Oh boy, puppies, puppies, everywhere!
Since I quickly realized I wouldn't be getting any cute expressions from such young puppies, I mentioned to the breeder it would be nice if I could capture them while they were sleeping. She said she could arrange that easily and then proceeded to take each puppy in her hands, throw it high up in the air, (all while safely holding on to it), then dropping it way down low. Just like that, one, two, three, four puppies, fast asleep.
Four weeks later I returned to photograph the same puppies a second time. This time I hoped they would be more aware of their surroundings, specifically me and my camera, so I could get some of those cute puppy expressions. As soon as I arrived with all my equipment, I realized that the kitchen counter was no longer an option. The puppies had doubled in size and were running around everywhere.
It was exhausting to say the least, at one point I had two puppies chewing my feet and a third on my camera strap as I was trying to capture puppy number 4. But it was all worth it as I was able to get some great shots. The breeder was thrilled the results and has invited me to come back in nine weeks to photograph a new litter, chocolate labs this time. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we can work outside. In the mean time I'll be on the lookout for new props and backgrounds.
Photo credits: Barbara Helgason.