rescue pet photography

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

Point. Shoot. Save a life!


Looks like a great new point & shoot camera is hitting the market, the Samsung EX2F.  This compact camera looks like a great choice for animal rescue photography.

Why?  Two different types of image stabilization (great for maintaining sharpness in low light conditions) –fast 1.4 lens and a great zoom range.  AND lots of megapixels (12.4) and good video options, too.   If you’re frustrated with the results you’ve been getting from your current compact digital camera, but you’re not willing to jump in to the world of expensive and sometimes complicated DSLRs, check this one out.  At $499 it’s well-priced for all the power and features.

I can’t wait to test one out!

Product Highlights

  • 12.4Mp Resolution
  • 3.0″ AMOLED Display
  • 1/1.7″ BSI CMOS Sensor
  • 3.3x Optical Zoom, 12x Digital
  • 5.2-17.2mm Zoom Lens (24-80mm)
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Video Recording
  • Dual Optical/Digital Image Stabilization
  • Dual Capture: Simultaneous Photo/Video
  • Smart Camera: Wi-Fi Sharing, Backup, etc
  • Creative Movie Maker Software Included