I remember when I first started training my dogs for agility a few years ago I was always in awe of the Border Collies I would see running around the course, flinging themselves around like rubber bands and setting near unbeatable times. These dogs love what they do and are incredibly talented. Since I have started photographing agility shows, I have been lucky enough to get to know some of these dogs and their owners and trainers, including the team at Haulton Border Collies.
I was so excited when Kylie contacted me about photographing their five current dogs, and we had a great time exploring the Morrinsville Recreation Grounds and creating some images that we both love!
This is Paris the tri-colour collie. She’s very chilled out, but once Kylie and Paul said her magic words “school” and got my squeaky dinosaur she gave us some great expressions. She loves agility, and often competes with Tarah from Shine Canine.
Info for photographers: All the images in this session were photographed on my Canon 60D and hand edited in Photoshop CC. This image was taken with the 24-70 2.8, f/2.8, 1/400 sec ISO 1000.
This stunning girl is Lexi the Blue Merle. I’ve photographed her at a few agility shows and she is FAST. and near impossible to catch on camera. She is full of energy and absolutely adores Rocky.
Info for photographers: Canon 24-70 2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/400 sec at around ISO 1200.
Next up is Zoe the Apricot Border Collie. She’s always causing mischief and can hold her own on the agility course too!
Info for photographers: Canon 24-70 2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/400 sec and ISO 1200.
These two shots are among my favourites from the session. This is the adorable Vogue, who was 12 weeks old at the time of the shoot. She was an absolute pro for the camera and is such a calm, happy little pup. She is especially special as she is the granddaughter of Zoe. Vogue definitely does Zoe proud and I look forward to seeing her at shows when she is older.
Vogue wasn’t so sure about sitting still for photos (she’d much rather explore the track through the trees!) so we put her on a lead to keep her safe and in position. I often do this with dogs on shoots, and with the power of photoshop you’d never know!
These images were taken down by a river looking up through the tree-roots towards the light shining through the leaves. It’s a bit of a walk to get to this spot, but well worth the effort and the dogs love it.
Info for photographers: Canon 24-70 2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/400 sec ISO 1400.
I really love this tree-lined driveway at the grounds. It makes a gorgeous background for photos, especially during Autumn.
Info for photographers: Canon 70-200 2.8, f/3.2, 1/400 sec, ISO 1600.
Here’s the handsome Rocky, a classic Black and White Border Collie. He wasn’t so sure about the camera to start with, but always the pro he gave us his trademark smile!
Info for photographers: Canon 70-200 2.8 lens, f/2.8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400.
Love how the light hits Zoe’s coat in this shot.
Check out that focus! Lexi was very keen to play with the squeaky toy I use to get their attention. 🙂
When I have puppies above the ground, I always make sure I have someone close enough to grab them should they decide to jump – their safety is the most important thing during a shoot. Vogue’s mum was just out of frame ready to stop her if she decided to take the leap.
These photos were taken as the sun started to set through the trees. The dogs were actually up on the edge of a stock ramp with me lying on the ground looking up at them. Getting a lower angle allowed me to avoid the houses and cars behind the ramp, as well as letting the golden light hit the trees and create this beautiful background.
Thanks Kylie and Paul for choosing me to photograph your beautiful dogs, it was a lot of fun and I’m stoked that you love the photos!
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