Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna

I had the pleasure of meeting Yuki and Nuna, a pair of Shih Tzus. Did you know Shih Tzus are known as the chysanthemum dog? Me neither. And that they are more closely related to a wolf than many other dogs? They're an old breed and are a cross between a Pekingese and Lhasa Apso. Originally from Tibet, the breed was nearly wiped out during the British invasion of China with only seven males and seven females left. All Shih Tzus are descendants of those surviving 14 dogs. How's that for doing my research.Yuki is an old man. He's been with his mom Carina for a long time. His age is starting to come through. He can't see very well. Or hear, for that matter. But he's charming nonetheless. Nuna ...

Your Library, After Hours, and its Hidden Panel
Saturday, March 11, 2017
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna

First off, at this moment, I am going to tell you I started a new website for just my composite work. It's The Secret World of Pets and I also own the domains of dogs and cats, too.Now, I keep pounding you over the head with this, but I call my work the Storytelling Sessions. And because I wanted to dramatize that literally, I created a composite of a library with books with four cats, all doing various things.I wanted to create an animal coming out of a book. But then things went in a different direction. I found a stack of books, then added the library background, and found a cat who looked as if she would be leafing through a book or holding a book or something. However, the stack of ...

Breaking Bad, the Kiwi and Mango Edition
Monday, February 20, 2017
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna

I was browsing through my favorite cat hat maker's site a few months ago and it finally struck me. I'd seen the Jesse Pinkman beanie before... and the Heisenberg hat. But I hadn't thought of creating something with the two of them together. And since I have two cats...I got the ball rolling with Amelie of ToScarboroughFair on Etsy. We first learned of this shop when we did the cat calendar for Sophos and our prop coordinator ordered quite a few chapeaus for the shoot from there. This is the shop Kiwi's aviator cap came from and how handsome was he?So I took measurements of Kiwi and Mango, ordered the hats, then looked for more "Breaking Bad" props. In all honesty, they're pretty easy to ...

The Welsh Terriers -- Olive and Oona
Sunday, February 12, 2017
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna

Karen called because she has a mother and daughter pair of dogs, Olive and Oona -- beautiful Welsh terriers. Olive is 8 1/2 and Oona is 7. Karen wanted to get in a shoot before Olive showed her age... she looks beautiful now. Olive, you'll recognize, because she has the curlier coat of the two. Oona has a straighter, redder coat. It took me a while to figure it out.When we first talked, we were in the middle of the drought here in Los Angeles. Well, a good five years into it and everything was brown. But as luck would have it, by the time we could get the shoot on the books, the skies had opened up and it rained. And rained. And rained. And then when the sun peeked through, it turned green. ...

The Cone of Shame Photo Shoot
Friday, February 03, 2017
The Shih Tzus, Yuki and Nuna

Late last year, I photographed two beautiful dogs for a commercial client, KVP International. The product? The Cone of Shame! You know what I'm talking about, right? The post surgery E-collars. I've seen some pretty funny photos featuring the cone of shame. This shoot wasn't about producing funny photos. We produced great scenic photos in the California wilds -- oak trees, grasses, rocks, mountains, maybe even a little sliver of ocean.Now I'm telling you about last year's shoot because the catalog in which these beautiful dogs is now in the hands of veterinarians around the country. The dogs we had with us, Maggie and Calvin, were real troupers. They ran through the fields with the cones on ...