The Hair of the Dog

I tried my hand at photographing a puppy solo today. Normally I have the owner or a friend assist me during the shoot. This is pretty essential as it’s EXTREMELY difficult to keep a puppy from running off set, move the lighting, take the photos, make strange noises to get the dog’s attention, etc, all at the same time. Today, however, I decided that 21 years-old is as good of age as any to have an aneurism.

I have been working with puppies recently, and I seem to keep forgetting the fundamental fact that their attention span can be measured in milliseconds. I spend so much time with Stoli that I make the rudimentary mistake of assuming all puppies younger than him automatically know all the basic commands and won’t be totally freaked out by coming to a new environment to photograph. It makes me realize how much I take Stoli’s obedience for granted. He knows come, sit, stay, lay down, up, jump, shake, outside, inside, car, fetch, etc. So when I am faced with an 18-week old puppy, I feel out of my element again as I am back to square one of pure, raw puppy energy. Surprisingly, I have much more patience for animals than I do with people, so I am able to keep a level head while problem-solving a way to get the shot. The puppy I worked with today is our friend’s 5 month tri-colored corgi puppy, Rajah. I’ve come to decide that all corgis seem to have that fun-loving, goofy, class clown personality.

Anyway, it was quite the experience. I think that I’ll stick with having an assistant from now on. I’m glad I tried to, so I can now fully justify needing someone around to help manage the chaos.

As always, you can see ALL of the proofs from this session by visiting my Flickr Page. It takes vastly longer to load each photo into the blog, that’s why I usually only put my personal favorites in my posts. (That’s not to say that only the good ones make it here.) There are many that don’t make it to the blog just because of time and space restrictions. That being said, mosey on over and check out the slideshow! Click Here for the link to Flickr

 

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Frankie’s Debut

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Frankie Champion.

Frankie is the miniature schnauzer puppy my friends Charlene and Chester Champion adopted back in December. I decided he would be my next photographing victim, because let’s be honest–who doesn’t love a good puppy or two?

Anyway, mid-program is breathing down my neck, so I needed to get into the studio and do a little shooting. I originally had this shoot scheduled for a week ago, but UCM cancelled 3 days of classes, so that put a damper on things. The studio schedule is ridiculous right now. Basically everyone in the program is scrambling around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to get studio time. Today was the only time in 2 weeks that was available, so I took the opportunity.

When I got to the studio I expected Frankie to be as good of a model as Stoli. I made the mistake of assuming a 5 month old puppy would have the same attention span as my 9-month old corgi. BIG MISTAKE. Frankie was highly distractible and really didn’t want to have anything to do with the studio. Luckily I had my boyfriend to help me for the first half until Charlene could get in and take over. I played around with a couple different backgrounds and ideas. I have always been partial to low-key photos with sleek, pure black backgrounds w/ little detail to distract you from the subject. However, today in one of my classes, my professor warned me against doing it on anything for the jurried panel of doom that I have to face in a few short weeks. In the end though, I was able to get a few possible shots that I could use for mid-program anyway.

As always, this is just a small sampling of the shoot. You can see more proofs by visiting my Flickr slideshow by clicking HERE, and I would highly recommend it.

 

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Let it Snow

We here in Missouri have been lucky so far this year. We have only had one snow, and most of it was gone by a day or two later. I had a VERY cold and snowy Christmas break in Iowa, and I was definitely looking forward to the warmer weather back down here. Afterall, I had friends bragging about it being in the upper 60’s while I was back home. Well that whole story changed when I got back to Missouri. On the first day of school (1-10-11,) all afternoon classes were cancelled because of a big snow storm moving into the KC Metro area. This morning all morning classes were cancelled, because people in Missouri really don’t know how to handle the snow. I think we ended up with around 6 inches according to the reports. I found it funny, because back when I was going to school in Iowa, 6 inches was a walk in the park. We still had school and carried on like it was no big deal. Not down here! As soon as a flake touches down people lose it. Granted the roads are slick (because they don’t properly remove snow,) and no one had shoveled yet, even though it’s been done snowing for 20 hours now

