Having fun is life’s secret ingredient. With the chance to let our hair down, our truest selves shine through. No rules, no right and wrong, no constraints on self-expression. Just pure, unadulterated us. And dogs are the same, according to Rebecca Rinaldi, designer, art director and pet photographer.
“I just let them be!” tells Rinaldi. “Dogs are more eager to do what’s asked in exchange for a treat, but beyond the more classic portrait poses—stay, sit, down—the simple secret to bringing out their personalities is always having fun.”
In her Genoa, Italy, studio, Rinaldi shoots pet portraits that capture each animal’s unique spirit and playfulness; the latter always simmering just below the surface. She noticed that during each shoot, dogs would do what they needed to receive a reward. But it was at the end of the shoot, when both owner and dog had relaxed into the task, that the animal’s eccentricities were unleashed. These shots became the ‘Jump’ series.
Rinaldi explains: “These photos are taken at the end of every session when I let the dog play with its owner. The dog has been sitting and behaving so I can get the best portraits, but then a little play is necessary and fun. Free from commands, the dog can express itself the most, and I am able to capture their energy and true personality in motion.”
Enjoy these moments of play and portrait poses on Rinaldi’s Instagram, named for her beloved Lagotto Romagnolo.
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