Monthly Archives: July 2012

Project 52 – Week 30 – Let’s Play

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 play . . . what could be more fun for a pet photographer?  Our pets are masters at enjoying life, and we photographers are lucky enough to get paid to catch those moments on film (or on memory card).  Last week I was at the American Spaniel Club National Specialty (a show for Cocker Spaniels only) and I had two photo shoots scheduled.  The heat was oppressive, the humidity stifling, and yet this young lady just wanted to have a good time.

I present to you Gemstonz Diamond Of My Eye – AKA Misty.  Misty was bred by Lesley Doney and is owned by Jackie Horton.

As you can see, Misty was more interested in goofing off than sitting pretty

I think she’s sure that the wild, crazy googly eyes will be enough to put a stop to the shoot.

How about the super cute look?  I just wanna have fun!

At this point, I gave up . . . we did finish the shoot, but it was in record time.  Misty won in the end!

I you’ve enjoyed watching Misty having a great time. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Blue Amrich Studio in Boston MA’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 29 – Gimme A Kiss

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).

Fellow Canadian Karen Weiler (Toronto, ON) selected a theme of kisses for this week. Despite the fact that I’m traveling and not near a computer for most of the week, I HAD to take part . . . after all, my dogs love kissing! I enlisted the help of my best friend (who is also an outstanding photographer) to get some particularly appropriate pictures for this topic.

My “baby” Jack Jack loves to give kisses . . . please take note of my shirt! I just had to wear it for this particular shoot.

Thanks go out to my best friend Andrea for taking the photos of Jack Jack and I.

Jack Jack doesn’t like the taste of my cherry chapstick, I guess

Jack Jack can’t resist mugging for the camera

I convinced Ange to let me take some pictures of her getting some canine therapy from Gracie.

Here Jack Jack demonstrates what a long tongue he has!

I you’ve enjoyed watching KLAD kids kiss up. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to the Toronto pet photographer Posh Pets Photography blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Karen’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 28 – Focus

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).

Karla Ogilvie chose this week’s theme, and here’s what she came up with:  This week’s challenge is Selective Focus.  The idea is isolate our subject whether it be by stopping down, the use of a specific lens such as a Lensbaby, or perhaps a telephoto lens to compress the image. You can even do this in Photoshop if you want. The goal is that only our subject is to be in sharp focus.

Since I love, love, love shooting with a low aperture, I tend to get selective focus in most of my shots, especially the portrait-type shots.  But I wanted to go further than usual, so I pulled out my 50mm f1.8 prime lens to see if I could up the bokeh a bit.

My Old Dog, resting up after spending time outside in the summer sun

Grace, who is as pretty as the flowers behind her.

My wild child Jack Jack, smiling for the camera

Jack Jack’s ever-present raspberry for the camera . . . . you would think I had put this on cue!

I you’ve enjoyed focussing on the KLAD kids.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Charleston pet photographer Dana Cubbage’s blog for more awesome photos .  Once you’re done with Dana’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.