Last weekend my fellow co-founder, Melissa, and I brought our dogs to Fort Tabor in the South End of New Bedford to meet photographer, Vanessa Machado of Iris Images. Part of Vanessa's repertoire is pet photography, so Melissa and I were very excited to experience a pet session and have some great memories of Gadget and Cooper to hold on to after.
That afternoon was nice and sunny, but particularly windy, especially being so close to the water. But Vanessa was a trooper and made the experience fun and rewarding depsite the less-than-ideal conditions.
I didn't know what to expect in terms of how we were going to pose the dogs, but Vanessa came prepared with a collection of adorable props -- including two matching mini beach chairs and some Saint Patrick's Day hats and scarves as the holiday was right around the corner.
She also prepped us prior to the appointment by suggesting we bring any toys or outfits that we wanted our dogs photographed with, so I brought a few of Gadget's favorite squeaky toys and her absolutely favorite frisbee. Melissa was brilliant because she brought along some string cheese that proved very useful in getting the dogs to remain still, and I had a few small Milk Bones for the same purpose.
We began the shoot on the beach using the adorable beach chairs. It was challenging getting both the dogs to sit in their matching chairs at the same time and catch a shot of it, but Vanessa managed to capture some perfect moments in those chairs.
The rest of the session was spent taking some shots in beach grass, playing with their toys and in their Saint Patrick's Day gear.
Obviously it's a little difficult to communicate to dogs that they need to remain still, look at the camera, and not go chase the unfamiliar dog that is walking by, but the images that Vanessa captured show just how unbelievably talented and patient she is.
She posted a few of the images on her business Facebook page the same day as the shoot (which allows for instant gratification and sharing on Facebook) and then posted all of the photos on Shutterfly within just a few days! Melissa and I were able to order copies of whatever images we chose in a variety of sizes offered by Shutterfly.
I'm looking forward to getting them in a couple days and showcasing my fantastic photos of Gadget proudly on my walls!
For more information on pet photography by Iris Images Photography by Vanessa Machado, view her Facebook page.
To learn a little more about Vanessa, we asked her for a short bio about herself. Here is what she had to say:
"I didn't set out to be a photographer...It kind of just happened. I suppose it's possible that it started when I began taking photos of cars for advertising and web about six years ago. When my godson was born, my new nickname became “the paparazzi." Interestingly enough, I named my business after my first dog Iris. A loving Olde English Bulldogge. She was a special part of my life and I wanted to keep her memory alive. I figured, life’s too short, so why not do what I desire? Throughout the past few years, I’ve studied at BCC and am pursuing a degree in the Arts. I love to learn new things and apply my findings into my photography; in hopes that every moment I capture, will last someone a lifetime of happiness and memories."