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Santa Fe Dog Photography

Santa Fe fine art dog photography

Santa Fe fine art dog photography

For the next six months I'll be living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico to develop a personal photography project and take a breather after a few very busy years of dog photography commissions, multiple exhibitions and completing a book tour. Pheyoo! During this time I'll be accepting Santa Fe Dog Photography commissions in and around the Santa Fe area. 

Not only is Santa Fe one of the most beautiful parts of the country, it is full of my favorite kinds of people: dog owners and art lovers. The light is magical, the landscape is inspiring, and the dogs are all really, really good. I'm looking forward to working with my new Santa Fe dog photography clients, as well as taking time to refill my creative cup. 

If you'd like to chat about scheduling a Santa Fe Dog Photography Session, please get in touch via the CONTACT page. 

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DownEast Magazine: Dog Friendly in Maine

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This past Summer I was approached by DownEast Magazine- Maine's premier travel and lifestyle publication. They were pulling together a very special Summer issue all about dog friendly Maine, and my black and white dog portrait of dogs at San Francisco's Chrissy Field caught their eye. It's an honor seeing this huge image introducing their list of dog friendly activities, dog friendly hotels and dog friendly Maine vacation spots both online and in print. It's always been a favorite dog portrait of mine, and I'm so glad I got to share it with my friendly neighbors to the North!

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Museum of Dog comes to the Berkshires

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I'm thrilled to be involved in a wonderful and very exciting new project in conjunction with David York - creator of the brand new Museum of Dog in North Adams, Mass. This amazing new gallery will feature one of the most eclectic and impressive private dog art collections in the country. Opening in January 2018, the Museum of Dog will be the newest creative addition to my wonderful town of North Adams, just one block from MassMOCA and two blocks from my North Adams fine art dog photography studio. 

I'll be helping David York curate the first exhibit, as well as develop the concept of an interactive gallery that melds the world of dogs and art - my favorite intersection, of course. The Museum of Dog is already creating lots of buzz:

www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/pet-rescue-advocate-david-york-to-open-museum-of-dog-in-the-berkshires-300542531.html

www.eturbonews.com/168590/museum-dog-open-berkshires

 

More news about this exciting collaboration with Museum of Dog coming soon!

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Young Love (and dogs) in The Berkshires

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This was a pretty special dog photography session in the Berkshires. Exactly one day after I met these wonderful humans and their dog Sweet Pea - they were engaged! How magical. I could tell things were astir when we met by the Smith College Pond in Northampton, Mass. There was an air of giddy love and secrecy, which made our photography session so much fun! Intimate and silly and creative and natural, all enveloped in beautiful dappled East Coast Summer light and perfect natural texture from our little hike through the woods. 

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Sweet Pea, a certified service dog, hopped into the river immediately after being let off leash. Which I thought was perfect (however, my clients were a little embarrassed). I love when dogs do weird things, because dogs are animals and my job is to celebrate and illustrate their quirks and their intentions and their character. Sweet Pea just really wanted to get in that water! So I spent some time photographing her exploring the river, letting all the great soggy dog texture add to our dog portraits. 

So often clients get wrapped up in trying to prepare for our session - what to wear, where to photograph, how their dog will behave etc. For years, I've been telling clients to simply relax and let me steer our session. Building trust and comfort between me and my clients is consistently my number one priority. Making strong dog portraits is never hard, but transforming strangers from skeptical perspective clients to relaxed, happy, trusting clients is not an easy process. However, it's one of the best parts of my job. These guys were a little nervous when we first met, which is totally normal. Within 10 minutes I had them laughing with me, relaxed and comfortable in their own skin, and present enough to show their love to me. Total success. The rest was easy. Thanks for a great session, guys and congrats on your engagement!

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Central Park and a Cavalier King Charles

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Sometimes I forget how hot and humid New York City can get in the Summers. Well, it can get hot. And humid. This dog photography session in Central Park was so much fun, but I sure got sweaty. That's ok, because after photographing dogs for the past ten years I've learned how to work through lots of challenging conditions: barking dogs, dogs who escape, dogs who jump into the pool, dogs who pee on me, rain, snow, and even super hot days where you think you might pass out (but you don't, because you're a professional, and professionals don't pass out). 

