In Category: Dog Photography

As many of you know, I own two goofball, beautiful Golden Retrievers.  They come from a line of very responsibly bred Goldens - Osprey Goldens.  These  dogs have exceptional temperaments, health and an added plus - looks!  I intended to raise my two puppies to be therapy dogs, so excellent temperament was crucial to me.   And they have proven to be loving therapy dogs with Julie qualifying when she as only one and Jack when he was three.  Today I can introduce you to a littler from the next generation - these are Jack and Julie's niece and nephews.  Wonderfully socialized and beautiful fatty mcfatties who were very tolerant of the sights and smells in my studio!  I am in love!  

There is not much I like more that a furry little golden puppy!  Well in this case, I got to watch and photograph little Ripley growing up into BIG Ripley!  I love every 'watch them grow' series and I hope you do too!

Jess and Jetson are two beautiful greyhounds, both rescued from the racing world and now living the life! Sighthounds can be quite a challenge to photograph as owners usually prefer their ears up, but normal things like noises don't do much for getting their attention. But movement does! Just have your trusty assistant jump up and down or jog by and up go the ears! Such gorgeous boys! We started in the studio and then headed off to capture the beautiful outdoors!

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!

Sarge and Drake are two rescued German Shepherds and best of buddies!  Their proud  mom won a session I donated to Golden State German Shepherd Rescue's annual gala and auction.  Mom knew just the images she wanted and the boys were so cooperative!  What neither of us expected though, was that they would do this! And here are the boys striking these poses so perfectly!   What fun and such a joy to know that these abandoned dogs found such a perfect home!

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.  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

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!

For this week's Project 52 Challenge, I had to give Jack and Julie some work to do.  I needed them to take some selfies!  Julie was all over this fun job, but Jack was having none of it.  Julie decided to use some vintage hats I had found for her self portraits! Julie then talked Mr. Grumpypants into a selfie of the two of them.  I could hear her say "One, Two, Three - LOOK MISERABLE!!" Now let's check out the selfies from  Spotty Nose Pet Photography in Los Angeles, California.  This is a blog circle, so click on the links at the bottom of each page until you end up back here! Have fun!

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

ROAD TRIP!  This week's project 52 topic is Summertime and to me that means Road trip!  We headed out to Rodeo Beach north of San Francisco for our trip.  Weather was not too cooperative, but any rain we get in dry California is always welcome! Trip began with the pups safely tethered in the car.  Please note the shape of the 'chew proof' beds!  :) We knew we were in for a treat as we saw the Golden Gate Bridge when we exited a tunnel! When we reached the beach the pups got busy!  Julie ran between the beautiful rock formations. Jack discovered the most wonderful little creatures.  There  were 1000's of them on the beach.  I had never seen one before but with a little research discovered that they are Velella velella and have washed ashore from Oregon to California for the first time in years.  You can read more about the little guys