Most dog owners take hundreds of photographs of their canine companions each year, so it’s not surprising that dog photography has experienced a surge of popularity in recent years. East Sussex-based photographer Zoltan Kecskes primarily shoots portraits and weddings, but got into dog photography after a happy accident a few years ago. Last year, he also won second place in the Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year Awards in the category Dogs at Play.
“The whole thing started in 2013,” he says. “Photography was my hobby back then and I had only been doing it for about a year, although my images were getting better and better.”
He started posting his photos on Facebook where they soon began attracting attention. Initially, he would mainly shoot landscapes and portraits, and he was doing 365 and 52-week photo projects on the side, which helped him develop his photography skills.
“One day a girl called Agnes contacted me to take photos of her five-month old American Staffordshire puppy called Alfie,” explains Zoltan.
“It was my very first dog photography session and it was a significant one. That day I fell in love not just with dog photography, but also with Agnes who is now my wife. Alfie has also become my best friend, along with Beau who joined our little family a year ago. In the beginning I would just take photos of Alfie and share them on social media. Then people began contacting me to create portraits of their dogs. I've been photographing dogs ever since, and although wedding photography is still my main focus, I love making time to photograph dogs too.”
We asked Zoltan to share a bit about his work as a dog photographer and his winning image, as well as his advice for anyone looking to capture better portraits of their beloved canine companions.