Anyway, this is the first real measurable snowfall we’ve gotten this year, so I was excited to see what Stoli would do. As you remember, from a previous post: (See:Stoli’s Winter Wonderland) Stoli had mixed reactions to the snow. At first he was terrified, but then he loved it. Well introducing Stoli to the snow this time was just as amusing. He went NUTS! he zoomed around the yard doing figure 8’s with his mouth open collecting snow. He would then find a place where the snow was deep and dig himself a hole to lay in, and then cover himself up with snow. He’d wait until I got close and then he’d pop out and run away. He was also a fan of trying to catch the snow my boots kicked up as I walked through the yard. We’ll probably have to buy a sweater or something for him because he likes to roll in the snow and is usually covered by the time he goes inside.

Here are a few shots of Stoli’s snow escapade this afternoon.

Snow and Frost Panos

I normally upload my photos to facebook to share with friends, but with facebook changing their photo uploading application, it no longer accepts any photos that are over 8000 pixels on any side, which means the death of the panoramic. So, I thought I would upload a few of my panos that I have done over the last week here to share with everyone. Please click on the Pano to see them full size. You may need to be patient, they are larger files as each pano is at least 8 photos stitched together.

Wedding and Location: Clauser and Pollak

For our Q-Flash assignment, I photographed my friends Jared Clauser, Haley Pollak, and their dog, Ellen. It was an interesting shoot–their dog did NOT want to sit still in a park filled with geese. Here are a few of the results. You can see all of the proofs by visiting my flickr website:

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The Torture Continues…Studio Assignment #6

This week our studio assignment is to set up a “desk scene” that describes us and use two different colors of light. We were to set up the scene, and then use a bogo with  cut outs to make it look like a natural dappled light source and then use a colored gel over the light to make the color temperature indicative of a certain time of day. Then our other light source would be a fill behind a scrim. In my shot, I have a messy desk scene, which is pretty true to the way my actual desk looks. I tried to fill the scene with a lot of my favorite books, movies, tv shows, etc. My gelled light is a dark blue, setting the time at night, since I am a night owl. My other light was supposed to look like a tungsten bulb you would find in a desk lamp. I’m not thrilled with the results, but that’s probably because it’s a studio shot. The only thing I like about it is that it reminds me of an I-Spy book. The longer you look at it, the more things you find!

 

Madness? NO! This is STUDIO!

As I’m sure you’re all aware, I am NOT a studio person. Everything about it bugs me. My style is completely photojournalistic, and I love to be on location capturing the action, not locked in a hot, cramped studio on the 3rd floor of Grinstead. Our latest studio assignment was all about learning how to properly light metal. Most people did the usual: necklaces, candle holders, etc. I decided to light some dinosaurs I got at Hobby Lobby in Independence. Here are some results.

On another note, we’re going on to week 10 on Monday, which means we’re more than half way done. Soon there will be no more studio for me!!

 

Stoli Update

I haven’t updated on Stoli in quite some time! The little guy is now almost 18 weeks old. He’s finally got all his puppy vaccinations, and is now looking to get neutered in the next week or so…Well he’s not looking forward to it, we are! When we took him to the vet he weighed 10 lbs and has put on weight since then (it’s been almost 2 weeks.) He’s such a lap dog and a mama’s boy. It doesn’t matter who’s holding him, if I’m in the room he feels like he needs to be right by my side. He gets jealous when I pay more attention to Andrew than I do to him. He seems to think that I should only be able to love one guy. I haven’t done any shoots with him recently, but I did snap a couple shots of him last night. I’m including a couple shots I did with him playing with Charlene’s Do, Monty. I’m planning on doing a shoot with him soon now that the leaves are finally turning colors. Anyway, here’s your fix of cuteness to get you through the day.