Deck the Halls With Squishy Dog Faces!

It’s that time of year! Time to start thinking about your Christmas cards and holiday photos. Everyone wants more photos of you and your furry best friends. That’s why you should schedule a limited edition holiday portrait session with StinkDog Photos this year.

We have two dates available in our Belmar studio on November 26, and December 3rd for Christmas card mini sessions. If you are interested in booking or need additional information contact us here.

Our sessions are classic and beautiful. This simple set means you’re dog will shine in the photos. Don’t let Santa get all the attention this year.

Juni and Bergen the Denver doodles are looking really stinkin’ cute in their photos below.

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Limited edition holiday portrait sessions for you and your pet.

The best gifts include photos!

the best christmas cards have photos of your pets.

Holiday portraits you'll want to see all year!

Christmas limited edition holiday portrait sessions.

Classic pet portraits of your pets for the holiday!

holiday portrait sessions for your pet.

Juniper makes the perfect Christmas decoration

Juniper the doodle dog in a juniper wreath for holiday photos.

Bergen and Juni posing for their holiday portraits

Holiday portrait sessions for your dog

 

 

Let your dog shine! Don't let Santa take the spotlight.

Classic Christmas mini sessions for your pet.

 

Our limited edition sessions sell out every year so don’t wait to book. Contact StinkDog Photos to get your stinking’ cute photos.

XO,

Deanna

An American dog photographer in Paris

Photographing Dogs in Paris

Bonjour!

Recently I went to France to photograph dogs. Yep, you read that right. I traveled from Denver, Colorado to Paris, France just to photograph dogs and it was AMAZING! Let me tell you it was a dream come true for this dog photographer.

My first week in France I stayed in Paris. I was a tourist for a few days and went to see a few of the things I missed the last time I was in Paris. I went to the Catacombs to see dead people,  I went to Montmartre to see art, and I walked anywhere and everywhere to find yummy pastries and coffee. Is there anything better than Ladurée macarons? I think not.

Oh, but you wanted to know about the pet photography session didn’t you?

This lovely lady is Lea. She belongs to Lisa, a musician that lives outside of Paris. They came to meet me for a portrait session and we wondered all around Paris trying to find a few fun places for Lea to have her photos taken.

We went to Maxim’s, and to Napoleon’s tomb and a pretty little spot right outside of the Tuileries garden. Even though Lea had not really spent any time in the city, she did an amazing job being my adorable little dog model. She’s shy, but I have my ways with the puppies and Lea was my new furry best friend in no time at all. She did so well we even got to run off leash for a bit of playtime underneath the Eiffel Tower! Oh how lucky we are!

One of the things I noticed about Paris is that dogs are welcome. I saw them in restaurants, in train stations, and hotels. Some were off leash and some were not and no one seemed to pay any attention. I was amazed to walk off the train and to see dogs following their owners off leash onto the cars. The dogs I saw were all very well behaved. I’m not saying all the dogs in France are perfect but they do seem to be ok with dogs being dogs and the dogs seem to respond with being very close to their owners and behaving pretty well in a lot of different situations.

Here are a few of Lea’s photos from our pet photography session in Paris.

 

An American dog photographer in Paris

Lea the dog in Paris has her portrait taken by an american dog photographer.

Can I get a doggy bag? Lea in front of Maxim's de Paris.

Lea the dog waits for a table at Maxim’s de Paris. Of course she’ll take a doggy bag too.

Lea in front of Napoleons tomb

Lea the dog in front of Napoleons tomb.

 

To see more photos from my trip to France to photograph dogs follow StinkDog Photos on Instagram and Facebook.

A staffordshire terrier in front of Arenes De Nimes.

You Might Be a Dog Photographer If You Do This!

Let’s say you’re in a foreign city with your luggage and all of your gear right outside the train station. You’ve just met Linda one of the people you’re going to be working with the next week.

Then the most amazingly adorable little Staffordshire terrier puppy is pouncing around and you just happen to be near one of the best preserved roman amphitheaters. You then find a way to overcome the language barrier and you beg the nice woman who is walking her dog to please walk with you and all of your luggage a few blocks away just so you can get a photo of her dog in front of the Arena of Nimes.

Then you jump for joy when she says yes and you wheel your luggage over cobblestone and leave your laptop on the ground and hope no one walks away with it so you can get the best shot of her sweet little puppy then you might be a dog photographer having a trip of a lifetime.

 
It was totally worth it.

 

 

A staffordshire terrier in front of Arenes De Nimes.

a staffordshire terrier in front of arenes de nimes in nimes france.

 

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Bonjour to Barkjour | An Out Of This World Pet Photography Retreat

Hi everyone,

There are a few things that I am always into improving… my photography skills and business knowledge.

