Entries Tagged as '52 Weeks'

52 Weeks Project: Bloopers!

Posted on: Friday, April 19, 2013

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Welcome to Friday’s 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Bloopers!

We have been missing in action for the past few Fridays on the blog ring, we have been busy with photoshoots for the past two weeks for two amazing commercial clients. This week, it was our turn to pick a theme, and thinking we could all use a laugh after the tragic events of this week, we decided to show you the “not-so-glamorous” part of our job, but definitely, one of my favorites. Outtakes, or bloopers are unavoidable, especially when working with animals. Photographing so many awesome dogs in a short span of time, leaves room for a lot of funny outtakes. Let’s face it, it always makes editing so much fun. Below are some of our favorites from two of those photoshoots.

Winston and Dylan with what I like to call “special brownie” faces. As if they were saying: “… and I was like, duuuuude.” “tooootally…”

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52 Weeks Project: Man’s Best Friend

Posted on: Friday, March 8, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Welcome to Friday’s 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Man’s Best Friend

All dogs are special. Each one we share our life with is an individual, and our bond to him or her is just as unique. There is no “one size fits all”, and I am glad of it. Yet, every once in a while, we have the sheer priviledge of finding ourselves in the company of a one-in-a-million dog (or cat), often called “heart dogs”, they are the kind of companions that as the saying goes, enter your life and change everything.

We are extremely fortunate, that in our life, we happen to have two such “heart dogs”. Corbin is Bill’s first dog. Ever… and much like a first love, they have a particularly strong bond. I know Corbie loves me, and I adore him, but Bill is his person. He lights up when Bill comes into the room, it’s just beautifully different.
I happen to have the same relationship they have, only mine is with Willow; though I can’t speak for her, I know I feel my heart close to bursting whenever I am in her company.
What about our kitties you ask? Well, I don’t exagrate when I say that they happen to be heart cats too! Though I feel they are equally bonded to both Bill and myself, in different ways perhaps but still.

Since this week’s theme is called “Man’s Best Friend” however, I thought I’d dedicate it to my boys: Bill, Corbie and RT.

This is an outtake from a recent photoshoot for the wonderful folks at Found My Animal, who happen to make the best leashes!

Real men have a soft side, and they are not afraid to show it :)

Want more heart-warming photographs? Follow the blog ring by clicking over to Unleashed! pet portraits, Victoria BC! 

 

52 Weeks Project: Happy Face

Posted on: Friday, February 15, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Welcome to Friday’s 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Happy Face

This is the one thing that shoots an arrow straight to my heart: a dog’s happy face. There is nothing sweeter and more amazing than to see joy expressed by such an amazing creature. Whenever Corbin smiles, he reminds me of the very first time we took him to the beach, he was just a baby and he was pure joy. And I will never forget the first time Willow expressed genuine joy at seeing me, it was hard-earned from a fearful pup and it melted my heart to the core.

However, since I always share photographs of our pack, I wanted to share a few new happy faces. Both are from sessions we’ve had this past week.

Meet Lilly, the lovely, three-legged itty Pittie, oh so loved by her family. Now THAT is something worth smiling about.

This is Lilly’s brother Cooper, an Akita mix and quite a dapper gent.

This really cool girl is Georgia, an Australian Shepherd/Labrador mix. She helped us out with our Valentine-themed photoshoot. Her gorgeous markings remind me of cookies and cream ice cream :)

Georgia adores her mom Sue, an unbelievable trainer and canine behaviorist.

Want to see more happy faces? Follow the blog ring and visit Maryland Pet Photographer, KRS Images…

52 Weeks Project: Black & White

Posted on: Friday, January 25, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Welcome to Friday’s 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Black & White

It is safe to say that black and white film photography was what made me first want to pick up a camera. There is so much to it that just pressing the shutter; there is light, there is film sensitivity (ISO), there is grain and tonality, there’s Ansel Adam’s famed zone system… whew! In its simplest form, it is alluring and beautiful. Black and white can be powerful, it can better convey emotion and mood in some cases than color; you need only look at the work of some of my favorites like Modotti, Karsh and a favorite and dearly missed teacher, mentor and friend Nick Dekker to see what I mean.

