Portrait 3rd Place Winner, Sheena Staples, Canada
Title of image: ‘Synchronicity’
Dog: "Synchro" cross breed (Border Collie / Staffordshire Terrier)
This image was taken as part of a commissioned autumn-themed portrait session of Synchro and his two canine "sisters." When I spotted the huge pile of raked-up leaves along the park path that so perfectly matched Synchro's warm, orange eyes, I knew his portrait would be a stellar one. Synchro is a very talented and intense agility dog, and his laser focus and marvellous obedience really lent itself to capturing this moment. So did a piece of cheese!
I am a long-time dog sport photographer but have been moving more into animal portraiture work where my aim is to provide clients with the sort of images that they'll hang on their walls and enjoy forever. I'm lucky to live in the beautiful and natural Fraser Valley of BC, Canada, where we can go from sea to sky in a quick car ride, and the backdrop is lush and stunning virtually wherever we go. After decades of working in animal rescue and animal sheltering, I've managed to cobble together a canine family of nine, so I never run out of models to test locations and they are probably the most photographed dogs that ever lived - but I never fail to get excited about photographing someone else's four legged family members. I feel lucky every day that I get to call photographing dogs my career.
Canon EOS 7D, Sigma 17-70mm @17mm, 1/160, f/2.8, ISO 160, no flash used.
Website / http://www.bigairphotography.com