Posts Tagged ‘pet portraits Los Angeles’

Pet Portrait Bloopers

September 7, 2011

A while back I started a folder I named “Bloopers” and after a few weeks I forgot all about it. If things don’t have a deadline or a pulse, sometimes they slip my mind. Plants never make it long at my house. Today I came across the folder and some of these are just so funny I had to share. Hope they make you giggle a bit and want to hug your dog, cat, kid or random stranger. I thought I’d add the pets comments . . .

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“Seriously, who picked out this outfit?!!”
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“Does this background color make my butt look big?”
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“I may look cute but I could mess you up!”
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“I just peed on her backdrop . . . shh, don’t tell.”
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“Mmmm, the top of your head tastes fabulous!! What WERE you rolling in?”

I often say dogs lead me to the nicest people and so often this is true. Hercules is one of those dogs. Herc has a very interesting story to tell. I’m not a great storyteller, but I will try. In June of last year I got a call from his mom Leslie. She called me to set up a portrait session for Hercules, her 5 year old pit bull and his best buddy Kylie, her 2 year old daughter. Herc had cancer and probably didn’t have long to live. Leslie wanted photos of the two of them together so that Kylie would have some way of remembering their special bond. I was so saddened to hear about Herc’s condition and sadder to think that he would soon leave a little girl heartbroken. Herc had already lost a leg to cancer so we scheduled the session right away. We did the session and the images got some media attention. My favorite is an article that was published on the Best Friends site, written by Roni Raczkowski. You can read all about how Herc came to his home with Leslie and Kylie. It is an interesting tale about the power of love.

Our meeting spawned a little arrangement whereby I photograph pets for FOCHP pro bono and the images help the pets to get adopted quicker. The FOCHP folks are wonderful and I love being able to help in some small “photographical” way. You could say Hercules led me to FOCHP and led me to do more work for rescues. Well, to the surprise and extreme delight of us all, Hercules is still with us!!! He is doing very well and the cancer is in remission. At least for now, he gets to enjoy his family and the wonderful life that Leslie has given him. I get to see Herc sometimes at adoption events and/or photo sessions for FOCHP fosters and I have vowed to photograph him and Kylie every year that he is with us. It’s the least I can do for a dog, a breed, and a family who has inspired me so.

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Christmas in July!!

July 11, 2011

Yep, it’s hot, it’s summer and the perfect time to think about Christmas. No I haven’t been standing in the sun too long. I mean it. If you really wanna get a jump on your Christmas “to do” list start by booking a session for your family portraits this summer in July or August. It’s the perfect time of year to do portraits, you’re tan, the days are longer (so you have more shooting time in great light outdoors) and you have lots less to do now than in November or December. To nudge you just a bit we’re offering a special limited edition “Christmas in July” promotion. Book and complete your session in July or August and you get a studio session and a set of 24 amazing cards for $175 (location sessions offered at $225 for the session and cards). That is $75 off the regular price!! Fa, la, la, la, la!! If you don’t want/need Christmas cards then you can substitute two 8×10 prints for the cards. (fine print: Card design/print order must be completed by 9-15-11. No procrastinating!! Session fee must be paid at the time of booking to hold your spot. This offer valid for family portraits up to 5 people, pet portraits or childrens portraits. A limited number of bookings will be taken. Once our shooting schedule is full, no more Christmas in July sessions can be obtained for 2011.) Call the studio to book your session at 714 255-1382. Christmas card sampler

A while back I tossed together a Facebook page just for my pet business. It seemed to me that I had a lot of folks wanted to see my pet photos with and just about every one of them was active on FB. Facebook makes it soooo easy to share images I update it just about every day. I started a little daily practice of posting one pet photo a day. I call it the “Fur du Jour”. I have almost 600 folks that follow it and they just keep ‘a coming. Stop by yourself, hit the “Like” key and share with your friends. Screen shot 2011-03-22 at 2.21.02 PM

Wet, Foggy, Furry, Fun

September 22, 2010

The Surf City Surf Dog event was totally awesome dude!!! Even though most of the morning was chilly & foggy,  there was  a big turn out and lots of adorable dogs!!  I did not get to shoot too much because I was having fun at the booth talking to folks pretty much all day.   If I could only clone me . . . then I could have twice as much fun and get twice as much done . . . hmmm  :)  I had some really great helpers in my booth too. Big thanks to one of my assistants Jessica, my very good friend Darlene Shinn of Pechanga’s Closet (she’s the one who makes the adorable stuffed creations) and my little people posse . . . Angelo & Sophia.    I did indeed raffle off a session and the winner was a very excited lady named Paige.

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Look at this guy scoping out the waves!!!

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Look it’s a pug with a straight tail!!

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Wipeout!!!

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This dog made it look really easy!

