Some of you may be surprised to know that summer is not my favorite time for pet photography. For one thing, I am not a big fan of heat. I don’t like becoming a sweaty mess, but I feel like that is often unavoidable in summer. More importantly, though, is the fact that here in the mid-Atlantic region one color strongly dominates the summer color scheme everywhere but the shore: green. When I first moved to Maryland, I found amazed at how many shades of green there are. And though I think our lush landscape is beautiful, it isn’t easy to get the same kind of variety in the backgrounds of images that I can in other seasons.
Spring and Fall
These are my favorite seasons for dog, cat and horse photography. I like the mild temperatures and colorful landscapes. In spring so many trees and bushes are blooming that color can be found every where. The beautiful pastels of spring look lovely as backgrounds for pet photos, but there are also vibrant yellows and strong pinks in the spring. Here are a couple examples from a spring shoot.
Autumn offer beautiful reds, oranges, and golds. A bonus is the temperatures are often very pleasant, making the whole experience of the photo shoot pleasant from beginning to end. I think autumn is my favorite time for pet photography. I am always excited by the color and the cooling temperatures, which sparks my creativity and energizes me. Here is an example photographed in the fall.
Since summer doesn’t offer as many colors, I try to find gardens or flower beds if possible. When that isn’t possible, I work around this issue is to do some color transformations in some of your photos with the magic of Photoshop. Through the use of layers, masks, and adjustments, I can turn an all green background into one that has the colors of fall. Here is an example from a recent shoot. I have included the before picture and the transformed one. This is a beautiful way to add more color to photos in summer.
In winter,even though I also enjoy pictures in the snow, we don’t always have it and of course getting places to take photos can be a challenge. However, I can bring out the reds, oranges and yellows that are hidden in the brown leaves to get interesting colors and textures. The colors are there, just hidden by a brown veneer. Again the magic of Photoshop comes to the rescue, and what seemed brown and dull comes to life. Here is an example of a photo taken in winter with the colors hidden by brown brought out in post-processing.
So if you don’t like all the green of summer, or all the brown of winter, don’t let that stop your from booking a photography session!
Which is your favorite season? Which types of colors do you prefer for the images of your loving pets for your home?