On a blustery evening I met long-time dog park friend Beth and her Australian shepherd Logan for a dog and human candid portrait session. As I have written about before, it is much different when working with a client you already know, in fact I would go so far as to say it is nearly totally different. We started out with The Pier and Tampa Bay as the background.
Next we went over to the bench with the best view in all of downtown St. Petersburg. From it you can see the entire downtown skyline with a fantastic sunset view on most evenings. Logan, however, was much more interested in passing inline skaters than the view!
It was way, way too windy to use any light modifiers besides a couple of diffuser caps on my speedlights. For this shot I placed one on a lightstand to frame left and the other on a tripod directly behind the bench. I used my trusty Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens for all these shots. The wind though did have one benefit, that being keeping temperatures very tolerable and actually rather comfortable, even for me shooting and scurrying about setting up the shots.
It was a lot of fun to make these photographs for Beth and Logan. By nature a portrait session including a dog has to be candid so for me it was just a matter of getting my lights where I wanted them and letting Beth enjoy spending time with Logan and pushing the shutter.