Jack and Julie 52 – Water

I’m back with my Project 52; this time with the subject of water!  Water to me immediately brings to mind our favorite dog park – Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline.  There are beautiful views from this landscaped 23-acre park in Richmond, CA. This is one of the largest public off-leash dog parks in the nation with over 500,000 dog visits per year!  So off we went!  First we pooped the dogs out on a long walk and posed them on a picnic table (can’t think of a better use for a picnic table!)  so you could get a feel for this scope of this great place!  Those are more doggie people behind Jack and Julie. 

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There are spots for pups to swim (we try to avoid them, but Jack and Julie had other ideas!), a cafe and a dog wash shop!  But the best thing to me is the view at sunset of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County.   Hadn’t planned on the wet doggies, but you can’t have everything!

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Now let’s see the wonderful water places other pet photographers take us!  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each page and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here!  First up is Amyranth Pet Photography, San Francisco Bay Area, California  Don’t get wet!

Jack and Julie 52 – Bloopers!

This week I selected the topic, which is bloopers!  I think mixing cameras, sometimes nervous owners, goofy pets, strange surroundings and funny noises creates the ‘perfect storm’ of possibilities for bloopers.  As this Project 52 is dedicated to Jack and Julie, here is my sad attempt at getting an action shot of both pups in the studio using my remote trigger. Fine job here!!

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My favorite set of bloopers came a few weeks ago when 15 cats came to my studio for their own adoption photos for Umbrella of  Hope.  We wanted to attempt an image where one whole family of mom and her kittens would be in one shot.  I knew that was next to impossible, so I put my camera on a tripod, set the focus and did not touch any settings while I first photographed mom on the top, then three kittens in the top drawer and finally four kittens in the bottom.  Here are just a few of the bloopers from that fun session!

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Fortunately there were some with them all looking the same way and thanks to the magic of compositing in Photoshop, here you have the Dr. Who Litter!

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Now it is time to have some fun and see bloopers from other pet photographers.  Follow the blog circle and click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!  First up is Kathryn Schauer Photography in  New Haven, Connecticut.  Enjoy!

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!

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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.

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

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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??

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

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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!

Jack and Julie 52 – Paws

Hello and Happy Friday!  I am 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 paws!  How fun is that? We took Jack and Julie and their favorite little buddy Piper out for this fun photo assignment.

We lined up the pups like this:

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I photographed them from the side to see them in profile:

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Julie’s coat right now is especially fluffy, so she got one of her paws showcased!

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Not let’s see how other pet photographers around the world photographed this fun topic!  First up is Raleigh dog photographer, Tara Lynn, owner of InBetween the Blinks Photography.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle until you end up here!

Jack and Julie 52 – Doors

Hello and Happy Friday!  I am 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 doors  into our pet photography.  I felt it only right that I include our very own front door with their cute little faces poking out just hoping a walk is about to begin!

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And then I headed into the archives to share my all time favorite door image.  This is Jack at UC Berkeley in front of a most majestic door!

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Now let’s see how other pet photographers around the world interpreted this fun theme starting with Cynthia Wood of  Georgian Bay Studios in  Toronto, Ontario.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here! Happy circling!

Jack and Julie 52 – JOY!

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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!

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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.