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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 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 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 16 – Look Up

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 from the ground up.  So often, with animals (and kids!) we shoot from above or on their level.  The challenge this week was to shoot from below.  With three very curious Cocker Spaniels, this was not an easy task!  Every time I got on the ground, they immediately came over to shower me with sniffs and licks.  Most of my photos were a blur of hair and shadow and not much else.

Fortunately we’ve had a few nice days this week, so I was able to get out after work and get some pictures of the kids.  Since my last two Project 52 posts have been about my youngest furkid Jack Jack, I thought I’d shake things up and share some photos of my other two.

Grace looking on in annoyance as I interrupt her nap

Grace was annoyed at having her nap interrupted.  Since she likes to sun herself on the hot tub cover, I crouched and waited for a good shot.  It didn’t take long for her to protest at being watched.

Farley is cute from any angle, even from below

Farley is always tricky to photograph, since he’s deaf and doesn’t always look at the camera when I’d like him to.  Using squeaky toys is no longer effective.  But since I almost never shoot from below their level, he was very interested in what I was doing.  I think he looks pretty good for a 12.5 year old dog!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing things from a new point of view.  As this is a blog ring, please continue on to Massachusets Pet Photographer Blue Amrich’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 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.

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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.