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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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“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!

I cant sleep Best In Show!  Northern California Professional Photographers Association

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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! 

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Once a month the full moon rises over Rat Island in the SF Bay just as the sun is setting allowing detail in both the moon and Rat Island to be visible.  Didn’t expect to see the beautiful reflections in the water though!  I know this isn’t pet photography, but the Island is called ‘Rat’ Island!  Thank you Michael Maloney of Camera West in Walnut Creek for sponsoring this fun photo walk!

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This week’s project 52 with other pet photographers around the world is to incorporate words into our images.   This topic immediately brought to mind the many voiceless animals that need homes.  Sweet puppy Mikey was just  rescued and is in a wonderful foster home but is now looking for his forever home.  I don’t want anyone to walk by Mikey!!  Sniff……

 

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You can read the entire poem here.  Now let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this thoughtful theme starting with  Boston pet photographer, Blue Amrich Studio.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!

 

 

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Once each year the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) holds an International Print Competition (IPC). They judge images on a set of twelve elements to determine if the image is deserving of a Merit and being included in their General Collection. For all images receiving a Merit there is a second judging to determine if the image should be included in the prestigious PPA Loan Collection. The PPA considers the Loan Collection “the best of the best,” and publishes these images in their annual Loan Collection Book.

I entered the maximum allowed four images in the IPC for the first time this year. All four entries Merited and one was accepted into the Loan Collection, earning me a Silver Medal for the competition.

These images showcase the wide variety of images I love to capture.  From classic studio portraits (Curiosity and He’s All Ears), to outdoor portraits utilizing off camera lighting to properly expose the pups (Golden), to capturing a special moment with all natural light (Jump for Joy).

Golden was the one image that I had in my head before I even attempted to photograph it.  These are my two goldens, Jack and Julie.  I wanted to capture them in front of the Golden Gate Bridge during the lovely golden hour at sunset.  Thanks to the help of a friend holding my off camera flash unit and getting the dogs attention, my idea came to life!

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Weekly blog circle time where fellow pet photographers work on a new challenge.  I love silhouettes and usually shoot them in front of a setting sun.  This week I choose another (easier…) way and shot Julie and Jack individually in front of a big softbox and combined their cute profiles in a heart.   Not that they necessarily feel that way about each other, but I sure ‘heart’  them!  sniff

 

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Let’s see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme starting with   Silhouette Dog Photographer, Australia .  Just click on the links at the bottom of each post to follow the blogs.   I’m a bit late coming to the party this week; so you won’t end up back here – but have fun anyway!

 

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It is Project 52 time again!  This week I have joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  to collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment.   This week’s assignment is ‘vintage’ or incorporating something old in our images or changing the look of our images in post processing to look vintage!  No Jack and Julie this week as I am in vacation in the Berkshire Mountains.  But I was able to spend some time photographing  beautiful miniature donkeys and horses at lovely Cloverdale Miniatures Farm.  They seemed the perfect subjects and setting for a vintage look as I can just imagine this wonderful farm looking much like this many years ago!

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Find out how other pet photographers around the world interpreted this fun theme by clicking on the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!  First up is   Victoria BC’s Unleashed! pet portraits by melissa mccabe!  Have fun on your trip back in time!

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It is Project 52 time again!  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 to capture images from a low angle – ideally lower than eye level on the dog. Good thing my pups are pretty big and I can easily get under them.  We visited beautiful Lake Alpine in the California Sierras at about 7,000 feet and we all had a blast!

Jack is the swimmer and heads out as far as we can throw the stick.  Julie gets wet, but would rather chew her stick or watch Jack.   Yes that is Jack’s big head out in the water behind Julie. You can picture me on a towel on the ground trying to keep my lens dry (unsuccessfully!).

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Right before we left, I saw these lovely highlights on Jack’s coat so I closed my aperture  to capture the sun’s rays and just the highlights on Jack’s coat.

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Our hike back out brought us through this beautiful field of wildflowers.

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It was a magical day!  Don’t forget, this is a blog circle, so follow the links at the bottom of each post to see how other pet photographers got low until you end up back here!  First up is Tracy Sutherland Photography in BC, Canada.  Have fun!

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This week I have again joined up with fellow pet photographers to concentrate on a chosen theme!  This week we are fixing our  lens focal length either by using a prime (non zoomy) lens or fixing our zoom lenses to one length and leaving them there.  I’m not much of a prime user – especially outside where pups are moving all over the place.  I zoom in and out all the time with either my 24-70 or 70-200 lenses.  Well this week, any zooming I was doing was with my feet!  I added the additional challenge of shooting at high noon; this is a yucky time to shoot with such contrasty light but the opportunity struck.  So off to Pt. Isabel Dog Park we went with my 105 micro lens.  This lens is primarily for close-up work, but I like it for portrait work too.  And this lens really gets me moving!  I started far from Jack and Julie and gradually got closer and closer until I almost stepped on a surprised tiny critter!

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That little gopher was as surprised to see my lens in his cute face as I was to see him!

Don’t forget, this is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers zoomed with their feet, click on the links at the bottom of each blog post until you end up back here — starting with Nashville Dog Photography by Sweet Silver Photo.

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