Yes! Just, haha! We were recently contracted by a commercial client to produce two studio shots of animals for PPE Queensland. They asked us to create an image of a grey greyhound and a grey horse to market their Euro number plate range . With enlisted the help of Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) in Perth and they helped us find the ‘best looking’ grey greyhound in WA – Four year old ex-racer, Stan.
Stan and his owner Emma came to our studio and Stan behaved beautifully in front of the camera. He was extremely patient and cooperative, and had such a chilled-out vibe. Emma was very kind and refused a cash payment, so we made a $250 donation to GAP on her behalf, and Emma requested it go the building of the kennels at Hakea Prison as part of GAP’s “Second Chance at Life” Prison Fostering Program. Plus, we offered Emma and Stan a free studio photo session and they are came back to see us last weekend. Here are some pics of Stan during his shoot, relaxing between takes (with pics form his second photo session coming soon).
True to our claim that we will photography any animal in a studio, we then set about finding a grey horse. The colour was proving to be an issue so we went to plan B and began looking for a chestnut instead. We found the perfect horse in BBD Class Act, also known as Puff, one of WA’s top dressage horses. In order to complete the horse photo session we hired a large studio space. Our equine advisor, Liesa was on hand to oversee all safety aspects and to direct Puff. His owner Beatrix (a highly successful and accomplished rider in top level dressage) assisted as well, and Puff delivered the poses we needed in record time. I’ve included some shots of Puff during the breaks in his photo session, as well as his final advertisement too. You may notice a ‘slight’ colour change, heehee, which was completed by my clients’ creative team, in order to meet the ‘grey’ colour requirements of the brief.
Both advertisements are now live in print media and online at the PPQ website.
Behind the scenes
Images courtesy of Liesa Leddick
The final images