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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 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 33 – Windows

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 as chosen by Sharon Stokes, a Central Coast pet photographer from Down Under, is windows.  This theme can either be straightforward or esoteric – it really depends on how you want to tackle it.  I think my photos are pretty straightforward, but unique too.  The idea might not be unique, but I think my execution is.  Without further ado, I present:

Reflections of Jack Jack

Jack Jack loves to sit in the window and monitor outdoor activity.  He barks when he feels it’s appropriate, and he insists on knowing who is going where.

If you look really closely, you can see Jack Jack’s reflection in the window.  I love the outline of his face almost framing his reflection.  I had fun capturing this one!

I you’ve enjoyed looking through the windows at my house. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to the Photo Lab Pet Photography team 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 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 25 – Angles

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).

North Carolina pet photographer Steph Skardal chose thetheme for this week.  The assignment for this week is “angles”. Angles are a really big part of portrait photography, and posing humans. See how you can look for flattering angles or interest angles in a pet photo with this assignment!

When I first read this assignment, I thought that Steph had chosen angels, and I figured I had this in the bag.  Because we all know that the KLAD kids are angels, right????

This is definitely Jack Jack’s best angle when he’s feeling snooty and aristocratic . . . which is 100% of the time once I pull out my camera.

I tried going behind and off to the side of Jack Jack, to try and get a photo of him looking off into the horizon . . . but he couldn’t stand not looking at mom, so this is what I got.

This is BY FAR the best angle for photos of Miss Grace.  I think she looks infinitely wise in this picture.  I love how darned cute her nose is, and the expression in her eyes.

Grace didn’t enjoy the photo shoot as much as I did . . . .

This is the angle I shoot from the most for Farley (aka Old Dog).  Let’s face it (ha ha ha, bad pun), he looks like the King of the World that he is.

 

This is the “Don’t make me come over there” look that he reserves for rowdy puppies and children alike.

I was trying to catch the sun coming in from the window behind Farley, so I shot from below and the side . . . I like the effect.  Heck, he’s cute from ALL angles!

I you’ve enjoying the various angles (not to be confused with angels!) of KLAD.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Nashville pet photographer Kelly Coyle’s blog for more awesome photos .  Once you’re done with the other 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.

Project 52 – Week 19 – 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).

This week’s topic is focus.  We as photographers were allowed to choose any aspect of focus to . . . ummmm . . . focus on.  So I played with the settings on my camera and came up with these pictures of the KLAD kids enjoying a beautiful spring day.  We have been waiting a long time for this weather, so we weren’t about to sit inside and miss out on it!

Silverwood's Elegantly KLAD PCD, CD, RE, CGN, TDI

Grace in the yard . . . . I love how the softness surrounding her draws you right into her beautiful eyes.

Ch Calla's All Bets On KLAD PCD, RA

Jack Jack looks snooty with his nose in the air, but he’s a scent dog, so he’s actually just drawing in the springtime smells.

Just some springtime joy for you!

I hope you’ve enjoyed focussing on beautiful dogs enjoying beautiful weather.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Sacramento pet photographer Purple Collar Pet Photography’s blog for more awesome photos .  Once you’re done with Anthony’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 11 – The Dogs In Our Lives

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 the dogs in our lives, based on the poem by Paul Fersen.

DOGS IN OUR LIVES:

We aren’t house-proud.

If we were, we wouldn’t abide the scratches on the door-frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair.

We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes.

We don’t.

If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friend than immaculate sofa’s.

Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless.

Without dogs, out houses are cold recepticles for things.

Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence.

They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history.

On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

 – Paul Fersen, Orvis Associate

The meaning in those words is profoud.  And below I try to show evidence of the wonderful dogs in my lives.

Now that you’ve seen some signs of the dogs in my life, please head over to Pittsburgh pet photographer Nicole Begley’s blog to see the animals in her life.  If you keep following the links at the bottom of each blog, you’ll go through a blog ring before ending up back here.

As always, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

Project 52 – Week 10 – Grace

Well, it’s Thursday afternoon, which means it’s time to put together a blog post for Project 52.  This is a project being run through Beautiful Beasties Network, a group of professional pet photographers.  Every week a new theme or subject is selected, and each photographer sets out to interpret the theme in their own way.  This week’s theme is grace.

