BonnieHillPhotography
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My Favorite Pet Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Friendly Pets Photo ContestTop 10 class
Friendly Pets Photo ContestTop 10 class week 3
Friendly Pets Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Friendly Pets Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Kittens vs Puppies Photo ContestTop 20 class
Kittens vs Puppies Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
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We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Love Photo Contest ValentinesTop 10 class
Love Photo Contest ValentinesTop 10 class week 1
Children and Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
Children and Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Fill Flash Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fill Flash Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Fill Flash Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
Animal Eyes Photo ContestTop 10 class
Animal Eyes Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Animal Eyes Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
Pet Friendly Photo ContestTop 10 class
Pet Friendly Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 20 class
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 30 class week 6
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 30 class week 5
ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 30 class month 1
dogs vs cats Photo ContestTop 10 class
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ViewBug Image of the Year Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
Pet Portraits Photo ContestTop 10 class
Pet Portraits Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Pet Portraits Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Reflective Flash Photo ContestTop 10 class
Reflective Flash Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Friends Photo ContestTop 10 class
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29 Comments | Report
JRiffey
 
JRiffey April 23, 2014
Gorgeous portrait!
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thanks!
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican April 23, 2014
wonderful
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
I appreciate it :)
thuber
 
thuber May 10, 2014
Adorable.
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
I appreciate it :) Thanks!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade July 02, 2014
One beautiful exposure...exceptional!....well done and congrats!....Brian
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thanks!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 12, 2014
Great shot! Congrats.
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you!
danielderocker
 
danielderocker September 08, 2014
Splendid ! Like a masterpiece
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you!
HectorRivera PRO
 
HectorRivera September 08, 2014
Great image
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you!
Mulice
 
Mulice September 09, 2014
wonderful portrait, well done!
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you!
davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead September 13, 2014
Congrats ! Magical picture.
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
I appreciate it :)
debhearn
 
debhearn October 11, 2014
Wow. This has to be an all time favorite for me! Beautiful.
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you! I appreciate it :)
Behind-the-Fire-Scene PRO
 
Behind-the-Fire-Scene October 12, 2014
Gorgeous image Bonnie :-)
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thank you Louise!
pamelainob
 
pamelainob December 10, 2014
Beautiful portrait!
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
Thanks!
toddhazelwood
 
toddhazelwood December 10, 2014
Beautiful, very soft great composition and depth
BonnieHillPhotography
BonnieHillPhotography December 13, 2014
I appreciate it :)
virginiamaynard
 
virginiamaynard December 20, 2014
Love the expressions on both faces
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 23, 2014
Wonderful portrait. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
ElaineCatlingPhotography PRO+
 
ElaineCatlingPhotography December 24, 2014
Love the contrasts of the eyes, beautiful portraiture work Congratulations.
blueberrydragon
 
blueberrydragon December 24, 2014
such a pretty shotsuch a pretty picture great going!
bronfebey
 
bronfebey December 26, 2014
Beautifully shot 😊
briannoel
 
briannoel December 30, 2014
Great composition great lighting just great work .
I had two shots of my Cocker Spaniel in the Final but the winner ans your shot stood out .Congratulations from Me in North Brittany France
joseluisramos
 
joseluisramos July 03, 2015
A 1, nothing to be said, PERFECT
debhall PRO+
 
debhall July 04, 2015
Beautiful portrait. Congrats on your win in the Pet Friendly Contest...well deserved.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 July 05, 2015
Stunning portrait...one of the best I've ever seen. Congrats!
KrisKing24
 
KrisKing24 July 07, 2015
Beautiful
MikeHiggins PRO
 
MikeHiggins November 27, 2015
Truly excellent.
danrowe
 
danrowe December 26, 2015
sweet
Tiff
 
Tiff February 22, 2016
Gorgeous Shot... Well done!
alicedenhollander
 
alicedenhollander November 28, 2016
Wonderful!
Simonekaren
 
Simonekaren April 23, 2017
wow! nice
vitor PRO+
 
vitor December 31, 2018
Absolutely marvelous work!

Behind The Lens

Location
It was a cold day so I decided to keep it indoors in my dining room. It is a small place, just big enough to set up a temporary mini studio. I ended up having to stand behind the bar in my kitchen to use the focal length I wanted, but it was worth it.
Time
It was in the evening. I can never predict when my creative bug will bite. Our cat, Pudtard was curious about what we were doing, and as he has a great rapport with us we wanted to include him.
Lighting
I wanted a lot of depth and shadow in this image. I didn't use a reflector and use one large octabox up high angled down to get the shadows I wanted.
Equipment
My nikon d800 paired with my 85 1.4 is a beast of awesomeness. It gives me tack sharp every time. I used an elinchrom ranger quadra flash head on a stand with a deep octabox.
Inspiration
It was time to take my kids' pictures, and I had a vision in mind. Since I don't usually shoot studio, I had to use a brown soft blanket for the background for the effect I wanted. I wanted neutrals and depth. My daughter is often a subject in my images as I can say, "Let's go!" Whenever the inspiration strikes.
Editing
I hand edit in Photoshop. I added some overlays and added some flare on the side. Added depth to their eyes and a light matte as well.
In my camera bag
I always carry my Nikon gear with me. I have a d800 and d700 as backup, my 85 almost always stays on, especially for shooting children. I also have the 24-70, the 135 2.0, 70-200 2.8, and the 105. I often dream of the 200 f2, but who doesn't. One day...it shall be mine.
Feedback
If you are trying to capture a lovely portrait with a lot of depth, use angles. Angle your subjects, angle your lights and soft boxes, angle everything, everywhere. I don't typically use a fill flash or a reflector because I like the depth that the shadows add. Patience is a must, especially when photographing children or animals.

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