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Pet Photography
Instructor: Jill Flynn                                                                                         Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost: US$169          

There are pet snapshots and there are "Pet Portraits." This class will teach you the difference. It's about taking that extra step and moving beyond cute snapshots. Patience and a love of animals are crucial. This course will cover photographing animals in a variety of settings from the home, on location and in a studio setting. Emphasis will be placed on artistry and the use of light and the environment to create beautiful portraits. Whether you are interested in learning how to take memorable photos of your pets and/or make money as a pet photographer, this class will help you achieve your goal.

Course Information:

Pets enrich our lives and are valued members of the family. How many families do you know that have at least one pet? How many pets do you have in your family? Most people start out photographing their own animals. There is probably a look or expression your pet has that makes you smile. It might be a slight tilt of the head they exhibit when you say certain words, it might be a soulful look that melts your heart or it might even be a display of attitude that makes you chuckle. Capturing the personality and spirit of a pet with a touch of artistry should be the goal of every pet portrait you take. It's what separates a cute snapshot from a true portrait. This course will show you how to accomplish this. Much of the course will center around lighting and developing your own unique style. Working with animals can be challenging but it is also fun and extremely rewarding.

Jill Flynn's imagery has appeared on book covers, greeting cards, magazines, and used by veterinary hospitals and the pet care industry. Her love for animals is reflected in her unique style and intimate portraits. In this course, Jill will share her knowledge and first hand experience and help you develop your own style. After 4 weeks you will have the groundwork that is needed to take your pet photography to the next level and be on the way to starting your own pet photography business if you so desire.

Course Outline:
  • Understanding animal behavior and providing a stress free environment
  • Connecting and communicating with animals during a photo session
  • Equipment - lens choice, backgrounds, lighting, props
  • Settings - home, on location, studio
  • Using aperture and shutter speed creatively
  • Lighting - natural and artificial
  • Lighting and mood
  • Posing, perspectives and photo session tips and techniques
  • Developing your own style
  • Marketing your work
  • Starting a pet photography business
  • Post processing
Course Requirement:
Digital or 35 mm SLR camera or a point and shoot camera with manual control options; a good understanding of aperture and shutter speed; a reflector (or white foamcore board)
*Note: Part of this course will cover studio lighting with a soft box. It is beneficial but not mandatory that you have this equipment. If you do not have access to this type of lighting, an alternative work around will be offered. Please feel free to contact the instructor if you have any questions.

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Instructor: Jill Flynn

Jill FlynnJill Flynn is a Phoenix, AZ based photographer that specializes in animal and fine art photography. She works closely with animal welfare organizations and donates her services by photographing shelter animals and teaching volunteers how to photograph shelter animals. Jill's imagery has been used by the pet care industry, animal welfare organizations, veterinary hospitals, and appeared on book covers and in fine art galleries. She also does freelance work, photography mentoring, workshops and client sessions. Clients and credits include Avanti Press, Benz, NBC Universal, National Veterinary Associates, Oxford University Press, The Phoenician Resort.

Jill also Chairs the Community Outreach Committee for HeARTs Speak a non-profit, international organization of artists helping animals.

Her work is listed with and represented by Arcangel Images, Getty, and Corbis photo agencies.

For more information about Jill, visit her website -

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