Modern Pet Portraiture in Los Angeles
Another Cat Calendar
Friday, November 23, 2018
Introducing Dog Noir

It's been four years since I last did my all-cat calendar but we have another one for 2019! But it's a personal calendar, one designed for cat brothers Vincent and Winston. Their mom Monica had outfits for every month for them. These boys were great. Well, Vincent didn't love outfits... he usually only had one expression... but he put up with it, which, truth be told, kind of astonished me. As the caretaker of my two cat boys, they don't like to dress up that much. Well, not at all. But these guys went through all 12 months.I would photograph one of them first, usually Winston, the gray boy, and then Vincent. And in Photoshop I would put the two of them together in appropriate settings. I ...

Happy Halloween!
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Introducing Dog Noir

It's been so long, my friends! A very, very busy month as I finished the book by the October 15 deadline, then began to fulfill other orders plus squeeze in a couple of really fun dog and cat photography shoots! But now it's near Halloween and I finally completed what I guess you would call a Halloween Storytelling image. Yes, it's my friend Luna, the border collie mix, who is one of my greatest muses because of how expressive she is.I don't know if you watch "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu but I love it. Well, love is a strong word. It's sometimes very hard to watch, especially the second season. It was pretty brutal but of course I was addicted to it and hooked my sister on it as well.For ...

It's a Wrap for the Ice Cream Social for Dogs, 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Introducing Dog Noir

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
Introducing Dog Noir

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
Introducing Dog Noir

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 ...