Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station

So I am a longtime member of the Los Angeles Center of Photography where back in the day I took a lot of classes, particularly when it was the Julia Dean Photography Workshops. There, yours truly took many classes in lighting, both strobe and flash, and headshots, among others. These classes laid the foundation for the mild-mannered pet photographer I am today.The LACP has exhibitions annually for its members. You know, I thought it was maybe 50-75 photographers, not very competitive, but boy, was I ever wrong.I entered the fourth annual exhibition with five of my composites that you see on this site: Phoebe, the Frenchie, adrift; the Library; the Birth of Luna; the Aviator; and Kiwi ...

The Golden Boy in the Golden State
Monday, July 17, 2017
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station

I had a great shoot with Toby and his parents! It really was great, the family was so friendly, and get this... they were my assistants for the shoot! Lauryn and Jada and Jim were just enormous help with the reflector and the leash, especially when it came to running shots. It all would have gone well with just one family member but to have three, well, that was just an embarrassment of riches.Now Toby is a four-year-old golden retriever and we photographed him in the gold fields near Newbury Park. And yes, that's right, you guessed it. At the golden hour. In the golden state. How's that for the golden boy?Toby has what the family calls a "nose hawk," a thin ridge of darker fur that rides ...

Hobo Joe's First Kitty Photo Shoot
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station

So my client Lizzie fosters kittens. She has fostered a lot of them, giving them a great shot at life. But she just had a foster fail. Hobo Joe, the smoky gray kitten. Something about Hobo Joe melted Lizzie and her husband Ryan's heart and before you could say "meow," Hobo Joe was theirs. They had two cats but one recently passed away so they had a permanent vacancy in the household.We had a great kitten shoot. Hobo Joe was just so tiny. He was only six or seven weeks old when we had his photography session. And you know kittens... so adorable.For me as a pet photographer, my hierarchy in terms of photographing dogs and cats is: 1) dogs are easiest 2) kittens are next easiest 3) then cats ...

How to Find a Pet Photographer
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station

Right off the bat, this is going to sound self-serving. I'll stipulate to that. But it is something that is weighing on my mind and I wanted to offer my advice and maybe it's something for you to consider.The question is, how do you choose a pet photographer that's right for you?I think the first thing people take into consideration is price. Pet photographers are all over the spectrum when it comes to what they charge for a session and products. There are super inexpensive pet photographers and those that make you gasp and a range in between.In general, the less expensive photographers have less experience or they have a day job that subsidizes their photography and they are pretty happy ...

Photo Composite: Lyle and Fiona in the Music Hall
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Phoebe Lost at Sea on Exhibit at Bergamot Station

I've photographed Lyle and Fiona before, probably two years or so ago. They are two quite stunning poodles, immaculately groomed with sweet personalities.But after seeing my Storytelling Sessions, their owner was ready for a tale for them. She told me she was thinking of Fiona as a singer and Lyle on the piano. My mind immediately went to a concert hall, grand piano, gowns, ties and tails... but that wasn't what Toni was seeing. She saw Lyle in a beret, a sort of cabaret, a lounge. And my mind took off. Yes, of course. We'll trade in the grand for an upright, put them onstage in something slightly seedy, and Lyle will definitely have his beret.The shoot went fast. First, I forgot the ...