Deja and Zao

Written by Daniel Gregory

March 6, 2011

I had a great time shooting some pet portraits for some friends of mine. They are the proud owners of a wonder dog, Deja, and a super cat named Zao. I had been shooting my own pets for years, but this was my first shoot for someone else, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. My own cats and dogs have gotten use a camera in their face, but I just didn’t know what to expect from Deja and Zao.

Turns out both of them are crazy for the camera. Deja is quite the model and willing to do pretty much anything that you ask, and Zao has no problem catting it up for the camera.

I went over to Zao and Deja’s house for the shoot and brought a couple of SB-900 flashes, a softbox and some hotlights. Most of the images were taken with a 24-70mm or 70-200mm.

As you can see both of these guys are beautiful and wonderful animals. I loved getting to spend time with them.

It was a great way to spend a few hours with my new pet friends.

Images were captured on a Nikon D300s or D700 with Nikkor 24-70mm or 70-200mm lens on Lexar UDMA media.

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