Kosmo natural light studio dog photography

My disclaimer for all of my studio shoots is I have no idea what I am doing. I don’t know much about lights, or how ambient light interacts with auxiliary light, or even how all of the settings on my flash work. I am a total newbie when it comes to studio pet photography. BUT, I haven’t given up entirely, and still have some more experimenting to do as I feel it’s my duty as a photographer to take advantage of the amazing studio I am in.

Kosmo’s shot were nearly all taken with natural (available) light coming in the west side of the studio. This post is dedicated to Pam Biasotti and Maria Carey, two of the biggest golden lovers you will ever meet. ย 

Ahhh, you can see my amateur status below on the right. Reason #14 why I should not be shooting against a seamless paper backdrop.ย 

Kosmo has the cutest little fuzzy feet.ย 

A personal fave on the right below. Man, that is some serious dog tongue.

I was getting really frustrated during our shoot because for whatever reason my camera wouldn’t focus. So I decided to just relax and play with Kosmo with my free hand. He totally got into it and made me laugh out loud. There is nothing like playing with a dog to make your stress melt away.ย 

Ouch. Ok, that’s enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love you Kosmo!

Thank you Josh and Ashley for being such big Cowbelly supporters. I love all you guys!


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14 thoughts on “Kosmo natural light studio dog photography

  1. i actually have had my best studio shots using mostly natural light, too. (not that i know much about studio photography in general, either). i think these are great!

  2. @ nichole- the next time I play in the studio you will be here! it’s a secret for now but I’ll tell you all about it when you get back! have a blast photographing the doggies of southern california!!

  3. I love how the natural light becomes such a wonderful turquoise background – that is simple lovely with his golden fur. Yes!!

    Keep playing!!


    I am so excited, tomorrow I get to photograph a golden named Charley at Huntington Beach and HB Central Park!! EEEE! You’ve inspired me!

  4. I think No 7 is amazing, but studios and pets don’t mix well in my opinion. I am a bit of a flash-hater though…unless you have Dave Hill skills, it just sucks the soul out of everything IMO.
    PS Some of these still look over-sharpened to my eye…

  5. Jamie,

    You RULE!! After long months of learning web development on my own (i got some help at the end), I’ve finally figured out that I have to WRITE a comment at the end, not just show up. I sent you an email asking permission to include on my blogroll. I still don’t know how to do it correctly – hence this email. I do mostly wildlife but also LOVE dogs (please don’t tell my cats Cherokee and Iroquois!) You are such an inspiration. Your photos are fantastic and gifted.


  6. No disclaimers needed, Jamie! These are beautiful images and the beauty really is apparent with the natural light. Most importantly, you have captured the common Golden expressions that they make–they have a look that only a Golden expert can describe–and I see these expressions in every frame. This was the first thing I saw this morning while getting on to the computer. Ahhhh what a perfect way to start the day.

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