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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 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 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.