Los Angeles Dog Photographer | Gandalf, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi


Gandalf—as seen on @GandalftheCorgi—is a handsome Corgi that I was excited to have a session with! I was so glad his parents were up for getting up early and heading down to Orange County to go on a hike with me.

Even though it can be tough to get up before sunrise, I love morning sessions. Most parks and hiking trails open at sunrise, but aren’t very busy until a few hours later, which is great when you’re shooting in a busy city like Los Angeles—plus, you get to beat the traffic! The light in the morning is also very different than what you see in photos taken later in the day. Morning light has a softer, cooler quality that I love to use to make my pet photography photos glow.

Besides the beautiful morning light, it helped that I had a perfect little model. Gandalf was so good during his session; he enjoyed the hike as we walked around and stopped to take photos along the way. I especially loved his “paws on” trick where he knew to stand up and put his paws on something. We used this trick twice during our photography session; once on a fallen log for a beautiful portrait and again on a tree stump for a silly lifestyle photo.

I absolutely loved the final photos from this pet photography session, and I had such a great time getting to know Gandalf and his family!