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KARISSA AND SAM//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I recently was commissioned to photograph two very talented personalities of the Hollywood stage: Karissa Shannon (former Playboy bunny, favorite of Hugh Hefner, and star of 'Girls Next Door'- the reality show about the Playboy Mansion), and her boyfriend Sam Jones III (star of 'Smallville' and 'Blue Mountain State'). It was a very very hot day in the Hollywood hills, but we managed to keep the energy fun, relaxed, and intimate. My assistant and I took advantage of Sam's wonderful back yard, and we even loaded some *gasp* color film into the Hassie!! Karissa and Sam live with their 3 dogs: Jones (baby Yorkie), Johnny (gorgeous Belgian Malinois), and Ambrosious (scruffy/silly Shitzu-mix). They had just picked up Jones the morning of our session, but he was already adjusting well to his new life in Hollywood. It was a very fun challenge to go between Jones' exhausted puppy energy, to Ambrosious' ridiculous antics and lounging, to Johnny's intensity and strength. Keeping the energy calm, the people cool, and the dogs relaxed kept us all on our toes, but I couldn't be happier with the images from our session. Below are some of my favorites:

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karissa shannon photo

karissa shannon photo

karissa shannon photo

karissa shannon photo

karissa shannon photo

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TWO LITTLE GREMLINS //FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

These lucky guys won my photography session in a recent Fetch photo contest. Fetch (the paper) is one of the Bay Area's great local dog newspapers, though recently they've gone paperless and are only publishing online now. Smart, economical, earth-friendly. That's what I like to see. These two little gremlins were hamming it up for my camera. At the end of our session, as I was packing up my lenses and rolling up film, they decided a little rest in their favorite perch was in order. So, I put reassembled my camera and just sat and shot through about 5 rolls of film. The light was so beautiful, and I could feel their mom just glowing and full of joy as we all shared in a special gremlin moment. I present to you, Bubkiss and Madonna:

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