Another shoot for late last summer. I got the opportunity to photograph two American Bulldog's named Elliot and Lola. This was another incredibly hot day. The great thing about these two is that they went full boar for about 20 minutes and then were spent. The rest of the session I could just hang back and shoot as we walked the paths, played in the mud and explored the park. Bully breeds are amazing!
Here is another shoot from the end of last summer with a boxer named Nero. If I had to choose only one purebred breed to photograph for the rest of my photographic career (thankfully I don't) it would be boxers. I LOVE this breed! The energy, the expressions and the personality make for amazing photographs. Nero didn't disappoint. We really lucked out for this shoot. Starting at Nero's house, a short drive from Lake Michigan, it was hot, hot, hot! We burning off some energy, got in some garden hose time and then headed down to the lake. The beach was covered in this amazing fog. The combination of a great dog and a surreal beach scene made for some great images.
I know, this blog has been sorely neglected. There are a ton of photos I want to share since last summer so lets get started. Heidi is first on the list. I photographed Heidi early August. She is a TINY Shih Tzu! I love how the blades of grass almost tower over her. Working with small dogs can sometimes be quite a workout. The shoot usually consists of me laying, running, crawling, rolling, scooting and eventually panting. But since Heidi was pretty low key she made my job very easy. Thanks Heidi! Be sure to book your spring photo shoot while there is still time. The bulbs are starting to emerge and soon we'll have some great spring flowers. Contact me to set up a shoot or with any questions.
Ruger is a 110 lb German Shepherd that required "the proper introduction" before I was able to photograph him. No problem! A few minutes after arriving I fed him some dried liver treats, we popped a new can of tennis balls and the rest is history. Ruger is a great dog! We ended the session with one of Ruger's favorite things... the hose. A happy German Shepherd, a hose and great evening light made for some amazing photos (some of my favorites of the summer). Thanks Linda for having me out and introducing me to Ruger. I had a blast!
I'm a little behind on blogging so these photos are from a couple months back. Better late than never with these two. Chase and Oscar are Boykin Spaniels. Never heard of the breed? Neither had I. Boykin Spaniels were first bred by South Carolina hunters during the 1900's as a small rugged dog suitable for hunting ducks and wild turkeys in the Wateree River Swam. Chase and Oscar are both trained hunting dogs. I got the demo! Enjoy!
Ya, I know it's been a while since the last post. I can't believe it's almost the end of July! Before you know it the leaves will start falling. So if you are thinking about a summer photo shoot for your pet make sure to get your date/time scheduled as soon as possible. I met Astro (dachshund mix) and Cody (beagle mix) at Greenfield Park on an amazing evening. The sun was bright, the weather warm and we had a BLAST running and photographing in the park. Before I met the dogs I got this email from their mom "Just to warn you the little one, Astro, can be a bit of a handful at times". It turned out that Astro, who was 1 year old, was still very much a puppy. He had puppy curiosity and puppy ENERGY! And although we spent a lot of the time running and chasing he did give me a few opportunities to capture some nice candid portraits. I love a challenge!
Cody is 9 and much more mellow than his younger brother. It was pretty hard to take a bad picture of this guy. We got a good mix of portraits and action shots. For 9 years old he keeps up with Astro quite well. Thanks Amanda for introducing me to your boys. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Bubee was great to work with! She is 11 1/2 years old and almost completely blind. The thing I like about dog photography is how unpredictable each shoot becomes. Although I needed to change up my technique a little to accommodate Bubee's vision I could not have asked for an better dog to work with. We were able to get portrait style photos with almost no coaxing as well as action shots while Bubee explored the park. I could tell that Bubee truly loved being outdoors (I'm told that Bubee also enjoys paddling with his mom). We ended up with some great pictures! I would be happy to photograph Bubee anytime. Thanks Dawn for contacting me to photograph Bubee. She's one of a kind.
Here are some pictures of Willy the bulldog from last year. I remember having a great time watching Willy chase his partial deflated basketball around the yard. I thought these were the perfect photos to illustrate how ANXIOUS I am for summer since nothing says summer to me better than slobbery bulldogs and deep green grass. I came across these photos while going through some of last summer's shoots and putting together an all new All Ears Pet Photography product. Keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for the announcement and samples. In the mean time enjoy Willy and remember that summer will be here soon! Remember to book your shoot early: contact me.
End of Summer PoemThe little songs of summer are all gone today. The little insect instruments are all packed away: The bumblebee's snare drum, the grasshopper's guitar, The katydid's banjo, the cricket's violin, The dragonfly's cello have ceased their merry din. Oh, where is the orchestra? From harpist down to drummer They've all disappeared with the passing of the summer.
~ by Rowena Bennett Poem from A Gypsy Caravan blog
Even though it's not quite the end of summer yet, thankfully, this is a reminder to everyone still interested in booking a summer photo shoot for their pets and/or themselves. I will be booking a very limited number of shoots in October so if you would like to get that portrait session in before fall get's too far underway please contact me. We can arrange a shoot the last week of August or in September. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer, I know I will!