Sophie (the playful Cavalier King Charles) was such a great dog. My client actually purchased this Fine Art Dog Photography Session for his wife as an anniversary gift, which is such a sweet sentiment. I love getting to help clients celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, holidays etc with Dog Photography Gift Certificates (you can get more info on our dog photography gift certificates right here). 

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Even though it was hot, Central Park in New York is so vast that it has multiple shady spots to escape to, even on a weekend when the park is crowded. I've got a few favorite secluded, shady spots in Central Park that I like to use during New York dog photography sessions - which is where I steered us once we started walking into the park. Though my clients made it clear that they wanted Sophie to be the focus of our work, I was so struck by the love and subtle intimacy my clients showed toward each other. I wanted to make sure that I was able to turn a mirror on that for them, so I gently encouraged them to sit in for a few set ups. The result was a handful of really beautiful, authentic portraits of a deep and committed love that my clients and Sophie all share between the three of them. 

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The final collection my clients turned to was a small portfolio all about Sophie and the love she brings to their lives, interspersed with a few select portraits of my clients which of course made me so happy. Thanks for a great session, guys!

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New York is the best Back Drop

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Though I've never, ever wanted to live in New York City, I will be forever enchanted with photographing there. As an East Coaster at heart, there is a true grit to New York that cannot be found anywhere else. It is something about the old buildings, the centuries of dirt and grime, the beautiful architecture hiding in corners of every park, the way light filters through buildings and trees and old iron gates, and those iconic New York City park benches. I love New York dog photography sessions, because I have so much visual texture to play with. Just like this New York dog photography session with Harley the senior Pug and his beautiful humans. 

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Harley's humans contacted me because they were drawn in by how, in their own words, I "capture the essence of each dog and their relationship with their owners." I could't have said it better, and what a wonderful compliment to receive. I knew we'd get along really well, because this client (like the majority of clients that commission me) had a deep understanding of my unique perspective on the human/dog bond - that is why they chose to hire me instead of the hundreds of other dog photographers in New York City. And that's how I know my marketing, my hard work, my creative vision and my steadfast dedication to a consistent creative voice are always worth the effort. It allows me to work with wonderful clients like these guys, who are the perfect match for my studio. 

Our dog photography session in New York this Summer was so fun. We met under the arch at Washington Square Park, where Harley and his people take early morning walks with their favorite coffees every Saturday morning. I love getting to see clients and dogs in their natural habitats, and witness the intimacy of rituals. Nothing posed, nothing contrived. Just allowing my clients to be themselves. We photographed a bit around Washington Square Park (which is always full of beautiful benches, stone steps, leafy trees and of course dogs), then walked down to the river to finish our session. 

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During our Presentation, I helped my clients select three beautiful portraits that really brought together the essence of this kind and loving family. The editions, which were matted to 16x20 inches and signed, now grace the walls of their home in New York. Thanks for a great session, guys!

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A Beautiful Berkshire Session

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This dog photography session in the Berkshires of beautiful Western Massachusetts (that's about 3 hours West of Boston) was simply spectacular. The client is actually a couple whom I've become good friends with, who live right here in my building: The Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts in North Adams. I'm always so honored when friends hire me, because not only does it show a deep trust in me as an artist, it also shows that friends trust me to play both the role of professional photographer and good friend at the same time. It's a balancing act that I find challenging and exciting. 

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Chloe (the Golden/etc etc etc mix), Betty and Andrew live in a large, open, airy and bright artist loft here at the Eclipse Mill building. Betty is a textile artist, and Andrew is a writer and book collector, so it was important to me to incorporate their surroundings - the beautiful and unique home that they've built - into our portraits. Chloe is an incredibly sweet dog, always wagging her tail and smiling, but she is very mellow at home. She also pulls her family together, which - if you've ever read my blog before - you know that I love to see. For this fine are dog photography session, my focus was showing Chloe's sweet yet independent nature, while also showing the sweetness and deep love that exists between Chloe and her people. By keeping things mellow, and letting our photography session unfold very naturally, the end result was a series of fine art dog portraits that are warm and intimate, and truly a display of such joy and connection. I couldn't be happier with how these dog photographs turned out. 

In the end, my clients selected three beautiful portraits to be printed, matted and signed. They now hang on the walls of their studio, amongst an eclectic series of painting, photography and textile art, and I'm honored to be part of their collection. 

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Thanks for a wonderful session, guys!

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Publishing a Dog Photography Book: How To?

