Posts Tagged ‘photography’

The Mew Crew

October 18, 2013

Lilly and Oliver (I think the foster mom is never really going to part with them :) Who can blame her.

What’s more fun than a litter of kittens?  Knowing that they will all have good homes.  I recently shot this litter for the good folks at FOCHP (Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets. They are all looking for homes so if you find yourself feeling a little lonely or in need of about 17+ years of fun, you might want to bring one  of these babies home.

 

Dora in the basket.

Wild thing! You make my heart sing. Not really wild though as you can see Nora just sat pretty for her portrait. She did like the feather toy we had in the studio though:)

“Hanging out and waiting for my new family,” says Nora.

To Hercules with Love

May 2, 2013

My good friend Hercules, the pit bull, has about 2-10 weeks to live.  Cancer is getting the best of him and his time with us running out.  Many of you know him, have met him at events or know him through the portraits of him that I have taken in the last few years. He has marched in several Luv-a-Bully marches, first with 4 legs and then with 3 legs and served as an “ambassadog” at many rescue events around Orange County.

I met Hercules in 2009 at a Luv-a-Bully march in Brea.  The march was a gathering of about 200+ pit bulls and their owners to dispel the public opinions that pit bulls were mean fighting dogs and protest BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). Dr. Paula Terifaj (now the owner of DogSpa) asked me to photograph the event and that is how I met Hercules and his family, Kylie (now 5) and mom Leslie.  I snapped some photos of Herc and Kylie at the event and a few months later Leslie contacted me, in a panic, to do portraits of Kylie with Hercules because Hercules had cancer and she did not know how long he would live. Kylie was two then and Leslie was afraid that without photos Kylie would not be able to remember Hercules when she grew up.    Since that time, the bond that Hercules shares with his girl Kylie has become a personal photographic project for me.  The images of Kylie and Hercules together have touched many people and helped to change the negative perception some people have of the pit bull breed.  The portrait work has served as a medium to communicate the true nature of pit bulls as protectors and kid-loving, furry balls of love.

I know a lot of pit bulls!!!   Of all of them, Hercules is the most loving, the most patient, and the best ambassador for the breed I’ve ever met.  His work here on earth is just about done.  I’ve captured some memories with the photography we’ve done, but it’s still so difficult for Kylie and Leslie to deal with the loss they will grieve someday very soon.    I have been trying to think of something to do to help them and then today it hit me . . . I know we are all busy people, but I would like to make a simple but heartfelt request . . . send Hercules and/or his girl Kylie (who is now 5) a card or a note before he goes.  Wish Hercules the best, send hugs, send notes of gratitude for allowing us to see what dedication and love is all about. Tell Hercules how brave he is to have fought cancer for 5 years.  Tell Kylie and Leslie how you admire that they have cared for him so well these five years while Hercules had numerous treatments to keep his cancer at bay.

I have tried to remember all of the people that Hercules has touched in his life, but I’m sure there are so many more.  Feel free to share this message with anyone you know, that might know Hercules or be interested in his story.  Tell everyone about him and spread his story far and wide.  He’s a good dog and good pit bull and he’s leaving a big ‘ole pawprint on my heart and the hearts of many.

I have also posted this on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lspetportraits

Please send cards and love to:

Hercules c/o FOCHP
26423 Scott Rd.
Menifee CA 92584

Thank you so very much for caring about the breed we love.

Lisa

P.S.   If you haven’t already read it, Roni Raczkowski wrote a wonderful article about Hercules and it was published on the Best Friends site and went viral a couple of years ago.  http://bestfriends.org/News-And-Features/News/Are-You-There,-God–It-s-Me,-Hercules/

P.S.S.  For those of you who do not know, a portrait from 2012 of Kylie and Hercules are featured as the month of July in the Unexpected Pit Bull calendar http://theunexpectedpitbull.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50

 

 

One of the first portraits of Hercules and his girl Kylie (Summer of 2010). This image is up on display in several Orange County location, has traveled all over the internet, and has been seen by thousands of people.

Here are some shots from the session we did last summer. Some of these images are featured in the Unexpected Pit Bull Calendar 2013.

This portrait was shot on April 24th. Hercules still seemed to be feeling OK but he was a bit slower and got tired a bit quicker. He still enjoyed being with his girl and I got more than a few kisses from him.

When I was done shooting I handed Leslie the camera and asked her to take a photo of me and Herc. I am so glad I did. Thanks Leslie for everything.

Pet Portrait Video

April 17, 2013

 

I just realized that I did not post my newest pet portrait video!!!  How remiss of me.  Enjoy the furry cuteness :)

A few weeks ago I got a call from another photographer Cliff Lester.   We met about 15 years ago, although neither one of us can be sure of the exact year. (yet, another reason I regret not keeping a better journal)   I had just moved to California and was continuing my quest to learn how to take a decent photo.  I had enrolled in a Class called Commercial Photography and Cliff was the instructor.  Cliff was such a great teacher I followed him around a bit, like a bug following the light, taking a class here and a pro workshop there.  So back to present day . . . Cliff asked me to present to his class of college students at Cypress College.  The class is called “Careers in Photography”.  I was charged with the duty of giving the class an idea of how I got to where I am and what made it possible.    I admit part of the process was daunting, filling two hours of time, figuring out what to say, picking an outfit that doesn’t make me look short, determining what to show them, . . . but in the end the whole experience was really fun and fulfilling.  I had to think about what has helped me to be successful in this crazy business and what has not.  I had to think about how I do things enough to be able to explain it to people who don’t do it every day.  After the whir of the projector stopped and I pulled my samples in my rolling bag out of the classroom , I found that I have one more thing to thank Cliff for (the list is getting pretty long).  The process of evaluating where you are and how you got there is good.   The path is good too and the road ahead seems a bit easier than the one I just trod upon.

