Entries Tagged as 'film'

A Great Dane at a Great Beach : California Dog Photography

Posted on: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

from The Photo Lab

It is no secret; puppies grow up way too fast. Nowhere is this truth more evident than watching a Great Dane puppy grow up.


This is the first of three portrait sessions in our Puppy’s First Year package. We absolutely love doing these. We get to see a dog grow up and photograph them at three different stages within their first year of life. The changes, especially in large dogs, are remarkable; so we were thrilled when Claire Dane’s family (get it? Claire the Great Dane, Claire Danes :) )contacted us about doing the honors.




Claire’s family was initially worried that the foggy weather at Dillon Beach would not do much for our portrait session, but we were actually thrilled to see that lovely marine layer. Claire has the most stunning coat patterns and features, and the fog, light blues and taupe tones of the beach that day, combined with her moms’ black outfits, it was a dream of a color palette for us, and it all made Claire stand out from the environment.





Claire is your typical happy and healthy (and beloved) puppy. After an hour or so of running and digging in the sand, she started to get tired, and nothing sounded cozier than to come back in from the mist and settle in for a nice puppy nap.



Did you know that a dog’s pink/spotted nose will change throughout their life? The spots will change with age and weather, so it was definitely something we wanted to photograph.



We saw Claire and her moms again recently, and she had already grown so much! We are looking forward to the second session, and sharing her gangly, adolescent glory with you all.

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Ferdie, Celebrating Puppyhood | Bay Area Dog Photography

Posted on: Monday, April 21, 2014

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You never forget your first love. Your first dog love that is.
Such is the case for Ferdie’s new parents, who are loving the roller coaster ride that is having a brand new puppy… for the first time.

_PLB2072On a crisp morning, we traveled to San Francisco to meet Ferdie and photograph her. Puppies grow in a heartbeat, and before we know it, our dogs are beautiful adults, we forget all the work and sleepless nights that often come with having a puppy, and we are left longing for that wiggly, soft and goofy little image of the baby that once was and grew up in the blink of an eye. That is why we love Puppy and Kitten sessions, documenting this beautiful friendship, from day one.












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Favorite Cameras, Favorite Film | Bay Area Animal Photographer

Posted on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

: from the Photo Lab :

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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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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Year of the Horse

Posted on: Friday, January 31, 2014

: from The Labs :

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

: from The Labs :

“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)



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.


Italy + Hasselblad + Film = Bliss

Posted on: Thursday, June 20, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Last May, we were very lucky to spend a few days working and playing in Italy, visiting fantastic places and experiencing them with all four senses. In the company of great friends we hadn’t seen in too long, we ate, we drank, we walked, we laughed and we took pictures… lots of them.

When we were packing our bags for the trip, there were two cameras on our list: a recently acquired Fuji X20 for it’s gorgeous quality images and light weight for long days of walking; and the heart and soul of our film photography work, our Hasselblad 503.
There was no way we were leaving without it, I couldn’t wait to see Italy through that buttery lens. Packed snug in my inconspicuous Epiphanie! camera bag, with 5 boxes of Fuji Pro 400 H and Fuji Neopan 100 Acros  film, we took to the skies. Italia, here we come.

I am saving the Fuji X20 and multiple iPhone photographs for another post, for today, I am excited to share our favorites from the multiple rolls of film we shot while walking our way through Florence, Bologna and Venice.

*a dorky note to photography enthusiasts, other than minor adjustments in Levels (5 black, 250 white), these images are otherwise untouched. You’ll find no fancy Photoshop tricks here. When you have good film, you expose it, process it and scan it correctly, you end up with deliciously buttery images with a wide range of tones, you spend less time in front of your computer and more time enjoying your photographs. That’s why I love film.

But more on that on another post; for now, come with us to Italy!

First off, was the countryside of Florence, far greener than I could have imagined, it made my 6 senses oh so happy.

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Boy + Girl + Dog ~ a Sneak Peek | Bay Area Dog Photography

Posted on: Friday, June 7, 2013

from the Photo Lab

Take a boy from Petaluma, add a girl from Georgia and you’ve got a sweet love story; add on to that a Golden Retriever named Poppy, and a California sunset and we’ve got ourselves one of our favorite photo sessions ever.

Steven and Jen are newlyweds. Their little girl Poppy, named in honor of California’s state flower, made them a family.

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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…

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