Although wonders can be done digitally today, and yummy new presets, actions and filters can be purchased to emulate the “look” and feel of film, to us, there ain’t nothing like the real thing baby.
We took the dogs to the beach as the sun was rising, in celebration of Willow’s 1st birthday, and brought along nothing but a film camera. “What?! That’s risky! What if the film doesn’t come out?!” Well, it is exactly that “risk” that I believe makes us slow down, think, compose, expose and shoot mindfully, all the while making for a great opportunity to perfect our craft. And the delight and surprise that comes when we develop our film, never gets old.
For this session, we brought our favorite color negative film (click HERE if you want to see that too), but with this assignment in mind, we thought we’d play around with a roll of expired black and white film. Yep; film has an expiration date! Expired film can be unpredictable but it can render some pretty sweet results. In this case, large grain and high contrast. The abstract nature of the composition make for an effective nostalgic feeling. What do you think?

 

Follow the blog ring now for some more black and white eye candy, on to Princeton New Jersey dog photography, Barking Lab Studio!

 

52 Weeks Project: Seasonal Fun

Posted on: Friday, January 11, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Welcome to Friday’s 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Seasonal Fun

The further up north you go in Northern California, the more seasons you see. Sure, you probably won’t see snow until you reach Lake Tahoe and our winters here in Petaluma tend to be cold and rainy, making for some incredibly green rolling hills. The reain was a bit of a challenge to work with this week, so instead, we decided to show you what winter looks like inside our house: puppies by the fire place.

Let’s head over to see what winter looks like for Windsor Pet Photographer, NCS Pet Photography . Have a great weekend everyone!

52 Weeks Project: New Technique

Posted on: Friday, December 14, 2012

from the Photo Lab

It’s been really busy here at Phtoto Lab | Design Lab HQ, leaving little time left to participate in our weekly 52 Weeks project post, a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. We are back this week and have some great images to share. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: New Technique

This week’s theme was all about trying out a new technique. As fate would have it, these past two weeks, we have been busy elves donating our time and services to do holiday photos. This is he first year we have done this, our style normally consists of shooting outdoors (for dogs) and by window-light for (indoor cats). We are professionally trained to shoot in a studio environment and really enjoy experimenting with light, and sensing that this might be the best possible way to approach holiday photo sessions, we set out to come up with a studio lighting and set-up that would look warm, inviting and full of holiday cheer without falling into something a bit too traditional and cheesy AND not to mention, be as safe and as least stressful to the dogs and their people as possible.

We eneded up combining three loves of ours: reclaimed wood, holiday lights and great light.

Our two holiday sessions presented different challenges and therefore required two diffrent approaches: One was an indoor Santa/Christmas tree set-up and the other was an outdoor winter/holiday theme set-up.
For the first, we used our beloved reclaimed barn doors as a background and the Marin Humane Society (where the Santa photos took place) provided Santa’s presence, the tree and the bench. We used a total of three strobe lights; a key, a fill and a rim. The wood really warmed up the environment and a quiet room with a very dog-savvy Santa ensured all the dogs in our sessions felt safe and received lots of cookies during their visit.

 

For the second session, we had a perfectly sized and lovely back patio belonging to our awesome holiday photo session host Biscuits, a great pet boutique in San Jose. We took advantage of an existing old wooden fence and strung some white holiday lights from two light stands. We weighed them down with some green garlands and rolled out some cotton sheets that were soft on the paws and resembled a snowy scene. Since we wanted to get the twinkle of the holiday lights and would be shooting outdoors throughout the day, we used one strobe light as a key to be able to warm up our subjects (and be able to freeze them in time) while dragging the shutter speed just long enough to get the lights in the back to show. For the smaller pups, we brought in a cheerful red chair for them to stand on.

