I am proud to be part of an international network of professional pet photographers. This network is a group of photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

 

The theme for week 2 is from the lessons within a book called “The Visual Toolbox” – which we will be working through this year – the brief we have been given is – “We all make photographs for different reasons.” ~ David Duchemin, “The Visual Toolbox
We see the world differently and use the camera to express that vision. The photographs we take do not always have to be technically perfect, because it comes down to what we see, what we want others to see…our vision.
“Consider Your Vision” by looking at your favorite photographs you’ve taken to determine what you are trying to express. What are you going for with the images you take? Don’t look to hard or overthink. Look at the common elements in your work as clues. You are looking for your vision or your “style” as we might call it. For this week, feel free to share some past images expressing your vision and take and least one new image to share that is representative of your vision or style. The goal of this lesson is for you to find your vision and learn to express it with your camera. As Duchemin says “Perfect photographs are overrated. The images that will always captivate others, and mean the most to you, are the ones made in that tension of learning to express your vision.”

Ok, I have to admit, this one really had me stumped! I really struggled with this theme – I mean I know I have a vision – my vision since I was in high school (over 25 years ago) was to run a successful Pet Photography studio – but how did that relate to this theme? How did I ‘show’ you my vision?

I asked a few Friends for help, what did they think….what was my style and vision? One Friend, Karen, gave me my answer. Karen told me that what she thought was my ‘style’ and my ‘signature’ images were the connection images – the looking straight down the barrel of the lens – connecting with the pet images, she said that is the shot she always expects and looks for when I post and share images from a session!

So, I went back through my archived client sessions and there is was, in every session, the intense connection image, where you can feel the pets eyes connecting with you through the image!

Lets start with a selection of older images dating from 2010 through to 2015….

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And an image from my latest session this week – the first session in 2016…..

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(Please excuse Kuta sporting his ‘mudpack’ – he had just finished wallowing – there will be another blog post with plenty more images of this awesome boy soon)

Karen also asked me why and how I had managed to capture ‘that’ image consistently, well, I don’t know, I guess having spent so many years loving, owning caring for studying and working with animals, that I just understand them, I know what to look for, I suppose. My family will tell you that I connect better with animals than I do with people!!

Now as I said, this is a blog ring, so sit back, grab a cuppa and follow the links, starting with Trina Bauer Photography, State College, PA, to see everyones take on this weeks theme.

I hope you have all enjoyed week 2’s instalment of the 2016 Pet Photography Project 52.

See you all next week.

~Sharon Stokes APP~

Central Coast Pet photographer.

 

 

Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

This week our theme is “Architecture” and our brief read – “For this week’s theme, let’s look at the architecture around us and incorporate it in our images. It can be a building, or part of a building like an archway, a fence, a stone wall, and so on. Get creative, explore new locations and have fun!”

Now, as we are still dealing with some storm related issues from 3 weeks ago – that is why I have missed 2 weeks of project 52 – but as I did not want to miss another week, I have to admit that I dug into the archives for this weeks image.

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This beautiful Boxer was having himself a holiday at the Terrigal Pet Resort, when I was there taking some promotional images for them. Looks happy doesn’t he?

My own dogs have stayed here and Skarla heads over to Lei Lani Pet Spa, which is also inside the grounds of the resort, when she needs a bath and a freshen up!

Now don’t forget to follow the links, starting with – Cincinnati pet photographer, Suzi Pix Photography, and keep following the links until you get back here.

I hope you all enjoyed this weeks journey, see you all next week.

S.

 

What can I say about Henry? I first met Henry for his puppy shoot in 2012, he is now 2 1/2 years old and growing into his adult coat beautifully.

Henry is cute as a button and super energetic, oh and just a bit cheeky too!! How could anyone resist this face?!?

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Oh, I did mention he was cheeky…right…

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Hmmm, not quite the shot I had in mind Henry!!

Here, this is more like it…

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Now, lets see how cute Henry looks in a tie…..

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Cute, much???

Once Henry showed us how great he was at sitting still and smiling, it was down to the reason why Henry had really come to the Davistown waterfront…

RUNNING…..

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There was, running this way…..and running that way….

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And some more running….

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I did mention Henry was super energetic, right?

He slowed down a little…every now and again…

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But not for long…

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Henry was very, very proud of his efforts at chasing away the big scary Ferry!

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A big job like that deserves a good shake off, don’t you think?

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Then it was back to running and running and running…..

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I had a great time capturing Henry doing what he loves best. A big thanks to Henry’s Mum, Hazel, for giving me another opportunity to photograph her beautiful boy.

S.

 

A little while back now (yes I am late in blogging again) I met Nikki and her beautiful Family of dogs.

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Nikki opted for a sunset session in the paddock behind her home – a lovely spot with a beautiful view over the valley.

I will introduce you to the two ‘little’ members of the Family first – these guys might be small in size but they both have big personalities…

Peanut a 7 year old Chihuahua & Manly a 12 year old Miniature Pinscher

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Next there are the Whippets, 3 year old Coco & 5 year old Summer

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(and as a bonus you get a ‘photo bomb’ from Manly)

 

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And then we have 5 year old Whippet x Poodle – Milika

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(Milika earns the gold star for holding pose while a fox crossed the valley below us!)

Moving up in size we have the Greyhounds – Bindi & Crickey

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It was really hard to choose which images to showcase in this blog post – all of Nikki’s dogs are just such beautiful souls and so very well behaved! On top of Nikki’s own dogs (and Children) she opens her home and her heart to foster dogs who need some love and care before they find their new Families. It is no wonder that Nikki’s dogs are all so beautiful when they have a Pack Leader like Nikki setting the way for them.

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Thank you Nikki for inviting me into your home and introducing me to your Family – it truly was a pleasure xoxo

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S.

Beautiful Beasties is an international network of professional pet photographers, of which I am very privileged to be a part of. Within the network a group was formed for photographers who wanted to participate in a project, a 52 week project. Each week a theme is chosen and posted, then we all go out and take a photograph or series of photographs to fit the theme, then we all post onto our own websites and form a ring by linking all the websites. That means you can look at my images and then follow the links all over the world to see what other pet photographers are capturing.

The theme for week 11, chosen by Deanna from Denver in the USA, is Texture and our brief was…” We (photographers) love to talk bokeh but sometimes it’s great to see a lot of texture. It can be natural or man made, a background, foreground, a pet’s fur, a cat’s tongue. It can have a pattern or be abstract. Whatever it is the more detail you capture the more texture we will see. ”

Another great theme with loads of possibilities!

This week I will start off with my ‘Texture’ image, and then explain it….

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Little furry butts!! How cute are they!? Can you see the ‘Texture’ difference? Short soft rabbit fur and longer silky guinea pig fur.

Now let me introduce you to today’s models, first up we have Solomon….

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and next there is CC Jones…

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Now CC was a bit of a poser so here are some extra shots of this sweet little piggie…

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Does anybody remember Alfie from the ‘shoes’ week? Well you might have noticed him in the background above, Solomon and CC live with Alfie and they are just the cutest little trio of pets

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I hope you can all appreciate the difference in ‘Texture’s” between these 3 Friends lovely fur. Now don’t forget this is a blog circle, so follow all the links, starting with Quad City Pet Photographer, Mary Beth Arnold to see what other ‘Texture’s’ have been captured this wee.

Thanks for joining me again this week, I can’t wait to see what next weeks theme will be.

S.