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MISS LOLA ROSE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I had the pleasure of photographing Miss Lola Rose and her mom a few months ago in Los Angeles. Her mom won my Fine Art Dog Photography Package at the Buddha Bark fundraiser for Best Friends Animal Society - I donate photography packages to countless organizations every year, but always love connecting with big groups like Best Friends because they have such a huge impact on how we treat, rescue, and support our country's animals. My session with Lola Rose was truly magical- she is the kind of dog that exudes love and devotion, with a healthy dose of ridiculous. As she sauntered around the house, back yard, zoomed around the table, and sat in her favorite spot staring out the second-story window, she painted a picture of an amazingly happy dog's life. The sparks that flew between Lola, her mom, and her grandpa were amazing. They were a devoted family, and each took care of the others in unique ways. These are some of my favorite images of the past year, and bring me so much joy as a photographer, dog owner, and human being.

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BUDDHA BARK GOLDEN GLOBES CELEBRATION

So, I just had my very first 'jet setter' experience. One day, I was busy rustling up attention via the online world, and the next day I was whisked away to West Hollywood to photograph the Buddha Bark Celebrity ad Canine Golden Globes event. How amazing! My very first invitation to mingle with celebrities, not to mention help support one of the most well known animal rescue foundations in the country, Best Friends. Buddha Bark is the newest philanthropic engine of the animal world. Powered by Hollywood flair, celebrity support, and many kind hearts, Buddha Bark is gearing up to make a strong impact in the coming year. My job during this whirl-wind weekend was to make sure I recognized every famous face on the red carpet, didn't miss a beat during the doggie fashion show, and captured the spirit and excitement of  Madison Svensson's brand new organization (she's the brain child behind Buddha Bark). But, you know what they say- never leave home without your Hasselblad. Or, is it only me that says that.... Anyway, I couldn't help but take some beautiful black and white portraits, while frantically trying to put names to famous faces. To name-drop a few: Hal Sparks (Queer As Folk), James Avery (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Tami Erin (Pippy Longstocking), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and Jason Biggs (American Pie). All the celebrities that showed up were true dog lovers, and many owned multiple rescue dogs. How cool is that!?

Here are some fun images from the weekend's event. Enjoy!

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