Photo Session: Holly Birch Photography
In the lead up to Valentine’s Day I’m feeling in a lovey dovey mood, so thought it no better time to share with you the absolutely adorable imagery of Holly Birch Photography. You see Holly is no regular pet photographer, she actually specialises in capturing the most beautiful weddings, engagement and family sessions. I swear some of her photos make me want to get married again so I can have her shoot my engagement session!
So where do fluffy dogs come into it? It’s simple. In recent times more and more of her clients have included pets in their photo shoots and, being a great animal lover herself, Holly has been able to capture the essence of these dogs so loved by their two-legged families.
Why did you become a pet photographer?
It wasn’t something that I sought out to do. Many of my clients happen to be pet owners or pet lovers, and I love it when people want to include their family companion into their portrait sessions. Engagement sessions that include dogs seem to be becoming more popular. So far I’ve only had one wedding with a dog present as part of the festivities, but I would encourage more!
How would you sum up your photography philosophy?
My goal is to capture both the everyday and not-so-everyday moments of people’s lives, and pets are naturally a part of that, so I think they should often be a part of portrait sessions as well.
What’s the best thing about including pets in photography?
I grew up on a farm, so animals have always been a major part of my life, and I’ve always loved meeting new pets and their owners. Dogs are totally unpredictable but watching them behave and also act up under the command of their owners is so fun.
How can people involve their pets in photography shoots?
It’s simple really. Make sure to notify your photographer that you’ll be bringing your pet with you so that suitable arrangements can be made. It’s always helpful to bring along a pocket of treats and maybe a toy or two. If you can swing it, it’s also nice to have a handler or friend come along to help get the animal’s attention while you are in the shot and not in front of your pet. Don’t worry about your dog acting up–some of those images may be the best ones!
Images from top:
1) Sage is so important to her owners that she was incorporated into both their engagement and wedding photos. In my pet sessions I like to do some interactive pictures between the owner and the pet. We let Sage run once with one of her owners before she got too excited and we had to stop to calm her down a bit!
2) Oskee is a Bichon Frise. His owner is a friend of mine who wanted to write a book about their walks on the campus of the University of Illinois while they lived there for 2 years. Oskee was very good and cooperative throughout the sessions (we did 3!), but he almost blew over the edge of the wall to the Illinois football field on our 2nd shoot with freezing temperatures and gusting winds.
3) Sophie (below) is an English bulldog. She is a little bit shy, but she gives the most adorable looks with her big, brown eyes. She is about 1/3 the size of a normal bulldog because of some complications after her birth, but she is almost 6 years old now and is completely healthy.
I just LOVE how photographers like Holly are incorporating our furry members of the family into treasured photography. For more adorable images and the latest news you can follow Holly on Twitter here and on facebook here.
Last but definitely not least, Holly has kindly offered the following special deal for Pretty Fluffy readers:
For anyone who mentions Pretty Fluffy when contacting Holly, she will offer $50 off any portrait session fee from today through February 28 (deposit must be received by Feb. 28, but session may take place anytime until April 30). Holly is located in Urbana, IL, US, but willing to travel.