Monthly Archives: April 2012

Project 52 – Week 16 – Look Up

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 from the ground up.  So often, with animals (and kids!) we shoot from above or on their level.  The challenge this week was to shoot from below.  With three very curious Cocker Spaniels, this was not an easy task!  Every time I got on the ground, they immediately came over to shower me with sniffs and licks.  Most of my photos were a blur of hair and shadow and not much else.

Fortunately we’ve had a few nice days this week, so I was able to get out after work and get some pictures of the kids.  Since my last two Project 52 posts have been about my youngest furkid Jack Jack, I thought I’d shake things up and share some photos of my other two.

Grace looking on in annoyance as I interrupt her nap

Grace was annoyed at having her nap interrupted.  Since she likes to sun herself on the hot tub cover, I crouched and waited for a good shot.  It didn’t take long for her to protest at being watched.

Farley is cute from any angle, even from below

Farley is always tricky to photograph, since he’s deaf and doesn’t always look at the camera when I’d like him to.  Using squeaky toys is no longer effective.  But since I almost never shoot from below their level, he was very interested in what I was doing.  I think he looks pretty good for a 12.5 year old dog!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing things from a new point of view.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Massachusets Pet Photographer Blue Amrich’s blog.  Keeping 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 15 – Favourite Things

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 it was my turn to choose the theme, so I went with something that I thought would be fun.  I selected the theme “My Favourite Things” based on the song from the musical The Sound of Music.  I asked my fellow photogs to take pictures of their pets’ favourite things, with or without the pets being in the pictures.

For me, this was a no-brainer.  My youngest dog Jack Jack (yes, the Wild Thing from last week’s Project 52 post) adores children.  Adores is not a strong enough word, actually.  He lives for kids.  He loves me wholeheartedly . . . unless there is a kid around.  His breeder has two little girls and I have three nieces, so he’s never really had the opportunity to live a life without kids.

He started young, snuggling up to this gorgeous little girl at 4 weeks old . . .

Love at frst snuggle

Then he made an instant best friend with my youngest niece when he was about 4 months old . . .

Jack Jack & Friend

And just this past weekend, he charmed another young man.  I’m not sure whose smile is wider,  Jack Jack’s or the young man’s (Jack Jack is the dog on the right, on the left is my girl Grace)

Circle of Friends

I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing Jack Jack’s favourite thing with him today.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Boston Dog Photographer Kaylee Greer’s blog.  Keeping 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 14 – Song Title

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 challenge is to take a song title and fit the photos to it . . . before I even got to the end of the post introducing the theme, I knew what I was going to do.  I have three wonderful Cocker Spaniels that are pretty laid back for the most part.  Oh, they bark when the door opens, and they jump all over visitors like savages, but usually they just hang out, waiting for the fun to start.  But my youngest furkid, Jack Jack, turns into a wild man when we go for walks.  He loses himself in joyful abandon . . . becoming a “Wild Thing.”

Wild thing…you make my heart sing… You make everything Groovy I said wild thing…
Wild thing, I think I love you But I wanna know for sure Come on, hold me tight I love you
Wild thing…you make my heart sing… You make everything Groovy I said wild thing…
Wild thing, I think you move me But I wanna know for sure So come on, hold me tight You move me

Jack Jack is my very own Wild Thing . . . the photos were taken with my iPhone, so not my usual quality, but I think you get the picture.

Comin' Atcha!

Eat My Shorts!

I'm the King of the Castle and you're the dirty rascal!

What Jack Jack always fails to remember is that being so wild and untamed comes at a cost . . . .

Really, really, really unhappy

Hopefully my Wild Thing has put a smile on your face.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Charleston Pet Photographer Dana Cubbage’s blog.  Keeping 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.