My name is Anne Geier and I live in a small village in Austria. I have studied geography, but always knew that my true passion was in photography.
Since 2014 I have been working as a dog photographer. The reason I started was to take photos of my first dog Cindy. Firstly, I just wanted to take photos of her to create moments for eternity but then a real passion arised. Now I have two rescued dogs, Finn and Yuri, both are from Romania.
Beside the photography I love traveling and hiking with my dogs. I think my purpose in life is to create living moments of dogs for their owners, to show how beautiful dogs are and try to convince some people that rescue dogs are really awesome. For all those reasons I always try my best to show the soulful nature of the dogs in my photos.
The gear I use depends if it’s a client shooting, a shoot with dogs of friends, or my own dogs. At client shootings I want to be more flexible and be at a distance from the dog, in this case the dog can behave in a natural way. The photographer is often scary for them. When I am going to take photos of my own dogs, I think about taking nice dreamy portraits of the dog in amazing landscapes.
Most time I use my Nikon D850. I love the smooth tones and brilliant colors, the handling and also the display with the touch screen. You touch it where you want to put the focus and the camera immediately focuses and takes the photo, furthermore with the folding display you are really flexible to choose different perspectives, especially taking photos of the dog in the water, it’s really helpful.
With the folding display you can put the camera just a few millimeters above the water, which looks great.
For client shootings, most of the time I use the Nikkor 85mm f/1.4. It creates a smooth background and it is amazing in creating a dreamy look.
For action shots, I just use the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. With the 200mm and the aperture of 2.8 you can knock out the background of a photo. This is a very important aspect in dog photography. So the sight of the viewer is immediately focused on the dog.
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For my own dogs I prefer to use my short lenses. Especially the Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 and the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8. With the Sigma Art 24mm f/1.4 you can take fabulous photos of dogs in amazing landscapes. The wide angle shows a lot of the landscape even when the dog taking up a lot of space in the photo.
Furthermore I love the short lenses, because they have no weight and are easy to handle. I can work with one hand and can use the other hand to motivate my own dogs with treats or their favourite toy, so it is much easier to catch a great expression of the dog.
Traveling and hiking are my other passions.