This week in our 52-week pet photography blog circle, the theme is negative space. So what exactly is negative space? This is the space around your subject in your photograph. Negative space provides 'breathing room' around your subject, drawing attention to the subject because there is nothing of any significance in the negative space area. It is usually a very simple photograph, with no distractions or busy backgrounds.
Another element of negative space in pet photography, relates to the direction the pet is looking - in most cases the pet should be looking towards the open space.
Here's April surrounded by nothingness, only colour. This is a perfect example of negative space. Her photo session was at Earl Bales Park, North York. I photographed her for the Beagle Freedom Project when she came to Toronto from China after being rescued from the meat trade! I am glad to say her pictures helped her to find a lovely home.
In the image below of Fonzi an adorable Australian Shepherd puppy, he is also surrounded by negative space. There is no busy background, no distractions.
Finally look at the photo of Kyla, even though there are flowers and grass in front of her, it is sufficiently simple and without any distracting elements to be regarded as negative space.
Negative space images of dogs are some of my favourite - they are simple and can convey a sense of calm and peace. I try to incorporate a few of these into all of photo sessions.
I am looking forward to seeing some negative space pet photos by Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography fetching portraits in Coppell and surrounding communities in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex.