Jack and Julie 52 – Magic

Each week a group of international pet photographers tackles a new topic!  This week was ‘magic.’  I decided to depict an enchanted scene made possible by the ‘magic’ of Photoshop.  I envisioned a horrible King Crow stealing away with a golden bone.

Enchanted Forest

This isn’t my Jack or Julie of course;  this is sweet Santa, a mini greyhound.  She was in the studio this week and I thought this image would be perfect for what I was planning.  I searched the internet and found an image of a crow and an enchanted forest (Photo Credit Crow:  Violet Klenert and Photo Credit Forest:  Tara Naomi).  Then with the use of Photoshop brushes for the bone, grass and twinkles, lots of masking, color adjustments and blending modes in Photoshop and a nice grungy texture,  this was created.  These are the source images:

Enchanted Forest Images

Once again this weekly project has encouraged me to try something new!     Now let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this magical theme.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here.  First up is Spotty Nose Pet Photography in Los Angeles.   Have a magical time!


Jack and Julie 52 – Details

If you give it some thought,  I am sure every one of you can name a favorite feature of your pet; a look, an eye, or sweet little toes.  One of the things I appreciate so much about this weekly Project 52, is that it almost forces me to think about and photograph things I should be photographing anyway!  So this week’s topic – details, was an absolute joy to photograph and now I can share with you some of my favorite features of Jack and Julie!  These were all photographed with my Micro 105 so I could get in nice and close!

First up is Julie’s profile – I think this captures her intelligence, kindness and keen awareness. She never misses a thing and almost exudes caring. I think this is one of the reasons she is such a wonderful therapy dog!


This is Jack’s mug, covered with little spit bubbles in anticipation of treats.  He is my worrier and you can almost sense his ‘wondering’ expression here.


This is Julie’s eye; I love how random  eyebrows have always curled over her eyes.


Jack’s nose!  Did you know that Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda are identified in the wild by photos of their noses?  Well I think that Jack has a most recognizable nose too!  The freckles, this little hairs, the glistening moisture.  Can you tell I am smitten??


No ‘details’ portrayal of a golden retriever would be complete without a smile – and here is Julie’s!


I hope you have enjoyed this look into some of my favorite features of my two goldens, siblings Jack and Julie.  Now let’s see how other pet photographers around the world have captured the ‘details’ of their pets!  First up is  Barking Lab Studio, New Jersey dog photography.  Don’t forget, this is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post to head to the next photographer until you end up back here!  Enjoy!