Through the Lens: It’s a dogs life

Through the lens

Through the lens - Credit: Archant

Never work with animals and children, as the saying goes.

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Fred meets St Bernard Chopin at the Landguard Dog’s Day on Sunday, 19

King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Fred meets St Bernard Chopin at the Landguard Dogs Day on Sunday, 19 May. - Credit: Archant

But Su Anderson regularly works with both while shooting for the EADT and Ipswich Star.

Harry Smith, one, eats an ice cream while dressed as a knight at the Framlingham Castle knights tour

Harry Smith, one, eats an ice cream while dressed as a knight at the Framlingham Castle knights tournament on Monday, 06 May. - Credit: Archant

She recently did a shoot at Landguard Dog Day and took this photo.

She said: “I have to say I love this photo. I stopped to take a photo of St Bernard Chopin whose owners where feeding him his own ice cream at the Landguard Dog Day when he flopped down and Fred, a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, a fraction of Chopin’s size came right up to his face sniffing away.

“Their colouring was so close it was perfect.”


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• Tip- Always ask a dog’s owner if the dog is okay being photographed up close. I have been growled at in the past and I have even met a dog recently that is terrified of cameras.

At Framlingham Castle she met Thomas Pinn, three, and Mitra Stainsbury, nine, at the knights tournament.

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“I saw these two playing and thought they’d make a nice photo so I asked the Mitra where her guardians were and went in search of permission before I photographed them playing. Sometimes you run the risk of missing the action while getting permission but when it comes to children, always ask first.”

•Tip- Don’t assume that because a kid has long hair or wears something dress-like that they are girls. I try very hard not to use pronouns if I’m not sure.

Next up was a job that could not be further from dog days and dueling knights - a vicar who takes inspiration from Star Trek.

“Canon Jim Pendorf gets into the spirit of his sermon inspired by Star Trek called Out of Darkness at St Mary’s Church in Capel St Mary. I enjoyed every second of my time with Canon Pendorf, who graciously posed for photographs and helped me create my first video for the website.”

• Tip- Some churches don’t allow photographs to be taken inside or large cathedrals ask you to pay to take photos, so always ask before you pull out your camera.

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