Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!

Pet photography in L.A.!You guys! You almost let me go all of May without a blog post! And surely you are waiting for one! I want to introduce you to Cosita, a much loved 13-year-old Pomeranian. Her owners, Don and Fernando, and I agreed to meet at a Los Angeles park. I'm not going to say which one. But it was one I'd never been to before though it's very iconic. It has views of downtown L.A. Spectacular.Anyway, we started off our shoot with the buildings of downtown in the background. For this shoot, I only brought my Fujifilm X-T2. I left my lights in the car and carried only the camera and a few lenses. The grass was really damp but nonetheless, I laid down so I could get beautiful ...

A Magnificent Trio
Thursday, April 27, 2017
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!

I got the inquiry from my potential client about photographing her and her husband's sweet puppy before she gets too much older. A black and white Cocker Spaniel mix. And at some point in the future, she'd probably want to have the two cats photographed as well. (Sound of record screeching!) Wait, we can do the cats at the same time! It will save you money! And thus began the shoot of Piper, the puppy, and the two cats, Monkey and Cooper.And how we did it? Remember the new backdrops and the Vanity Fair style shoot? Yep, that's exactly what we did with the industrial stool.Now Monkey came with a warning. Maybe a little too shy. He was hanging out in the "catio" when I arrived. So we ...

Pom Pom Pomeranian in Bloom!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!

Ridiculous title, right? You get a little punchy after midnight. So you know California is having this massive super bloom. We had one of the wettest winters on record so that drought? The governor declared it's over. The super bloom was so astounding you can see the flowers from space. I missed it. Yeah, I missed it. The California poppies went crazy while I was in Ireland. And then when I had the slightest moment to drive over to see them, the foliage was turning brown. Just my luck. Not good for a presentation piece.My ace in the hole were the California poppies I have planted on my parkway. A bunch of them. Very pretty. So I asked my neighbor Sherri if she wanted to swing by with her ...

New Backdrops for Vanity Fair Style Pet Portraits!
Friday, April 14, 2017
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!

You guys, you guys, you guys! I'm so excited, can you tell?! We just got in three new hand-painted canvas backdrops. What does that mean? Vanity Fair/Annie Leibovitz styled pet portraits!The colors are brown, blue and green and they are completely awesome. No, these are not your daddy's Old World Masters backdrops. These are very contemporary and make for extremely dramatic portraits. They really fit well in a styled shoot or a formal portrait. They are made by Gravity Backdrops and they came all the way from Serbia.Now, for this kind of look, I have photographed on gray or dark blue seamless paper and added on a texture and it kind of mimics it. But the seamless doesn't have the depth the ...

Pets and People Workshop in Downtown Los Angeles
Monday, April 10, 2017
One Fast Little Pomeranian in a Los Angeles Park!

I always like photographing people and their pets. I actually call it Creatures and Their People. And I like learning, especially with a group of talented pet photographers and that's exactly what I got when I signed up for Kristie Lee's Pets and People Workshop in downtown Los Angeles. Well, not only DTLA but in portrait photographer extraordinaire Sue Bryce's studio. Sue was off doing her own workshop in Italy and Kristie ran the workshop from the temporarily vacated studio. What Sue left behind, though, besides a loft filled with gorgeous natural light, was her precious dog Cookie Bryce.If you're familiar with Sue Bryce, you're familiar Cookie, too. Cookie is Sue's black pug and she is ...