I keep getting told that I’m either brave or crazy for taking on a project that involves photographing kids and their dogs…but I love it! I had a half page story recently in the Geelong Advertiser, and this is what they had to say:
“The saying goes, never work with animals or children, but this Geelong Photographer missed the memo. “I’ve heard that joke from everyone who’s come in for a photo,” said Riccardo Gentiluomo, who is creating a book filled with pictures of children and their dogs. Mr Gentiluomo is hoping to capture 100 raw moments between youngsters and their furry friends for his Tails of Geelong book, which doubles as a fundraiser for the RSPCA. He is almost halfway there snapping pugs, huskies, staffies and French bulldogs playing with their humans, and wants at least fifty more signed up by next month. He said the trick to capturing the perfect moment was patience and perseverance. “They don’t know what you want, the dog doesn’t know what you want, so the best way is letting them play and catching the shot in between” he said. “you can bribe kids to a certain extent, but with dogs if you give them a treat, all they want is another treat.” Mr Gentiluomo hopes he can raise about $5000 for the RSPCA through the $49 photography fee from each client, who will be immortalised in the book along with a cute fact about the pair. People can register on Mr Gentiluomo’s website www.riccardo.com.au/dogs ”
I am still looking for kids with the dogs to try and reach the goal of 100 dogs and there is just one month to go, so click on the above link to register. I’ve been photographing German Shepherds, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Staffies, Bernese Mountain Dog, a Chihuahua and a couple of border collies…but there is room for more. So no matter what type of dog you have, you’re welcome to come in and have a portrait taken. I’ve also been asked by a few people if they can just bring their dog in as their kids aren’t kids anymore and the answer is yes. They obviously won’t be in the book because the title of the book is “Tails of Geelong, Kids and their Dogs” but there is no reason why we can’t do a special portrait of your fur baby.
Here’s a related article on photographing newborns