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Haute Dog Photography Captures Vibrant Pet Portraits

By S. Mathur

Because she knows dogs so well, Robyn Pope, Owner of Haute Dog Photography and Lead Photographer, also knows that each one is different. When doing dog portraits, she understands how important it is to get to know them first: "We want to get to know you and your dogs, what their stories are, what makes them tick.

Based on this information, each session is carefully planned behind the scenes, from selecting the perfect location based on the your style and vision to working with your dog as an individual to overcome nervousness or high energy, crafting each image on-location and finessing in post-production, all culminating in the delivery of a completely unique, made-to-order product."

Pope says that she has always had a connection to animals, and especially to dogs. She is the proud parent of five rescue dogs and considers dog hair her favorite accessory. She's also partial to high heels, champagne and couture. As her interest in photography developed, it made sense to bring the different parts of her life together to create Haute Dog photography,

Her portraits of dogs are based on her knowledge of dog behavior, to produce images that show dogs being their own selves. It can take some work to draw them out, she says: "You can't rush an animal - they may need time to warm up to you and get familiar with the camera, they may need time to smell all the squirrels and calm down - we work at their pace and don't force it. But once you pinpoint the "sweet spot" of a dog's behavior and they start responding to your cues, it's magic. Especially the head tilt - that is kryptonite!"

Haute Dog photography takes a lot of attention to detail, from finding the right locations to making sure that the light is right at the time of day, to establishing communication with each dog. Pope's understanding of dog behavior and psychology is crucial: "In addition to formal photography training, I have over ten years of experience working with dog training and behavior -- from search and rescue to therapy work, obedience to confidence building."

Once she began specializing in dog photography, Pope found that there was a real demand for it. So much so that Haute Dog Photography is fully booked for the rest of the year. For dog owners who might be interested, it begins with a consultation, which can be booked online. While Haute Dog is based in Dallas, they do travel and it's a good idea to ask about their Runway sessions, which might bring them to your area.

Each client gets a reveal party, at which they get to see all the photos and select their favorites. In true Haute Dog style, champagne and macaroons are served. The pictures are produced as digital files and prints. The most popular format to display the dog portraits are metal prints, with bold, vibrant colors in a archival quality display.

For more information please feel free to visit their website at www.hautedogpetphotography.com.

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