Category Archives: Pet Photography
Everyone with a camera is now a pet photographer on the daily– but when it comes to a professional shoot with your pet photographer, what does it take to be fully prepared? Sure your pup is adorable and sassy, but is there anything you should do or bring to the photo session?
Here are a few tips to think about before coming into the studio.
Get groomed, exercise, and bring some fun treats and toys!
It’s that merry time of yeaaaar!! We are partnering up with FitDog Sports Club to shoot some lovely portraits for holiday cards and stockings. The event takes place Saturday December 1st. Space is limited so please reserve with FitDog!
Late last year Foxy Pet Photos teamed up with Oh To Be A Dog to create a calendar for charity. It was tons of fun shooting the dogs, and I a great experience working with all kinds of breeds and temperaments. I just got my hands on the beautiful calendar over the holidays. It is now proudly posted in my house. The calendar benefits ASPCA, Dogs for the Deaf, and Canine Companions for Independence. Purchasing the calendar not only helps organizations that help animals, but helps organizations that use animals to help people!
Together Oh To Be A Dog and Foxy Pet Photos are making the world a better place for animals and their people. We are passionate about making the world a better place for both animals and people. This is our small way of giving back.
We only have 5 calendars left! Get them HERE
DOGS FOR THE DEAF: Rescuing and professionally training dogs to assist people and enhance their lives is what Dogs for the Deaf is all about. Placing professionally trained dogs free of charge to people with a variety of disabilities and to professionals who work with people with disabilities. DFD rescues dogs from animal shelters throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California. All the dogs are trained with positive reinforcement. www.dogsforthedeaf.org
CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE: Founded in 1975, CCI is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. CCI is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized world-wide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality of longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The results is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. www.cci.org
ASPCA: Since 1886 the ASPCA has been giving animals a “voice” through many programs with one goal in mind: to help animals. They provide local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. www.aspca.org
I am so excited to see my photo in the Modern Dog magazine for winter! They used a photo of a little dog that I found on the street and took care of while looking for his owner. We called him Dumb-Dumb because he really was so dumb compared to my terrier. He was cheerful all the time, oblivious to anything negative, didn’t understand “No”, and had a cute smile and professional snuggling skills. He was micro-chipped and returned to his owner after being lost for half a year. I am guessing he had another owner in that time, but somehow ended up living at a tire change yard, living off of the taco truck. When I found him his hair was matted, gray, and he had dread-locks. It was rainy, cold, and he was living on a very busy industrial street in Oakland.
When I first started photography- I was very worried about copyright theft. However as I refine my skills, I am see that my skills then are nothing compared to what I know today. I know that in another year I will look back and think the same of the photos I take today. With this attitude of wanting to share my work, I contacted several dog magazines to see if they would like to use my work. I was thrilled to hear back from an editor at Modern Dog who liked my work and wanted to use a photo of DumbDumb and me at the dog park in Alameda, California. I wasn’t even taking myself seriously as a photographer, but I was so excited at the opportunity! I almost didn’t believe it would actually happen until I saw the posting today online!
The article is a well written analysis on the gender divide; what men and women look for in a dog, how dogs fulfill men and women in different ways, and why people with dogs are considered more attractive. Read it HERE.
Here is a screen shot of the photo in the actual article. I’m waiting for the official magazine in the mail. They cropped the photo- but the original is in my blog post from October about Saving Lost Dogs (HERE). If the print version is different, I will post it later!
Seeing my name getting credit is stupendous! I am very encouraged by the results I am seeing in just setting a goal and taking action. Imagine what you can do if you set even more goals! Thank your to my friends and family for their support, photographer peers, and fellow creatives that root for me.
Recently I’ve been noticing photo collections all over the internet. One collection was just of dogs in shot midair while jumping or running. It was cute. Today I came across the work of Carli Davidson. She shoots primarily in a studio, but in doing so was able to capture extreme details in her subjects.
I am now brewing up ideas for my personal photo project collection. Ideas for my brainstorm are welcome!
