Catstarter: Kickstarter for Cat Lovers (a dream project)

Posted on: Monday, April 7, 2014

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If there is one thing I can offer as advice to creative professionals, it is to do personal work and share it, especially on social media sites such as LinkedIn or Behance. You never know who might see it and who it will connect you to.

That is precisely what happened to me at the beginning of this year, when someone from EVB (an ad agency based in San Francisco) contacted me about doing some illustration work for a top secret project they had in the works; it involved a tight but doable deadline and… cats.

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Favorite Cameras, Favorite Film | Bay Area Animal Photographer

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Every artist, no matter what medium they work in, has their favorite tools. Though I am of the belief that gear is not as important as what you create with it, we do have our favorites for sure.

A little while back, we were contacted by Lexi Vornberg of Belle Lumiere Magazine, asking if we wanted to take part in a project she is working on; no deadline, just go out and shoot each other’s portrait and favorite camera. Belle Lumiere Magazine is about film, so these portraits should be shot on film and any film camera of your choice. Of course, being total film nerds, we dove right in and this is the result: a little love letter to the things that make us the photographers we are. And while we still work with digital cameras to an extent, film has slowly been taking over (to my delight) our workflow, simply because it gives us everything we want to offer an audience, but also the sheer joy of the experience of being a photographer. These portraits were taken on a Nikon F5 35mm film camera with Fuji and Kodak film respectively.

Here they are, our favorites.

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Hello Spring!

Posted on: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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Spring has returned! And with her, she brings a myriad of wild flower blooms, golden light set against a fresh, green background. What could make this scene even more joyful? A happy dog.

Take advantage of our beautiful west coast backyard and schedule a photo session for your canine best friend. Shhhh… if you contact the studio today using the code HONEYBEE you’ll receive  $60 credit towards any of our beautiful custom products. Spring sessions book fast, so don’t delay!

If your dog or cat is in the winter of their life, we’ll make extra special and speedy arrangements to best fit your needs and schedule.

Happy Spring everyone! Hope you go outside and play today.

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The Canine Science Symposium Returns to San Francisco

Posted on: Monday, March 3, 2014

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Chances are, if you are a regular visitor to this page, you enjoy books and writing on animal behavior (as well as great photography and illustration :D ). Maybe you spend a great deal of time and energy on building a better bond and understanding with your dog. Others might say you are a bit of a nerd, a Dog Nerd that is. If that is the case, you are one of my people, and you are certainly in the right place.

If you missed out last year on the first Canine Science Symposium, organized and hosted by the kind folks at Pawsitive Tails, you hopefully have your ticket to this year’s! If not, don’t worry, with the help of the amazing Lisa Gunter, we are able to give you an insight into this year’s lectures. If you would like to know more about this fantastic event, or buy your ticket, you can do so HERE. If you have a chance to go, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. To read about last year’s Symposium, click HERE.

Last year, we had a fantastic line up of speakers, and this year is no different. With familiar and new faces, the lecture topics are fresh and fascinating, and sure to get you thinking.
For each speaker, I asked 4 questions about their lecture. Below, I have included their replies and added some notes of my own
(Nat Notes).
So let’s dig in!

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Real Fairy Tales: The Fox and the Hound

Posted on: Friday, February 28, 2014

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When I was little (and ahem… to this day), I would watch or read a fairy tale a day. Back before the days of whatever digital cartoons kids watch today, there were hand-painted classics. It is no secret that my favorites always included animals; one of them being Daniel P. Mannix’s The Fox and The Hound.

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The Power of Kindness

Posted on: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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PL_HS_love_compassion_timeA few weeks ago, Sonoma Humane Society took part in rescuing 63 lucky Finnish Lapphund dogs from some dire conditions. You are welcome to read their entire back story HERE. For this post however, I prefer to focus on their incredible recovery and progress. With around-the-clock care from veterinarians, vet techs, behaviorists and trainers as well as many, many hours logged by caring volunteers, these wonderfully resilient dogs shed their past, along with their matted and once filthy coats, giving way to a shiny and healthy growth, a new beginning to say the least.

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The Oldest Friendship in History

Posted on: Saturday, February 1, 2014

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We believe love and friendship should be celebrated everyday; that being said, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we often find ourselves rushing through the isles of the corner shop for a box of chocolates, a good greeting card and maybe the last of the red roses available at the pharmacy… er… flower market.
But love deserves more than that. Love and frienship are what gets us through the tough times, and what makes us feel cherished during the good times. We have ached for it, rejoiced in it, and sometimes, didn’t even realize we had it until it was gone. Love is a gift in itself, and it deserves a place in your life where you can be reminded of it daily.

