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Pet Photography Workshop

Pet Photography Workshop

Join me at Samy’s in Costa Mesa

Join me at Samy’s in Costa Mesa for a special one day Pet Photography Workshop.  I’ll pull out all the stops and share all my tips as well as all the Sony gear that I use to create rediculously amazing pet portraits.  The last class I did with Samy’s and Sony (on a different genere) sold out with a waitlist and rave reviews. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity. We’ll have plenty of the latest Sony gear on hand for you to borrow and play with during the workshop. All workshop atendees will recive a workshop workbook filled with information including my gear list, and suggestions on how you can raise the bar and get the most out of you pet portrait sessions.

Whether you are just a beginner just wanting to docutment your pet’s life, or an experienced photographer buidling a pet photography business, there will be lots of information on what camera gear to use to get the best results, pet and client interaction, as well as studio and on location photogarphy tips.

Hope to see you in Costa Mesa and Samy’s on November 7th!

To see more of my pet photography visit blueyedawg.


Sony Pet Photo Class

Magazine Cover Shoot with the Sony a7s

Magazine Cover Shoot with the Sony a7s

I’m shooting everything these days with a pair of Sony’s

My sister site blueydawg is where I showcase my ridiculously wonderful pet photography” since 2010. Recently a magazine owner contacted me to do a magazine cover shoot for her first edition of a pet magazine in Orange County.  Its not an new endeavor.  She’s been producing a pet magazine in Palm Desert since 2010 with great success.  I photographed the entire session with my Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.  I always take back up gear to my shoots and had my Sony a7II and a few lenses, FE 16-35 f4 ZA OSS, FE 24-70 f4 ZA OSS, and the amazing FE 55 1.8 ZA in my Think Tank Street Walker Pro.  So you may be thinking why did I use the 12.2 megapixel Sony a7s when I had the 24 megapixel Sony a7II with me.  Truth is I could have used either camera with the same results.  I had the Sony VGC1EM, vertical grip on my a7s and didn’t need to worry about switch out the batteries during the shoot.

Production and Post Production:  Abbey, a Shih Tzu, also known as a Lion dog was photographed outdoors, mid-day in natural light. A scenario that I’d typically not photograph a person in without auxiliary lighting.  However, I’ve learned with pet photography hard light and day light is your friend.  Your basically just using the sun as your key light.  Because Abbey is a small dog and sits close to the ground, the white parts of her coat are easily color contaminated with the reflectance of the  green grass and wild California yellow poppy flowers.  In postproduction Nik filters White Neutralizer was used in mask mode to paint over the yellow and green coloration in her whit fur.

Pet Sitting, Boarding and Dog Walking:  Abbey’s mom,  Ruth Ann, runs a wonderful pet boarding, pet sitting and dog walking business OC Pet Companions, no relationship to the magazine.  OC Pet Companions has been around for years and boost a client list of over one thousand happy clients.

” One thing I have learned in life, I always take time for animals. I have rescued 83 strays running loose on the streets to date and found all but three of them their owners. I believe in giving back to our community and work with the Pet Rescue Center and The Ark of San Juan rescues.” ~ Ruth Ann owner of OC Pet Companions
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When shooting for a cover make sure to leave room for text. The magazine art director will typically tell you where they need to layout the text. So you will need to shoot a bit more loose and leave negative space around the subject when framing in camera.


Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS:  I’m very pleased with the sharpness and responsiveness of the combination of the Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.  Focus locked on quickly.  I used a combination of Manual and AV exposures to capture images.  The bokeh is excellent when shooting at ISO 400, 1/160 sec., f6.3, @ 192mm. I’m a RAW shooter and cull my images in PhotoMechanic, adjust the RAW’s in Adobe Lightroom, and retouch in Adobe Photoshop, Nik Filters and MacPhun Tonality for my black & white images.

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 Think Tank:  I’ve recently partnered with Think Tank.  IMO they make some of the best camera bags and storage sollutions on the planet.  I personally own at four Think Tank bags that I’ve personally paid for. And have been using their products for over 7 years now.  Their gear is built tough and lasts, plus their customer service is outstanding.  Bags I own Include:  the Airport Security, Street Walker Pro, Retrospective 10, Retrospective 30.  And was recently sent an early release of the new series for mirrorless systems, the Urban Approach 15 Back Pack which fits all my mirroless gear plus my iPad Mini and 13″ MacBook Pro. I’ll be doing a review on the Urban Approach 15 Back Pack {to be released in March} very soon.  If you are a Think Tank fan or have been Jones’n for some Think Tank gear, I’ve got some great news for you…  For free Gear go to:  www.thinktankphoto.com/workshop and enter code WS-754.  You’ll get free shipping and a gift from Think Tank with you order of $50 or more.

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Disclosure:  I only recommend what I use professionally and personally. No one pays me to review their products.  I am part of the Sony’s Artisans of Imagery program, and purchased the cameras, lenses and accessories with my own money and use them professionally because I enjoy working with them and am very pleased with the results and the camera haptics. If I partner with a company and you use a link I provide to click through and purchase, I may receive a small commission from them.

A 130 pound Bullmastiff, 2 Chocolate Labradors, and Little Boy

A 130lb Bullmastiff 2 Chocolate Labradors and Little Boy

Irvine Pet & Family Photographer

Gorgeous weather.  I love photographing families and children, especially, super happy loving families.  Adorable little boy Brennan.  Just 19 months old. Fascinated with the world, toddling, falling down, getting back up, falling down again,  and just darn happy and healthy.  He looked like a little drunk little man, trying to maintain his balance, wobbling, falling down, pushing himself up and just laughing at life.  His parents dote on him and rightly so.  Their other babies are fur babies, a 130 pound Bullmastiff, and two Chocolate labs mellow and cuddly.  Their Bullmastiff was recently diagnosed with bone cancer which was a terrible blow to the family.  But they have him on some great doggie meds and he’s doing quite fine.  Just finds it a bit tough to get around sometimes because his back legs are bothering him quite a bit.  But he still made it up and down the hills in this lovely park.  I’m proud to say that I’m an Irvine pet and family photographer.

