Project 52 – Week 1 – Family

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. This post marks my first step into year two of this project, and I can’t wait to see what I learn about myself and about photography!

This week’s theme is family . . . as photographers we are most often behind the camera.  The point this week was to be in front of the camera, so that our wonderful blog readers (yes, you!) can meet us along with our families.

Without further ado, please meet me (Kelly) and my family.

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From left to right are Jack Jack (with the gnome tag), Gracie, myself and Farley in my lap.

 Thanks go to my best friend Ange for taking the photo.

Jack Jack is 4 years old, a dog show champion here in Canada and one of my current Rally obedience dogs.  He has a large repertoire of tricks and he loves having his photo taken.  Gracie is 6 years old, and was the third Cocker Spaniel in Canada to earn the highest Rally obedience title possible.  She is a working therapy dog and an accomplished counter surfer.  Farley is 13 years old and his job is to be comfortable.  He was my first show dog, my first obedience dog and my first Rally obedience dog.  He holds my heart in his paw. He has his own Facebook page and a large following there.  Me?  I’m of an age (nobody needs to know what it is LOL) and I work full time as a cost and schedule specialist for a large company.  In my spare time I do pet photography, publish a magazine about Cocker Spaniels (http://www.ouracn.com) and do volunteer work for a few doggy organizations.  I’m a busy lady.

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting my family and I.  As this is a blog ring, please continue to Silivrenwolf Photography in Lake Stevens WA’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Angela’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 52 – Celebrate!

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Since this is the end of the year, our fabulous Project 52 coordinator Blue Amrich selected a theme of celebration.  I think that’s very fitting, since by the time you see this, we’ll have celebrated one major holiday this year and will be gearing up for the last celebration of the year (or maybe it’s the first celebration of next year?).Dec24-6819 Dec24-6824

Please enjoy celebrating with my beloved Old Dog Farley – he refused to wear the Santa hat, but was happy enough to pose with it.  Look at his smile!

I hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating with Farley and I! As this is a blog ring, please continue to StinkDog Photos in Denver, Colorado’s        blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Deanna’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 50 – New Technique

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Stephanie Madeline of Chase & Snap Pet Photography in New Jersey suggested we try a new technique this week.  It could be back lighting, night photography, anything that we don’t normally try or want to try to get better at.  Since a friend of mine wanted to do a holiday photo shoot of her Doberman Pinscher Mojo, the timing was perfect.  She wanted to re-create a photo she’d found on Pinterest, of a baby sitting on the floor, wrapped in LED Christmas lights.  The photo was shown in black and white.  This isn’t something I’d done before, so I had to research camera settings and how to best set the scene,.  Fortunately Mojo was a VERY willing model!

Here’s one of the photos in full colour . . . . meet Mojo

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And here’s Mojo in black and white.  I am very pleased with how the pictures turned out, and so is his owner!

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a new technique with me! As this is a blog ring, please continue to Windsor’s pet photographer NCS Pet Photography’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Nicole’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 47 – Non-Work

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Choosing this week’s theme was Raleigh pet photographer Tara Lynn.  For most pet photographers (hopefully all!), this time of year is crazy with shooting, editing and creating holiday cards.  So she chose to take the focus OFF the work and onto what we do when we play instead of work.  In Tara Lynn’s words “. . . what is your “non-work”?  What do you do when you are not behind a camera or computer screen?”

Considering the fact that pet photography is my part-time job, and that my full-time job is ALSO computer centered, not much of my day is spent away from the screen.  But my absolute favourite way to unwind and process things is to go for a walk.  I love feeling at one with nature, and getting fresh air and sunshine.  Despite having three dogs, my faithful walking partner is Jack Jack, the “baby” in the family.  He LIVES for his walks, and at least half the time he is the sole reason I get my butt off the chair to get outside.

So here’s a photo of Jack Jack during a recent walk . . . on the weekend, since it gets dark very early these days.  It’s tough walking in the winter here in Northern Alberta.  The sun is down by about 4:30pm, so it’s definitely dark when I get home.  But we use a light up collar and that helps a lot.

Jack Jack on the move.  We have gotten much more snow since I took this photo!  It seems like it will never stop.

Even with the snow, he’s thrilled to be outside.  I don’t always have his level of enthusiasm, but I appreciate a good walk.

I hope you’ve enjoyed relaxing with me! As this is a blog ring, please continue to StinkDog Photos in Denver, Colorado’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Deanna’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 46 – Contentment

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Oregon City pet photographer Jayme Dukart selected this week’s theme of contentment, based on the following poem:

Contentment of the soul

Born within the kindest of hearts

That just live to give

Those that live with pets experience contentment on a daily basis, in my humble opinion.  My three dogs exhibit contentment every day, as they lay around the living room, surrounded by their people.  To them, that is the perfect life.  Oh yes, they’d appreciate being free-fed and having endless walks and unemployed humans, but they just ooze contentment when everybody is home.

I’ve just returned from a week of vacation, and my dogs spent time with good friends of mine.  Tonight is our first full night as a family unit again, and the dogs are clearly happy.

Grace and Jack Jack, snuggling as per the status quo.

