Dogs of Iceland | A Photographer’s Dream

Going to photograph dogs in Iceland was definitely one of the most spectacular and dreamy things I have ever gotten to do. Sometimes it still doesn’t feel real! I knew that the Style Lab Workshop would be absolutely amazing, but it did even blow my expectations away. The incredible instructors were Craig Turner-Bullock and Charlotte Reeves of  Unleashed Education,  who have already helped me grow so much as a dog photographer, and Alicja Zmyslowska, who is so brilliant and taught me how to approach things differently than usual.  We stayed in cute little triangle cabins at the stunning Eird Retreat, which had the most impressive views overlooking a swan filled lake, with sheep and horses all over the hills. The owner is also a chef, and we had reallllllly great food for every single meal. It’s the coolest place, and it was an awesome spot to spend the week with marvelous like-minded people, immersing in our passion of dog photography.

I knew I wanted to challenge myself to push the boundaries of my style in different ways while immersed in this workshop. I wanted to try to include as much of the unique landscapes as possible, and for me this meant to experiment with wide angles- not my usual thing. We also had separate challenges for each day, and about 12 minutes to photograph each dog or set of dogs, which of course was a challenge in itself.⁠ We shared our images as a group the day after each shoot and it was so amazing to see what everyone had created and how different all of it was. It was so inspiring to learn from the amazing instructors, get to shoot with them, and get their focused attention on how to improve our own work in our own style

We braved some pretty wild weather conditions over the week we were there⁠, which also pushed me way out of my comfort zone because normally I would always just reschedule if there was going to be rain. A lot of the photos you’re about to see were made in the rain and howling winds, or in bright mid-day sun when I wasn’t expecting it. In a couple locations there were a lot of people around, especially at the black sand beach, so I had to work around like 200 people standing behind us, waiting for their turn to take photos. There were a lot of challenges, but that was the point- to work in ways you normally wouldn’t, in different conditions, with different lenses, different starting points. I learned a lot and continue to implement things to keep me growing as a photographer here in Oregon. This experience definitely made me want to travel more to photograph dogs because it made everything even more FUN, so that will be one thing I focus on in the coming years. I shall never forget this amazing experience and I hope to go back sometime to explore all the areas of Iceland I didn’t get to see, and bring some beautiful dogs with me to really dazzle those landscapes further!

Two Siberian Huskies before icy mountain background at Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland Two huskies on a volcanic rock landscape in Iceland. Two huskies sitting on volcanic landscape at Sólheimajökull Glacier Two huskies trekking across snowy mountain terrain at Sólheimajökull Glacier Dog running in front of glacier in Iceland Person with dog by glacial ice formations at Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland Silhouette of a dog jumping at Sólheimajökull Glacier Wet dog lying down in rain, black and white photo. Dog in front of glacier terrain In Iceland Spotted dog running by glacier in Iceland Dog standing on rock by Sólheimajökull Glacier Dog sitting in front of waterfall in Iceland. Dog on rock overlooking mossy canyon and stream in Iceland. Corgi on rocky terrain at sunset in Rauðhólar, Iceland Corgi hindquarters on mossy ground in Iceland Corgi running outdoors at sunset in Rauðhólar, Iceland Alert German Shepherd outdoors on rocky terrain in Iceland. Dog in front of a scenic waterfall at Skógafoss in Iceland Dog walking before majestic waterfall landscape at Skógafoss in Iceland Brown dog near misty waterfall with rainbow reflection at Skógafoss in Iceland Dog standing on rugged rocks outdoors at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Dog on basalt column rock formation at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Jack Russell Terrier against dark basalt columns at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Dog playing with ball on beach by sea stacks at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Dog standing among basalt rock columns at lindsaybaca's profile picture lindsaybaca Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Dog standing on basalt rock columns in Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Dog paw prints on black sand at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland Miniature Pinscher standing on rock outdoors Two dogs standing on rocks with a scenic background. Dog on rocky peak with dramatic clouds in Iceland Dog on red rocky terrain under cloudy sky in Iceland Brown poodle dog autumn background in Iceland White poodle on mossy rock outdoors in Iceland Two poodles running in a grassy field with hills in Iceland


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