Project 52 – Fall

It is Project 52 time again! This week  I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s topic is Fall!  This could be fall colors, falling, falling asleep – you name it!  Some parts of the world are certainly not experiencing fall colors so this added flexibility makes it easier on all of us.  Fall colors in Northern California can be hit or miss. Jack and I abandoned Julie and went for a walk looking for color.  He is such a good boy; if I tie him to a tree or log, he just gives up and does anything I want.  🙂  Tad bit of whining to remind me he is not thrilled.  But he gets lots of treats!  With a little digital magic, green and yellow brush turns into this!

And here is my sweet boy holding his best America’s Top Model pose:

 If you are wondering about the digital ‘magic,’ Nik’s Indian Summer filter can do this!  All images taken with off camera flash in a Doug Box diffuser.

This is a blog circle, so to check out how other pet photographers had fun with this assignment, click on the links at the bottom of each blog post starting  with Cahlean Klenke from About A Dog Photography in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Keep clicking until you end up back here!

Project 52 – Bubbles

It is Project 52 time again! This week  I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s assignment is bubbles!  So excited by this theme, I found a $9.00 automatic bubble maker!  No need for me to blow bubbles while snapping adorable photos of Jack and Julie magically chasing the bubbles.  Oh no, I was too smart for that!  I set up the studio, put the little bubble machine up on a ladder, grabbed Jack who looked the most interested, took some lovely practice images and gave him lots of treats.  He was so happy, so contented to be my little model.  My sweet, innocent Jack…..and then I ruined everything and turned on that machine.  I am glad you cannot see the terror in his eyes!

My poor boy ran out of the studio like he was at the vet’s office about to get a shot!   He never wants to leave picture taking time…..  🙁

I felt horrible!

But not so horrible that I didn’t try Julie.  But she could sense the fear in the room and my own anxiety about that stupid machine so the minute I turned it on she was gone.  Poof!  Both dogs traumatized by my $9.00 great idea.

I felt awful.  I knew I had to get them to like the studio again and fast, so away went the machine and in came each of them for some fun work and lots of treats.  So the pictures you see below have been changed to protect my innocent pups.  The bubbles are from the terror photo of Jack above and have been added digitally to these ‘please forgive me,’ happy photos of Jack and Julie.  Yes I cheated, but if was for a really, really good cause!

Let’s see how other pet photographers did with this terrifying assignment.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here – starting with  Pavlina Sanborn Photography of Saint Augustine, Florida

Project 52: Unique Collars

This week’s project 52 challenge is to incorporate unique, fun and different collars into our images.  My week started off pretty easy as 9 week old Duke came over sporting the cutest collar!

So the real challenge was getting something new on Jack and Julie!  No new, cute collars were hanging around the house, so I went digging!  Julie looks totally thrilled to be wearing one her people cousin’s pink tutus!

Jack, being the occasional ‘woe is me’ subject of photographs,  is sporting his Dad’s UC Berkeley tie!  Unfortunately,  Cal football success this year mirrors the expression on Jack’s face.

Let’s see  how other pet photographers around the world interpreted this fun theme starting with Boston dog photographer, Blue Amrich.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!

Best In Show! Northern California Professional Photographers Association

“I Can’t Sleep” won Best in Show in Northern California Professional Photographers Association October Print Competition!  As the puppies finally fell asleep, one stayed awake and we plopped him on top of his siblings.   Taken on brown seamless with a main light to left with 3×4 softbox and umbrella and reflector on right for fill.  Texture applied for added depth.   Such beautiful puppies!

Project 52 – More Than One

I’m back with the Beautiful Beasties Network Project 52 – this time focusing on photographing more than one pet!  My week started out with a rescue photography session with two of the cutest puppies.  After I was done with the individual images, I popped them together.  I love how it provides some sense of  ‘scale’ to both of them!

Then we headed off to the mountains!  Between my two dogs and my sister’s two dogs I figured I would have lots of opportunities to wrangle up some group images.  That proved not quite so easy!  Jack and Julie have the posing down pretty well, although they were soppy pups!  Photographing at high noon by reflective water was no fun though – needed my off camera flash to overpower those shadows.

I found the easiest way to include Riley in the image was naturally capturing what they love to do – Julie chewing something and Riley looking for something to chase!

When people ask how I am able to successfully wrangle group shots, I assure them that I get tons of rejects too.  Thought I would include this one!

1.  Note Molly sitting atop Riley’s photo-bombing head!

2.  Jack and Julie pose oblivious to all around them.

3.  My husband picks this moment to practice balancing on a log.

Let’s see how other pet photographers managed this fun assignment by following the blog circle around the world and clicking on the link at the bottom of each page until you end up back here.  Let’s start with Raleigh pet photographer, InBetween the Blinks!