(photo via NewfandHound)
So off we both went to brush our dogs out, and off Greg went to get his gear and to let his own dogs, Abbey and Joey, out of the car. Foyle was in heaven being able to play with two new dogs, and I was in heaven looking at all of Greg's photography gear, but I think Foyle really took a liking to Greg because he kept hanging around him waiting to get some attention. As you can see from Greg's website he has wonderful landscape photography shots, but now his focus is on animals and what's close to his heart- dogs. Who can blame him with two beautiful dogs like Abbey and Joey?
(photo via Greg Teal)
It was really interesting to be behind the scenes watching Greg set up the shots for a particular look, taking advantage of the scenic mountains behind us, and getting better angles to utilize or soften the harsh midday light. I also liked his use of Abbey and Joey as "instigators" to get the other dogs to play, they really helped to keep the action going and to keep the other dogs interested in the game. I thought Greg captured Foyle's playfulness and stoic personality perfectly and was able to pull more activity out of him than I can out of my photo shoots sometimes. Foyle has a short activity span so we were able to get great action shots while he still had energy then switched to some still shots so he could catch his breath and relax for a while.
(photo via Greg Teal)
What I really like about Greg is his unique approach and philosophy to photography:
"As a classically-trained musician (I’m a trombone player), I can’t help but take a musical approach to photography. Becoming fluent with camera technique isn’t that different from practicing scales. You strive to make your instrument an extension of yourself. Both photography and music have a multitude to styles to master, and make your own. Both are composed with contrast, intensity, texture, color, and form. And ultimately (and most importantly), both are about your audience."
If you are looking for a local San Francisco photographer to take pictures of your dog then give Greg a call and see how easy he is to work with and how wonderful your dog will look in the photographs!