While this is a relatively recent photo, I did set out to do a totally new photo for this week as well.
Since our cute little Bethy has been left out of many shoots, I decided to use her as a part of this week's project. I have started to create a sort of story board for my photos. Based on a theme, I will jot down possible outcomes for a final photo on a sheet of paper. These ideas run the gambit from "most wished for" to "acceptable alternatives" because you never really know how things will go. There are certain things I can control about a shoot (like my equipment) and certain things I cannot control (like the weather).
I set off to a local farm where I know there are sunflowers. Since sunflowers are warm and inviting, my hope was to get Bethy to sit long enough in front of a grouping of sunflowers later in the day when the sun was going down. What I didn't count on (or remember) was that sunflowers are TALL and Bethy is SHORT, and I completely overlooked (or blocked out) the fact that when she is excited, it is very hard to get Bethy to stay in one place for any amount of time. Since Bethy's nickname is Bethy Bee for a reason, and there were about 1,000 bees in the sunflowers that day, she was verrrrrrrrrry excited! I did not have the bees on my story board.
In true Macgyver fashion, I did find an old wooden crate near the barn on the property and sat Bethy on it in front of the sunflower landscape and she actually sat still after jumping off the crate about 200 times (I lost count around 32...). The result is below. No sunflowers (or bees) were harmed in the making of this photo.
Cincinnati pet photographer, Suzi Pix Photography, is up next in the blog circle. Check out her answer to the "warmth" conundrum, then follow the links to all participating blog members until you are back here. Have fun and enjoy the photos!