Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!
Monday, August 17, 2020
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for black animals, particularly black cats. My first two dogs were black... Diablo and Sundance... but I've had so many black cats starting with my boy Typo in the early '90s. They say black cats can be a little shy but very loving and I've found that to be spot on. My favorite cat of all time was a black stray kitten who wandered into my backyard in 2000. I named her Junior because she looked just like Typo and I thought Junior was actually a male cat but no, she was a girl. She brought her sister Slinky with her, also black.I've told this story before but because Junior and Slinky were feral cats, they were hard to tame. It took six months before I ...

Check Out My Circus Posters
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

I had an event earlier this year called the The Untamed Beasts Traveling Circus and Slobber Show in which I photographed dogs on a circus set. An elephant plinth, a circus background and a bunch of cute props. It was quite successful and I was just about starting another one in March for Shelter Hope Pet Shop in Thousand Oaks just before the lockdown started. By that point, things were getting dicey so we canceled it, hoping we could do it later.We haven't so far but one of the dog owners who had signed up still wanted a shoot for her dogs. So in her garage, wearing masks and keeping our distance, we photographed all three with the striped backdrop. I made a gallery for her to choose from ...

Cats, Cats, Cats!
Friday, June 05, 2020
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

I started revamping my website a few months ago and got totally squirreled. I think I started it last year but you know... priorities. But now I'm really into it with more recent shoots, the greatest hits (my favorites), buried treasures, etc. Plus, I've had a lot of time to not only finally do it but now I have the opportunity to put some of the more advanced retouching skills I've been learning since the last update.I still don't have a recognizable style, which I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I'm all over the map. Maybe because I do indoor, outdoor, lifestyle, studio, conceptual, themed, dark and dramatic, light and airy, and humor.But as I look through the archives until I ...

For All Essential Workers... Thank You
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

Well, today I was tested for the corona virus, part of Los Angeles' free tests for everyone. I'll get my results back in a few days. I'm not sick. No symptoms at all. I WAS sick in Morocco, but I think that was a cold. It ran around our tour group, five of us getting it. I got it last. Blech. But according to the symptoms, it was more like a cold. Anyway, I took advantage of the free CV testing my city offered to everyone starting today, symptoms or no symptoms.I haven't left the house much. In fact, I got in the car yesterday and I had a whopping seven miles on it since the last fill up, which I think was the beginning of March. Like the meme goes, I'm getting six weeks to the gallon. ...

The Boys Assist Me in a Pet Photo Shoot
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Happy National Black Cat Appreciation Day!

I'll be blunt, I really miss photographing dogs. If I miss anything during this coronavirus lockdown, aside from having income, it's getting to meet all the pets and their parents. Mostly I photograph dogs but occasionally I take portraits of cats. In any event, my two boys, Kiwi and Mango, haven't had their pictures taken for a while aside from the occasional phone photo.But in this lockdown, I thought of what I believe is a brilliant concept -- ha ha, probably just another harebrained idea. I ordered some props and built a little set for this project. And I originally hadn't conceived it for animals but then I thought, oh, that would really make it. And so I enlisted the services of my ...