Why would an established professional pet photographer want to improve their photography? Because there is always something new to learn. New lighting, new poses, new editing practices, trying different gear and working on your style are the things that make good photographers great photographers. I work incredibly hard because I want to be a great photographer so every chance I get I find a way to improve my skills.

Creating a better client experience is also extremely important so learning new business skills whether it be better client communication or learning about new products. I want to know as much as I can to serve my clients better.

Recently I had an opportunity to go to France for “an out of this world pet photography retreat” called Barkjour. Barkjour is an incredible experience made for improving the photography and business skill sets for pet photographers. Amazing pet photographers from all around the world travel to these retreats not just to learn but to spend time with people that are just like them… crazy dog people that are also in love with photography.

What an experience it was. The location was an amazing chateau in Provence, France that’s almost 900 years old. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to stay in and photograph dogs in such a spectacular location.

The perfect location, a chateau in Provence.

Barkjour was located in the perfect setting a chateau in Provence.

The Chateau courtyard.

The Chateau courtyard at The Chateau Provence.

The food was pretty darn amazing as well. Celebrity chef, Theo Michaels from www.theocooks.com prepared local food for us at Barkjour.

Amazing food by Theo from theocooks.com

Food prepared by Theo from theocooks.com

Yummy local foods from France.

Yummy local food from France is prepared at barkjour.

 

Don’t be fooled by the amazing location and food. We worked all day and night. Here Kaylee Greer and Sam Haddix from Dog Breath Photography are taking sunset photos of Cat from CatsDog Photography and her pup Poppy and helping us improve our sunset portraits so we get the most gorgeous colors and fantastic light in our images.

Working into the night with Kaylee Greer and Sam Haddix.

Working into the night with Kaylee Greer and Sam Haddix from Dog Breath Photography.

When we weren’t in classes we were busy shooting in stunning locations in southern France. Vineyards, small villages, and Pont du Gard included some of the spectacular locations we were able to photograph dogs in.

We all work together to capture each dogs unique personality.

Working together to show off a dogs best side.

Making the perfect pet portrait in Provence France.

Getting the perfect dog portrait in a vineyard in Provence France.

Charlotte Reeves herding puppies so we can get fun photos of puppies running.

Charlotte Reeves herding puppies so we can get fun shots of them running in the village.

Barkjour instructor Nicole Begley cozies up to a puppy with pet photographers Natalie Williams, and Craig Turner-Bullock.

There’s still time for puppy love. Instructor Nicole Begley takes a break from teaching so we can all have a little puppy love.

One of the best and most amazing things about attending a retreat like this is meeting other pet photographers from around the world. We worked hard and worked together to get the most amazing portraits of dogs. We learned from each other and found people we can relate to… The dog crazy, photographers that travel the world, and spend their days finding the best dogs (and sometimes cats or horses), the most amazing light, and perfecting their skills. We do it not just for us but for our clients so they can have photos they love of their furry best friends to cherish forever. It’s quite a tribe of people and I’m thankful to have found them.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my behind the scenes look at Barkjour, an out of the world pet photography retreat. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see additional photos and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to see the photos from these amazing locations and hear about my adventure photographing dogs in Paris.

XO,

Deanna

 

 

Boo Radley the dog dressed as Jon Snow.

Winter is Here | Behind the Scenes of Our Game of Thrones Photo

We’re pretty excited about the new season of Game of Thrones. Last year we created a photo of Boo Radley as Jon Snow. We had more than a few people ask how we did it so I thought I’d show some behind the scenes.

My husband made Boo’s costume and fit like a harness. The collar buckled and there was a buckle under his chest. He made it that way so that we wouldn’t have to put anything on over Boo’s head.

Here’s a photo of Jamie putting the costume on. Boo knows he’s getting some pretty yummy snacks for his hard work so he’s pretty tolerant with the costume.

Boo getting his costume put on.

Boo getting his Jon Snow costume on.

Typically for the kind of a portrait I’d use studio light. But this day we just set it up in the backyard and used natural light.

Most of the photos Boo had his mouth open and was looking straight at the camera. I had my husband move off to the side with Boo’s treats to get him to look in another direction. This is the photo I selected. There’s still some work to be done.

A look at the photo before photoshop.

Boo snow before final edits.

Retouching the photo was next. I normally don’t do this much retouching on pet portraits but the wall scenes from Game of Thrones has such a specific look to it I needed to make a few changes to make it look a little more like I wanted it to.

First I desaturated the photo and darkened it a tiny bit, then I created snow in photoshop. Now Boo is looking a bit more like Jon Snow. So that’s how we created our little tribute to Game of Thrones.

I’m thinking this year I may need to make an Iron Throne for Boo Radley.

Alright GOT fans, tell me… who do you think is going to sit on the Iron Throne?

 

Boo Radley the dog dressed as Jon Snow.

Winter is Here. Boo Radley as Jon Snow.

XO,

Deanna