Dog Day Afternoon – Photo Essay

Last year in photography class I learned what a photo essay is and how to create one. It was one of the funnest assignments for that class.

A photo essay is a visual story and my challenge was to tell that story in only seven photos:

Lead photo: emotional portrait or action shot

The scene: set the stage and describe the scene of the story

Portraits: capture emotional expression, humanizing the story

The details: relevant object – be informative

Close-up: tightly cropped, simple shot represents the elements

The signature shot: summarizes the story, captures key elements

And the clincher: what do I want the viewer to walk away with?

I chose my son and his dog for the assignment. They have a love for each other that is beautiful and unconditional, as so many pet owners do. 

Dog Day Afternoon

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I love the connection we humans have with animals, especially dogs. And it was fun to capture this in photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Now go give your “fur-baby” a hug!


Reader Comments

  1. Christy B

    This is so touching! Right now I’m staying temporarily in a place with 4 cats and a dog. They really do have an amazing ability to connect with us and to also lift our spirits. Love these photos.

  2. Anonymous

    This is great! I would love to try this – not a professional by any means! Thank you for sharing…you’re very talented 😊

  3. Anonymous

    I enjoyed this very much! I especially like the idea of a photo essay and would love to try this….as an amateur of course! You have a keen eye and did a wonderful job!
    And I love the connection we have with our fur babies!
    Good job and thank you for sharing!

  4. Mary D.

    You told their story perfectly! The love, adoration, and respect is so apparent in your photos. Thanks for providing my smile for the day!

    • Loretta Sayers
      Loretta Sayers

      Thank you Mary. This little dog is in a spot of trouble right now, and we are all worried about him. He’s getting better, so we are taking each small improvement as success.

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