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TAKE YOUR DOG TO WORK DAY//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

"Attention please. Attention. This is Pancake. It's 'Take Your Dog To Work Day'. It's a very important day. I go to work every day but today I kicked my dad out of his desk and made him follow me around all day while I did important studio things. Like edit photos and make frames and stuff. I guess my dad's an ok photographer. I mean, I let him take my picture and all." boston terrier photography

"So I started off editing some photos. On the computer. It scared me."

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"Whatever. I got the hang of it, ok?"

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"Miko tried to act all cool like he could edit photos, too. But he's too young to understand the complexity of composition and stuff like that."

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"So then I was like- Dad, stop lollygaggin' we gotta make frames and stuff. Pass me the tape gun. And go clean some glass for me and stuff ok."

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"Whatever. Then I was all 'Dad get out of the way I gotta make these prints and stuff.' And he was all 'No dogs allowed in the darkroom.' And I was all "Whatever I can make these prints real good. It's all Zone 6 and a touch of contrast and pass me the dodge tool and don't forget to split tone. Duh."

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"I kept my tie on the whole time. Because that's what a real artist does. Whatever."

 

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DOGS IN THE WORKPLACE (BEANTOWN HANDMADE)//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I love getting more bang for your buck. Today's DIWP (Dogs in the Workplace) features not only a fellow local artisan (virtual fist-bump for artists making hand-made pieces, and taking pride in their craft), but also a fellow Boston Terrier owner. This may actually be my most favorite 'more bang for your buck' combination ever. Let's get to know Anne, the owner of Beantown Handmade, and her two Bostons- Lily and Bean.

"I own a small business and work out of a home office/studio space. Our Boston Terriers Bean and Lily have their own space with toys and beds in the studio. They take their role as general supervisors very seriously by smelling all merchandise going in and out and making sure the office smells like farts during business hours.

Our business is named Beantown Handmade. I create handmade pet apparel and accessories and sell them through our website, on Etsy, at craft shows and to retailers across the country. Most of the time when I’m at work I’m crocheting, knitting and sewing snow hats, sweaters, bow ties and other assorted amusing things for your furry companions. My husband is my business partner. He helps with our photography and graphic design and is an all around sweetheart and lugger of heavy things at craft shows.

Bean was the inspiration for our business and has been our shop mascot and supermodel for the past two and a half years. He was 6 months old when I started making him sweaters to cope with our frigid Nebraska winters, and I enjoyed designing for him so much I started making pieces for friends and neighbors and it evolved into a business. He was a remarkable model from the beginning, finding it amazing he would get treats and praise just for sitting still. When photo paper comes out, he sits on it patiently and waits for his liver bits. We adopted our second Boston Lily last year from Nebraska Boston Terrier Rescue and she is more of a behind the camera kind of gal. Lily’s favorite office task is smelling incoming packages, and she is very suspicious of bubble wrap, plastic and cardboard boxes of any size.

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Bean and Lily are very patient product testers, making sure what we offer is as comfortable as possible.  We support animal rescue organizations all over the world by donating products and a percentage of our proceeds to charity. If animals benefit from it, we’re all about it.

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Dogs have an amazing ability to instantly reduce the stress level of just about any situation. My dogs are also my role models in the workplace: I wish I could approach all of life’s endeavors with the same optimism and self-assuredness they have."

 

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(all photos: Anne Burton)

 

Do you have an office mascot? Do your dogs help define what your business is all about? Lets tell the world all about it. Contact our studio to get involved in the DIWP series: studio@jessefreidin.com

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DOGS IN THE WORKPLACE (CLYDE)//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Today's DIWP (that's my new tag for 'Dogs in the Workplace', FYI) features Clyde (the studly French Bulldog) and his awesome mom, Letitia. Letitia and I are buddies because we're both addicted to posting cute pictures of our dogs on Twitter. Clyde and Letitia work for a technology company in Boston, MA (wootwoot, my home town). Here are her thoughts on Dogs in the Workplace:

"I’m a senior graphic designer & production manager at small company with a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, located just outside of Boston. After freelancing for a few months, we officially hired Clyde the French Bulldog in February of 2010 as “El Jefe” of our Engineering, Operations, Content, and Design departments. (That’s “Chief” for all you non Spanish speaking people.) Clyde’s not involved in any financial aspects of the company for fear that he would blow everyone’s salaries on Himalayan bones instead of actually cutting paychecks every two weeks.

Although hired for the important role of El Jefe, turns out Clyde’s not so good at managing projects or employees. However, he IS a master crumb hunter, greeter, prankster, and snoopervisor. He also sits in on conference calls, attends company meetings, inspects packages before they’re shipped, and warns us of solicitors who occasionally slip through the front door.

The best benefit of having Clyde at work every day is simply the smile he brings to our faces. He’s always happy to see all of his coworkers and is a great little guy to cheer someone up if they’re working on a tough project or make you laugh when it’s time for that afternoon break. Most everyone stops by our office to say hello to him, sit down on the ground to wrestle with him, toss treats into his mouth, or bring back a mangled Wubba he may have left behind in their office. He’s also a good lap warmer for those days when it’s a little chilly.

Our company’s mission is to (Snoop Dogg/Old School reference coming up) make money money make money money. Clyde’s personal mission is to save money money save money money money for more and more treats. I suppose they go hand in hand. In all seriousness, Clyde the French Bulldog has nothing to do with our company’s product, so I am very fortunate that he is able to come to work with me. Of course, outside of our 9-5 job, we do volunteer for the French Bulldog Rescue Network and that’s where Clyde really shines. He’s a good little ambassador for the rescue."

 

 

If you didn't notice, Letitia is a great photographer. I bet you could even hire her to photograph your dog. If Clyde says it's ok. Thanks for the input, guys! See you around BeanTown. Go Celtics!

(all photos by: Letitia Wallace)

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