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TRUE STORIES-OTIS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Today's installment of 'True Stories" - this is what I've renamed my 'Follow Up Series' - features Otis the amazing Muttville Senior Dog Rescue pit bull. Otis' parents won a session with me at last year's Muttville Senior Dog Rescue fundraiser, and the work we did together was truly inspiring. Otis is showered with love, and treated with the kind of respect you'd give to an elder. He is given room for his quirks and stubborness, support and attention for his elderly needs, and an amazing amount of companionship. I love the way our collection looks on the wall, and know that these pieces bring Otis and his family so much joy every single day. Here is what they had to say about our collaboration:

How do your photographs make you feel?

They make us happy to see Otis on the wall. They are great photos that really capture his spirit.  Everyone who comes over loves all of the photos. They’re great.

 

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

We needed a wall that was big enough so our options were somewhat limited. We wanted to put it in a room that we would be able to enjoy it frequently.  Therefore we put him in the kitchen so we see him daily.

 

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

We weren’t actually looking to get a dog portrait, however I had seen your photograph of the two dogs singing on display at Best in Show and thought “Wow, what a great photo”. About a week later we were at the Muttville fundraiser and a portrait with you was up for bid at the silent auction. I told Whitney we had to bid on it. When we “won” I was thrilled.

 

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

I would love to see the contact sheets of all the photos.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

You’re easy to work with, low key, and patient. I’m not a fan of posing for photographs but you made it pretty simple.

 

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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.

 

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