I love commercials that make you think, speak to your heart and comment on humanity. Stumbled upon 3 tear jerking Thai commercials that I had to share. Very well done! They are on Youtube and Youkou (China’s equivalent for Youtube), with English subtitles. Beware, don’t watch it at work, you might cry!
Silence of Love is about a deaf father’s love for his daughter. For a commercial it’s excellent. The dad is endearing.
Disconnect to Connect reminds us to put down our technological devices once in a while and cherish those around us. With all the smart phones keeping us connected and amused all the time, this commercial presents a refreshing reminder to cherish our loved ones.
Deaf Violinist — not sure how realistic this is, I think you have to be able to partially hear in order to play a violin (unlike a piano). You’d never guess what the commercial was about til the end.. then you’re like “Hmmm she did look pretty good.” I the rhetorical question that the street perfumer asks her when she signs “Why do I have to be different?”
Wanted to share some nice pictures of my little girl Foxy taken recently. Let me know your thoughts!
Two weeks ago Foxy got her second modeling gig– and I finally got around to getting some pictures up! Foxy modeled on a dog bed for PLAY, some awesome modern designer dog beds. J.Nichole invited us out for a photo shoot at the home of Deagan, a well known surfing dog. There I got to meet Will and Deborah of PLAY. They were so nice and gave me wonderful list of recommended places to eat and sight see when I visit Singapore soon.
At the shoot we met Deagan the famous surfing dog! He’s had a lot of press, and he is quite a tough cookie, but sweet boy. Here is an image of him surfing that I found on the web.
At the photo shoot I practiced my skills on the other dog models on site. Here is Gracie, a beautiful English bulldog who lives with Deagan. I love this shot of her drinking water. The pictures below are large so you might have to scroll your mouse left and right to see the whole thing.
This is Momo, a very cute pug who makes the silliest faces with her tongue sticking out. Momo is great at posing for the camera because she’s the mascot at P.L.A.Y. She also gets to test all the firm yet comfy dog beds because she belongs to Will and Deborah. Amusingly, she barks jealously at other dogs that can jump higher than she can.
I ordered the denim round bed for Foxy because the graphic looks like the Foxy Pet Photos logo! I debated on getting a light colored one with red trim but knowing how Foxy loves to roll in dirt, decided to get her a dark colored one.
Wow it’s been almost 1 month and a half since I started Foxy Pet Photos! I’m currently working on creating a 2012 calendar with my friends Shannon and Jennie from Oh to Be a Dog (dog walking and boarding services). Here’s a sneak peak at the latest shoot.
This is Penelope, a retired racing grey hound. I don’t necessarily support the racing of dogs, but she was the most calm and elegant dog I’ve photographed thus far.
You might not be able to tell from these shots, but she’s a lanky girl. When walking on outdoors for part of the shoot, a man came up to us and said “That looks like a horse!” I’m sure Penelope takes that as a compliment.
She also made lots of funny faces which I will put into a collage later. When you look into her face, it seems like she’s seen a lot in life. Nothing can faze her =)
Last week we got an invite to model for Dog is Good! I just got some sneak peak pictures this morning, and wanted to share them with you all.
Dog is Good is a brand that markets creative and clever products that celebrate the dog-human relationship. It’s a brand that many are responding to not just because of the quality of the products, but because there really is a strong emotional relationship between us and our pet! I have two shirts by Dog is Good, and I wear them almost everyday because they are so soft, breathable, form fitting (hey it’s hard to find comfortable clothes that you look good in too) and show that I am proud to be a dog owner!
Foxy and I packed up and spent the morning at the Dog is Good headquarters, then finished the shoot off in sunny Seal Beach. It was a fun filled day and I got to work and hang out with my friend J.Nichole, a famously talented dog photographer originally from Seattle. J.Nichole and I met thru my roommate recently, but I’d seen her work and admired her from afar before I even realized we were connected by one degree! Thanks Nichole for the inspiration and encouragement. She is also self taught and has found success as a full time pet photographer, and now has the freedom to dabble in the music industry, product design, branding, just to name a few things.
Rarely am I able to get my picture taken WITH Foxy, since I am the one doing the picture taking. I hope to return the favor for J.Nichole by doing a photo shoot of her cuddling with her french bulldog and great dane soon!