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20 Crazy Facts About Pet Ownership in America

57% of American Households Own a Cat or a Dog

It’s no secret that in America we are crazy about our pets.  Heck their not really pets, they are family members.  For some they are surrogate children and like grand kids they get spoiled and are treated like royalty.  I like how pets are treated in France.  I remember being in Paris a few years ago.  It was a rainy night and I was wandering around Le Marais by myself.  Ended up in a small small bistro for dinner.  Just after I walked in the door and was waiting to be seated, a woman entered the bistro.  She had brought her dog with her.  A cute Airedale all happy.  He stood up on his hind legs and put his front paws on my kahkis leaving his paw prints behind.  No biggie…. I was promptly seated at a table and so was the woman and her dog. Her Airedale was sitting at the table, place setting and all waiting for his dinner!

Pet Friendly Fashion Island | Newport Beach

Just the other day, I was shopping for a new pair of blue jeans at Gary’s Fashion Island and found the perfect pair.  Its a brand that I never knew about before:  Adriano Goldschmied There a bit on the price side but they fit me perfectly.  Previously I always for Luck brand, but Lucky totally changed their fit.  This whole prelude to my experience at  Fashion Island is to point out pet culture.  Fashion Island in Newport Beach is super pet friendly.  Folks go there to shop with their dogs.  Or simply just to hang out, lounge around and people watch.  It’s like going to a dog show on some days.  An amazing cross culture of breeds can be seen.

One of the most amazing foibles most likely attributed to some kind of So. Cal. eccentricity is the use of a baby stroller for “walking” tea cup sized dogs at the mall.  Yep. On any given day you’ll see Prada or Gucci wearing Newport Beach moms or dames, strollering their doggie babies around the inner circle of Fashion Island near the carousel or Koi pond.  Strange but true.  Go check it out for yourself if you don’t beleive me.

I find facts #5 and #6 particularly interesting.

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For Orange County pet photography, Los Angeles pet photography, Orange County pet photojournalism, Southern California pet photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles pet photographer.

An Adorable Little Labrador

Adrie’s (ay-dree) best buddy came into the studio yesterday for her private pet photography session.  She’s a 3 year old black Labrador Retriever and very well trained.  In Adrie’s own words she is the perfect companion, loving and understanding.  Sarah is a bundle of energy and would have been easily distracted if we photographed her outside in the park especially when other dogs are nearby.

Adrie lost her long time pet and companion a pure breed Champion Golden Labrador show dog a few years ago  and returned to the breeder for the pick of the litter, Sarah.

“This Faithful Friend  Makes the Quality of My Life Just a Little Bit Better.”

“My little black Labrador Sarah was 2 years old when I purchased her from Kintra Labradors’ kennel.  I had previously bought a male yellow Labrador from this breeder over 15 years ago.  A wonderful bond was built with that beautiful yellow lab, and watching him grow from a clumsy puppy into a champion Labrador with many blue ribbons made me very proud.  In his later life my yellow Labrador saw me through some very rough times in my life, including death, divorce, loss of a job, and moving 2 times.  When he was put to sleep in 2009 I contacted the breeder who I bought him from to tell her the sad news.  She later contacted me, telling me about this adorable little 2 year old female black lab she had named Sarah.  I went to visit all of her beautiful Labradors and over came Sarah, who immediately sat down at my feet.  That was all it took, and I knew I had to take her home with me.  She’s been with me for almost a year now.  I’ve taken her to beginners, intermediate and advanced obedience class, and she passed with flying colors.  We go for a long walk every day, and people stop me all the time, commenting on the “adorable little lab” that I have.
My new furry 4-legged friend is always by my side, wiggles her entire body when I walk in the door after being gone 5 minutes or 5 hours and she makes me laugh every day with the things that she does.  This faithful friend of mine makes the quality of my life just a little bit better, so for that I give Sarah the best love and care that I can possibly give.  I receive so much more from this little black Labrador.”

P.S. I’ve always had an affinity for Labradors. If you are considering adopting or having a Labrador as a companion or family member, be aware that this breed of dog does shed allot.  And Labs get bit too.  Sarah’s disposition was loving and warm.  She loves to be petted and give lots of kisses.

For more information on how you can get some of Marc’s ridiculously wonderful photography for your own pet,
Email Marc or call Marc @ BLUEYEDWAG – 800.943.0414

Marc Weisberg | Blueyedawg | Pet Photography | Orange County Pet Photographer
Newport Beach Pet Photography | Los Angeles Pet Photography | San Diego Pet Photography

For Orange County pet photography, Los Angeles pet photography, Orange County pet photojournalism, Southern California pet photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles pet photographer.

iPad Review

Why I Got an iPad

Knowing me is knowing that I like keeping it simple. So when new technology comes along, it’s got to make sense for me to adopt it. Bottom line is that it costs time and money to implement new technology.  And because the iPad is so new there really wasn’t allot of real world reviews especially by professional pet photographers so I thought I’d share some of my views on it here, with you. This is not meant to be a technical overview but rather a real life use review.


