June 26, 2017 | Why Pet Photos?
If you believe your pet is a member of the family, why would you NOT want to have beautiful photos? Sure, cell phone photos will work in a pinch when your dog is doing something goofy – I do it with my own dog - but when you someday want to print a nice piece for your wall, you will be sorely disappointed in the quality your cell phone photo will provide - and the opportunity is lost. Cell phones may allow you to take selfies with your pet, but how will you properly catch that moment where your dog is looking at you with the most amazing eyes, where you can feel them burning into your soul? Or where you are playing ball, or laughing at how they perceive bubbles? While animals don’t have the same life milestones as children (recitals, graduations), they do have birthdays and even adoptaversaries. They sometimes come to you as puppies and, in the blink of an eye, you realize you have an adult dog. Then you look back and all you have are low-resolution cell phone snaps. Maybe they have come to you as a shy, rescued pet and you want to remember how far they have come. Their lives are so much shorter than humans, why would you NOT want professional photos, documenting their journey with you? Pet photography is a specialty – there is a way to communicate with - and an energy that works well around - animals and it is not a skill everyone has. It requires patience and calm, and a physical presence that allows you to get down on the ground and roll around and be jumped and licked and body slammed and take it in stride. It requires a desire to be friends with the animal and not just photo them from a distance. As you consider having photos of and with your pet, this is critical to keep in mind to ensure the most genuine photos result from your session. They really are not "just photos". They are memories you are making and when memories fade, photos will remain as a beautiful reminder.
June 8, 2017 | It’s time for some looking ahead and adjusting. Being in a new geo-market for just about the last year, I can now better assess the differences between this area and the Northern VA client base I enjoyed for almost ten years. Changes are coming. Stay tuned and wish me luck!
March 2, 2017
| When you are getting married, you interview wedding photographers
- you want to know if you connect with them. Does their style suit
yours for this important day? For me, it's the same with pets (and
any specialty area, really). Do you want a commercial/food photographer
snapping your precious Fido? Or do you want someone who is experienced
working with and bringing out the best in your pet?
Do you want someone who focuses on your pet, or considers
them more of an afterthought? And most importantly, do you want someone
who lives and breathes pets?! (This is especially
important for shy pets or those who are a little weary of strangers.)
And these should be key questions if you are considering professional
photos of your pet. There is so much more to "pet photography"
than asking a pet to sit with their family for a posed photo (although
this is, indeed, a part). There is interaction, and documenting a
genuine love that exists between people and their pets. There is catching
a particular look that is meaningful to the pet parents, and grabbing
a piece of the pet's personality in a photo. Look at sample photos.
A huge, beautiful body of work with a couple of dogs sprinkled in
the mix over a several month period of time just doesn't say "pet
photographer" ... at least not to me.
February 19, 2017
| I do believe I have a new obsession: dock diving! And I think Roux
could excel at this. He loves the water, he is over the moon about
his toys and he can jump like a kangaroo! A few photos from the 2017
Wildlife Exposition (1st day, Qualifying Round) so you can see
where/why I got the bug.
January 1, 2017
| Happy new year to all, human and furry!
December 8, 2016 |
From Roux and me -- Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays
... whatever brings joy to your ears and heart!
October 1, 2016
| To commit to a specialty area in photography, you have to focus
(no pun intended). Mine is primarily pets and their people. Of course,
I can and have done other forms of photography – portraits,
family, fine art, events, weddings and commercial. And I will make
exceptions for prior clients, for example, who are maybe getting married,
and are incorporating their pets in the ceremony! I think you have
to work at everything to see where your passion lies, and, in my heart,
I do believe capturing the beauty of our pets (and adoptables) and
their relationships with their people is my purpose. So when you are
considering photos of (and with) your pet, keep that in mind. Does
the photographer you are considering specialize in pets or are they
a wedding photographer that will take a pet gig? Are they primarily
a family photographer that will let the pet participate in a few photos?
That’s not my style. If, instead, you want someone who
knows how to really interact with animals so they are comfortable,
who will ensure the shots represent your pet’s personality,
and will focus on your pet (and your relationship together), then
July 25, 2016
| When we are in the middle of your session and I encourage you to
be photographed with your pet even for just a few images, please trust
me. I don't want to hear you are not photogenic (let me decide that!),
or that you didn't do your hair or make-up (your pet won't care about
that either). Years from now, I promise, you will be glad you conceded
to my request as you look back lovingly on your photos from our time
July 2, 2016 |
Moving means no file access to prep orders until the week of July
19. Thank you for your understanding.
April 28, 2016
| I've noticed recently when I meet new dogs either at sessions, or
dog parks, or events, so many owners seem compelled to say "He/She
is a rescue" as if it's a bad thing, a reason or an excuse of
some sort for a dog's insecurity or shyness, for example. How about
we try this spin -- if your dog is a rescue, tell people but tell
them PROUDLY! Educate them if they aren't on the Adopt-Don't-Shop
bandwagon. Explain how saving a life is really saving two because
you make room for another animal in need to enter a shelter and have
a chance at adoption. Maybe your pet has issues - so what? Purebreds
and show pets do too! No need to advertise what doesn't matter, when
what DOES matter is that you cared enough to give them a chance at
a loving family. And in the end, that is ALL that matters to the animal.
January 30, 2016 |
Things to not ask me, because they are basically
"What kind of camera
do you use?" and "What settings did you
use for that [particular] photo?"
My gear works for me but it
may not be suitable for you. I don't debate brands. During sessions
or personal projects, I tweak my settings to suit the occasion and
I look for moments. For those hoping to replicate or reproduce an
image, and thinking that mirroring the settings or equipment used
will do the trick, it isn't going to happen because a moment is
unique. I follow the images of people whose work I admire, and if
I see a feature I like or am drawn to, I try to find my own way
to design an image that may elicit a similar response. But I don't
want to copy the work of another. Photography is, after all, a creative
And the cringeworthy "Do
you think you got some good shots?" The short answer
to this is "OF COURSE!!!" And this will always be the answer
because I will shoot until I am satisfied with the images we create
during our time together.
January 1, 2016 |
Resolve to be your best self.
December 18, 2015 |
Merry Christmas to all and an abundance of good wishes for 2016, from
my favorite reindeer and me!
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ONGOING | Charleston
Animal Society Adoptable Animal Photo Sessions
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Upcoming: September 10, 2017 | Dog Day (Swim) - Whirlin' Waters Adventure Waterpark, North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
Upcoming: September 23, 2017 | Bark in the Park - North Charleston Wannamaker County Park
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