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STEP INSIDE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

With the new website underway, we'll be doing a lot of "behind the scenes" content to bring you into our exciting and nerdy studio world. Here's a little darkroom video I did this morning- one of my favorite things to do is open the darkroom door to find a set of dry, perfectly printed photographs hanging on the line. When the fiber paper dries, it curls slightly and has a subtle sheen. The weight and smoothness of the prints, along with the comforting smell of the darkroom, always puts me in a wonderful mood. Is it better than a cup of coffee in the morning? I'm not sure, but it's close. Enjoy!

 

 

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GOAT COLLABORATIVE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

The studio is currently juggling a handful of very exciting, very exclusive collaborative projects with some big names. And by big names I mean organizations that are doing important work in the animal and arts worlds, organizations that I highly respect, and am honored to work with. And don't worry- you'll recognize the names.... All these projects are still in 'Top Secret' mode, but I truly can't wait to announce the big news and begin sharing these incredible collaborations with you. And since I'm a nice guy, here is a little Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek at one of these exciting collaborations. Thank goodness my amazing East Coast assistant (also known as my sister-in-law) was with me to juggle cameras, document the project, and pet a whole lot of farm animals.

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We somehow ended up with one of these. Apparantly we cut the line of 5,000 other people who are waiting for their very own wheel. But man, is it is DELICIOUS! Totally worth the 2 minutes of guilt I felt for cutting in line.

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I had 5 cameras with me, 7 types of film-  both instant and medium format, and a light meter. I also had boots.

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This is a great example of what I like to call "All Terrain Photography," which I face a lot in my job. Most of the time it just means stepping through some mud in my nice shoes while photographing a beautiful dog client. But I was more than ecstatic to jump into a pig stye. It wasn't as stinky as I had imagined.

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This is pretty much a photograph of me in photo-heaven.

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6:00am was a great time to be out in the field. Can you tell I just rolled out of bed?

Keep your eyes on the the blog and Facebook page for updates on all our special projects.

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FASTFORWARDING TO THE END//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

As an artist, I keep a lot of things secret. Kind of a like a famous chef who always leaves out a few ingredients when sharing his recipes. You just can't give it all away- you've got to keep some mystery, some tension, a veil of intrigue between your perfect recipe for success and the information you throw out into the world. And though I'll never truly reveal what ratio I mix my developer at, how long I process my film for and at what agitation speed, how exactly I meter my subjects, and what goes on in my brain during a session (it's complicated, trust me)- I do want to share the pure joy and happiness my clients and I feel at the end of our collaboration. After weeks of photographing and printing and framing and shining glass, when I finally walk up the steps of my client's house to deliver their work there is a giddy excitement felt in everyone's chests. Sometimes it's hard letting go of the pieces. Sometimes clients get a little misty-eyed when I begin unwrapping their framed prints. Sometimes we're all just a little too excited we don't really know what to say for a few seconds. But every single time I finish a project there is this wonderful brightness and emotion we all feel. And it's just too good to keep to ourselves.

So I decided to share it. For now I'll just be posting stories on my blog, but hope to develop a whole section on my website for 'follow up stories.' Well, there's got to be a better name for it than that. Suggestions are welcome. First up is one of my favorite families of 2010: Geemo, Jay, and Steven.

How do your photographs make you feel?

Every time I look at them I get a smile on my face. I'm so lucky to have found an artist who can do such a unique job.

How did you, as curator of your collection, choose where to display your prints?

They are in places that can be seen from all corners of our living room.

What pushed you to work with our studio? Were you considering other photographers before you came to us?

Jesse you came highly  recommended by Geemo's groomer. You were the only photographer we looked at!

Did you feel there was anything missing from our session, or our collaboration?

Nope

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you Jesse, I cant wait to get another dog to have this experience again!

 

Thank you Geemo, Jay and Steven for bringing us all into your world. Your collection looks so beautiful in your home, and I know you'll enjoy it for years and years to come.

 

*and please remember- content on this site is not for reproducing, in any way. ok thanks!*

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ROUND 2 DOGGIE GAGA//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

The moment that everyone has been waiting for is finally here!

I want to thank my amazing team for all their efforts and creativity in making this a reality.  Also, a special thank you goes out to all the Doggie Gaga models - to everyone's surprise, they didn't mind the costumes (behold the power of peanut butter blueberry treats!!)  The experience is really indescribable in words, thus this time around, we are not only launching new photos, but also a behind-the-scenes video. Come take a look at the madness of the shoot, meet the doggie models, and see me manning one of my favorite stdio cameras.  I hope you enjoy this series as much as the first.  So without further ado...

Official photos of the Round 2 Doggie Models.

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During the shoot, two of my favorite Portrait Photographers in California  (Meg Messina and Christine Zona) were documenting the magic behind the scenes. You can visit their amazing blogs to hear their thoughts on the project, and see their behind the scenes photos:

Meg Messina' blog

Zona Photo's blog

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BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE MAN//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

A big HELLO to the world of dogs and their humans!  I'm Diana [aka DC].  Recently, I was blessed with an amazing opportunity to intern as an assistant and project organizer for Jesse.  It has been both a ton of fun and hard work (but completely worth it!) as I get to learn from one of the best in what he does!  Yes, I work for Pancake as well - to him, I am one of his many human pillows. Jesse dedicates a lot of his time, energy, and passion into his fine art dog photography.  His pieces are vivid and captures the complete emotions and souls of the dogs.  What you see in those photographs are the end results of talent and hard work.  However, I feel that everyone should be allowed a few glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes at one of his sessions.  I had the incredible job of taking these shots of Jesse working with Jennings, a handsome nine year old golden retriever.  It was a great day for the photographer, the dog, and the intern.  I'll be keeping you posted with more fun stuff like this in the future.  Awesomeness.  Until next time!

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