A Highly Portable Portfolio: An obvious reason is to show and share my various portfolios.  I photograph a broad range of subject matter. In addition to pet photography, I photograph weddings, corporate shoots, travel imagery, lots of kids portraits and have an affinity towards food photography too.  Portability is the chief reason.  I can go visit any prospective client or network meeting an have a broad range of portfolio images to share with my clients.  Next week I’ll be meeting with a vet to show my pet photography to the office manager where I’d like to have some of my work hung.  The iPad will be my ice breaker.  And I don’t have to show my old work either.  I can show my latest favorite images.

The iPad is Green: I don’t know what the carbon foot print is for an iPad, but I can tell you this.  I am no longer printing Collection Guides (price lists) at my studio.  All my Collections are loaded into my iPad as PDF’s.  Here’s how i do it:  I email my Collections to myself and open them in the CloudReaders and iBook software that came free with my iPad.  My Collections  showcase photographs of my work along with vital information to help my clients make investment decisions.    The images are bright and super saturated, the text crisp and easy to view.  The PDF’s can be enlarged with the tap of a finger or made smaller with a pinching gesture.  This is especially handy for eyeglass wearers who may need to see the images or info larger.  It also allows me to keep my Collections current and add new cutting edge products pages or make changes whenever necessary and tailor special offers to clients.

Interactive Tactility: The iPad is a game changer.  Each foray on the iPad is interactive.  So my Collections now become interactive instead of page turners.  Clients and prospective clients alike can interact with the iPad and flip through portfolios, looking at photographic images and even enlarging them to see their details.  Apple has produced a remarkably sharp color saturated screen to view photographic work on.  My portfolio becomes a portable slide show.  I can even embed a short video clip, (unabashedly self promotional stuff coming up….say an interview of myself or better yet a happy client raving about how amazing their photography experience was and where their photography is hanging in their home)  in my slide show using Pages a $9.99 app from Apple.  In effect the iPad becomes a sales tool.

Album Replacement: I’ve invested allot of money on gorgeous hand-crafted leather bound albums in different sizes and styles.  And the iPad will never take the place of these keepsakes.    However, I feel that now I will have to replace my albums less often.  Instead of replacing them yearly I’ll simply slip a new album into my iPad.  The thing is, photographic albums don’t need batteries to be appreciated.  There is a completely different aesthetic and experience.  Especially looking at 20″ panorama in a 10×15 album.

Consuming Media: At first i didn’t get the consuming media thing.  That is, not until i downloaded the ABC Player and watched an episode of Rookie Blue, got the cool Flip Board app and check out a few interactive articles on Technology,  and the Netflix streaming app. from the App. Store.  All of them free.  The iPad really is, IMO, the perfect way to consume digital media.  You can surf, listen, watch, email, Facebook (did you know Hollywood is making a movie about FB?  Fa reals!) and more.  The iPad weighs next to nothing so holding it in your hand or on your lap its comfortable and low profile.  It doesn’t get hot and the battery charge last a very long time.

Road Warrior: The battery life on the iPad is truly amazing.  I’m writing this review on my 17″ MacBookPro (awesome machine).  When I’m doing hard core work, I’d be lucky to get 1.5 hours from my laptop battery.  Next road trip I go on, i’m bringing my iPad instead.  For two reasons.  1.  Less weight.  2.  Long battery performance.  I’ll miss the ability to edit images, but since in normally travel with my wife, she’ll love me more for spending less time on my laptop.  I’ll rely on my iPhone 3GS for any wireless bizz I need to attend to (unfortunately the 3GS has the worst ever battery performance).

10 Things I Like:

  1. It weighs a mere 1.5 pounds but feels like allot less.
  2. The battery lasts for up to 10 hours depending on use.
  3. Vibrant color, crisp text.
  4. Simple controls:  volume, screen rotation lock, speakers, charging port, head phone jack, on off button, home button, but no USB  connection (we’ll get to that later).  You can see more tech specs here.
  5. Highly portable. Slim and compact it easy to throw into a small shoulder bag and go.  Just don’t forget where you put it!
  6. Synched easily with all my email accounts , iCal, all my videos, podcasts and music.
  7. Big screen.
  8. Easy to use.  My 12 year old daughter and 15 year old son picked it up and rocked it.  It’s simply a larger version of an iPhone.  Hence the same ergonomic and technological layout.
  9. Great for Social Media:  Still waiting for a Facebook app for the Ipad so I’m using the iPhone app on it.  Loving the free TweetDeck app for managing my multiple Twitter accounts.
  10. Wonderful for watching movies:  Download videos from iTunes or streaming from Netflix or ABC Player.  The movies look better on my iPad than on my MacBookPro.

