TRUE STORIES-OTIS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN
Today's installment of 'True Stories" - this is what I've renamed my 'Follow Up Series' - features Otis the amazing Muttville Senior Dog Rescue pit bull. Otis' parents won a session with me at last year's Muttville Senior Dog Rescue fundraiser, and the work we did together was truly inspiring. Otis is showered with love, and treated with the kind of respect you'd give to an elder. He is given room for his quirks and stubborness, support and attention for his elderly needs, and an amazing amount of companionship. I love the way our collection looks on the wall, and know that these pieces bring Otis and his family so much joy every single day. Here is what they had to say about our collaboration:
How do your photographs make you feel?
They make us happy to see Otis on the wall. They are great photos that really capture his spirit. Everyone who comes over loves all of the photos. They’re great.
How did you, as curator of your collection, choose where to display your prints?
We needed a wall that was big enough so our options were somewhat limited. We wanted to put it in a room that we would be able to enjoy it frequently. Therefore we put him in the kitchen so we see him daily.
What pushed you to work with our studio? Were you considering other photographers before you came to us? What made us stand out?
We weren’t actually looking to get a dog portrait, however I had seen your photograph of the two dogs singing on display at Best in Show and thought “Wow, what a great photo”. About a week later we were at the Muttville fundraiser and a portrait with you was up for bid at the silent auction. I told Whitney we had to bid on it. When we “won” I was thrilled.
Did you feel there was anything missing from our session, or our collaboration?
I would love to see the contact sheets of all the photos.
Anything else you’d like to add?
You’re easy to work with, low key, and patient. I’m not a fan of posing for photographs but you made it pretty simple.