Fall, winter and the holidays were in the air when I photographed these cuties last weekend. Java the gorgeous black cat would only pose with a collar or hat. Rocky the Boxer kissed me, my assistant and the lens on my camera while Buddy the Lab posed quietly. Murphy the 11-month old Golden Retriever was beyond excited. And Thornton (who I’ve had the pleasure of photographing since he was 10 weeks old – he’s almost five now) sat regally with a Christmas bow around his neck. Bandit helped me with a lighting test and wore a cool Christmas hat. I’m looking forward to more photo shoots on November 24, December 1 and December 8. So fun!!!!
I taught a workshop the other day at the Oregon Gardens. I called it “Sit, Stay, Click” – a session about how to take better pictures of your pets. I made a short presentation about the “rules” for taking pet pictures and then told everyone how to break them and still get great shots. I realized while I was preparing for the presentation that I take a lot of top down images, a no-no in pet photography land, but I love that look so I’ve decided that I’m not breaking a rule, I’m creating my style (that’s my story and I’m sticking with it!). We were so lucky to have a famous model to practice with. His name is Parker and he is a beautiful Golden Retriever. I just love Golden Retrievers…they are always smiling and like Parker, pretty Zen. He’s clicker trained and has modeled for television commercials (nationally) and print ads (Temperpedic being one of them!) and even been on stage in the play “Annie”. Parker is also a registered therapy dog and works to raise funds for cancer charities. He was so gracious allowing the group to practice taking full body shots, close-ups, and top down images. Here are just a few of mine. If you want to learn more about Parker, be sure to visit his website (yes, he has a website). Enjoy!!
We had a break in the weather last week so I stopped by Suite Dog Daze to say hello and watch the dogs enjoying the sunshine. Of course I had my camera with me and took a few images of their play. I have to say, I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day after spending an hour with these cuties watching them run, roll in the mud and play tug-o-war with a stick!!