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Come and see me this Sunday at the Surf City Surf Dog at the Huntington Dog Beach.  I will be raffling off a photo session for you and your pet with 24 Custom Designed Christmas Cards. The raffle will cost $1 per ticket and the raffle money will go to the pet related charities of the event. Please cross post so that we r aise a lot of money for the charities  (The Pet Rescue Center, Huntington Dog Beach, OC Humane Society, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue & Chase Away Canine Cancer)  www.surfcitysurfdog.com

Location:Huntington Dog Beach
Time:7:30AM Sunday, September 19th
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First Birthday Cake Smash!!

September 17, 2010

There is nothing cuter than a baby, but add a cake, a tutu and her best friend and then you have something really sticky sweet!  Here is Roxanne in her first birthday photo session.  She thoroughly enjoyed herself and her doggie did too.

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Last week I packed up the studio in my van, recruited the assistance of a couple talented colleagues and headed west with stars in my eyes and a lint roller  at hand.  I did a photo session with Shorty Rossi and four of his playful pooches, Hercules, Valentino, Bebi & Dominico.  Shorty and his furry sidekicks star in the HUGE show, Pit Boss on Animal Planet.  If you haven’t seen the show you need to check it out (click for show times). It’s always interesting photographing stars. You see them on the big screen and you wonder if they are really like that in person or if it’s all just an act. I was stunned at how totally cool, warm, and down to earth everybody was. Shorty was truly charming and such a great guy. He’s got attitude and a huge heart . . . my kinda guy.  No stranger to Hollywood, he runs his own talent agency called Shortywood, but also runs his own rescue called Shorty’s Rescue and he is committed to spreading the word that pits are really misunderstood “underdogs” who deserve our love and respect. So thanks to Shorty and his team for so much talent, drool (you’ll understand when you scroll down), fur and photographic fun. Here are some of my favorite pix/picks of the litter . . . er, I mean session.

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Shorty and his main man Hercules.

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Hercules was goofy and adorable and always had some spit for me to sop up with a  towel.

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Bebi stole my heart with her “sweet as molasses” nature.

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Valentino was just a pup and wasn’t exaclty diggin’ my lighting equipment, but for a seven month old puppy he did a pro job posing.

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Dominco well he is just as handsome as he could possibly be and I think he knows it too.

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When the work was done, Shorty took some time out to play with Dominico.

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Special Thanks to Christian Duran for lending a hand on several levels, Candy Clemente who helped so graciously with getting the doggies to pose.  I owe ya a bag of cheese & meaty treats :) And to Shorty for putting up with so many flashes of light.  I might need to buy some of your sweet smelling cigars.

An Equine So Fine

May 6, 2010

It’s easy to see why so many people love horses.  Plain and simple they are beautiful creatures.  I’ve never had a horse (sniff, sniff) but I’ve always been more than a little infatuated with them.   Recently I got the opportunity to photograph a horse professionally.   And now, I can honestly say that I have a new addition to the list of “things I love to do”.   My new friends’ name is Cowboy.  His owner adores him. That is as plain to see as the long nose on Cowboy’s face.  He used to be a rodeo horse until he found his current owner.  Cowboy’s  lived a long life and I bet, if he could talk, he’d have some interestin’ stories to tell.  In fact, you need only look at his images to see that Cowboy is horse with some history . . .  and quite a handsome horse at that.

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Well, I’ve returned from the WPPI (Wedding Portrait Photographers Intl.) convention in Vegas and whew, it  was a whirlwind of good stuff.    Seeing old friends, making new ones, taking on new product lines, getting some “fabu” ideas for new products to offer and new photo tricks to try out and cool, new equipment. I’m all shaky with new ideas!!  (Perhaps, caffeine is also at play here.)   So for the next few weeks you’ll probably see my blog speckled with these NEW STUFF updates.  The first one is so darn cool I just can’t stand it.  Lisa Scarsi Photogrpahy will now be offering a line of photo jewelry.  Not the mediocre kind you see at the mall or at consumer-type camera  stores.  This sparkly stuff  is tippy-top of the line. Sterling silver in artful designs that rival the stuff you see at Tiffany’s (but the prices are not at Tiffany’s level – thank goodness).   At the convention, I was able to look at touch and feel several different lines of jewelry and this line that I’m carrying is the absolute best.  I just love the pieces!! The sample photos do not do the pieces justice. You really have to see them and touch them.  The photos are somehow part of the silver (not just a photo cut out and  sitting in the jewelry) and best of all the image quality is amazing.  The black and white images look perfect, the desaturated images look amazing and the color looks stunning.  I don’t know how they do it!!!  I’m getting a necklace with my dogs photos and another with my kids on it and a charm bracelet and a ring and . . . OK, husbands/dads you get the point right?  Mother’s Day is on the way!!!   Here are a couple sample photos to whet your whistle . . .

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