Behind the Scenes
The shoot was over but Henry hopped back up on the dog bed and posed so beautifully I just couldn't resist.
I'd already disassembled the camera and flash from their tripods, so you get an iPhone happy-snappy Behind the Scenes look.
Let's see... Henry is sitting on the dog bed, which has been casually draped in a length of crushed panne velvet fabric (cheap and washable).
The umbrella is just off camera to the right, while the reflector (clipped to the big white fridge) is on the left.
Today's backdrop fabric was very sheer so the backboards were first draped with the black velvet (not cheap) to prevent the cabinets/backboards from showing through. Yes, I know you can see it along the sides, but those aren't in the final picture!
The fabric is held in place on the backboard with binder clips (we're a high-tech operation here) and a few unbreakable but kinda heavy objects at the top corners (cookie containers today).
The black velvet is also clipped to the backboard as well having an extra clip on each side that is tucked into the top of the drawer to hold it taut.
The "backboard" is actually two tri-fold (think "science faire") cardboard backboards, binder-clipped together at the sides with one elevated about 8" over the other to get extra height. A rubber band is looped over each side binder-clip and then looped over the nearest cabinet door pull to keep the whole thing from falling over.
Did I mention how high-tech we are?
The whole "studio" goes up in about 10 minutes and disassembles just as quick, with the actual shoot being 3-6 shots per dog (5 minutes each? Henry is obviously less work than Toby.)
And that's about it!
Stop on by Henry and Toby's blog: bzdogs.com - The Secret Life of the Suburban Dog