In Category: Bay Area Pet Photography

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My heart skips a beat when I hear another photographer anxiously asking for assistance after a hard drive failure and their images were not fully backed up.  I feel that professional photographers have a serious responsibility to make sure client images are available for the amount of time they commit.  Some photographers keep files only until purchases are complete and then their files are purged.  I keep my client files indefinitely.  This is quite a challenge to my peace of mind and has resulted in a fairly extensive (not to mention expensive!) process!  But when I received another one of  'those' call in December from a client from 3 years ago who had just lost their beloved dog and I could quickly access more images for them to cherish forever, my goal was again validated! So for those interested, this is how I sleep well at night knowing my client and personal images

Last year I photographed this four month old princess - little Kayla! Well she is all grown up and what a beauty!  She is as sweet inside as out!   I am often asked if I can photograph black dogs - well yes I can.  And I like experimenting with lighting too.  As you can see on the last image, I added a stronger kicker or hair light to accentuate her beautiful coat and lines!

I scout all non-home locations before sessions.  This allows me to know what the sun is doing when, what kind of lighting I need and then plan the timing of the session to be most productive.  No one wants to sit around while the photographer is trying to figure out where to go next!  And the session I had planned that would be at this location included two dogs that would need to be photographed as efficiently as possible so that they would not get over excited. So I snagged my A-number one model and cutie-potootie Piper and her mom and headed up to the Benicia Waterfront.  We found the perfect locations for action shots, the coolest old building which would do perfectly for posed images of the dogs and their family and the best spots for the most lovely bay views.   Here are a few images from the scouting

Buoy and Zoey are two happy and sweet Portuguese Water Dogs.   I photographed them both in my studio and at the owner's beautiful home.  Many dog's are most comfortable being photographed at home.  Little did I expect such a gorgeous yard to use as a backdrop to these wonderful dogs.  Just magical!

I met Charlie just one week after he lost a rear leg to cancer.  True to the nature of his wonderful breed, he came to my studio all smiles and wiggles.  Because we was still not used to his new three legged status, I made sure he had non-slip surfaces under him the whole time and concentrated on head and upper body imagery.   We all send our best wishes to Charlie for a speedy recovery and nice long life!  Isn't Charlie handsome? While dealing with the thought of amputation for a dog is a very difficult thing for owners to consider, studies have shown that pets can thrive. Here is an excellent article from Dr. Ann Honenhaus -  "The Truth About Tri-Paws: Studies Find That Many Pets Can Thrive Without a Limb."    We all send our best wishes to Charlie for a speedy recovery and nice long life! Charlie was chosen

How fun to have a session with a little pup named Joy!  Joy is a tiny thing with a giant, fun loving personality and an owner who is beautiful inside and out!  We started in the studio and then headed out to the Lafayette Community Park for outdoor portraits.   A joyful day indeed!

This week's Project 52 fun weekly topic is 'comics.'  We had a lot of flexibility here to either depict a comic strip character or process our image to look like it belonged in a comic.  I choose to process this image of Jack and Julie as though it was in a comic strip.  I was inspired to look by the work of Roy Lichtenstein, painter and illustrator, who favored comic strips as his main inspiration. And after many minutes (many, many minutes) manipulating this image in Photoshop, I ended up with this!  Julie was recovering from a nasty spider bite and Jack just could not look at her anymore. That image of Jack and Julie took a little time to do (like forever), so after all that experimenting, I tried another image of sweet Santa's Little Helper looking at her owner (replaced by a red balloon!). This one went much faster!   Here

I am back with this week’s blog  post where 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 Bloopers!  Well this was perfect timing for bloopers as I photographed 40 pups and their owners on Sunday in support of NorCal Poodle Rescue and there were a zillion bloopers!   Here are just a few! Next up is Los Angeles Area Pet Photographer - Spotty Nose .   Click on the links at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle back to here!  Have fun!

I was thrilled to learn I have been selected as one of 90 photographers and artists from around the world to participate in the 2013 Paws for Charity Artbook. All funds raised benefit Sheltering Helpless Animals In Distress ( Check out the link below to see the whole book. Use coupon code CSVIP for a 20% discount on your order (one time use per person, expires April 5th). This is my page in this wonderful  book! Browse and purchase the book here.     Ipad version is here.