Photographing Untrained Dogs
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by Kim Hollis
9h ago
Do you think most of the dogs I photograph are well trained, able to be off leash, and will hold a stay? I know that most of the photos you see on my website and on my social media make it look like they are. Are you hesitant to schedule a photo shoot for your dog because you don’t feel like your dog has enough training? Most of the dogs I photograph are untrained and by untrained, I mean they need to stay on leash and they may or may not hold a stay. And that’s okay. Most of the dogs I photograph are like this. If you’ve looked at my website or my Instagram page, I edit the leash out of the p ..read more
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2022 Dog Photography Year in Review
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
It’s time for one of my favorite things I do all year, writing the 2022 BARKography Year in Review. I choose one photo from every photo shoot I had during the year that is my favorite. This year I decided to create two “Favorite” lists: my Favorite photo from each session and my Top Photos of the year. Here are my 2022 Year in Review photos from each session compiled in a reel I posted on my Instagram page: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charlotte NC Dog Photographer (@barkography) I decided to create a 2nd list of favorites because in a few sessions I had, choosing just one ph ..read more
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Dogs Wearing Christmas Hats
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
I know dogs wearing hats isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I happen to love them though. Perhaps because I never had kids, I like a dressed up dog? Maybe. Or Maybe I just think it’s cute. I have a stash of dog hats, headbands, and snoods. I occasionally take these items with me on photo shoots just in case I meet a dog that doesn’t seem to mind wearing them. I find that dogs react in one of 3 ways to wearing something on their heads: Some dogs don’t seem to mind at all. They’ll pose wearing the hat all day long. Some dogs will leave it on but you can tell they’re not happy about it. Some dogs ..read more
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The Easiest Rule to Help You Take Better Photos of your Dog
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by Kim Hollis
2M ago
Do you want to know one of the easiest rules to help you take better photos of your dog? Get Low. This is a blog circle and our topic this week is Get Low. It’s something every dog photographer that I know does. Sometimes doing this is easier if you have someone assisting with your dog because the minute you get low, he’s probably going to walk over to you. If your dog has a good stay command, then you won’t need help. But many of you will find that your dog will immediately come to you if you get on the ground. I mean, you’re down at his level. Of course he thinks you’re down there to give h ..read more
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Famous Dog Photography Claudio Piccoli's Dogs in Action Workshop
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by Kim Hollis
3M ago
Back in July, I attended Claudio Piccoli’s Dogs in Action workshop. For those who don’t know Claudio’s work, he is known for his Dog Sport Photography. Think frisbee or disc dogs. I love attending photography workshops. I always want to continue to improve. Meeting other photographers is a blast too. For my photographer friends if you have thought about attending one of Claudio’s workshops, do it. I was so impressed by his photography knowledge and his willingness to share. He is also hilarious. Cussing in English with an Italian accent made me laugh a lot. I can still hear him saying “sheet ..read more
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Charlotte NC Dog Photographer BARKography featured on Redfin
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by Kim Hollis
3M ago
I was chosen by Redfin, a national real estate company to participate in a blog post about Charlotte’s Hidden Gems. My hidden gem suggestion probably isn’t that surprising and it’s fairly well known but I do love it. Especially for photos. Especially with dogs! Want to take a guess what I wrote about before you see what I posted? Here’s a link to the article: Charlotte Hidden Gems: The 27 Best Spots to Uncover as a Local. My Moose is now on a national company’s blog and his cute face is near the top of the post!! His legacy is going to live on in all of the photos I’ve taken of him. If you’re ..read more
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7 Reasons Why I Love Dogs
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by Kim Hollis
4M ago
This is a blog circle and at the bottom of this post is a link to the next blog post about the topic “Why I Love Dogs.” I am so interested in reading everyone’s blog because I’m not sure I’m going to be able to answer this question very well. Can my answer be: because I just do? It’s like I don’t have a choice. I love dogs. I remember being a small kid and loving my childhood dogs. It’s not just my dogs, I love other people’s dogs too. I love dogs I see being walked down the road as I drive by. And don’t ask me how my dogs on Instagram I love that I’ve never met. I know I’m not alone here, rig ..read more
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My Very Lovable Chocolate Lab Moose
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by Kim Hollis
4M ago
Today, September 30th is Moose’s 15.5 birthday. This guy right here is the reason why I love labrador retrievers. He has all the typical lab personality traits. I’ve had 6 labs (well maybe 5, I’m not sure Molly really has any lab in her) and Moose is the most “labrador” of all of them. Expert the water thing… he wasn’t a fan. We adopted Moose when he was 7 years old. He was a big guy. He weighed around 90lbs and he had long legs. He had a big barrel chest and I always thought he was weimeraner or other big barrel chested dog and labrador retriever mix. The wisdom panel DNA test s ..read more
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2022 Christmas Themed Mini Sessions
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by Kim Hollis
4M ago
My 2022 Christmas themed mini sessions will be November 1, 2 and 17th. Occasionally I participate in a blog circle with other dog photographers around the world. We are given a topic to write about and this week’s topic is “Lines.” I am taking liberties here and expanding the “lines” to rows. My Christmas mini session are in a Christmas tree farm among rows and rows of beautiful Christmas trees. This photos probably don’t show it well but they are in straight lines. LOL The farm is about 45 minutes south of Charlotte and the available times will be from 4:30 - 6:30pm on November 1st and 2nd a ..read more
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My Dog is Hard to Photograph
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by Kim Hollis
5M ago
Do you think your dog is hard to photograph? Do you have a hard time getting decent photos of your own dog? I’ll let you in on a secret: Photographing dogs is hard! Keep reading and I’ll tell you why I am able to photograph dogs and get decent photos of them and I’ll share a few tips that will help you take better photos of your own dogs. 5 Reasons Why I Can Get Decent Photos of Your Dog: I started a dog walking business in 2009. I’ve been around a lot of different dogs with a lot of different behavior traits. I can quickly assess a dog’s personality within minutes of meeting him, which help ..read more
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