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Dog Halloween Costume time at Jesse's studio

With Halloween coming up, I thought I'd feature some images from a dog costuming series I did recently. All local dogs, all rescued from shelters or rescue groups, and all a real ham for the camera. We had so much fun with this project. Each dog halloween costume was custom-made to fit each dog's size and personality by my wonderful costuming crew. And below is a little 'behind the scenes' video to show you just how fun we all had. For many dogs, wearing a costume is like doing a job or performing a task- just like basic obedience, agility, ring sport, etc. It is a physical and mental challenge, and once the task is accomplished they get rewarded with treats and praise and feel a sense of pride. They wag their tails, request scratches and belly rubs, and the entire experience is positive. This Halloween make sure your dogs are comfortable and safe in their costumes. Make it fun for both of you, and be sure to reward your dog for their patience.

So, what is YOUR dog going to be for Halloween? Let us know in the comments section!

 

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DOG COSTUMING BEGINS!//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Me and my team of costumers are at it again. After the international success of The Doggie Gaga Project, the world is excited to see what comes next. A photography book of dog 'idols' is the newest project, featuring rescue dogs from around the country. Proceeds from this creative project will go toward supporting all rescue groups and animal shelters involved. Costumes are being sewn, cameras are being selected, and dogs from all over the Bay Area are being rounded up for this first step in a series of photo shoots. Every dog featured in the new project has been adopted from a shelter, a no-kill rescue group, or is being fostered before finding their forever home. These new photographs will be their moment to shine, and to show our community the beauty and kindness of a rescued shelter dog.

AND WE WANT YOU TO GET INVOLVED!

IF you own a dog, are fostering a dog, or know of a dog in a shelter that fits these requirements--
-can be handled by dog-knowledgable strangers
-can tolerate wearing clothes/costume
-can obey basic commands and maintain focus
-loves working for treats
-can be in a slightly busy photo studio environment
AND can bring yourself (as the handler) and your dog (as the model) to our San Francisco studio on Sept 24, 25, or 26
THEN please send the following information to: jesse@jessefreidin.com
-Your name
-Your phone + email
-Dog's name
-Dog's breed
-Dog's complete measurements (please follow this handy link: http://www.mijoandbambi.com/sizing.html)
-What day you can attend (Sept 24, 25, 26)
-a photo of your dog
We all look forward to hearing from you and working on this very exciting project.
Please feel free to pass this around to any other volunteers/parents/coordinators in the Bay Area, or beyond.
PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR INTEREST AND ALL ABOVE INFO BY SEPT 16th.
This will allow us to custom fit each costume to your dog, for maximum comfiness.
All dogs involved will receive an 8x10 print of their image, as well as support for their rescue group.

CONTACT US: jesse@jessefreidin.com

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A LESSON ON TEXTURE AND LOVE//FINE ART DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

Tonight I have a presentation for Cielo (the beautiful and quirky Italian Greyhound), and her mom Kimberlee. The three of us met a few months ago at Hollywoof, where I almost fell off my chair laughing when I heard this skinny, spunky, warm, soft little doggie was named 'Cielo.' In college, a good friend of mine adopted a Maine Cook kitten (illegally, of course- we were rebels), and named him Cielo. Years later, Cielo the cat is enormous, fluffy, and full of attitude. He is probably the biggest cat I know. The juxtaposition of the two same-named creatures was just so funny, and added to the playful tone of our photography session. Italian Greyhound photo, black + white dog photo, black + white Italian Greyhound photo, Italian Greyhound picture, mini greyhound photo, Greyhound photographItalian Greyhound photo, black + white dog photo, black + white Italian Greyhound photo, Italian Greyhound picture, mini greyhound photo, Greyhound photograph

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As I do with all my clients, I spent an entire meeting on Kimberlee's living room floor- playing with Cielo, letting her get adjusted to me, and observing her witty interactive character. She was shy with me in the beginning, but with a few treats and a quiet voice I quickly got Cielo to approach me, sniff my hair (kind of odd...), and clumsily play-bow into my lap. She trotted over to her mom, perched on her shoulders, then trotted over to me, and perched on my shoulders. This game went on for a while, and clearly kept us all entertained.

But what intrigued me most about my session with Cielo and Kimberlee is the visual tension between the perfectly smooth Italian Greyhound coat, the silvery even tones and long lines of her shape, and the ridiculously silly behavior and playful connection she shared with her mom. Cielo is an interactive, quirky dog. She thinks before she acts. She is aware of being a joker. She is not like other dogs. And this uniqueness was all hidden underneath the smoothest, most beautiful shape and tone. There was something so visually intriguing about that relationship that added a special spark to our photography session. Looking through my lens I not only saw shape, tone, and composition- I also saw a dog that was performing for me, and for her mom. I'm sure Cielo knew why I was there, because the balance between her, my lens, and me was incredibly intense and beautiful.

The images from our session evoked tears of joy and emotion, with some good hearty laughs mixed in. It was a great project, and I can't wait to get into the darkroom to begin making the prints.

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