I met Mitch on a sunny winter day in a charming little park in upper Manhattan near the Hudson river.
I was impressed by the good looking threesome & did what I am usually compelled to do in these cases - I asked if I could take their picture :)
A few weeks later a Pet mobile dropped them of at my studio & the fun began.
I wanted to capture the kind of an old master classic portrait you see hanging in fancy mansions so I chose a dark colored background & a few props.
The main light is coming from camera left & a reflector & accent/back light were placed on camera right.
(I use Dynalite 1000w pack with 2040 heads & Pocket wizards to remotely trigger the lights)
After having Mitch & the dogs take their place center stage, I then moved the lights around until I liked the way the light fell on the scene.
I used my trusty Canon 1DS II & one of my favorite lenses, the Canon 24-105 IS, to capture the portraits.
I set the camera to 1/125 sec & an F stop of 7.1
Mitch is a dog trainer & is proof that proper training will transform your dog into whatever you want - the two massive Pit bulls that could easily tear someone apart were of such good nature, happy, friendly & playful that I soon forgot all the bad rep the breed had gotten due to bad ownership & abuse.
Mitch will be happy to answer questions & help you get the best out of your pet with simple corrective behavior, check out his very cool blog - http://baddogtraining.blogspot.com or visit his website: http://baddogtrainer.com