Are you ready for pet photography? | Unleashed Photography Workshops

In 2009, two pet photographer friends and I started teaching a series of pet photography workshops called Unleashed.  Since many of the readers of this blog only know me as the “lady who photographs rescue dogs” I thought you should have a little background information –especially since we have a workshop coming up in June.

My friends, Barbara Breitsameter from Chicago and Bev Hollis, from the Washington D.C. area and I were on a mission to improve pet photography as a business and to raise public awareness for the art form itself. When we started, pet photographers were known as the people who set up a booth in the aisle at the pet store and did $15 portraits. I can honestly say, three years later, that we have made amazing progress.  We have taught workshops in Dallas, Chicago (twice), Virginia and now Dallas again for 2012. We keep evolving and learning and meeting wonderful photographers wherever we go. Many of our graduates have their own thriving pet photography businesses and are located all over the U.S. and Canada.

In 2011, we were honored to teach a full day at Imaging USA, the national conference for the Professional Photographers of America. We’ve been featured in Professional Photographer magazine and many other publications along the way and it’s been a wonderful experience for all three of us.  Our dear friend Barabara has opted not to teach with us this time, but we feel honored to once again offer an Unleashed workshop in here in Dallas on June 2-4th.

If you love dogs and love photography it’s probably the most fun you will ever have at a workshop. You need a DSLR and a lot of energy –but most of all, a love for dogs. You can read all about it on the Unleashed blog. We keep the group small so that we can work “hands on” with all of our students, so if you’re interested don’t delay.

I’m including last year’s promo video here but I warn you –it will make you want to run out and become a full time pet photographer!


    1. No reason at all, Julie. We’d love to have you — you will need a DSLR and at least a little experience shooting in manual mode. It’s not required that you have a business or a website.

  1. Why is a DSLR specifically required? Wouldn’t some higher-end (but less expensive) digital cameras with manual controls suffice?

    My guess is that there are a lot of people who might be interested in pet photography, but whom would not be able to afford that equipment — especially in today’s economy.

    1. a DSLR is certainly not a necessity if you are looking to photograph pets for animal rescue… but during the Unleashed workshop, we talk a lot about using different lenses and different effects that we get by using different lenses. If you happen to own some of the new rangefinder cameras that allow you to control your aperture and can also reach those high ISO settings, then I’m sure you would be able to do a full range of creative pet photography. We’re certainly happy to have you participate, just know that your equipment will be a little different and you may have to approach a shot differently. So, by all means, join us!

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