Pet Photography

Becks, Ellie & Sienna’s Video Portrait by McGraw Photography

Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: McGraw Photography

“WOW – I want one for Soda!” – this was my first thought as soon as I saw this fun, heart warming and just plain freaking beeeautiful moving pet portrait by Sarah McGraw of McGraw Photography.

What’s a moving pet portrait? I’m glad you asked. It’s just like a pet photography session with your dog, but this time in video. The stylized shoot catches their playtime, their personality and all those little idiosyncrasies you hold so dear.

In other words, it’s your dog’s movie montage moment! MONTAGE!

While there’s always going to be a need for professional pet photography, video portraits just add that extra bit of flavour to your collection.

Love you dog’s tail wag? The way they run around in circles when they’re happy? Or that snuggle into your arms at the end of the day. Moving video catches all of this and more.

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From Sarah:

I’ve very excited to share my latest Moving Pet Portrait of Becks, Ellie, and Sienna…

This footage was shot back at the end of September for a fabulous pet photographer from Atlanta, GA, Leesia Teh. She, her husband, and her three pups made the 4-hour trip up to Cornelius, NC (where I was living at the time) just so I could shoot this video.

I was very nervous as Leesia was one of the first photographers I learned of after I started my pet photography business. I really wanted to impress – even though I was still very much a newbie at the whole video thing. With all the pressure I put on myself, I was so embarrassed when they had to come to our apartment! We had sold our house, was waiting for an updated closing date on our new place and we were living among stacks of boxes. So much for first impressions! Ha!

That aside, we lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous sunny afternoon to shoot with. We hopped over to a huge abandoned field where the dogs could safely be off-leash (there’s no Photoshopping out leashes in video!).

I had a shoot-list written down that I generally went by. However, these dogs were so good and had so many tricks up their paws that I kinda threw the shoot-list out. Becks, Ellie and Sienna totally blew me away! They were seriously a dream!

Just over 3 months later, I finally have Leesia’s video complete. Yes, she knew it would take a while – I had to move my house, my studio, and get through the Fall/Christmas season. I certainly hope the wait was worth it!!!

I think this Moving Pet Portrait capture these dogs (and parents) in a way stills can’t. The love seen here is simply undeniable.

About McGraw Photography

Sarah McGraw is a Charlotte, North Carolina photographer that captures modern images of posh pets. Being in love with photography since she was 12 and obsessed with animals since she was born, she can now happily say that she loves her job – the perfect combination of the two. Sarah is the proud mom of 2 dogs, Eva and Sadie, and 2 cats, Teton and Little Kitty. When she isn’t photographing clients’ pets, she donates her time photographing canine events for the American Cancer Society and fundraisers for local rescues. She also photographs adoptable dogs at the Humane Society of Charlotte.


Copy: Serena Faber Nelson

Photography: McGraw Photography

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