It’s Week 42 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 and the topic of “telling stories.” As we’ve been doing all year, we’re following lessons from “The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographers” by David DuChemin. According to DuChemin (and contrary to Rod Stewart), not every picture tells a story, nor does it have to. However, story is a powerful tool and pictures can tell a story or hint at story based on the elements involved in our frame. Stories can be told through relationships or contrasts or even mystery. We can use a single image to tell a story or a series of images.

“The best storytellers supply just enough detail to allow your imagination to fill in the gaps.” David DuChemin, The Visual Toolbox

I recently did my first photo session with a horse, I’d been wanting to photograph a horse for some time, so was very excited for the opportunity. The photo shoot also included the client’s dog and I was able to capture an image that tells a relationship story, but with a little air of mystery. I knew I had to use this image for this week’s blog topic. And, since this is a sneak preview of the session, I didn’t want to share more of the images before the client sees them, nor do I have to in order to tell a story.

Project 52: Telling Stories

Now head over to see what stories Kim with BARKography based in Charlotte, NC, is telling, and then head around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session in your home or other favorite location, use the hot pink “BOOK NOW” button to the right of this post (at the bottom or your screen on mobile), send us an email to suzi [at], or give us a call at 513-288-1650 in the Greater Cincinnati area or at 650-382-3242 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We are currently booking our limited edition Fall mini sessions for Saturday, October 29 and our urban mini sessions for Sunday, October 30. These sessions are just $135 for up to two dogs and include an 8×10 print and a digital social media image. We’ll also have a variety of special, event-only items and packages to choose from, so give us a call or send us an email as soon as possible as appointments for both types of sessions are limited!

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