Lucky, lucky me.  You see, my beautiful girly’s name is Grace.  Oh, her formal name is Silverwood’s Elegantly KLAD PCD, CD, RE, CGN, TDI, but around here we call her Grace.  Gracie-Lou, Grace-Face . . . there are many nicknames that she answers to.  Those letters behind her name are titles, which show how versatile this girl is.  PCD is Pre Companion Dog and CD is Companion Dog.  Those are both obedience titles, awarded by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).  RE stands for Rally Excellent, which is a rally obedience title awarded by the CKC.  In order to earn that RE, Grace also had to earn her Rally Novice (RN) and Rally Advanced (RA) titles.  CGN stands for Canine Good Neighbour, which is a certification program offered by the CKC to all breeds, not just purebred dogs.  This certificate promotes good behavior and recognizes owners that invest time and energy into training their dogs.  TDI is Therapy Dog International certification.  Yes, Grace is a certified, working therapy dog.  She visits regularly at the local hospital, and she is a favourite among both staff and patients there.  As you can see, Grace is pretty accomplished.  We continued to train for and compete in rally obedience.

Grace comes by her name honestly.  She is sweet, loving, patient and full of . . . well . . . grace.  She has never met a person, dog or cat that she hasn’t liked.  She’s not pushy, just very gentle.  Her specialty is providing care to those in need . . . not just to people, but also to other dogs.  She spends her time at home shadowing my old (12.5 years) dog, ensuring that he is warm and comfortable.

So, without further ado . . . meet Grace.

The Queen of All She Surveys

As this is a blog ring, please click on this link to head over to Karla Ogilvie’s blog to see her rendition of Grace.  Follow the links in everybody’s blogs until you get back here, and you will see many beautiful photos of dogs, cats and other creatures.

Project 52 – Week 8 – The Dog In The Mirror

After a week off for a trip to New York City (blog post to follow!), I’m back to participating in the Beautiful Beasties Network Project 52, which explores a new pet-related theme every week. Last week I missed out on interpreting my dogs’ moods. They’re probably less disappointed than I am. This week’s theme was windows or reflections. Given that it’s still frosty and snowy outside, I decided to try getting some reflections. Initially my goal was to have my dogs examining themselves in the mirror, but the dogs had other ideas. For the past four years I’ve reinforced them for looking at the camera – there was no way they were going to look away. What if a treat suddenly appeared while they were looking elsewhere????

Gracie did not want to pose this week. Her facial paralysis is improving, but she’s been peevish since I got back from New York, so I didn’t push the issue. The boys were only too happy to play my games, as always.

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As this is a blog roll, full of delightful pet photos, please follow this link to Anthony Helton’s blog –http://www.anthonyhelton.com/blog/?p=332. Keep following the links to see everybody’s interpretation of this week’s assignment. When you get back here, you’ve seen them all!

Fort McMurray Pet Photographer – Pretty Puggles Mini Session

Yesterday I did my first ever mini-session.  My clients were Daisy and Maisy, two Puggles that know how to have fun.  Their owners (named Laura and Laura) warned me that getting photos would be challenging, but these girls were wild!  Still, we had a really fun time, and I snagged some great pics of the lovely ladies.

Maisy smiles for the camera

Maisy was a very happy girl, and I love the width and depth of her smile in this picture.

Daisy sitting pretty

Daisy has had some major adventures lately.  A few weeks ago her owners escaped their burning apartment building in the middle of the night with the clothes on their backs and Daisy in their arms.  An explosion scared Daisy and she took off into the night.  It was very cold at the time (ranging from -30 to -15), and her owners were devastated.  A search went on for a few days before Miss Daisy was found, unharmed.  Her disappearance pulled a community together, and now Daisy is famous.  It was my pleasure to be her pawparazzi for the day.

Daisy (L) and Maisy (R) mugging for the camera

There’s no concrete proof that these two are sisters, but one glance at those smiles and it seems obvious to me that they’re related.

Thank you Laura and Laura for allowing me to photograph your girls.

For more information on pet photography in Fort McMurray, please look at http://www.kladphotography.com or email kladphotography@gmail.com