There's nothing like traveling abroad, but I really enjoy working in my own city. I know we see our "everyday" world as ordinary. However if you look hard enough, there really is some extraordinary out there - usually within driving distance too.
In July, I had the wonderful opportunity to work on a local project with Lowcountry Dog, a regional magazine that's all about dogs. The story was all about uniformed working dogs titled, Hero Hounds.
Using the idea "hero", I decided to try a different approach by creating hero portraits of the handlers and their dogs. Not straying too far from my photojournalism roots either, I also captured the duo's in action.
I used my favorite go-to light, the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra, to illuminate to scenes. It added a more "finished look" and drama to a terrible natural-light situation.
Both dogs and handlers were great and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to get their visual stories in print. The military and police K-9 units do amazing things for us and it's wonderful to honor them.
Though my dogs are not as talented as these furry friends, they work hard at making me smile. I hope you enjoy the pictures and don't forget to pet a dog today!
In the end, you don't have to get your passport stamped to go somewhere and photograph something special. Often, the most meaning pictures can be made in your own backyard. Best of luck!