Puppy Love: One Photographer's Quest to Capture the Perfect Pairing of Cameras & Canines


© Tamara Lackey

Behind the Scenes – Get a behind the scenes look at the frolicking and fun of the photo shoot with Tamara and dozens of puppies and Nikon cameras.

They say never work with children or pets. But Tamara Lackey, a professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador, used to photographing both kids and pets didn’t take that advice when she was called by Nikon for a project that included photographing puppies. Puppies—not trained dogs that are used to being a part of photo shoots, but puppies—40 of them to be exact.

Tamara says it was a dream project. When you’re an animal lover, nothing’s better than being surrounded by all those cute little doggies for two days.

From pups looking through the viewfinder, to those staring right into the lens from a millimeter away, to puppies dressed up for the holidays, Tamara pulled out all the stops for this project.

She captured the entire campaign of images with the Z 7 mirrorless camera.

“I love shooting with the Z system,” she says. "With the addition of the Mount Adapter FTZ, Tamara explains, “I can shoot with all my favorite F mount lenses too.”

Along with the fun behind the scenes video to watch—we’ve got downloadable wallpapers, sized for mobile phone, tablet and computer, so you can share your love of Nikon cameras with these adorable pups. Simply go to the puppies wallpapers download page, enter your email and choose which image or images you want to download. Follow the steps you’d normally take to place a photographic wallpaper on your device and enjoy!

Tamara Lackey is a portrait photographer whose work has been described as "expressive, soulful, funny, beautiful" and has appeared in such publications as O Magazine, Men's Journal and Parenting Magazine. Her imagery has also been showcased on ABC's The Martha Stewart Show, ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and NBC's The Today Show. When not shooting, Tamara is writing about and teaching photography, business and work/life balance at workshops and conferences around the world.

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