I love when I have the opportunity to work with San Francisco dog photography clients more than once. Thankfully, it happens pretty often and it makes me have so much respect for the relationships we build together, and really brings such value to the time my dog photography clients and I take getting to know each other.
During my most recent San Francisco Fine Art Dog Photography Sessions I met an old client of mine at Chrissy Field— sadly, their two original dogs (whom I had photographed a few years back) both passed away. Because they are such eternal dog-lovers, they quickly adopted two new dogs from local San Francisco dog rescues and commissioned me to create a new series of dog portraits of their new family at the beach.
Photographing dogs at the beach is no easy task, and I don't take it lightly. The weather has to be perfect (a hearty cloud covering is best), the time of day has to be perfect (not too many other dogs or people on the beach), the temperature has to be palatable (it's no fun photographing people in coats), and the dogs have to be able to focus on me (not the million other distracting things happening around them). But if the planets align and all goes as planned, a San Francisco dog photography session at Chrissy Field or Fort Funston or Ocean Beach can be truly spectacular. Though I'll admit— from the outside it looks like I'm wrangling everything in the most chaotic way during a beach session. But I love that chaos, it keeps me on my toes and allows for a dynamic energy that fuels the session with creativity that I can't always find during a dog photography session at home.
Here are a few favorite images from this great Chrissy Field session, with two great dogs. My clients of course wanted to get some of the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, which is certainly understandable. On a slightly cool and foggy day, the view of the bridge from Chrissy Field is so beautiful.