7 Things I Wish it Had:

  1. A USB port.  Like the MacBook Air, there is no USB port.  Not sure why, but I’d love the ability to plug in one of my portable drives and upload images into iPhoto.
  2. A matte screen.  Finger prints galore.  Very easy to wipe them off,  at times the glare is distracting.
  3. Ability to charge from my laptop.  My iPhone can do this, why not my iPad?
  4. Lacking the ability to multi-task and make folders.  I’m sure this will be coming in the next iPad OS.
  5. A unified email screen for my four email accounts.
  6. A camera…Duuhope!
  7. The ability to video conference.

P.S. I got the 32Gb, Wi-Fi version.  Bought it from a guy who was selling it below list on Criag’s List.  I felt comfortable doing this.  Last year I purchased a 24″ iMac that was in perfect condition the same way for 50% off list.  Yes, it was all legal, not “hot” merchandise.  The iPad was spotless and came with all the original packing materials, box, and a receipt from Best Buy.  I called Apple just to check and they let me know that they will service it within the warranty period, should anything go wrong and that I could still purchase a $99 Apple Care extended warranty from them within the allotted 1 year period, which adds two years onto the warranty.  I’d recommend Apple Care with the iPad.  I just think its wise insurance for such a thin and seemingly fragile piece of technology.

P.P.S. I’d love to hear your insights, likes and wishes about your iPad or just the iPad in general.

P.P.P.S.  My favorite free app is Dropbox.  Check it out.


Kittie-Dress-Up in San Diego

San Diego Pet Photography

Previously, I posted a fun Doggie-Dress-Up pet photography session with Ko Ko and Lucy. Normally I do most of my dog and pet photography in Orange County and the Newport Beach area, but whenever I get the chance to go down to San Diego, I jump on it!  Plus the weather is always a bit cooler in San Diego.  And I was going down there to photograph sibling Main Coons.

Main Coons are a special breed of cat.  Wikipedia defines the Maine Coon as: “…One of the oldest natural breeds in North America, specifically native to the state of Maine, where it is the official State Cat…The breed was popular in cat shows in the late 1800s, but its existence became threatened when long-haired breeds from overseas were introduced in the early 20th century. The Maine Coon has since made a comeback and is now one of the most popular cat breeds in the world.”  The Maine Coon is noted for its large bone structure, its rectangular body shape, and a long, flowing coat. The breed can be seen in a variety of colors and are known for their intelligence  and gentle personalities.

My observations with Zach and Zoey differ with each feline.  Zoey is the smaller of the two and is shy and a bit skittish.  Zach, is more dominant, can be fierce but is playful, he’s a bit more intelligent.  During the winter months, Zach is sporting a big mane. Both kitties are super lovable and like to give and receive attention. But, be warned Maine Coons are major shedders, so if you can bare with lots, and l do mean lots of hair bunnies in your home, these cats are the prefect companion for you.


In camouflage:  Zoey is stalking another cat that she’s got the hots for.  And, whenever she’s stalking she’s always incognito.  See how well she blends in!?







The Hillcrest section of  San Diego is one of my favorite places.  Full of great restaurants, home of Bread and Cie and Arrivederci, both just off University Avenue.  There’s always something happening in San Diego on the weekends and Hillcrest its right near Mission and Pacific Beaches.

Location:  San Diego, California

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Dogy Day Afternoon with Sparky & Wiley

Anaheim Hills Dog Photography

Mike is a film maker and the man behind the lens at Mission Visual. We’ve been friends for almost ten years now, and met when I was photographing yacht weddings in Newport Harbor.   I wanted to photograph some big breed dawgs so I headed over to the McCaleb household in Anaheim Hills and then we walked over to a local park for some a fun double dog photography session.

Wiley a pure breed Husky and Sparky the German Shepard mystery mix dawg might as well have been cats!  They were not in the least bit interested in me.  Especially not at all interested in having any dog photography done.  They are both fairly very independent and as such, totally into doing their own thing.  They did mind me briefly when I attempted to doggie bribe them with my handy Zukes Mini Natural Salmon Treats (all natural, gluten and wheat free, corn-free and soy-free).  But it was only temporary and Sparky totally turned his nose up at that.  But he like the Wellness Pure Rewards:  Turkey Jerky (grain-free and wheat-free) and thought I was kinda cool for just having some yummy jerky with me.

Later on, after the shoot when Mike had seen his ridiculously wonderful pet photography images, he told me:  “You know, its so cool that you were able to capture Wiley doing that pig face thing.  At home, he’ll push his nose up against the sliding glass doors on the porch with his tongue hanging out and just stare inside at us.”

BTW: If you noticed the dog harnesses, that’s because Sparky & Wiley take Mike for walks in Anaheim Hills, and not the other way around.







Anaheim is home to Disney Land and one of the most famous and often photographed dogs on the planet, Pluto.

Location:  Anaheim Hills, California

Em-Bark
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