You can imagine my pride and joy to see my, uhm pride and joy (!) Boo on the front cover of Amateur Photographer magazine last week. To get the cover was a complete surprise and I found out because I got a notification that AM mag had started following me on Twitter. I noticed their profile pic looked familiar and lo and behold it was my girl Boo, in an image I took of her last Autumn sitting on the beach in Brighton, with the big wheel in the background. I knew I was getting some shots in an article inside regarding dog photography tips, but the cover was something I never expected. I was so happy I did a little skip around my office with Boo staring nonchalantly at me from her bed. If only she knew what a little star she is!
Funnily enough, on the day I took that shot I had had some ideas about settings and so forth and wanted to try them out with Boo on the beach so I was down there practising. I’d driven from Hove, paid (a lot) for parking, lugged all the equipment across the beach and tried for about 90 minutes to see what I could get. Of course, that also included walkies for Boo too as I’d never spend all of that time just pointing the camera at her as that would be very dull for her, even if she is obsessed with food and knows what posing means. In the end I was pretty pleased with that shot and we headed off to get some chips before going home. To now see that picture on the cover of a respected photography magazine for me it’s like winning an award. To have other photographers tell me that my image is worthy of the front cover of a magazine that tries to get photographers to buy it is such a compliment. It’s so satisfying to know I only had that shot because I was practising, in my own time and not getting paid and that this was my baby Boo.
In my career it’s one of my proudest moments so far and it just goes to show: practice, practice and practice some more as you never know where it’s going to get you.