Project 52 – Week 37 – Pets and People

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).

Photographer Kelly Coyle chose pets and people for this week’s assignment.  She had this to say – “This week I wanted to focus on the special bond that pets have with their people so include a pet(s) and a person in your photo. The goal is to show the bond so if that means you only need the person’s hand/feet/legs in the photo that’s fine. Have fun!”

This is my old dog Farley.  His favourite place to be is on the couch, next to my mom (his Grandma).  My folks have been away for two weeks, and he has looked like a tiny sail boat adrift at sea, all alone on the couch.  My folks got back Friday through the day, and I took this picture Friday night.  This shows their love for each other, and the bond that they have.  To me, this picture is worth a million words.

I you’ve enjoyed taking a peek and my Old Dog and one of his People. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Toronto-based pet photographer Posh Pets Photography’s 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 53 – Week 36 – Accessorized

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, chosen by Melissa McCabe, is accessorized.  Her words were – “Please interpret as you wish – I’m thinking accessories can be some photographic tool other than your camera that help make the image (reflector, lens filter, background), tools of the trade for pet photographers that find their way into images of the pets (squeakies, treats, poo bags), or images of pets featuring accessories the pet wears or loves (collar, favourite toy, full on dress up) but whatever this means to you.”

Well, as my friends and family know, I LOVE for my dogs to accessorize!  In fact, my dogs are some of the best-dressed pooches out there.  This is primarily thanks to my friend Erika, who runs Classy Critter collars.  Her handmade collars are second-to-none in terms of look and quality.  I highly recommend them!

Jack Jack wants to show you a few of his treasured accessories . . .

Shockingly, this isn’t everything . . . just what I could round up.  As you can see, we’re devoted customers of Erika’s!

I you’ve enjoyed your visit to my dogs’ accessory closet. As this is a blog ring, please continue on 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 34 – Shadows

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 I got to choose the theme, so I settled on something that I’ve wanted to try for a few weeks now . . . shadows. Now, I know when you read shadows, you’re thinking that I might hide half the dog’s face in shadows in an attempt to be artistic. But no, I literally wanted to take some photos of shadows. The pictures didn’t turn out entirely as I’d envisioned, but I think they’re kind of cool.

Who could this be? Only the shadow knows!

I think this almost makes Jack Jack look like a wolf (more likely a mangy coyote!) – by the way, he was barking, not howling

These shadows don’t evoke thoughts of Cocker Spaniels as much as I was hoping they would . . . but if you look hard, I think the dog is recognizable within that grey blob.

Gracie gets into the act too . . . . she’s not as fluffy as this photo makes her look, I promise!

I you’ve enjoyed checking out the shadows on my sidewalk. As this is a blog ring, please continue on to the Windsor-Essex Furtographer’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 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 31 – Red

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 assignment is red . . . and I spent a few days trying to figure out how to use the word in a unique and interesting way.  Yes, I could have used red accents or a red background, but that would be too predictable.  I wanted to think outside the box.  So, in a flash of inspiration (based on the Gap ad campaign for AIDS awareness a few years ago), I came up with this.

ado(red)

treasu(red)

I you’ve enjoyed my interpretation of red having a great time. 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 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.

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 24 – Blur

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 Blur, and photographer Dana Cubbage gave us free reign to use blur however we wanted to.  Because I’ve missed two weeks in a row due to work, I was determined not to miss this week.  I really enjoy taking part in Project 52 and miss it when I can’t participate.

This week I even managed to shoot other dogs than mine own, which might come as a relief to some of my faithful blog readers.  A breeder friend of mine sold a puppy local to me, so I went to visit him and soak up the puppy breath.  He was the best kind of chocolate – calorie-free!

Jersey and his toy

The blur I chose to use is called bokeh – bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image (thank you Wikipedia for this definition).  Because I shoot at low aperture (usually 2.8), my images often have nice bokeh to them.  I love how it brings the subject into focus and makes backgrounds less ugly and busy.

Here`s another photo with nice bokeh . . . this is Savvy, a Papillon that belongs to a friend.  I could get lost in those eyes . . .

I you’ve enjoying seeing my use of blur.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to North Carolina pet photographer Steph Skardal’s blog for more awesome photos at http://stephskardal.com/52-project-blur/ .  Once you’re done with Steph’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.