Images needed for publication
i am a photo editor here at the children's publishing company, Scholastic working on a book on dogs.
i am looking for images of newer mix breed dogs that I cannot find on any stock photography sites and was hoping you could you could shed some light on where I could find some production quality images. I am looking for images of; the Corkie, Dorkie, Cojack, Bassetoodle, Carnauzer, Jug, Havamalt, Lhasa-Poo, Snorkie and the Beabull.
Any help you could be would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your time and patience on this matter.
Senior Photo Editor
on Aug 15th 2012
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Pictures of mixed breeds like those you listed will not represent the look of the mix because each one will have different genes from each parent and no two will ever look the same.
That is what makes predicting appearances and temperaments from mixed breeds so difficult... until a mix has been bred for generations and generations, the gene influence will be different for each offspring.
This is a major issue with mixed breeds...people meet one or even just see a photo and must have one exactly like the one they saw or met. Realisticly, it is extremely unlikely to happen and they can end up disappointed in their new dog.
Even with purebreds, no two are exactly the same and each has differences in breed traits which make them an individual, but thru generations of breeding, the body type does breed true and they will at least look the same if bred from lines which follow the breed standard.
I agree with the previous poster - these mixes have not been around long enough to produce a consistent "look." Most are still bred by mixing one purebred with another purebred of a different breed; in an F1 cross such as this, it is difficult to predict which traits the puppies will inherit from each parent. Also, most of these mixes (with documented heritage) are relatively rare.
The other reason you're having trouble, is most of these mixes are bred for pet homes; since they are not purebred, they are generally not entered in dog shows and few probably do performance events. Most pet owners don't take photos of the quality you need for a book unless they are photographers, they mostly have snapshots.
I suggest posting your request on photography enthusiast websites - some aspiring photographers may be willing to take the assignment for a small fee or even just to be credited in the book. If they have kids, maybe they'd even do it for a Scholastic gift certificate.
Zack answered on 8/16/12. Helpful? / 0