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DALMATIONS ARE A GIRLS' BEST FRIEND//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Aside from juggling my regular clients, planning various collaborations with groups across the country, doing interviews with media and travelling to LA- I always find time to give back to the community. I donate Fine Art dog photography sessions to many fundraisers each year, but every once in a while I get to produce really fun projects like recreating 101 Dalmations' biggest villain, Cruella DeVille. All for charity, of course. No evil intentions or puppy-napping on my watch. I was elected 'Top Dog' of this year's DogFest, which happens in Duboce Park in April and raises funds for McKinley Elementary School in San Francisco. Aside from helping organize the event and pulling in the dog community, I am also in charge of creating their marketing images. Here is what happened this weekend in the studio, as part of the DogFest marketing campaign..... (If you don't recognize that amazing woman, she is none other than the infamous Heklina- star of the San Francisco drag stage).

heklina cruella deville

heklina cruella deville

heklina cruella deville

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FLAT BRUTUS IS COMING TO VISIT//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Have you heard of the Flat Brutus Project? Not only is it amazingly creative an unique, it's also raising important funding for the FBRN (French Bulldog Rescue). Being a lover of all things smushy-faced and creative, I signed up to host Flat Brutus a few months ago, and can't wait for him to arrive in the mail! We're going to do so many fun things together: print in the darkroom (dogs are usually not allowed in there, but since he's flat, I guess it's ok), load some film (I'll probably have to do all the work for him, that lazy dog), and maybe have a very special photography session of our own. I think Pancake is going to really like him, too. Flat Brutus was originally created by one of my favorite dog artists out there, Lili Chin (brain-child behind Doggie Drawings). She is currently working on an amazing pair of drawings of Pancake, and in return I am going to photograph her and Boogie, her Boston Terrier. Her drawings are crisp, fun, and very unique. They articulate an amazing amount of character and comedy, and I can't wait to see what she creates for Pancake!

Stay tuned for my series of Flat Brutus photos, which will be posted on the blog. If you'd like to host Flat Brutus and help raise money for the FBRN, just go to the official Flat Brutus website.

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BOY'S BEST FRIEND//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Watching a child interact with their family dog is such a special thing. It's like they have their own secret language. They communicate on a very intimate level that adults and their companions seem to miss- they roll around together, they look forward to snack time together, they share toys and love the same parks and smile in the sunshine together. Gracie (the English Pointer) and Drew (the very very smart 7 year old) share this kind of chemistry, and I really had such a wonderful time hanging out with them. Their parents won my photography session at last year's French American School silent auction. Gracie is working through her senior years, and our photography session was a very special way to honor that. The images we created together are intimate, warm, playful, silly, and truly celebrate the irreplaceable companionship Gracie has formed with her family.

Thanks for an amazing session, guys.

Here are some of my favorites:

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A Few Photos From Bullylicious//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Bullylicious was a complete success- it was packed the entire night, the auction was competitive and full of amazing items, the burlesque show was a hit, and in the end almost $9,000.00 was raised! Now that is amazing. $9,000.00 that will go toward BADRAP and Pinups for Pit Bulls' tireless efforts to educate and reintroduce bully breeds into society. And of course, it was a lot of fun getting to hang out with the lovely ladies of Pinups for Pitbulls and Barbary Coast Burlesque, as well as my favorite gallery directors over at Alameda's Auto Body Fine Art Gallery, and the ever-famous Johnny Justice. It was so crowded that I had a hard time  squeezing around with my camera, but I prevailed. And here are some fun images to prove it:

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BULLYLICIOUS 2010 // FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

What do pitbulls, pin-ups, burlesque, rock and roll, and awesome local art all have in common? Aside from being some of my favorite things, they're also all pulling together to raise money for two incredible pitbull rescue organizations: BADRAP and Pin Ups for Pit Bulls.

The event, aptly named Bullylicious, will be an all-night affair, so bring your party shoes. The gorgeous ladies (and dogs) of this year's Pin Ups for Pit Bulls calendar will be gracing our presence, and are bringing along some friends for a little burlesque fun. There will be local breweries pouring libations, an awesome raffle and silent auction (chock full of amazing items, local art, and, HEY even one of my favorite photos. cool!!), and a few famous BADRAP dogs working the crowd for treats and the chance to slobber on your face. Clearly, this is an adults-only event. So, show off your tattoos, leave the kiddies and fluffy friends at home, and head on over to Alameda for an amazing night of fun(draising). I'll be the official Staff Photog, so make sure you say hello.

Bullylicious- Sat Feb 20th, 7pm-12am

Auto Body Fine Art Gallery: 1517 Park St, Alameda CA 94501

(entry: $10-$20)

And, just to get your bidding taste buds on the ready, here's a preview of the hand-printed framed photograph that I'll be auctioning off. It's one of my favorites, and if you're lucky, it could be yours forever! Matted and framed at a whopping 20x24 inches, this piece will look beautiful in anybody's home, regardless of whether you love pitbulls, or dogs, or photography, or even have a soul at all:

And, to celebrate my ongoing support of BADRAP over the past few years, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite images from my editorial project that I began almost 2 years ago. I approached BADRAP with this project in hopes to share with the larger dog community a more intimate and honest side of pitbull rescue work. Most people never get to see the directors and countless volunteers getting their hands dirty at BADRAP's Shots Fairs, keeping dogs alive at the shelter, or tenderly putting a dog to sleep. Camouflaged by my trusty, smooth-as-butter Nikon F3, I became part of that world, and continue supporting BADRAP and many other bully-breed educational/rescue organizations.

And, to leave you on a slightly lighter note, here was my entry for this year's PinUps for Pitbulls calendar (I was photographing for a friend of mine, but, alas, we didn't win. We're not sore losers, though. Really. We're not. Whatever. Our entry rocked). This late-night photo shoot was SOOO much fun, and features 4 of my favorite dogs ever, tons of make-up, a couple wigs, a few bottles of wine, and lot of upper-body strength. Enjoy!

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