Posts Tagged ‘pit bulls’

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 :)

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”.

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.

From the session one year ago
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Hercules and Kylie Today
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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.

I Woof U, Camp Bow Wow

February 1, 2010

This past weekend, I did a day of shooting on location at Camp Bow-Wow in Anaheim .   (which, BTW, is chock full-o-fun for all doggies and a great place for owners to take their dogs)  For some of the staff members, who, have not just ONE dog, but a pack of their own, I did sessions with multiple dogs.  What posers!!!    I’m still editing tons of images ‘cuz we got many, many great shots. Here are my quick picks of the day (cuz I know you Campers are dying to see ’em).   Thanks Camp Bow Wow staff for telling all your clients about me and bringing in your doggies for me to photograph!!  OK, get ready to ooh and ahhh . . .

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This is Kris’ main man, Pierre, who is just impossibly lovable.

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Here is Kris’ full crew: Patches (the big one), Pierre, Mac, Ginger, Sophie, Chief

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This dapper older gentleman is aptly named Romeo.  I just fell in love with him.

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Maui poses for us by pointing out the “kisses and hugs” toy.

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Guinness is a newer addition to Erin’s crew.  He’s just a pup but he was so  good in front of the camera.

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A family portrait Romeo, Guinness and and Maui.   Can you believe we got this shot in about 3 minutes?

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However, these guys made us work for it . . . Kona (left) and Matix (an 8 month old  rescue puppy) just did not want to pose together.  We did manage to get a  few good shots of them together.  I love this one because you can see two of Kona’s lower teeth if you look really close.  How CUTE is that!!???

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Matix and Kona again.  This one is one of those shots where I just love the composition.

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And for the drumroll . . .  you gotta give this girl the award for most cooperative . . . Layla.

Yes, she winks on command (OK, not really, I was just fast with the shutter button).

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