Please comment. We’re listening.

Over the next few weeks (and months) we’ll be doing a series of casual (free!)videos designed to support you and your pet photography.  If you would take the time to comment and tell us what your biggest pet portrait challenges are and where you need the most help, we’ll try to address them in upcoming videos.  So fire away!

In the mean time, here is a pullback shot of our new natural light shooting area in the studio. We covered the 10×10 opening from the garage door with floor to ceiling glass and created a giant window. This one is facing west (not ideal ) but creates beautiful light until late afternoon when it’s too bright — even with diffusion.  We will use this set up next week for animal adoption photos for a local rescue group.

pull back - natural light indoors

To the left you see a simple stand up reflector made of two 4×8 sheets of insulation board. Silver on one side and lightweight and cheap…. from our local home improvement store. White foam core would also have worked, but we wanted the reflected light to be a little sharper and more “specular” for this black dog’s fur. With black dogs I always use a silver reflector. Our client also brought her cat. Here’s a close up:

colleen coyle teresa berg photography

Want to learn “hands on” with Teresa? We have three seats left in our spring DOG SHOTS workshop. It’s a one day basic class held at her studio and the nearby park. Perfect for new photographers or anyone with a DSLR who wants to make better portraits of their pets or adoptable animals. Tuition is $295, which includes lunch. Call the studio to sign up:  972-250-2415


  1. Biggest challenge is photographing dogs without assistance…I know, this is logistics as opposed to photography, but would appreciate any pointers. I live “out in the sticks” and have to grab photos when I have a few minutes, which makes it difficult to call someone to help at my whim.

  2. The photos are beautiful. Besides having the normal business and getting enough clients and am I charging correctly, I am fascinated by your studio.

    I too have set up a studio in my garage, I call it my rustic studio. I would love to see some other pull-back shots of how you have set up your garage. Thank you, Terri

    1. Hi Terri, I know the back of my studio looks like a garage, but I have a commercial space. It has a warehouse area in the back with an overhead garage door. It’s bigger than a normal garage and the ceilings are higher. But the theory of letting in the light is the same. I’ll add it the list of topics for our videos! Thanks for your comments.

  3. I am having issues with close up photos…meaning I am working in limited space with low light… so I am very close to my subjects my flash is close to my subjects and even with modifiers I am still getting shadows. So for me something about working in really low light or close quarters would be awesome!

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. We will definitely address photographing in limited spaces with low light. We need to find a situation for you where you can get good photos with NO FLASH. Unless you can bounce it off the ceiling…. stay tuned!

  4. I am very excited about these videos. I’ve wanted to go to your workshops for years but living out of state has made it to difficult and costly so far. I would be interested in your editing process, more specifically how to remove leashes, tags, people’s hands and such.

  5. What happened to the free videos? Did I miss them? I was really looking forward to this as I have a new Nikon DSLR camera and want to help the local shelters.

    1. I’m sorry, Karen — apparently we just don’t have enough hands. Every time we started a video and then turned our attention to the dogs we were photographing, the video just wasn’t worth watching. We needed to plan to have an extra person here to shoot the video. If we can get a good video person who is willing to help, we will publish some.

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