After successfully running a near $20,000 Kickstarter campaign and turning that into a book deal and then completing a bi-coastal book tour, I've received a lot of emails and phone calls about how exactly I turned a creative side project into a published dog photography book. So, here is a list of suggestions for any dog photographers looking to get their newest project in front of an interested publisher:

(Keep in mind - my Dog Photography Mentoring + Coaching Sessions are the best way to really get into the nitty gritty of the crowdfunding and publishing process. However, this is a great place to start). 

TIPS: HOW TO PUBLISH A DOG PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK

1) Have a Totally New Idea
Do not copy your fellow artists. Look at what projects/concepts have already been done, and think of a completely unique and new idea. If your idea does not inspire you deeply, does not keep you up at night, does not light a fire inside of you - it's not enough. 

2) Content Is Key
Relying on cute photos to carry the entire weight of your book is lazy. Our world is saturated with cute photos of animals, we do not need any more! Also, anyone can take a cute photo. A real artist makes images with meaning. Make sure your project has a message that is articulated through your imagery (or writing, of course!). 

3) Promote Your Project
A very important step in getting your dog photography book published is promotion. Even if you do get a book deal (fingers crossed), your publisher will most likely not be doing much publicity for you. It will be up to you to market your book, get the word out, and make sure it sells. Social media is enormously powerful, but don't forget about in-person events where you can give readers an inside look into your process. Also, make sure your book gets into the hands of media editors (both print and online) that have an interest in the topic. Google the heck out of writers and outlets and make sure each person gets a personalized letter or email along with a copy of the book or PDF sample. 

 

Got questions? Want to learn more about publishing a dog photography book or how to crowdfunding a creative side project? I'd love to help you out via a Dog Photography Mentoring Session or Dog Photography Class

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Upcoming Dog Photography Class in Cape Cod, MA

Pet Photography Class with Jesse Freidin Photographer

Pet Photography Class with Jesse Freidin Photographer

I'm teaching my semi-yearly Dog Photography Class this Summer in Cape Cod! I'm really looking forward to it, and I hope you'll join me. 

This class is open to photographers of all levels (advanced beginner to professional), and brings you through so much valuable content such as: camera basics, utilizing natural light for portraiture, dog handling skills (and people handling skills, too), storytelling through imagery, and working with real live dog models. I always start my classes by going over camera basics - ensuring that all my students not only understand the crucial concepts of shutter speed, ISO and aperture - but can comfortably utilize those concepts while shooting. Camera basics need to be second nature, and this class will really challenge you (while supporting you, too, of course) to get very comfortable using your camera's Manual setting. Students will develop personal projects to produce over the course of the class, getting assistance and feedback from fellow classmates. We'll bring in concepts of style and perspective, as well as have time to get outside into the beautiful beaches, dunes and trails of Cape Cod, Mass to create content for final projects. 

Though this course really packs a lot of information and learning into a short 4 days, we go at a very easy and digestible pace and have a lot of fun while we're at it. Learning is fun, and so is teaching! So be sure to sign up at the link below for this dog photography class, as space is limited. 

Dog Portraiture Class
at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

Date: Monday July 31 - Friday August 4, 2017
Location: Truro, MA (Cape Cod)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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Two Pugs in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Pet Photography

Los Angeles Pet Photography

I photographed Evian and Eddy, two black Pug siblings, in Los Angeles recently. I met this adorable, squishy and sweet duo at their home in West Hollywood while I was in Los Angeles for my book tour with Finding Shelter. Evian and Eddy's people commission a Los Angeles dog photography session to celebrate a month-long birthday bash. Luckily, I got to be part of that celebration as our LA dog photography session was one of the gifts! I love working with clients who've given a session as a gift because it makes everything so much more special. 

Los Angeles Dog Photographer

Los Angeles Dog Photographer

This was a truly special family. Everyone loved everyone else equally, there was such a kind and calm sense of support and caring that it made creating great dog portraits almost easy. The bright Los Angeles sunshine filled their West Hollywood apartment with just the right amount of light to open up the tones on these two black dogs, letting everything feel airy and joyful. I couldn't really have asked for anything more during this photography session. 

Best Pet Photography in Los Angeles

Best Pet Photography in Los Angeles

Jesse Freidin Los Angeles Pet Photography

Jesse Freidin Los Angeles Pet Photography

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