Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
A Favorite Family of Mine
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
A Favorite Family of Mine

Amanda reminds me I've known her for 12 years. That's a long time! I first met her when I was taking a lighting class and she was the makeup artist hired for the workshop. I liked her makeup and began hiring her for headshot shoots. When I first began doing pet photography, she and her wife Kate bought one of my first big pieces for their family of four dogs.That was a very memorable shoot because it was the first time I had four sets of eyes looking at me all at once. I happened on the second shot. I thought pet photography was easy. Maybe not easy, but very fulfilling. It's my favorite thing ever.I'm working on a new project now -- still involving dogs -- and I asked them to help me out ...

The Cone of Shame, Part II
Monday, July 16, 2018
A Favorite Family of Mine

You might recall from a while back that I photographed images for KVP International's catalog... yes, the maker of the cone of shame. Well, oops, I did it again. The shoot took place in Malibu where we met before the sun came up along with rangers who let us in the gates. That's what you get when you have a permitted shoot. No hassle and needed amenities, like parking on the grounds.For the previous year, we photographed among the hills of Malibu... golden grasses, mountains, oaks. Very wild California. For this year's catalog, we were at Carrillo State Beach.We had a blast... the dogs took to their cones like trained models... they weren't but they didn't need to be. And we got photos in ...

Ice Cream Social for Dogs is Back On!
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A Favorite Family of Mine

Anyone who has been around these pages for a while knows -- or probably knows me from -- my Ice Cream Social for Dogs. Well, it's back on at four locations over the summer!But if you've done one before, why would you want to do one again? Because I just signed a book contract for a book on Dogs Eating Ice Cream! That's right, a book! And your dog may get to be in it, if I have any say (I'm pretty sure I have some say!) And if you've never done one before, you and your dog are in for a real treat.The Ice Cream Social for Dogs is only $29, which includes an 8x10 print and its digital files and of course, the doggy ice cream and the shoot itself. I'll have other options to purchase for on the ...

The Fabulous Edie's Pet Photography Shoot at Griffith Observatory
Thursday, June 14, 2018
A Favorite Family of Mine

Edie is the pride of her two dads. Her dad Hersin contacted me in February about doing her pet photography shoot. The thought at the time was in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Urban Lights exhibit, a very popular attraction in L.A. Hersin and his husband Don were traveling in March, I was traveling in April, so we set May as our session date. And then they picked Griffith Observatory, which I love! Whenever I have out-of-town guests come, I always take them to the observatory. Great views, wonderful museum, outstanding architecture.So off we went around 6, quite a spell before the sun sets. But we had quite a successful time. Edie is a very photogenic girl (as are her dads) ...

Photo Compositing in Pet Photography
Friday, May 11, 2018
A Favorite Family of Mine

Quite often when I say I do pet photography composites I'm met with a blank stare. It's just simply that a lot of people don't really know what a composite is. What seems like such a natural word in my world may as well be another language to someone else. So I'm going to break it down a bit.In general, with compositing, you are creating a scene with with at least two elements that weren't photographed together. Now the end results can be for different things. Say I did a pet photography shoot with three dogs. Two are looking at the camera, one isn't. Or there is a family of a large number of animals but it's pretty difficult to wrangle them all together. In this case, I can swap out heads ...