Entries Tagged as 'Heart of The Labs'

VIDEO: Heart of The Labs

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

We truly love what we do for a living. As animal photographers, a typical day at work for us involves time spent with dogs or cats and the people who love them, creating photographs that speak of a timeless bond, where pets are far more than just pets; they are partners, companions, friends, soul mates… they are family. Take a peek inside who we are — a couple of animal lovers and photography geeks who frequently still shoot with film, how we became a celebrated creative team — inspired by a certain black Labrador, what working with us is like — from the lips of some of our favorite clients, and most importantly, why we do what we do.

At the center and heart of who we are as The Labs are three things: a love and appreciation for companion animals and their people, to be of service and give back to our community and to have fun in our professional lives. These three things go hand in hand with one another, and the balance of the three inspire us to create work we are proud of and have a great time producing.

It all started because of a dog — a beloved black Labrador named Corbin. The word “cancer” is the last thing you want to hear from your vet’s mouth. Thankfully, we caught it early, and Corbie beat it. The love and support of fellow dog lover friends was key to helping us get through that fight. That support and compassion from others, combined with the realization of how precious our time with these creatures is, ultimately inspired and became Photo Lab. Photographing Corbin and our lives with him — and knowing that this was something we could gladly do for others — became our mission, and after a lot of hard work and preparation, our dream job.

Today, we work hard and play hard, and this wonderfully crazy idea has helped us connect to amazing people who share our values and passion for companion animals. Whether they are families we photograph or working with business owners involved in the pet industry, our dedication is the same: giving 150% to creating a great experience from start to finish and leaving them with images we put our heart and soul into.

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Client Love

There is nothing quite like making a connection with a person over a shared love. Putting our heart and soul into everything we create has time and again left us humbled with the response from our clients.
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A Creative Collaboration

This gorgeous film is the result of the collective effort and participation of a small village of amazing people. There were more than a few laughs and good meals shared, making this whole experience one we will never forget.
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About Bill & Nat

Our world is one in which art and animals come together in a wonderful way. Photography is about savoring the “now” and preserving it to continue enjoying it later. It is a privilege to get to work with animals so tied to the human condition.
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Client Love: Heart of The Labs

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In photographing what we love and care about, we have managed to strike a chord with like-minded and passionate people. There is nothing quite like making a connection with a person over a shared love. Putting our heart and soul into everything we create has time and again left us humbled with the response from our clients.

Our number one goal for any photography session, whether it is a commissioned portrait, or a commercial/editorial shoot, is to create beautiful, artistic and engaging work while making it a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, especially the dogs and cats being photographed. That connection and comfort, paired with our voice and style as artists is what ultimately makes our work what it is. Our work has an emotional response and that feedback is what keeps us going, working hard to be the best we can be.

Casting for our recent film really made us see how lucky we have been to have created such an incredible network. Not only was seeing all these faces again a fabulous thing in itself, now they will always be a part of us in the frames of this film.

See the film here.

HeartOfTheLabs_Linda_2 “The photos that they delivered…they made me cry.” — Linda

Linda and her dogs Kacee and Oscar were our first ever clients. It was Linda who planted the seed of photographing companion animals as a full-time job. She has since been our most devoted spokesperson and advocate and has been lovingly nicknamed our “fairy dogmother.”
HeartOfTheLabs_JaymiNiner_2 “Bill and Nat had such calm, patient energy that the photoshoot went super smoothly, we had a wonderful time.” — Jaymi

Jaymi and Niner have become one of our favorite teams to work with. Whether for commercial photo shoots or commissioned portraits, these two have such an enviable bond and connection, it makes them a dream to work with.
HeartOfTheLabs_Poppy_Jen_Steven_2 “It was just an immediate connection, we’ll have these photos forever and that makes Poppy timeless… so it makes us really happy.” — Jen and Steven

Jen and Steven are a perfect example of our core values when photographing families, honoring a bond and making a moment and a beloved dog (or cat) timeless. Photographing Poppy was like photographing sunshine.
HeartOfTheLabs_CameronCharlie_2 “Working with dogs and animals in general, you have to expect the unexpected. You have to improvise and really have a connection with animals, and both Nat and Bill do that. They are always able to get the best out of the dog.” — Cameron (Bark Magazine)

When Cameron Woo, creative director of Bark, contacted us with a request to photograph the cover for their spring issue, our jaws hit the floor. We had the pleasure of photographing the newest member of the Bark family of canines, a sweet little terrier mix named Charlie.

Creative Collaboration: Heart of The Labs

Posted on: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

This gorgeous film is the result of the collective effort and participation of a small village of amazing people. We had a lot to say, there would be valued dogs and people involved, lots of hiking to do, and there was only one team we trusted with it all: Viktor Budnik, Director/DP and Gaszton Gal, Grip/Camera Operator.

From day one, talking about what the message and feel of the film would be, Viktor immediately captured our voice, and he knew what we needed to convey before we even did! Viktor studied our work, our lighting style, he asked a lot of great questions to get to the heart of why we do what we do. Viktor and Gaszton were so kind and fun to work with that we felt completely at ease throughout the entire three-day shoot. They took care of our clients, making them feel appreciated for the time they took, and they made all of us feel comfortable, resulting in everyone looking and sounding amazing!

There were more than a few laughs and good meals shared, making this whole experience one we will never forget. The final testament to the work they have done — with the love and support from everyone involved — is this exquisite film we are so proud of. None of it would have been possible without all of those ingredients, and we have never felt more humbled and appreciative of our little circle.

See the film here.

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