Monthly Archives: October 2012

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.