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Beekeeping with my father

Crunch-time is hitting the studio, and in order to clear my head a bit before diving in to a challenging and rewarding day of production I thought I'd spend a minute with a few favorite Polaroid images from this Summer. I came across these portraits of my father tending to his bees while putting together a guest post for one of my favorite blogs-Dog Art Today. This guest blog post is all about my secret affair with my iPhone's "poladroid" app. I love it, I hate it, I feel conflicted about it. But then I stumble across my one true love- a dusty Polaroid Land Camera- and all is right again. Nothing comes close to the magic, the depth, and wordless honesty that the analog instant system can create.

When you photograph the things you love, with the tools you love, the only outcome will be something beautiful. So, here are a few portraits of my father, proudly tending to his bees. I was supposed to be helping, but instead I just tucked my pants into my socks, put my hood over my head, and tried to focus the darn camera through a huge mesh cape/hat thing. It was perfect.

 

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SEMINAR WRAP-UP//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

My first summer seminar is wrapping up, and (ofcourse) I couldn't be more proud of my students. Each one of them has created an entirely new portfolio of dog portraiture, learned from their peers, and seriously grown as artists. In the past 4 days we've covered camera basics, photography 101, dog handling 101, and some pretty advanced creative concepts. When I'm teaching, I want to be a mirror for my students. I want to show them where they are, and where they can get to. All with a seamless balance of support, encouragement, and taking each student to task. dog photography class

My "Intro to Fine Art Dog Photography" 5-day seminar dealt a lot with Style- an incredibly important aspect of any artist's career. If you don't have a unique style, you cannot leverage yourself as an artist. It was exciting to see my students tap into their particular styles, learn how to articulate them with words, and then with images.

Here are a few fun "behind the scenes" shots of my students hard at work...

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Students took turns bringing their dogs to class each day, but Pancake was a special guest for our "Field Day." Nepotism really gets you everywhere these days. He was a great model, and at the end of our shoot he took the liberty to run around like a crazy-person in the marsh muck up to his elbows. It was endearing. And very messy. But I've always said that at the end of a session you should always encourage dog's to take a victory lap. Just, not in the mud.

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A huge congratulations to all my Castle Hill students for bringing so much creativity, focus, and joy to our seminar. Can't wait to see you all in the photo-universe!

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'INFORMATIONAL HUBS'//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

This Summer I'll be on the East Coast from Aug 3- Sept 10, travelling between Cape Cod, New York, and Boston. Since I can only be in one place at a time, I've hand-selected a few extraordinary East Coast stores to serve as "Informational Hubs" for my studio. This means that if you're considering taking a class, booking a session, attending an event, or just want to know where my favorite place is for dog food or photo supplies- all you need to do is visit one of these amazing establishments. They'll hand you an exclusive Informational Packet AND just might have a SPECIAL SUMMER COUPON.  

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So stop by these select "Informational Hubs", pick up some info on our studio, and don't forget to tell them I sent you.

Do you know of an amazing place between New York and Cape Cod that would be a great Informational Hub? Shoot me an email with their info and I'll send you a special thank-you.

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SUMMERTIME CIRCUS MACHINE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I'm currently planning my Instant Doggie Photo Booth which I'll be introducing to the East Coast this summer. Exciting! I'll be at the Wellfleet Flea Market every weekend in August 2011 (for those of  you synching up your iCal right now, that's 8/6-8/7, 8/13-8/14, 8/20-8/21, 8/27-8/28). This is the flea market of all flea markets on Cape Cod. Rows and rows of amazing antiques (my house is filled with billions of old cameras from my summer thrifting habit), hand-made artisan crafty things, local products, amazing tools you never knew you needed, snacks (love snacks!), and lots and lot of sunshine. And in the evening everyone clears out and the parking lot becomes the legendary Wellfleet Drive-In where you can sit on the roof of your car, eat more snacks, and watch some awesome movies. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.  

I'm hiring a canopy company to create a custom circus-striped pop-up tent for me, with roll-down walls. Since it will be so bright out, the inside of the tent will be a virtual enormous soft box (a nerdy photo term for big light-bulb). Genius! Kind of like this:

I've also found some great old Polaroid folios, which I'll customize with my logo. Dogs come into the tent, sit for a beautiful and unique instant portrait, and walk away with a small keepsake. It's going to be so much fun.

You won't be able to miss me (just look for the red and white stripes!!). So, if you have plans to be on Cape Cod, MA this summer - either for my 5-day Intro To Fine Art Dog Photography seminar (info here: Castle Hill Center for the Arts), or simply to vacation and soak up the sun- be sure to come visit me on the weekends at the Wellfleet Flea Market.

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SUMMER CLASS IN CAPE COD//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

The Summer 2011 schedule is finally out for the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill- an amazing arts center that has been around for 40 years, attracting some of the country's most prestigious professional artists in a variety of mediums. I couldn't be more excited to spend a week at Castle Hill teaching my "Intro to Fine Art Dog Photography" course. We'll be utilizing class room time and discussion, workshopping images via daily critiques, discussing the magic of an emotional portrait, and getting out into the field. For any of you who have never had the pleasure of spending time on Cape Cod, Massachusetts- it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is a light on Cape Cod that cannot be found anywhere else, and textures and patterns that make any artist feel constantly inspired and moved to create. For this reason, my summer course is going to be a very special experience. Here's a little information about the class. I hope you can join me. Registration is very limited (10 students only), so I'd definately suggest you sign up soon.

DATES: August 8-12, 2011

TIME: Mon-Fri, 1-4pm

COST: $380

You can learn more about the center, my class, and how to register here: TRURO CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT CASTLE HILL

Although this is not dog related, here is one of my favorite Summer Cape Cod images. During the Summers I like to wade along the beaches, knee-deep, carrying at least three cameras with me, photographing all the old row boats drifting close to shore. It doesn't get much better than this:

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WINTER VACATION MAGIC//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I recently returned from a whirl-wind tour of the East Coast (my stomping grounds). I spent a week in New York City, schmoozing various galleries and animal rescue groups. Had a great meeting with my good friends at The Impossible Project. Bought my first fully custom suit (a modern black cut with red pinstripe lining!!) from Alabaster and Chess. Then I zipped over to Boston for a meeting with one of my favorite Boston galleries, Gallery Kayafas. Schmoozed some of the best dog stores in GBA (that's Greater Boston Area, to you left-coasters), and finally landed on Cape Cod for a few days of R&R. Cape Cod in the winter is a magical place. It is very cold. And very desolate. And very, very beautiful. There is no other place in the world more inspiring to me than Cape Cod. Maybe it is because I grew up spending time out there, worked summers in a hot Cape Cod restaurant for many years, rode my skateboard through Provincetown during the summers. It makes me want to wake up early every day and put a camera up to my face until the sun disappears. It's also where I bought my very first Polaroid Land Camera (of which I now own..... 25?), and thus began a serious obsession with photography. It brings me back to that innocent need to create analog images that still drives my work today.

I don't show my personal work much these days, since I am kept very busy with my Fine Art dog portraiture. But it's certainly a special treat to get to share another unique side of my photography. Here are a few favorite Polaroids from my trip:

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