One of the things I love about my job is that I get to meet wonderful people, spend time with adorable babies and children and I get to have amazing cuddles and play time with gorgeous puppies. I absolutely adore puppies. I'm just not a huge fan of the responsibility of owning a dog. So this satisfies at least a little, the urge to get a puppy.
Although the more I do dog portraits the closer I am to buying one, much to my husbands dismay and my daughter's delight. But I'm just not there yet. And as much as I love this little guy, there was absolutely no chance he would win my heart over enough to buy him because this guy is going to be ginormous. He's only 4 and a half weeks and already he's rather large. For now I will stick with my 2 small cats. They are enough work and they cause enough mess.
I couldn't get over how big this little guy is. He's so young but already more than 13lbs. I held his paw expecting it to fit easily in my hand but it did not. It filled my hand which is one of the many aspects that makes him so gorgeous at this age. He's not yet grown into his features.
Unfortunately I had a very small window to create these wonderful portraits. He was asleep within about 20 minutes of arriving and I was told he'd be out for hours. So it wasn't a matter of letting him nap and getting back to it. We did what we could and then moved onto some sleeping images. But my favourites are the awake ones, not that he was very awake for any of them really. I had forgotten that young puppies are like newborns and do very little other than sleep.
I never saw myself as a pet photographer but the more I do the more I love them. It hardly feels like work. There is no skin retouching, no self conscious requests for digital nips, tucks and face lifts. Its just a whole lot of fun. I need more of this in my life.
If you'd like to capture your little one, whatever the age, please do get in touch. They are such a significant part of your life. Having something special like these that you can keep forever will mean so much one day.
You can contact me by either phone on 01455 610069 or send me a message through any of the links below if you'd like to discuss a session for your pet:
Finally I've had the opportunity to photograph a young man in my studio again. And funnily enough this was the second time that week which is absolutely superb. In both cases these young men were just as enthusiastic to be involved as I was, which is something I don't often get when I'm working with very young children, my usual subjects. With young children I find my energy in their cuteness. But with young adults I get energy from their excitement over how the portraits are working out. I get such a buzz from the experience and that can keep me going for hours, often editing the photos straight after the shoot for hours more.
Shoots for teenagers is something I've been wanting to focus on for some time. Its not something that I often get asked for though unfortunately. It tends to be parents of very young children who want to capture moments that are slipping through their fingers at lightening speed. Maybe its teenage moodiness that means these moments don't fe…
My name is Sophie Clarke and I am
from Redmoor Academy. I spent the week doing work experience with my friend
Isabelle at Christina Lauder Portraits. I chose to do my work experience with
Christina as I have a very keen interest in photography and I wanted to know
more about being a photographer as a career. From spending the week with
Christina, I have now learnt that being a photographer isn’t just about taking
photos; there is so much more behind it. Isabelle and I testing the lighting and set up for prom On the first day, we mainly watched Christina develop some of her images on the computer using software
such as Photoshop, Lightroom and Colour Efex. This has now taught me new skills
because before I didn't really have any knowledge about these, so I will now be
able to use what I have learnt in my own work. The next day, in preparation for
a trial prom shoot, Isabelle and I helped set up and put the props in place.
Whilst Christina was photographing the client, she taught us a…
I'm Isabelle Stratford from Redmoor Academy and
I've been doing my work experience here at Christina Lauder Photography with my
friend Sophie. I'm very interested in photography and currently taking it at
GCSE and working here throughout the week has helped me learn several different
things about the profession. Sophie and I testing out the set up and lighting for prom
Our first day consisted of mainly watching
Christina edit some photos and her explain different elements of what she does
which then prepared us for the rest of the week when we began doing our own
things. She also showed us many of her favourite final edited images that she
keeps as samples and told us where she'd got her inspiration from to shoot in
the style that she loves. To help her Sophie and I also completed some small tasks that
needed doing like filing and clearing up. On Tuesday a client came in for a trial shoot in preparation for a prom so we helped set up for that but then watched
My name is Libby Noden and I am from Hastings High School. I chose to do my work experience with Christina because I am highly interested in photography and modelling. Doing work experience at Christina Lauder Portraits has made me realise that the working world is totally different to what i though it was like. I've done my work experience with my friend Ella who is also interested in photography.
Photography is all about how a photo is formed from the camera to computer. Photoshop is also a big part of being a photographer. Luckily, part of my experience was learning how to use Photoshop and this will have a big impact on me as i am taking photography for GCSE. On the first day, we watched Christina edit and prepare for a viewing. We also used Pinterest to come up with ideas for our own shoot. On the second day, we helped Christina with a photo shoot with a small French Bulldog which was very fun and different. After that, we continued with our panning for our shoot then helped…
This month I ran a quick competition on Facebook to promote pet portraits. This is something I've taken a serious interest in over the past year and I'm keen to get the word out that I can create something really special of your pet. And I say pet because I am interested in photographing more than just dogs. It just happens that people are more likely to have portraits of their dogs than any other type of pet.
So this was the winning dog chosen at random from all those who submitted a picture of their dog and followed the instruction of liking our page and our post. And I must say I couldn't be happier with the luck of the draw.
The colouring of this dog works so well with my current favourite style of portrait. I adore the images you see here so much I can't stop myself from coming back to look at them time and time again. It almost makes me want to go out a buy a dog like him so that I can have portraits like this of my own pet.