Here is what was left of the class after I bored them to tears for 2 hours.  I am the shortest one on the left.  I should have worn higher heels or stood on a box.  The students were really good sports and they all had great questions for me during the Q&A period. I so enjoyed meeting them and I could feel their passion for photography.

Here is the class with one of the best and most dedicated photo teachers I’ve ever met, Cliff Lester, on the far left.  Thanks to Cypress College and all the schools that are still able to provide places where we can go and study the arts.  Cypress has a really great photography program.  I took classes there in Photojournalism, Wedding  and Digital Photography.

Portraits of Love

June 3, 2012

So lately I’ve been tinkering with a new style for my portraits. I’m not sure what to call it but they somehow seem to tap into the connection we have each other , whether it be people with their families or people with their pets. This connection is something that has always interested me. As far back as I can remember (even before I was interested in photography) I have been in love with love. In love with the way people connect with other hearts and how you can see the connections. Here are some portraits I did recently where the connection is so strong you can feel it. This is Minnie and her person. They’ve been together for a long time and soon Minnie will be leaving this world because she has cancer. (you can see there is some fur missing from her right leg) Hopefully she will be able to stick around a little longer because I know her mom will miss her so. dempsey-106
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OK, so we know what you’re thinking. Mother’s Day!! That’s in May. That is so far away. Well, not really. It’s March 1st and in about two months you’ll be pulling your hair out trying to think of the perfect and meaningful gift for your mom (or the mother of your children or furry children). Can we make a little suggestion? Make it easy on yourself and call us now to schedule an appointment. We will do portraits of whoever “Mom” loves and then you’ll have the most amazing and thoughtful gift to wrap and present to her ON Mother’s Day. Not only can we help you select beautiful custom prints but we also have a very nice selection of custom photo products like photo jewelry, bags, canvas art. Stuff that is sure to bring a tear to Mom’s eye. So for the next few weeks we will post a photo and an idea of what would make a great gift for Mother’s Day.

Without further ado . . . Mother’s Day Gift Idea #1
A tote bag for all her stuff with your photo on it!!! Or her pooches photo on it! Bags take about 3 weeks so that is why you will want to book your session soon to get your mom’s session done and then order the custom photo bag. sophia8bday-482

I am always intrigued by how one thing leads you down a path to another and how creativity connects things and people and events in your life . . . My daughter got the part of Dorothy in the school play. A pretty big deal to any mom and especially me :) So as soon as we got her costume, I sent out a message to my friends and fam letting them know that I needed a “Toto” to model for a photo session. Because what self respecting animal nut like me would do a portrait of Dorothy without a good Toto as a sidekick ?! One of my good friends, Cindy Scott of Dogs, Etc. has a dog named Bosley and he is always up for attention.
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Sophia and Bosley :) He is right at home in my studio and the lap of pretty much anyone :)
Then when I looked at the site of one of my favorite local rescues, FOCHP, I saw a puppy who was practically a dead ringer for Toto! They were calling him Scrappy. I called and asked if I could borrow Scrappy for a couple days. Since Scrappy was small (about 12 lbs) and part Cairn Terrier (which was the breed of the real Toto) I thought he’d be a good fit with Sophia my daughter.
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Sophia and Scrappy/Toto in the shot I liked best. I made this into a poster for her.

Scrappy is now called Toto by the folks at FOCHP. Toto/Scrappy is a phenomenal dog. He is a 4-6 month old puppy and he is good with dogs, cats, kids and everyone!! Unbelievably he has been with FOCHP for a little over a week and has not been adopted yet. Anybody want a perfect little dog (red shoes not included) If you are interested in adopting him contact FOCHP.org. Since Scrappy/Toto is a rescue dog “looking to find his way home” I took some photos of him by himself so that FOCHP could use them to get him adopted.
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And then I thought, hey, this image would make a great promotional ad for “Adoptions” and so it is. If you are a magazine or other form of media that would like to use this ad as a PSA to promote pet adoption please contact me at info@lisascarsi.com.
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So what have I learned . . . sometimes it is good to start at the beginning and just follow the yellow brick road.

Canvas Wall Clusters

February 2, 2012

Lately I’ve been doing so many adorable canvas wall clusters. Here is one for one of my pet clients. The pieces are 2 11″x14″ and 2 14×14″. The doggies are named Zachary (the boy who is not always an angel but sure looks cute with wings . Sophie who has the big eyes, and Zoe who looks smashing in the red feathered hat. (Yes, Karen the pieces are on order. Can’t wait to see them in person!)))

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Looking for Love . . .

January 20, 2012

All the pets in this video are looking for homes. They are being fostered by the good folks at Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets (FOHCP) but they sure would like “fur”ever homes. If your home is full, would be kind enough to share this video far and wide so that these babies will find families to love for “always”.

Little Cherub

August 26, 2011

Here is a sweet little angel I photographed while I was visiting family in upstate New York. We had great light outside so we took this little cutie out in the grass and used all natural light. She was the happiest little girl during the whole session and she had us all completely wrapped around her fingers (when she wasn’t chewing on them) :) Thanks for spending time with me & my camera little Corina. You are absolutely beautiful!

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