It’s 8 a.m. and I’m in South Austin meeting Krista Allenby of Ruff Adventures for an adventure and photo session with Gary, the Brussels Griffon. I’m awake and functioning much earlier than I’m used to, but Allenby explains that mornings are when she goes on most of her adventures. It’s just one of the steps this Austin dog photographer takes to ensure her four-legged subjects are happy, comfortable, and safe.
Krista Allenby is one of the lucky few who are able to turn their passion into a business. For her, being a dog photographer in one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country is both exciting and rewarding.
Ruff Adventures’ clients come in all different shapes, sizes, and temperaments. But years of experience have taught Allenby how to capture their personalities while they adventure to their favorite spots around Austin.
Her client this morning is a leggy, cheerful pup named Gary. Using delicious dog treats, positive reinforcement, and at times, a squeaker in hand, Allenby snaps away with her camera as Gary (almost purposefully) strikes poses.
For each session, Allenby picks up the dog(s), and returns them happy and tired after their joint adventure. She says that when she goes out without the owners, a dog’s true personality comes out.
Designing a Dog Photo Session
Thanks to her job as a dog photographer, Allenby has developed a mental database of “Instagram-worthy” dog-friendly places in Austin. Here’s how she decides where to take her furry clients:
First, she must take into account a dog’s size. Smaller dogs can get lost in front of a large piece of street art, but they look incredible next to delicate Texas wildflowers. Big dogs, on the other hand, photograph well with detailed street art. Allenby added that it’s a blast taking big dogs on messy adventures to swimming spots.
When Allenby designs her pet photo sessions, she thinks beyond the spots she thinks are cool. She also considers what makes the dog special, and the favorite spots they visit with their human family.
Since Gary’s parents own chickens, we were determined to find a chicken or rooster to pose by. We headed to East Austin Poultry, and–after some odd positioning–Allenby felt she couldn’t get a great photo of Gary with the chicken sign. So, we moved on to the next spot she had in mind.
By the time the photography session is over, we’re all worn out. Allenby knows she got some great shots to share with Gary’s parents. And Gary? Well, he’s happy that his belly is full of yummy treats.
Austin Dog Photographers to Consider
Including Krista Allenby of Ruff Adventures, there are a handful of other photographers in Austin known for their ability to capture the unique spirit of our furry best friends.
Ruff Adventures offers personalized pet portrait sessions in Austin, TX. With photographer Krista Allenby, your dog will go on a four-hour adventure around town, hitting all the cool murals along with your family’s favorite spots. Your dog(s) will be able to play and explore while Allenby captures portrait and action shots in a low-pressure, fun session.
Fetching Fido Fotography
When Jane of Fetching Fido Fotography decided she needed a career change, she combined her two passions: pets and photography. Her first assignment was photographing over 50 dogs at a local doggie day care center, and her business evolved from there. Fetching Fido offers both studio and outdoor sessions to capture your furry friends in their best light.
There’s a good chance you’ve spotted Alex Hopes at Zilker Park. He spends nearly 30 hours there each week. His photography business, Zilker Bark, began when he quit his job and started taking as many photos as he could. Now, he’s in high-demand, taking up-close-and-personal shots of Austin’s most playful dogs.
Using Their Talents for Philanthropy
Many of the dog photographers in Austin are doing more than booking photography sessions and running their businesses. These photographers are using their talent to raise money for animals across the city and beyond.
Ruff Adventures Fur Ball is a project that has been keeping Krista Allenby busy. Saturday, May 27, 2017, she will be hosting a red carpet event downtown, where dogs are the VIPs.
One hundred percent of the money raised will be donated to Emancipet to help end pet overpopulation and provide low cost vet services to those who need it. Emancipet is an organization that provides low-cost veterinary care to pets in need, while striving to keep Austin the largest no-kill city in the country.
Since Allenby is on a mission to end pet overpopulation, Emancipet isn’t the only animal organization near to her heart. She is also volunteering to photograph adoptable shelter pets in her spare time as an official ambassador for #1dog1hour, an incredible grassroots campaign that wants to get more people out walking and exercising shelter dogs
If you’re interested in tickets to Ruff Adventures Fur Ball or more information about the event, visit here.
Allenby’s red carpet event isn’t the only fundraiser by Austin’s pet photographers. Zilker Bark’s 10K for APA benefit event at Zilker Park raised a remarkable $10,000 in 12 hours for Austin Pets Alive!
Being a dog photographer looks plenty fun from the outside, but there is real work behind these incredible shots of Austin’s best friends. It can get messy, and things might not go as planned, but these awesome photographers know that’s the small price they have to pay for having a job this cool.
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