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Pippi the Toy Poodle | Orange County Pet Photographer

Pippi the Toy Poodle | Orange County Pet Photographer

Toy Poodle Pet Photography Session

Pippi is a Parti color, Toy Poodle with no docked tail.  Parti color means that Pippy shows different colors or tints; especially, she  has a predominant color broken  up by patches of light brown and blonde-brown.  She’s a super fast doggie with a happy disposition. Her mama Cathy drives a big white pick up truck, so Pippi gets around in style! We had a super fun, end of summer, Orange County, sunset, pet photography session.

BTW:  Cathy, Pippi’s momma just happens to be in charge of  Services Administration and Client Relations at one of the finest pet hospitals in Orange County, Newport Harbor Animal Hospital.

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Carmel By The Sea | The Dog Diaries | Part 1

Thank You Dorris Day for making Carmel By The Sea Dog Friendly

We owe a great debt of gratitude and thank you to famed actress, animal activist and hotelier Dorris Day.  It is because of her that Carmel By The Sea is dog gone crazy and super dog friendly.  Ms. Day owns The Cypress Inn in Carmel.  It’s Connie and my favorite hotel to stay at when we are in town.   The hotel has a doggie menu, at the reception desk a huge clear glass vase is filled with dog biscuits.  Luxe beds and a spa menus are available for the Cypress Inn’s guest’s dogs.  The lobby is choc filled with dogs large and small.  All kinds of different breeds led by their traveling owners. On a recent visit we got comfy in a couch and snuggled by the warmth of the fire place enjoying some live jazz in a small lounge at the Cypress surround by guests and their dogs.

Their is a fantastic bar and restaurant just off the lobby and and the walls are adorned with photographic art and movie posters and memorabilia from Dorris Day’s Hollywood movie days.Many of the attractive tiles embedded in the walls are architect Julia Morgan’s leftovers from her Hearst Castle project.

The Weston Gallery

Carmel is like no other town in California.  Home of Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford’s daughter, it has fantastic eateries and restaurants.  Posh clothing and home furnishing shops.  Top of the line antique shops.  And, some of the best art galleries in the nation.  To wit:  The Weston Gallery, celebrating  their 25th Anniversary.  I’ve visited the Weston several times and the show on this recent trip was astounding.  Watkins, Adams, Bullock, Cole and Edward Weston, Burnhard and Karsh to name a few.  The Weston’s holdings are tremendous, its like enjoying face time with the great photographers or our time in a mini museum with no stanchions.

The Dog Diaries

Visiting Carmel is a treat.  A walk down Carmel’s main street, Ocean Avenue provided me with so many opportunities to meet and greet pet owners.  I have to say that I am sad though.  The weekend before we got there was the Poodle Parade.  It was 400 strong.  Oh well, I’ll catch that next year.  For a pet photographer or any type of photographer, photographing in Camrel is a right of passage.  Carmel Beach, were Ocean Avenue meets the Pacific Ocean is where all the locals dogs walk their owners in the morning.  So after we hit up Carmel Belle (an amazing organic cafe)  for some intense and delicious organic coffee we headed down to the sand.

Below:    left:  A Cypress tree at sunset – Alisomar beach.  right:  Before our morning stroll at the entrance of Carmel Beach.  Funny thing is I don’t remember ever seeing a pile of dog poo anywhere in the city.  Carmel is extremely clean.  Almost every store had doggie treats and a water bowl near by.

Dogs take over the streets on Ocean Ave., the main street in Carmel By the Sea.

On our way up, to Carmel we stopped in Moro Bay for some clam chowder and ran into this gorgeous Australian Shepard pup on the docks.
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A picturesque morning on the leash free Carmel Beach. 
This little cutie was on vacation from Texas.  We met up with her at the famed and luxurious Bernardus Inn in the Carmel Valley.
A rare breed of sand-dog.
This is Bisou (which means kiss in French) a  very well loved Maltese.
I snuk these images of Charlie in.  He’s a pampered Habanese of our freinds from Los Angeles.
This lovely Spaniel Betsy belongs to a very cool couple that had a film premiering at the Carmel Art & Film festival.
Okay, gotta admit this one blew my mind.  The guys below is an actual Grey Wolf! He was a rescue.  I asked its owner if he had any unusual habits.  His response was that yes he did:  “When I’m not home he takes my clothes from my room and drags them into the living room to build a nest.”
Below is Bear.
While walking down Ocean I spotted this Rat Terrier in this young ladies back pack.
A very loved and slightly spoiled Labradoodle.
The two images below were taken left:  in the Carmel Valley, and right:  in the Salinas valley.
No you are not seeing things.  This Standard Poodle had a cool color job.  She was sporting some blue paws.
A sleek and mini Italian Greyhound on Carmel Beach.
Checking each other out. 
A Rhodesian Ridgeback in training.  His master is out of camera distance commanding him to stay.
I think this gal is an Akita but I’m not sure?
A Miniature Schnauzer.
This is a teaser for my next mega post.  As soon as we hit the beach, we met up with three local couples who all had Scottish Deerhounds.  These there Scottish Deerhounds were all from the same litter, brothers and sisters.  I’ve been told that this breed is extremely rare and only about 27 litters in the U.S. last year.    This was their big day on the beach.  They were celebrating their birthdays together on 10.10.10!