Author(s): Nicole Begley
People never tire of viewing photos of animals, and the market for pet portraiture is hot. If you love animals and photography, pet portraiture is the perfect marriage of your passions. Whether you are interested in starting your own pet photography business or are an enthusiast who wants to take better pictures of your pets, this book is for you. Taking pictures of animals requires a skill set different from that used in other forms of photography, and in this book, author Nicole Begley (Wexford, PA) introduces you to the tips and tricks you need to succeed. You'll learn how to prepare for your sessions (in-studio and outdoors) coax picture-worthy behaviors from pets (they don't take direction quite as well as human subjects!), create lighting that shows the animal's eyes and coat to best effect, incorporate people in pet portraits, and create a variety of looks to boost your sales.
Nicole Begley is the owner of Nicole Begley Photography. Prior to opening her studio in 2010, she spent thirteen years as a zoological animal trainer and work with everything from free-flight birds, to primates, to seals. She specializes in creating expressive images of pets and their people through Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, as well as teaching pet photographers from around the world. Nicole is an international award-winning pet photographer, and she has been awarded the Photographer of the Year designation through the Professional Photographers of America several years in a row. She has also earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), a peer-reviewed certification. Nicole shares her home in Wexford, PA, with her husband Brett, two small humans, and her Puerto Rican rescue dog Zoey. Oh yes, she is also chief of staff to Emma the cat.