have you ever wanted to get a professional photo shoot to capture the beauty and majesty of your dog? Have you always changed your mind in the end, however, because you were afraid your dog would be too "naughty" and refuse to cooperate?
Amanda Voller hears your dilemma and believes she can help you obtain just the kind of shot you're looking for — with the help of a few tricks and techniques, a considerable amount of patience, and lots and lots of love.
Voller is a dog photographer based in Banstead in Surrey, England, but she is happy to travel outside of her home for a photo shoot. She claims to love the "woodlands and forests, where each season unleashes new wonders on the senses." Perhaps this is part of the reason why she is able to create such lusciously beautiful photographs of dogs in the woods.
Voller states that the name of her "naughty dog" photography may actually be a bit misleading, as she doesn't believe any dog is actually naughty. She has definitely seen many dog owners state that their pets won't sit and pose for pictures. Her answer, of course, is that it is possible to get even the fussiest dogs to take a good photo with the right amount of patience.
In addition, she believes her work requires these other virtues: "IMAGINATION ... PASSION, CREATIVITY, ARTISTIC VISION AND THE DESIRE TO SUCCEED."
She also has a few tricks up her sleeve to help achieve the perfect shot of a dog that just won't sit still. For example, Gracie, the dog shown above, loves her ball dearly, and Voller incorporated it into the photograph to get a fantastic shot.
Whistles and small noises can also be used to grab a dog's attention, Voller says. It doesn't matter how lively the pet is, either. Ronnie, the Boxer shown below, was so frisky he had to be kept on his leash. But Voller still managed to take a beautiful shot of him.
Many dogs love treats, and Voller recommends using them as a way to coax a pet into the right position. Below, a beautiful image of Neville the Devil can be seen, which was partially thanks to the treat he was given for his efforts.
Voller, of course, owns a dog and says that even her pet's photo shoots can take patience and work. Lily the Dalmatian "will always avoid the camera if she can," but Voller says she manages to capture her during their walks together with the implementation of "a little patience."
In some cases, Voller says, dog owners who think they have naughty dogs may actually be extremely surprised with the outcome of the photo shoot. Henry, for example, pictured above, was "happy to pose" for Voller, a trait that surprised his owner and delighted the photographer.