Jack and Julie 52 – Favorite Books

I’m back with my Jack and Julie 52, a weekly project featuring my pups where a new topic is selected each week by a different pet photographer.  This week’s challenge was to incorporate our favorite books into our pet photography.

First up was Miss Julie.  What young lady has not wished she were Tinkerbell?  I know I did!


And now my Jackie!  I knew Mr. Jack would just love to wear Harry’s ill fitting glasses.  These books were such a joy to read with the family.  Just magical!

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Are you ready to take a journey around the world and see how other pet photographers incorporated this imaginative theme?  Start right here with   Crystal Morrison of Frolic Images in  Dallas, Texas  and click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!  Happy travels!

Jack and Julie 52 – Shadows

Welcome to our weekly blog circle of pet photographers tackling a new challenge.  I have dedicated my weekly project to my pups Jack and Julie (and this week their little buddy Piper).  Our topic this week is shadows.  I don’t like shadows.  I avoid shadows. I try to eliminate shadows in post processing. My point?  This was hard for me; but as is the case with most photography challenges, it opened my eyes up to some new approaches I can take!

First up are the three amigos in a contrasty, shadowy (boring) image.  I placed the pups in a location relatively free of that dreaded dappled light and embraced some moderate shadows.

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I  was not too inspired by this though, so I decided to really go for it and see just how much of a shadow I could get!  I ran out of space!

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Hmmmm… this was starting to get fun!  So can you recognize me, Jack and Julie in this one?  That’s my elbow up holding the camera vertically.  I like how slim my legs are.  🙂

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Well now I am a convert, at least temporarily, so I just started looking anywhere I could for the most unique shadows I could find.  This is Piper and her mom!

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So great lesson learned this week.  Sometimes forcing yourself to photograph in way that would normally make you uncomfortable, can be quite satisfying!   Don’t forget, this is a blog circle so click on the links at the bottom of each blog post and follow the circle around the world until you end up back here!  First up is the wonderfully talented Mary Siani of Mary Siani Photography in Laguna Niguel, California.

Jack and Julie 52 – JOY!


My Project 52 begins this year with the most wonderful theme – JOY!  I named my business Share the Joy Photography in honor of the joy our pets bring into our lives, and most specifically the impact that therapy pets have on people who are sick, sad or facing the end of their lives. I bring my dog Julie (and soon Jack) to visit hospice  and hospital patients, kids who are coping with the loss of loved ones and nursery school children who have been traumatized in some way and at the tender ages of 2 to 5 already need dedicated therapy and intervention.   I see the joy in their faces when I arrive and the relief in their faces when they hug her neck.  Julie seems to know which ones can handle kisses and which just need her to be still.  She amazes me every visit we make together.

Jack and Julie are both smiling golden retrievers.  They are three year old siblings, raised together, but separately too.  They have gone to separate training classes since they were puppies to learn to be therapy dogs and also to learn to be content without the other one with them.  There is always one sure way to get them to smile and that is to get them running.  With my husband’s help I was able to capture these happy faces.  He held onto both pups until I got a good distance away and then released each one.  I think the looks on their faces are a wonderful reflection of the joy in their hearts.   My project 52 this year will be dedicated to these two pups and their adventures.  I can’t wait to share them with all of you!


This is a blog circle so you now have the wonderful opportunity to see how other talented pet photographers around the world interpreted this beautiful theme.  First up is the wonderful work of Black Newf Photography in Portland, Oregon.  Click on the link at the bottom of each post to follow the blog circle until you end up back here.  I expect that you will be smiling the whole way!  Enjoy.