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Project 52 – Week 1 – Family

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. This post marks my first step into year two of this project, and I can’t wait to see what I learn about myself and about photography!

This week’s theme is family . . . as photographers we are most often behind the camera.  The point this week was to be in front of the camera, so that our wonderful blog readers (yes, you!) can meet us along with our families.

Without further ado, please meet me (Kelly) and my family.

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From left to right are Jack Jack (with the gnome tag), Gracie, myself and Farley in my lap.

 Thanks go to my best friend Ange for taking the photo.

Jack Jack is 4 years old, a dog show champion here in Canada and one of my current Rally obedience dogs.  He has a large repertoire of tricks and he loves having his photo taken.  Gracie is 6 years old, and was the third Cocker Spaniel in Canada to earn the highest Rally obedience title possible.  She is a working therapy dog and an accomplished counter surfer.  Farley is 13 years old and his job is to be comfortable.  He was my first show dog, my first obedience dog and my first Rally obedience dog.  He holds my heart in his paw. He has his own Facebook page and a large following there.  Me?  I’m of an age (nobody needs to know what it is LOL) and I work full time as a cost and schedule specialist for a large company.  In my spare time I do pet photography, publish a magazine about Cocker Spaniels (http://www.ouracn.com) and do volunteer work for a few doggy organizations.  I’m a busy lady.

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting my family and I.  As this is a blog ring, please continue to Silivrenwolf Photography in Lake Stevens WA’s blog for more awesome photos . Once you’re done with Angela’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 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 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 52 – Week 21 – Urban Dawgs

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 Urban, and here is what photographer Kaylee Greer (who chose the theme) had to say about it:

This week’s theme is ‘Urban’. Let’s bring our subjects to the city! I’d love to see photos of our pets (or clients pets) in front of buildings, gritty wall textures, in alleyways, maybe even by some graffiti — Really anything that says ‘urban’ to you!

I struggled a bit with choosing a location.  I am guilty as charged – I prefer grass and trees and flowers when photographing dogs – I’m thankful for the challenge to think outside the box this week.

I took the dogs to their favourite store in town – The Bone & Biscuit Co.  It’s a boutique pet store that offers high-end dog and cat food, awesome treats, great toys and all kinds of other great things.  The Bone & Biscuit allows customers to bring their pets into the store (as long as they’re moderately well-behaved) and when the dogs’ birthdays roll around, I take them in and let them choose their own presents.  Fortunately there was a shopping cart nearby, so I made use of it.

Thank God for dogs that will do anything for a cookie!  Jack Jack is happy to be at his favourite store.

The KLAD kids are excited about shopping . . . they have their cart all ready to go!

Okay, enough pictures . . . we want our cookies now!

I you’ve enjoying seeing the city through my lens.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Central Coast pet photographer Sharon Stokes’ blog  for more awesome photos .  Once you’re done with Sharon’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 20 – Multiples

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 challenge was to do a photo shoot with multiples . . . the name of the challenge is “The More, The Merrier.”  Thankfully for me, this isn’t that much of a challenge.  With three dogs that I photograph together regularly, I’m not too bad with multiples.

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This is Jack Jack, Grace and Farley . . . the sock monkey is a new toy that Farley got from his girlfriend Sadie, that lives in California.  They have an online romance that has been going on for over a year now.  How sweet.

This is a photo I took in 2010, while dogsitting for a few friends.  On the far left is Dolly (mostly hidden), then Fury, then Jack Jack, Heidi, Grace (in the back and mostly hidden), Farley, Ember, Summer, Teddy, Karma and Rhanni. Yes, that is a total of 11 dogs.  Yes, they all stayed for this photo . . . even while I went to get my camera.  Such good dogs!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing multiples.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to North Carolina pet photographer Steph Skardal’s blog for more awesome photos .  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.

Project 52 – Week 14 – Song Title

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 challenge is to take a song title and fit the photos to it . . . before I even got to the end of the post introducing the theme, I knew what I was going to do.  I have three wonderful Cocker Spaniels that are pretty laid back for the most part.  Oh, they bark when the door opens, and they jump all over visitors like savages, but usually they just hang out, waiting for the fun to start.  But my youngest furkid, Jack Jack, turns into a wild man when we go for walks.  He loses himself in joyful abandon . . . becoming a “Wild Thing.”

Wild thing…you make my heart sing… You make everything Groovy I said wild thing…
Wild thing, I think I love you But I wanna know for sure Come on, hold me tight I love you
Wild thing…you make my heart sing… You make everything Groovy I said wild thing…
Wild thing, I think you move me But I wanna know for sure So come on, hold me tight You move me

Jack Jack is my very own Wild Thing . . . the photos were taken with my iPhone, so not my usual quality, but I think you get the picture.

Comin' Atcha!

Eat My Shorts!

I'm the King of the Castle and you're the dirty rascal!

What Jack Jack always fails to remember is that being so wild and untamed comes at a cost . . . .

Really, really, really unhappy

Hopefully my Wild Thing has put a smile on your face.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Charleston Pet Photographer Dana Cubbage’s blog.  Keeping 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 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!