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Animal Photography

with Rachael Hale McKenna

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  •   02 Inspiration

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About The Class


From incorporating pets into family portraits to photographing animals on their own, strong animal photography skills can be a lucrative component of your photography business. Join award-winning animal photographer Rachael McKenna for an introduction to the art of photographing animals.

Rachael will guide you through everything you need to know to photograph any animal -- trained or untrained. You’ll learn about the unique empathy needed to capture an animal’s one-of-a-kind character and emotion. Rachael will provide you with proven tips, tricks, and troubleshooting tools for making your ideas come to life. You’ll also learn how to make your photography business more profitable by licensing and publishing your images.

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll leave this course with a whole new approach to working with creating unique, dynamic images of animals.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Course Overview and Rachael's Bio

    37:43
  2. 02

    Inspiration

    22:42
  3. 03

    Q&A - Meet the Kittens

    18:52
  4. 04

    Shoot: Kittens

    26:28
  5. 05

    Shoot: Kittens Continued

    38:45
  6. 06

    Shoot: Puppy Portraits

    42:53
  7. 07

    Shoot: Puppies in Groups

    31:53
  8. 08

    Shoot: Cookie Bryce Black on Black Portrait

    28:56
  9. 09

    Shoot: Wayne Black on Black Portrait

    17:12
  10. 10

    Shoot: Cookie Bryce Part 2

    28:11
  11. 11

    Shooting for Licensing

    15:10
  12. 12

    Shooting for Books and Addendums

    39:24
  13. 13

    Publishing Tips

    28:48
  14. 14

    Shoot: George the Rabbit Part 1

    37:36
  15. 15

    Shoot: George the Rabbit Part 2

    27:09
  16. 16

    Shoot: Adult Cat Hammock

    39:49
  17. 17

    Shoot: Adult Cats

    22:28
  18. 18

    Post: Basic Post Process

    36:25
  19. 19

    Post: Black on Black Post Process

    16:39
  20. 20

    Post Process Q and A

    37:47
  21. 21

    Shoot: Shooting Farm Animals

    36:07
  22. 22

    Shoot: Penelope Continued

    35:26
  23. 23

    On Location: Stories from The French Cat and Dog

    33:28
  24. 24

    On Location: Dos and Don'ts

    42:43
  25. 25

    Shoot: Large Scale Sets - Multiple Animals

    39:27
  26. 26

    Shoot: Jenny in the Tub

    37:50
  27. 27

    Tips for Your Pets - Getting Started

    40:07

Meet Your Expert

Rachael Hale McKenna

Rachael Hale McKenna’s images are touching, ethereal and warm, her unique viewpoint has made her one of the most popular animal photographers in the world today. Born and raised in New Zealand, Rachael started her career in 1995 under her ... read more

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  • pdf Keynote
  • pdf Black on Black
  • pdf Photographing Kitten and Puppies
  • pdf Shooting for Licensing and Publishing
  • pdf Working with Adult Cats
  • pdf Working with More Challenging Animals
  • pdf Shooting on Location - The French Cat - The French Dog
  • pdf Taking an Idea and Working Through the Process
  • pdf Ways to Get Started in the Animal Photography Industry
  • HD Rachael on Location - Kelsey Creek Farm

87% of students recommend this class.
See what some of them have to say.

  • Creativelive Student

    July 2014

    This course was definitely worth the investment - both time and money. With about 15 hours worth of video sessions and amazing bonus handouts - Rachael provides some really useful, practical tips that you can apply straight away regardless whether you're just beginning your photography journey or are a seasoned professional. It was great to see Rachael at work in session - especially her techniques used to calm and quieten her models if needed. She had a potpourri of helpful suggestions such as remember to take both landscape and portrait shots (if possible), know your rights to take and use images - don't assume, be extra vigilant with cleanliness especially around kittens and puppies who may not have been fully vaccinated, keep kittens and puppies isolated in pens or cages if not in their own environment as they're escape artists etc. Her extensive experience with licensing agents and publishing houses was insightful ... and not for the faint-hearted, so it seems! Thanks Rachael for taking the time to share your know-how, tips and techniques and giving us a peek into your world and workflow you follow to produce awesome animal shots.

  • Shawna

    June 2016

    I loved this class! I don't I tend to be a "pet photographer" but I do want to be a "Pet friendly" photographer! I have gotten lots of tricks and tools to use while photographing occasional clients pets and my own! ( I have a horse, a pony, bunnies, cats, dogs and ducks) I'm super glad I watched the class live and I'm even more glad I bought it so I can re- watch it whenever I want :) (The shoot with the mini horse, dogs, chicken, duck and people was awesome! It loomed like my family picture would look if my husband didn't say "no" on occassion! lol)

  • Rebecca Potter

    Rebecca Potter

    February 2018

    Love, Love, Love this course... Rachael is so down to earth and inspiring and I enjoyed all the hands-on shooting which shows you how patient you need to be for this type of photography. Truly an amazing course... Thank you.

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