Every week a wonderful group of pet photographers from all over the world interprets a new weekly theme through their pet photography.  This week’s theme is ‘song’.

My image is best viewed with the song I chose playing in the background,  so, before you scroll down, click play!

In the words of Randy Newman, I give you…

The Three Amigos!

One for each other
And all for one
The three brave Amigos are we!

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These are my very own three amigos – Jack and Julie and their best little buddy Piper. The Spanish word ‘Amigos’ means friends and these three have been best buds since Piper met them as a little puppy over two year ago. I’m sure that they will be best buddies forever!  Everywhere they go invariably someone calls them the Three Amigos!

Now let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme, starting with Pavlina Sanborn Photography, St. Augustine, FL.  Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here!  Enjoy!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Joy Jack and Julie 52   JOY!

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.

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As the year is ending, our Project 52 subject  is aptly – ‘the end.’   I had two sessions this last week that worked perfectly for this topic.

First up is ‘the end of her leg!”  Kiwi lacerated a tendon and has the cutest cast on the end of her leg.  Not slowing her down one bit!

Kiwi Project 52   The End!

And finally, I love to photograph the end of daylight, when the sun is setting and the skies are darkening.  Kody and his dad were perfect models for ‘the end of daylight.”

Kody 2 Project 52   The End!

 

Kody Project 52   The End!

 

This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme, click on the link at the bottom of each blog post until you end up here.  Start with Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos!

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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 ‘into the woods.’  Well we have a most beautiful wooded area right by our house.  I photographed 2 year old Trent there last weekend.  His Grandma wanted images of Trent with his buddy Jack.  Jack has watched over Trent since he was born and she wanted an image that captured that relationship.

This is Jack and Trent!

Trent and Jack Project 52   Into the Woods

Little Bailey also came along and worked very hard to keep up with everyone!

Bailey Project 52   Into the Woods

While Trent’s grandma didn’t ask to be in any images, I just could not pass up capturing this tender moment!

Grandma Project 52   Into the Woods

This is a blog circle, meaning at the bottom of each post will be a link to the next photographer’s interpretation of this fun theme!  Start with  Denver Pet Photographer, StinkDog Photos  and keep clicking until you end up back here!

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How many of you use the ‘multiple nail hole’  method for hanging prints?  You put in a nail, hang the print, if not quite right, you move the nail!  And how many times do you move the nail?  And this is after carefully measuring everything and thinking you are pretty close!  If this is your own home, have at it, but at a client’s home, preserving the walls and getting it right the first time should be a priority.    After much thought I came up with this method that WORKS RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

I start with this poster size, super sticky, gridded paper from Post-It.  I get it as Office Max.

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On one of my own walls, I hang the client’s print.  I mark the corners with painters tape.

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With the print still on the wall, I cover it with the poster sized post-it paper (sometimes you need to overlap paper for wider prints).  The top and sides should align with the edges of the paper.  Crease the bottom to mark the bottom edge.   Remove and cut the pattern at the bottom.  If you need to use more than one sheet of paper, tape the sheets together with shipping tape.

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Remove the print from the wall and place the pattern on the wall, making sure to align with the corners marked with painter’s tape.  Note the name of the print, the orientation and MOST IMPORTANT, mark where your nail is located.  Repeat this with every print.  Even if they are the same size, there is no guarantee that the wire length or locations will be the same.

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Now at the client’s home,  place your patterns!  I do a lot of measuring and I use a level if two or more prints are next to each other.  When all looks great, I use a nail punch to mark the  hole locations.

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Then remove the patterns and nail in your hanging hardware.

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And hang your prints!  Everything should align perfectly the first time up!

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I hope this method helps you as much as it helps me!  (Rupert and Bentley are  happy to help all of you too!)

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Holiday Card Season is here!  I have some fun and beautiful new card designs ready to personalize just for you!

Options include:
Size:  5×7  folded or flat cards
Type:  Folded (customization on all 4 sides) or a Flat Card (customization on front and back)
Paper Types: These are professionally press printed and feel and look beautiful!   Two options are available:  a semi-gloss smooth or ‘green’ art  linen paper.  ‘Green’ art linen has a  fine linen texture which  adds a feeling of quality to your cards.  It also contains recycled fibers and is created using wind-power.
Proofs are sent via email

Pricing (sets include envelopes)
Folded:   #25 – $95, #50 – $180, #100 – $325
Flat Cards:   #25 – $75, $50 – $140, #100 – $255

Order deadline is December 5th!  If you need your gallery re-opened to order your holiday card,  just drop me an email at barbara@sharethejoyphotography.com.

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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!

Jack Fall Colors 1 Project 52   Fall

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

Jack fall redo Project 52   Fall

 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.

fall before and after Project 52   Fall

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!

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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!

Julie many bubbles Project 52   Bubbles

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!

Jack bubble Project 52   Bubbles

Julie bubble Project 52   Bubbles

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

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