I am always on the look out for fun costumes, props, ideas. One goofy idea was to dress Toby as a construction worker…think Village People?? I was walking (limping) down a row in Home Depot and came across this hard hat and cone. The hardest part of this shoot was getting the hat on his head. The inside of a hard hat in no way shape or form matches the outside shape of a dog’s head. The dog paws on the hat and cone are just “shapes” in Photoshop. Select the “shape tool” then select the shape you want which is found in the toolbar that pops up when the shape tool is selected.
Second hand shops, closets, attics, garage, kitchen all are great sources, but I’ve found that the best place for props is Target. At the entrance of Target there are several rows of seasonal items…all priced from $1.00 to $2.50. Many of the items such as witch hats, small scarves, santa hats are all sized for kids and baby heads and are ideal for dogs. Other items such as decorative papers, candles, pencils….items school kids love are also available. I found this wonderful little mail box and bandanna and used them for a Valentine’s Day photo shoot.