Buddy and Maddie

Today, one of my photo friends,Anneka Clock, brought me her grandma’s Sheltie dogs to photograph. Buddy, the male, was very excited and happy to be in the studio. Maddie, the blue merle female, was a retired show-dog. She was very skittish and frightened of the studio. This made photographing a bit challenging, as most of the dogs that come in are bouncing off the walls and love to be fawned over and given treats. Luckily, another friend, Charlene Champion, joined us for the shoot and helped wrangle the dogs.

I was excited to photograph the Shelties. I had never shot a similar dog breed, and I figured it would bear some unique photos to beef up my portfolio.

(PS: If you are in the Kansas City area and have a dog or know someone who does, get in contact with me and we’ll try and set up a shoot. I am always looking for new models!)

Here are  few images from today’s session. You can check out all the proofs: HERE.

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Buddy

 

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Maddie

 

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Destination: Wisconsin

This past weekend our friends, Char and Chet invited us to their cabin near Prairie Du Chien, WI. It was a nice chance to get out of Missouri and away from all the hectic stuff that had been happening recently. For me, I didn’t miss the 20 phone calls a day from work, and I know for Curry, it was nice to relax after dealing with the military and car accident stuff from the last week. It was a fun and memorable weekend. I didn’t take many pictures, as we usually were busy with something. While up there, we cut down four trees. Anyway, here are a few pictures from our vacation adventure.

Curry and Chet prove their manliness by chopping down the forrest with machetes.

Curry and Chet prove their manliness by chopping down the forrest with machetes.

 

Ferns in the forest

Ferns in the forest

 

Yes. That IS an outhouse...

Yes. That IS an outhouse...

 

Caterpillar, which we later discovered was really a bag worm. There were a TON of them everywhere

Caterpillar, which we later discovered was really a bag worm. There were a TON of them everywhere.

 

I did some tree climbing...

I did some tree climbing...

 

Looking down from my perch in the tree.

Looking down from my perch in the tree.

 

Chet and Curry fighting...Somehow I don't think this will end well for Chet. Curry's got a machete, and Chet's got...a blade of grass.

Chet and Curry fighting...Somehow I don't think this will end well for Chet. Curry's got a machete, and Chet's got...a blade of grass.

 

Char with her grass mustache. Afterwords we discovered that they made our faces super itchy.

Char with her grass mustache. Afterwords we discovered that they made our faces super itchy.

 

Photo Char took of me with my grass mustache. Photo © Charlene Champion

Photo Char took of me with my grass mustache. Photo © Charlene Champion

 

The boys fighting again.

The boys fighting again.

 

Us all sweaty from the hike. Most attractive.

Us all sweaty from the hike. Most attractive.

 

Giant toad

Giant toad

 

Curry couldn't handle the bugs.

Curry couldn't handle the bugs.

 

Tiny toad

Tiny toad

Curse of the Orange

After my last shoot’s disaster trying to find a bright background and coming up with only horribly disfigured reams of seamless paper, I did some searching to find a roll in good condition. I found a roll of red paper in the portrait studio, and after getting permission, I brought it up to the commercial studio to photograph Charlene Champions two miniature schnauzers. Well, once I got it into the light I learned that it was orange. Not just any orange, however. I NASTY fluorescent orange. I’m pretty sure you can see this ugly color from space. I went into the prop closet to try and find a better color, but my choices were black, white, grey, and the blue that I had already used for two other shoots. I was stuck with neon carrot for the day.

The shoot was tough. Apparently my work has been inspiring a couple of classmates to copy my ideas, and one of them came into the studio with a dog to try their had at what I do. They did not control their dog, so of course my models were all over the place, resulting in me not getting very many good images. All-in-all it’s a learning process to take one day at a time. Hopefully next time my immitators will be more courteous and respectful of the people who are already in the studio.

I am still having issues uploading photos here, so you’ll have to check out the work on my flickr.

Click HERE for flickr Slideshow of this shoot

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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Portrait #5 – Lighting Ratios

Day #5- Today we learned about studio light placement as well as lighting ratios. The weather was not cooperative, so we spent the whole day in the studio and we started getting a little…”creative” at the end.