So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, and in the name of the oldest friendship in history, we put together a little V Day package; the best part (if you ask me), is that for every Valentine Special session we book, a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Sonoma Humane Society’s care fund for their recently rescued Finnish Lapphunds.

So, forget the fluorescent isles of Rite Aid this year, and celebrate your Love they way it deserves, with a timeless gift and a gorgeous, custom made reminder of it for your wall.

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We only do a limited number of these, and spots book up fast. Call or email the studio to book your session today, we have gift certificates available too!

 

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Year of the Horse

Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014

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Happy Lunar Year!

Wishing you good fortune, health and great fields to run free in.

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A Life, Wild and Celebrated

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014

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“We’ve come a long long way together,
Through the hard times and the good,
I have to celebrate you baby,
I have to praise you like I should…”

(Praise You by Fatboy Slim)

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Our girl is two years old today. It means so much more to us knowing a very specific set of circumstances allowed for this to happen; had it not been for Sonoma Humane Society, it is no secret that Willow would likely not be alive today. Instead, she turns two, and the catchy song by Fatboy Slim phrases it perfectly, we have been through so much together, and I have nothing but praise and a heart bursting from love for her.

As a beautiful twist of fate, on her birthday, she is paying it forward, helping another fearful puppy find his legs in this world. It could not be more perfect, and beyond the sweetest of dreams.

Happiest of birthdays my darling heart. I can’t wait for the rest of our lives together.

 

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On Winter Walks

Posted on: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Winter reminds me of the sweetness of warmer days. I don’t mind the cold, and frankly, I miss the much needed rain we are supposed to have this time of year. But California is going through a drought this winter; a fact that did not become present in my mind until I realized the green was missing from our rolling hills, that “winter feeling” I cherish on cold mornings as a perfect excuse for a fat sweater and a good cup of coffee by the fire… and our beloved Shollenberger Park walk, dressed in dry, cracked sand with a multitude of marsh birds gathered wanting for the food and shelter this place supplies.

Winter walks remind me of the passage of time, relentless. But regardless, I always find comfort in this gift we fittingly call The Present, in the company of the one being that can make me aware of it: a dog. Willow will turn two years old in a couple of days, and my awareness focuses on the sound of her paws on the trail, the jingle of her tags and getting lost in her wild, yellow eyes. I loop back in my mind, to pondering the passage of time, wondering how many more winter walks we will have together… and then deciding to settle happily for this one. After all, today is a gift, drought or no drought.

 

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Our 2014 Calendar Revealed: Dogs, Cats and Beautiful Type

Posted on: Saturday, November 30, 2013

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Our 2014 Lessons from the Water Bowl calendar is a project we poured our heart and soul into, from photographing amazing dogs and cats, curating the perfect images, pairing them with a heartfelt message penned by us, laying out that message with gorgeous typography from our very own type nerd Nat and finally designing the layout and look of the calendar before handing it off to a wonderful printer.

It is our hope that these works bring you joy day to day and remind you each month to live life fully and well, the way our companion animals do.

Our calendar is currently being printed and ready for pre-order in limited quantities and will be ready to ship after December 6th. To get your calendar, and other great goods such as prints form 2013 Lessons from the Waterbowl in time for the holidays, please shop HERE.

And now, it is my great pleasure, to unveil a closer look at our 2014 Lessons from the Water Bowl :)
**All photography and text ©Photo Lab Pet Photography. All Rights Reserved. Pin and Share if you like, but please be kind and give credit. Thank you!**

The calendar measures 11x17 inches, carefully printed on great quality FSC Certified paper.

The calendar measures 11×17 inches, carefully printed on great quality FSC Certified paper. Please note: Individual images below, with exception of the cover, are watermarked for their protection with our Lessons from the Water Bowl stamp, but the printed calendar itself will only have the lesson on it, as shown above.

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Lessons from the Water Bowl 2014 : Shop Small on Black LAB Friday

Posted on: Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Well, you wrote us, you called us and you made it happen. We created a new Lessons from the Water Bowl calendar for 2014, and it is all because of you! This year however, we decided to design it and print it from scratch, something we weren’t able to do last year; and I must say, it has been an incredible labor of love and I cannot wait to share it with you.

