Making a Connection
Having a bond with animals goes a long way, your connection with them can bring out a playful side or even a sweeter calming side to them. “For me, dogs are just like children. They are easily pleased. For example, when they have treats, they can be as happy as a lark.” Berry said. Unlike humans who often seek more material wealth, dogs are infectiously happy with their simple needs, requiring almost nothing in return, and this is what she appreciates about them.
She also loves dogs for their friendly demeanour, fascinated by their innocent eyes, wet nose and soft fur. It was not until she owned a dog herself did she realise that dogs have a range of emotions and they tell them through a great variety of facial expressions.
She also appreciates dogs’ kind hearts, comparing them to Mother Teresa. “They won’t care if you are pretty or not, rich or not, healthy or not… They will always love you if you love them. ” She tries to incorporate these elements in her work, as well as the fun and joyful side. In turn, spending so much time with dogs has become a great way for her to relieve stress.
Treats and toys should definitely be included in your camera gear, this is an easy way for Berry to get dogs to interact. “Dogs will show their smiley faces, shake the bodies and be much more obedient when they see food. Cats and dogs are gluttons!” Berry said. Although cats may not be as enthusiastic as dogs, treats can also lure them out from their hideouts, so that she can photograph them quickly when they are eating.
Toys are irresistible to playful dogs and puppies. She throws toys far away and takes burst shots to get the action of dogs running and fetching. She makes a point of never using flash, as she fears that it may hurt the animal’s eyes or scare them away.