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Creative Polaroid Dog Photos (Boston Terrier)

My Boston Terrier (Pancake) loves the camera, and my friends love him, and we all love taking trips together. And I love Polaroid film, and my Fuji Fotorama camera, and perfect natural lighting. Going on vacation is always a great excuse for me to work on a creative side-project. Here's a series I did last year that combines all these things: boston terrier polaroid

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This series of Polaroid dog portraits was shot on the Fuji Fotorama with expired Polaroid 669 instant pack film.

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Impossible Project features Impossible Dog Portraits

I truly believe that Thanksgiving is a time to pick your head up and be grateful. Maybe it has less to do with the historical event than simply a personal check-in, but either way I have a lot to feel grateful for this year. I have a great community of friends, photog associates, fellow artists, responsible dog owners and advocates, clients and supporters, and an amazing family. Oh, and the best tiny dog. I wake up everyday and do what I love most in a professional setting, watch my clients feel joy and appreciation when they unwrap their final prints, and take a professional step forward every single day. I have people I care about, and projects that inspire me. For all of this, I am grateful. In preparation for a fun project I am excited about (and so grateful for), I spent some time going through my catalogue of instant dog portraits taken on Impossible Project film. The Impossible Project recently began feauring some of their favorite instant photographers around the world on their website, along with a photo feature and interview (called the '8 Exposures' series). After following this great new series on their blog I was so surprised to get an email from their New York marketing director inviting me to participate. Emails like that really brighten up your day.

So, here are a few favorite Impossible Dog Portraits that won't be featured on the Impossible Project '8 Exposures' feature, but that I truly love.

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Gumps Dogs a Polaroid dog photobooth

A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to team up with the legendary Gumps store in downtown San Francisco to take Polaroid dog portraits. We arrived early to set up the Instant Dog Photobooth and stepped into a true winter wonderland- sparkling ornaments from floor to ceiling, holiday colors everywhere, fake snow, and an incredible staff that made us feel welcome (and got first dibs on the photobooth, of course). If you missed this event, don't fear. We've been commissioned for TWO MORE Instant Dog Photobooth events in 2012 at Gumps. So, join our newsletter or keep up with Facebook and we'll make sure you get invited.

Here are a few favorite portraits from our very long, very fun day:

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NEW INSTANT DOG PORTRAITS//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

A new favorite image from my ongoing Instant Dog Portrait series with The Impossible Project's PZ600 instant film. I'll be teaching a CLASS with The Impossible Project on Aug 28, 2011 at their famed New York gallery space. If you've got a soul at all- you'll be moved by The Impossible Project's creative drive, fearless exploration of instant photographic processes, and gorgeous new generation instant films (that all work with your old Polaroid cameras). It's exciting to see instant film come back to life, and I'm excited to talk to my New York students about these new films, how to get perfect exposures, and how to work with a live dog model.

 

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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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SUMMERTIME CIRCUS MACHINE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

I'm currently planning my Instant Doggie Photo Booth which I'll be introducing to the East Coast this summer. Exciting! I'll be at the Wellfleet Flea Market every weekend in August 2011 (for those of  you synching up your iCal right now, that's 8/6-8/7, 8/13-8/14, 8/20-8/21, 8/27-8/28). This is the flea market of all flea markets on Cape Cod. Rows and rows of amazing antiques (my house is filled with billions of old cameras from my summer thrifting habit), hand-made artisan crafty things, local products, amazing tools you never knew you needed, snacks (love snacks!), and lots and lot of sunshine. And in the evening everyone clears out and the parking lot becomes the legendary Wellfleet Drive-In where you can sit on the roof of your car, eat more snacks, and watch some awesome movies. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.  

I'm hiring a canopy company to create a custom circus-striped pop-up tent for me, with roll-down walls. Since it will be so bright out, the inside of the tent will be a virtual enormous soft box (a nerdy photo term for big light-bulb). Genius! Kind of like this:

I've also found some great old Polaroid folios, which I'll customize with my logo. Dogs come into the tent, sit for a beautiful and unique instant portrait, and walk away with a small keepsake. It's going to be so much fun.

You won't be able to miss me (just look for the red and white stripes!!). So, if you have plans to be on Cape Cod, MA this summer - either for my 5-day Intro To Fine Art Dog Photography seminar (info here: Castle Hill Center for the Arts), or simply to vacation and soak up the sun- be sure to come visit me on the weekends at the Wellfleet Flea Market.

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669 RUNNING OUT//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

My very very secret stash of original Polaroid T-669 film is quickly dissapearing. My cameras keep eating it. In order to make it last longer, I've hidden expired packs of this revered film in easily-forgotten places: the back of my vegetable drawer, under files in my file cabinet, inside boxes in my trunk, sealed in bags in my equipment closet...... but still it dissapears. This weekend I'll be printing reproductions of some of my all-time favorite T-669 prints, done in the studio with my trusty Horseman field camera and instant Polaroid back (the same set-up I used for The Doggie Gaga Project). 669 film is a living, breathing organism- making each pack completely unique. Especially if it is expired. The colors swing, the chemistry swirls, the edges bubble. It's a mystery each time, and a very special joy. After years of using this film, and thousands of images shot, I still get giddy when I peel back the chemistry to reveal the instant print.

Here is the series I will be working on this weekend (both will be enlarged to 11x14inches, printed on fiber-based digital museo paper, and done in a limited series of 2):

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