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Project 52 – Week 46 – Contentment

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).

Oregon City pet photographer Jayme Dukart selected this week’s theme of contentment, based on the following poem:

Contentment of the soul

Born within the kindest of hearts

That just live to give

Those that live with pets experience contentment on a daily basis, in my humble opinion.  My three dogs exhibit contentment every day, as they lay around the living room, surrounded by their people.  To them, that is the perfect life.  Oh yes, they’d appreciate being free-fed and having endless walks and unemployed humans, but they just ooze contentment when everybody is home.

I’ve just returned from a week of vacation, and my dogs spent time with good friends of mine.  Tonight is our first full night as a family unit again, and the dogs are clearly happy.

Grace and Jack Jack, snuggling as per the status quo.

What do you mean?  This is my happy face!  ~ Farley (who would be more content as an only dog)

I hope you’re sharing my dogs’ contentment! As this is a blog ring, please continue 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 45 – Bedtime

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 Mary Beth Arnold selected bedtime as the theme. She told us to show whatever our pets and we do to wind down for the day and get ready for sleep.

This is Farley, my monkey dog (who has sock monkey toys, collars and a blanket!), in his bed. He’s 13, so he naps a lot. This is his favourite bed, between the kitchen and the dining room. This allows him to monitor all of us at once.

My Monkey Man . . . I love this dog with every fiber of my being!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my special boy! As this is a blog ring, please continue to Oregon City pet photographer Jayme Dukart‘s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Jayme’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 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 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.

Project 52 – Week 38 – Action!

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 action.  Nicole Begley had this to say about her choice:  Bump up that shutter speed….or don’t if you want some fun blur….but next week’s theme is ACTION!

Since I walk my dogs at least 4 days a week, this isn’t too tough for me to achieve . . . so here’s some action for you!

Jack Jack can flyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

For some reason, this picture just makes me happy.  I love how his ears are flying as he races down the path!

I you’ve enjoyed being a part of the action! As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Nashville Dog Photographer’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with 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 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 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 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 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.