Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018

Excuse me while I pick myself off the floor... okay, ready. We photographed 192 dogs over seven Ice Cream Socials for Dogs in August and September. We did it. Yes, it was the most fun you can have with a frozen treat. And it was also exhausting but oh lordy, I got to laugh and meet great people with great dogs. I mean, come on, dogs eating ice cream? It was the best.You know I photographed these for a book, right? And in the next 15 days I get to sort through all of these images and figure out which ones to submit to the publisher. For reals, this is going to be a tough one. There are certain categories the doggies tend to fall in... the chompers, the delicate lickers, the I-can't-believe-I ...

Why You Should Have Printed Photos
Sunday, September 02, 2018
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018

OK, I'm sorry, I said "should." But I feel strongly about this. Right now, I am looking at a black and white photograph of my grandparents on their wedding day. I have a beautiful portrait of my parents' on their wedding day in the 1950s. I have a photo of me and my little black cat Typo taken in the early '90s. Know what I don't have? Any photo I stored on my computer or phone in the 1990s and early 2000s. Or the photos I put on my Zip disk. Yeah, Zip disk, does anyone even know what that is?I can have one image taken 100 years ago that is beautiful. It has stood the test of time. I can have thousands of images that were stored as bits and bytes and they are in digital heaven. Gone. ...

Two New Members of the Family
Friday, August 31, 2018
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018

You know those heart-warming stories you read of families being reunited? And sometimes -- often, really -- the particular relatives don't know each other exists? Yeah, that happened to me. Through the miracle of DNA science, my two sisters and I found out we have a half-sister in the state my father was born in and spent part of his twenties. And just last week, my sisters and I traveled to Minnesota to meet Nancy, our half sister, discovered through Ancestry.It was my cousin Joanie who first alerted us to the possibilities of having a new relative. On Ancestry, Nancy came up as her first cousin. On my sister Denise's profile, Nancy's DNA and age could make her only one thing -- a half ...

A Favorite Family of Mine
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018

Amanda reminds me I've known her for 12 years. That's a long time! I first met her when I was taking a lighting class and she was the makeup artist hired for the workshop. I liked her makeup and began hiring her for headshot shoots. When I first began doing pet photography, she and her wife Kate bought one of my first big pieces for their family of four dogs.That was a very memorable shoot because it was the first time I had four sets of eyes looking at me all at once. It happened on the second shot. I thought pet photography was easy. Maybe not easy, but very fulfilling. It's my favorite thing ever.I'm working on a new project now -- still involving dogs -- and I asked them to help me out ...

The Cone of Shame, Part II
Monday, July 16, 2018
It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018

You might recall from a while back that I photographed images for KVP International's catalog... yes, the maker of the cone of shame. Well, oops, I did it again. The shoot took place in Malibu where we met before the sun came up along with rangers who let us in the gates. That's what you get when you have a permitted shoot. No hassle and needed amenities, like parking on the grounds.For the previous year, we photographed among the hills of Malibu... golden grasses, mountains, oaks. Very wild California. For this year's catalog, we were at Carrillo State Beach.We had a blast... the dogs took to their cones like trained models... they weren't but they didn't need to be. And we got photos in ...