For those of you that have been around for a while you know that I used to participate in a 52 week project with pet photographers from around the world. Last year, I worked on other projects and didn’t participate but now I’M BA-ACK! (I’m saying that in Oprah’s voice.)
The theme changes weekly and this week the theme is before and after. I thought I’d show you a bit of post processing.
There are a couple of questions people have about pet photography sessions. The first is, do you need to have your dog off leash during the session? It’s natural to make that assumption since most dog photos I post have dogs that are sitting, standing, and running without a leash. The truth is about 99% of the dogs I photograph are on leash. I just photoshop the leash out.
Here is a before and after photo of leash removal.
Before and after leash removal.
Another question I get is what do we do if it’s cloudy during our session? We love our blue skies in Denver and people are concerned if it’s a hazy day that the photos will look drab. I love shooting in cloudy weather! When it’s cloudy there are no harsh shadows and the light is soft and pretty. Sometimes the sky is a bit bland but even that is something that can be fixed in photoshop.
Here is a before and after sky replacement on a hazy day.
Before and after sky replacement.
Post processing can also be used to fix shaved spots from recent IV’s, eye boogies, drool and anything else that’s distracting. The ultimate goal is to create a portrait that focuses on your dog or cat.
I hope you enjoyed the before and after, up next is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area.
10, 9, 8, you know when there’s a countdown it leads to something big… 7, 6, 5. What if the something big was 7 new failures smacking you in the face? 4, 3, 2, or what if I decided to actually make those changes instead of just thinking about them…1. Happy New Year!!!
Boo wishing you a happy New Year!
Normally, I am not the kind of person who makes New Year Resolutions I am the kind of person that makes lists. Lots and lots of lists. Lists of what to do today, this week, this month, what groceries to buy, what errands to run, what books I want to read, what music I want to listen to and on, and on, and on. Thank God for electronic notes, I tell you!
The great thing about lists is it can help you remember all of the things you want to remember and you can cross them off. There is something very rewarding about crossing anything off including, “get dishwasher soap.” I always thought the only real difference between an ongoing list and a New Years resolutions was just the date. I can start a list anytime. But New Year, well you know all about that.
But, what if I’m being too easy on myself? What if I’m not challenging myself enough? The thing about resolutions is they are usually something life changing (and something most people forget by February). While my list is ongoing and I do create some big demands for myself on those lists maybe it’s not as challenging as it could be. So I thought I’d make a new list this year. A list of resolutions. It’s nothing profound that you wouldn’t see on anyone else’s list but I thought if I told you about them and followed up on how I’m doing, those resolutions might be a little harder to forget about. So here they are in list format, there are seven. I’ll follow up a few times during the year and at the end of the year to see how I did.
- Exercise more – I work a lot and really need to get out of my computer chair more often.
- Use my metal studio more. As a pet photographer, I create art for a living but the metal studio is just for me, no demands, just create.
- Work on my selfie game. Ok, here is where it gets kind of interesting. You know if I’ve ever taken photos of you that I try really hard to get you to relax and enjoy the process of getting your photo taken. Well… I hate getting my photo taken. I hate it. I need to work on that for the same reasons I tell you to get your photo taken. The people we love want photos of us!
- More time for adventures with Boo – as I said I worked a lot last year and I feel like Boo and I both missed out on exploring Colorado.
- Education – there is always something to learn with photography, printing, and owning a small business. This year I committed to a week long course in Costa Rica with some of the best photographers in the world.
- Blog more – I stopped blogging sometime last year because all my blogs had been about the 52 week project. The project is great but I just didn’t have the time and to be honest I had done it for 3 years so while it was fun it was also kind of meh. I wanted to blog about something else but I wasn’t sure what. This month I’ll be exploring the things I do want to blog about and then creating a year long blog calendar for myself.
- Friends – I miss my friends. Did I tell you I worked a lot last year? This year I will be more connected to the people that are most important to me. I have a few visits planned for a few of my out of state peeps. For my peeps in Colorado I just need to be more consistent about getting out of the house. Hey, maybe some of them will let me bring Boo? Poor Boo, that might be asking too much.
Comment below and tell us what’s on your list!
Happy New Year!
Last week I told you all about photographing dogs for the Colorado Lottery. This week the tickets are out and I wanted to show you which dogs will have their faces on the Lucky Dog scratch ticket.
Take a look and see the 8 luckiest dogs in Colorado.
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Who’s a good boy? Guinness is good boy.
I met Guinness and his family through the folks at Freedom Service Dogs. They wanted me to photograph him and his family for an upcoming campaign.
It turns out Guinness and his family are avid hikers so we decided to meet at the Deer Creek Canyon Trail in Littleton, Colorado. If you haven’t been to Deer Creek Canyon and you’re in the area, go. It’s a fairly easy hike and it’s gorgeous. Not only is the trail beautiful you also have a great view of the front range and the trail itself is nice and wide for plenty of walking space.
Guinness recently moved to Colorado and was happy to have his photo taken for a little attention and a lot of snacks. He enjoyed the trail too, sniffing and observing everything and looking incredibly handsome. What a lucky boy. It’s nice to have a family take you to all these fun new places all the time and great to get so much exercise. Don’t get us wrong, Guinness is just fine getting a good nap in too.
Take a look for yourself. Below are photos of Guinness the dog during his photography session at the Deer Creek Canyon Trail.
Good boy, Guinness.
Guinness at Deer Creek Valley Park.
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