How much would you pay to have your dogâ€™s portrait taken? How about more than a thousand dollars for just the photo shoot? Prints are extra.
The holidays are fast approaching and many people are scurrying to get family photos taken before it becomes time to start addressing greeting cards. But across the nation, more and more people are including their pets in those photos. Many a holiday photo has traditionally included the familyâ€™s dog, perhaps sporting a Santa hat beneath the Christmas tree. But rarely do these photos clearly capture the dogâ€™s quirky personality for the viewer.
One of Americaâ€™s foremost pet photographers travels nationwide and schedules photo shoots along the way. Amanda Jones started professionally shooting pets in 1994 in Maine. She has since gone on to shoot covers for Bark magazine and has now published four books featuring her work. Her clients gladly fork over $1100 for the privilege of having their four-legged children photographed by this shutter-clicking genius. Why so much, you ask?
Amanda Jones has a knack for capturing not just images but personality in the pets that she photographs. Viewing her still photos is almost like reading a description of the petâ€™s soul. The majority of her photos are shot in black and white, with a crisp white background. She rarely uses props, preferring instead to focus her lens directly on her furry subject.
Watching the inner-workings of her photo shoot is a real treat for the owner as well. Amanda shoots one-handed, holding treats or toys in the other hand for distractions. While not a dog-trainer, she has a knack with animals and can get them into poses most people wouldnâ€™t think possible. The calm, Zen-like feel of her portable studio is probably key.
Between now and Christmas, Amanda will be visiting 9 cities and only a handful of settings remain available. Her travel schedule can be found on her website at www.amandajones.com.