Pets and People Photography


Lesson Info

9:15 am - Creating and Using Actions

Discover a whole new market for your photography business: Pets! Vicki Taufer will teach you how to bring in new work by including pets into your child, family, and portrait work. This course will show you how to work with your clients and their furry (or feathery or scaly) friends to make fabulous pictures. Vicki will demonstrate how to bring in new clients with her Dog Days of Summer program, a charity event she runs to help local animal shelters. You'll learn how she created a new market for pet photography in her town, and how YOU can do the same in yours.


The V Gallery Evolution
9:15 am - Selling the Experience
9:30 am - Why Pets?
9:45 am - You and Your Clients
10:15 am - Pet Photography Intro Q&A
10:45 am - Creating a Market: Dog Days of Summer
11:15 am - Educating Clients about Dog Days
11:45 am - Dog Days Q&A
1:00 pm - Props and Backgrounds for Pet Photography
1:30 pm - Prepping Q&A
2:30 pm - Studio Shoot: Two Dogs with Studio Lights
3:00 pm - Studio Shoot: One Dog with Studio Lights
3:15 pm - Studio Shoot: One Dog with Natural Light
3:45 pm - Studio Shoot: Two Dogs with Chair
9:00 am - Review of Yesterday's Images
9:15 am - Relationship Marketing
9:30 am - Events & Limited Editions
11:00 am - Sales Session with ProSelect
11:30 am - Pricing Structure
1:30 pm - On-Location Shoot: Puppies on a Chair
1:45 pm - On-Location Shoot: Mother and Children
2:00 pm - On-Location Shoot: Children with Puppies
2:45 pm - On-Location Shoot: Owner with Puppies
3:00 pm - On-Location Shoot: Adult Dogs
3:30 pm - On-Location Shoot: Family Portrait
9:00 am - Introduction to V Gallery Postproduction
9:15 am - Creating and Using Actions
9:30 am - Basic Retouching
9:45 am - Making and Using Templates
10:00 am - Making and Using Overlays
10:15 am - V Gallery Workflow
11:00 am - General and Postprocessing Q&A
11:30 am - In the Doghouse: Work, Life, and Marriage
12:45 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Bichon-Poodle Mix, "Zeus"
1:00 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Cat, "Terry"
1:15 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Lab-Great Pyrenees Mix, "Jackson"
1:30 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Boxer-American Pit Bull Mix, "Muko"
1:45 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Part-Maltese Mix, "Teddy"
2:00 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Blue and Gold Macaw, "Tiko"
2:15 pm - Dog Days Shoot: Gila Monster, "Clive"
3:00 pm - Dog Days Shoot Q&A
3:15 pm - Giving Your Passion a Purpose


  • This was a great topic. I tuned in thinking I wouldn't be interested, and then, wow, it was fabulous. So fabulous I'm holding an event in two weeks time to launch my own pet photography and raise food for local homeless animals. Thanks so much CL team!
  • Vicki Taufer is Brilliant as a person and artist. What an honor to experience her for the last 3 days. Thank you to Jed for your expertise and reminder that technology can help us all have time to play more and enjoy life more! Thank you creativeLIVE notch!
  • Love this. Easy to stay with and leaving you wanting more. Fantastic ideas. Great perspective. Extremely helpful.