What do you mean?  This is my happy face!  ~ Farley (who would be more content as an only dog)

I hope you’re sharing my dogs’ contentment! As this is a blog ring, please continue to Boston dog photographer Blue Amrich’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Blue’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 45 – Bedtime

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

This week Mary Beth Arnold selected bedtime as the theme. She told us to show whatever our pets and we do to wind down for the day and get ready for sleep.

This is Farley, my monkey dog (who has sock monkey toys, collars and a blanket!), in his bed. He’s 13, so he naps a lot. This is his favourite bed, between the kitchen and the dining room. This allows him to monitor all of us at once.

My Monkey Man . . . I love this dog with every fiber of my being!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my special boy! As this is a blog ring, please continue to Oregon City pet photographer Jayme Dukart‘s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Jayme’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 43 – Motivation

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Alyssa Lang of Paws By Hybrid Photography in San Diego chose this week’s theme, and she chose motivation.  This one was kind of tough for me, because Alyssa left it wide open to interpretation.  It could be the dog’s motivation or ours, as photographers.  So many ways to go with this one . . . . but really, when it all boils down to it, my motivation is what kept coming to mind.  And my motivation is my dogs, and my desire to capture as much of them as I can throughout their lives.  So they’re the reasons I learned to be a better photographer – in fact, I got good enough to start helping make memories for other people.

So, without further ado, here is my motivation . . . the KLAD kids.

From right to left, we have Flick (owned by a friend), Farley, Grace, Jack Jack and Cajun (owned by a friend).

This photo was taken while I was housesitting at Flick and Cajun’s house.  These dogs have spent lots of time together, so it was only natural to get a group shot.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my motivation!  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Boston dog photographer Kaylee Greer’s blog  for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Kaylee’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 42 – Fall Colours

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Sacramento pet photographer Lisa van Dyke chose this week’s theme.  Not sure if this was used already and maybe it’s a bit cliche but it’s my favorite time of the year! The idea here is to capture the ‘look’ of fall in your image. Colorful leaves, cloudy skies, fall foods (apples, pumpkin, cinnamon), Halloween or “Fall-ish.”

Since Northern Alberta has a bad habit of going through fall early and quickly, fall colours aren’t in abundance here.  But I got creative (again!) this week, and came up with what you see below.

This little fellow (I’m assuming it’s a fellow . . . I don’t really know the gender here) has been hanging around our yard all year.  He is very cheeky with the dogs, taunting them by running back and forth along the fence, chattering away at them.  They are only too happy to give chase and raise the alarm.  His nickname around our house is Little Friend.  My nieces adore him, and my 7 year old niece will spend hours in the backyard, watching for his appearance.  While Little Friend isn’t technically a pet, I have taken many photos of him this year, and we worry when he doesn’t show up.  So he gets to showcase the fall colours for me, since we have very few left already.

This photo has the best fall colours . . . that single leaf is about all that’s left on the trees and bushes around here.  What can I say, we get an early winter!

Hey camera lady, look at me!  Quick, I can’t hold this pose much longer . . . snap the picture!

I know it’s an unusual way to showcase fall colours, but hopefully you enjoyed meeting our Little Friend!  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Photo Lab Pet Photography in the San Francisco bay area’s  blog  for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Photo Lab’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 41 – Water

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

Martin Swaffield chose this week’s theme, and his choice was water.  He had this to say – The idea is to include water in your photo. Water is vital to life , but to many pets it is also something to enjoy and play with or in.  Considering I don’t live near a beach or a river or lake that is safe for my dogs, I had to do some improvising.  Thankfully Mother Nature made my task a bit easier by giving me a broad hint this morning.

I know – you’re staring at this photo trying to figure out where the water is.  Look closely, behind the dogs on the rock.  I know, it’s hard to ignore them, but try.  Yep, there it is.  That white, fluffy stuff is frozen water . . . . also known as snow.  Yes, we got snow on October 10th.  It shouldn’t stick, but still, it just feels wrong.

Here’s Jack Jack, dashing through the . . . frozen water

Princess Grace is wondering why her feet are wet and cold?????

I know it’s an unconvential use of water, but I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog! Hopefully this is the last you’ll see of snow for a while . . . and I really hope the same goes for us!  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Unleashed! Pet Portraits in Victoria, British Columbia’s blog  for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Melissa’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

Project 52 – Week 38 – Action!

Friday morning means a new Project 52 post for you to feast your eyes on. Some of the members of the Beautiful Beasties Network (a professional pet photographers’ forum) are taking on the challenge of doing pet-related photography, with a theme that changes every week, for an entire year. The goal is to start shooting outside the box, to challenge ourselves as photographers and to expand our vision and talents. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my participation, and I have learned to look at my dogs and their accoutrements in a different light (and at a different angle).

This week’s theme is action.  Nicole Begley had this to say about her choice:  Bump up that shutter speed….or don’t if you want some fun blur….but next week’s theme is ACTION!

Since I walk my dogs at least 4 days a week, this isn’t too tough for me to achieve . . . so here’s some action for you!

Jack Jack can flyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

For some reason, this picture just makes me happy.  I love how his ears are flying as he races down the path!

I you’ve enjoyed being a part of the action! As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Nashville Dog Photographer’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Kelly’s blog, keep clicking through the links at the end of each blog until you get back here, and you’ll have seen all of the Project 52 blog posts for this week.

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