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NEW POLAROIDS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Sometimes I think I can't cram anything else into my schedule- between a full calendar of Fine Art Dog photography clients, teaching more photography seminars than I've ever taught before, and travelling back and forth between SF/LA/NY, my Summer is pretty busy. But I love being busy. I thrive off of it. I think it has something to do with my genes, coming from a family of very hard working people who have made careers for themselves through a whole lot of dedication and long hours. Ok, so none of them are kooky artists who wear jeans to work and have tattoos and play with dogs all day. But still. As exciting as it is to be busy and have new clients coming through the studio door, I still need to find time to be creative and inspired. This weekend's work trip to LA was a great opportunity to get a little personal creative time in. I love driving. I love long road trips through the middle of nowhere. A 10-day road trip is what brought me to California, and along the way I probably shot through 25 packs of instant film because I was so inspired by everything I saw through the windshield. Driving to LA for work is just as inspiring, heading down the 5 for half a day. This time I brought along one of my favorite Land Cameras (the Super Shooter), and some old expired Polaroid 690 film. Nothing in this world brings me a greater sense of immense joy than holding a Polaroid camera up to my face and creating instant images. When the inspiration in your head becomes a tangible photograph- that is pure magic. And that inspiration keeps me fueled through all the work I do with my clients.

Here's what I created this weekend somewhere between SF and LA, on I5:

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CHOCOLATE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I always feel blessed that I can continue being true to my roots as an artist, and maintain momentum as a business. I've never sacrificed my style or loyalty to analog photography, and now more than ever I am seeing this dedication being returned to me. And it's pretty exciting. I've got a lot of instant projects on the horizon: The Impossible Dog Portrait seminar with The Impossible Project in New York on May 25th, my Instant Doggie Photobooth which I'll be travelling with this summer on Cape Cod/New York/etc, and my continuing Instant Dog Portrait series with the incredible PZ600 instant film from the Impossible Project. In order to center myself a bit and prepare for all these huge upcoming instant projects, I decided to spend an afternoon in the studio with 2 of my favorite subjects and a few favorite instant cameras. For this special afternoon I decided to pull one of my last rare packs of original stock Polaroid film from my vegetbale drawer (I have 2, so don't worry. I eat my veggies). This pack (Polaroid Chocolate film) was given to me by The Impossible Project over a year ago, when we first started getting to know each other. I had mentioned my instense love for Polaroid, my love for dogs, and my curiosity of Lady Gaga becoming the Creative Director fo the newly revamped Polaroid corporation. As a creative challenge, a very nice lady at The Impossible Project NY headquarters sent me 2 rare packs of Polaroid film- for me to create some wacky Lady Gaga dog portraits. What a silly idea. A few weeks later Doggie Gaga had taken over the world. But I never ended up using the film The Impossible Project sent me - they had sent me a sepia and chocolate toned film- which I had never used before (I decided last minute to go with the dreamy T669, which I knew like the back of my hand). I stored those 2 packs in my fridge for the past year, and pulled them out last night. And was TOTALLY blown away.

 

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I feel so luck to be able to continue my work, and take my intense love for instant photography into this world of modern photography. If you want to learn more about upcoming classes, just click the "CLASSES/TRAVEL" button under "CONTACT"

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INSTANT STUDIO SESSIONS ARE A GO!!//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Holy wow- its alive! Its instant, its amazing, its exciting, its analog, its beautiful, its completely one-of-a-kind. polaroid dog photographer

I've finally launched the long-awaited Instant Studio Sessions, and I couldn't be happier. It's true- I love black and white film, I love my darkroom, and I love my Hasselblad. But what do I love more than all these things combined? You guessed it- instant film. I don't care if it's Fuji, Polaroid, etc. It's all magical, and has characters and detail that you honestly cannot replicate or find in any other photographic process.

I consider myself a bit of an expert with instant film. Because it is such a tempermental kind of film, you really need to connect with the process. There is a mysterious connection I have with all my instant cameras- I know every unique little feature, I can predict each beautiful imperfection it will produce, and how each camera will react with various instant film types. With my Instant Studio Sessions, I now get to bring clients into that creative and magical process. Clients watch as each instant print is pulled from the large format studio camera, carefully processed to perfection, and developed right before their very eyes. Squeals of joy and tears of happiness are very common reactions.

Each session is fun and exciting, but also incredibly unique. You honestly cannot get these kinds of photographs anywhere else.

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Do these images look familiar? Well, the highly recognized Doggie Gaga Project used this exact same process. Pretty cool.

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