Working with dogs in a studio environment can be challenging for even an experienced
photographer. How those challenges are approached may determine the outcome of the
session. With 30+ years’ experience in animal behavior and 12 years working with and
photographing dogs, Ann shares best practices for safely and successfully photographing dogs
in a studio environment. From planning the sessions and setting expectations, to approaching
the many challenges that come with studio dog photography, including nervous dogs, untrained
dogs, special needs dogs, puppies, multiple dogs, etc. Every dog is a unique product of their
environment, socialization, life experiences, and genetically distinct history, so every session
should be tailored to that unique personality to achieve the best results.
Ann O’Neill Deal is an award-winning Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer, and an Accredited Professional of Animal Imagery (Animal Image Makers). Ann has been a professional dog photographer for over 12 years and has more than 30 years’ experience in animal behavior, including a Master’s degree in Anthropology with a specialization in Primatology (primate behavior). She also shares her experience through mentoring, workshops, and speaking opportunities. Ann specializes in low-key fine art studio dog portraiture at Green Paws Photography. Along with being an Elite member of the Professional Photographers of America, she competes annually and is a four-time Medalist at the International Print Competitions and was most recently named 2021 Diamond Photographer of the Year and 2022 Grand Imaging Award Finalist.
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