 

Though I must admit we were a little intimidated by the scope of these two sessions at times, I have to say, we had a lot of fun, met many great people and dogs and were very happy to try out a couple of new techniques. Follow the blog ring now and visit Raleigh Pet Photographer, Tara Lynn of InBetween the Blinks!

52 Weeks Project: Bedtime

Posted on: Friday, November 9, 2012

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We’ve been busy little elves lately but it’s Friday and we are back with another 52 Weeks project post! This is a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here.

This week’s theme: Bedtime

The first overwhelming wave of that indescribably powerful love I ever felt for Corbin, was when he fell asleep in my arms on our car ride home from adopting him. He was just a butterball puppy, the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and I barely knew what our life together would hold, but I already loved him dearly. 80 pounds and 8 years later, Corbin grew up into an amazing dog, and somehow kept his puppy face… so every time I see him sleeping I am reminded of that car ride home. In a funny way, I felt something very similar yet different for Willow. I knew she felt safe and secure in our home when she fell asleep belly-up on our bed one night; cuddled up next to Corbin, no sign of fear or anxiety, just peace and comfort. That was one of the first moments that let me know she belonged right there, forever.

Although they both love their own beds, sleeping on our bed is a real treat. I swear that bed casts a spell on them the minute they lay on it, making them sleepy and cuddly and allowing for some great photographs, and a tangible reminder of just how much I adore these two dogs.

Follow the sandman now and see what our blog ring friends photographed this week, starting with NCS Pet Photography, In Windsor Ontario…

52 Weeks Project: Fall

Posted on: Friday, October 19, 2012

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It’s Friday thank goodness and welcome to another 52 Weeks project post! This is a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here. Stay tuned for more 52 Weeks project posts in 2012!

This week’s theme: Fall

Fall is our absolute favorite season for photography sessions. There is just something particularly yummy about the light, the skies and those wonderful warm tones nature offers as a sign of new beginnings to come. It was on such a perfect day that we met an 11 year-old girl devoted to her little dog, a Teacup Yorkie named Roo. What we loved most about this duo is that there were no silly dresses or strollers/carriers for Roo; instead, they demonstrated Roo’s amazing afinity for agility. This was a true and devoted team made up of two friends. We were so happy we could photograph little Roo and his girl, and give them lifetime memories of their day in the fall sun together.

Click here to follow the blog ring now and visit Toronto Pet Photographer, Posh Pets Photography!

52 Weeks Project: Away from Home

Posted on: Friday, October 5, 2012

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Happy friday and welcome to another 52 Weeks project post! This is a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here. Stay tuned for more 52 Weeks project posts in 2012!

This week’s theme: Away from Home

We recently celebrated our new family member Willow (along with our new foster-fail badge) with a short hiking trip to Lake Tahoe, a place known for its appreciation of dogs and great trails. We loved it so much and I think the dogs had a great time too, exploring new sights, sounds and smells.

Bill, Corbin and Willow, during our visit to Squaw Valley Village.

Corbin, an absolute pro at hamming it up for the camera.

Willow and her (official) daddy. This girl was made for hiking.

Follow the blog ring now and see where StinkDog Photos in Denver, CO went this week :)

52 Weeks Project: Action

Posted on: Friday, September 21, 2012

from the Photo Lab

Happy friday and welcome to another 52 Weeks project post! This is a creative blog ring in which a group of fellow pet photographers post their photographic interpretation of the week’s theme and link to each other’s blog. Start here and click on the link at the bottom of this post to jump to the next photographer’s blog, follow the ring until you end up back here. Stay tuned for more 52 Weeks project posts in 2012!

This week’s theme: Action

This week’s theme was all about using those high shutter speeds! This technique can render some very fun results in photographin animals. Below are a couple of different instances: One, a playdate between Willow and Buddy in full-chase; and two, Trueman, a tuely fantastic senior agility dog.

Willow (in focus) practices fox-herding with Buddy (out of focus, front) while Corbin and I ruin the shot for Bill in the background hahahaha!

True, weaving through poles, such a handsome old man.

Let’s head on over to visit our good friend Dana Cubbage, a Charleston pet photographer…

 

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