We gathered 13 of our favorite photographs from different photo sessions we have had this year, we had a lot more than 13, and it was hard to let go of some, but we feel confident the final 13 will bring a little joy and light to each month.
This year, we wanted to include cats too, since they have just as much to teach us as dogs do. I had great fun brainstorming, writing and designing the typographical layout of each lesson paired with each image. A lot of heart and hard work went into this project and there was only one printer we felt we could trust with bringing our “baby” to life; the amazing folks at Mingo Press.

Here’s a little sneak peek:

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Willow the Wild: Lessons in Courage from a Fearful Dog

Posted on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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This line from Andrea's poem went right through my heart. To read, or better yet, to hear/see the whole poem, please visit: http://bit.ly/1iRaOKl

This line from Andrea’s poem went right through my heart. To read, or better yet, to hear/see the whole poem, please visit: http://bit.ly/1iRaOKl

In May of 2012 I brought home a foster puppy with special needs. We adopted her in September and in doing so, made a Promise. Now, a year (and a little more) later, she is no longer a puppy, we continue to work hard, she has given us challenges, and endless laughs. Her name is Willow; she has made my heart ache and my life change…

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Happy Birthday My Friend, My Heart

Posted on: Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Corbin represents a lot of firsts for Bill and me.
He is Bill’s first dog ever. He was our first dog together as a family. He was our first introduction to the wonderful world of dog culture in San Francisco. Because of him, I picked up my first ever copy of Bark Magazine. He was our first experience fighting and beating canine cancer (twice now). Because of him, I realized I was not happy and fulfilled at a desk job and because he taught us how precious and short life can be, we gained the courage we needed to jump, and see if we could fly, with our own small business dedicated to what he inspired: photographing companion animals.

Because of Corbin, we have made many strong friendships with amazing people. Because of this 9 year old, incredible dog, a failed-foster puppy named Willow has been able to move past fear and darkness and into sunlight and comfort. In his later years, he has become so comfortable in his skin, so heartbrakingly good and loving to everyone he meets that he has earned himself the nickname Corbin the Saint, given to him by more than one person.
He inspires me daily to do my best work; to be the best I can be for others and myself; to remember to be kind and gentle, even when it’s hard. He comes with me on my volunteer shifts at Sonoma Humane Society, and he works his magic as a calming presence for other, often very stressed and anxious dogs we evaluate. He is nothing short of magic to me.

Corbin is the Lab in Photo Lab (and Design Lab). Our logos come inspired from his likeness, an old photograph in fact. We owe this dog this impossibly cool life, one which would not be complete without him.
Today is his 9th birthday, cancer-free, and I am incredibly grateful for that and for every day we get so spend with him.

Happy Birthday My Friend, My Heart. You are indeed Corbin the Saint, the impossibly cool, and you deserve to be naughty today. ;) ~

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Howls and Ghosts : A Halloween Theme Photoshoot

Posted on: Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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I had forgotten how much fun themed photoshoots are. We used to do them in photo school all the time, and kept it up when we were a part of the 52 Weeks Project. Life happens, your busy season starts and time left for personal work can be hard to find. But since we are huge believers in the value of personal work, we made the time for this shoot.

We were up before dawn and hiking our way up Helen Putnam park to one of my favorite trees. It is old, crooked and complete with a signature hole in its trunk. I named it “Tim Burton” in honor of all the fun, spooky movies it reminds me of; it would be a perfect character in one of the director’s movies, but until he gets “discovered”, I thought to cast him in our Halloween photoshoot.
The forecast mentioned an overcast sky that morning, which we didn’t mind at all for the purposes of this shoot; the foggier, and darker, the better! However, as we were starting to shoot, the blue gloom started to lift in the horizon and allowed an orange sunrise to crash the party. It was incredible, as if all of us knew we had precious time to get our shots, everyone collaborated beautifully. The dark clouds stuck around, the sunrise got pink, orange and yellow; and our incredible models, Willow and Corbin performed outstanding tricks for treats: Corbin became a silly spook in an old sheet and Willow endulged us by nailing the “howling” trick we have been working on… after which she got a good case of the zoomies; I think she got so excited that WE were so excited by her performance.

Overall, I think the four of us had a blast doing this, which is what personal work should ultimately do: make you fall in love with your craft all over again. 

With that said, we hope you enjoy the results of our pre-dawn adventure, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

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**all images are ©Photo Lab Pet Photography 2013. All rights reserved. Share and Pin if you like, but please be kind and give credit.**

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