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SEMINAR WRAP-UP//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

My first summer seminar is wrapping up, and (ofcourse) I couldn't be more proud of my students. Each one of them has created an entirely new portfolio of dog portraiture, learned from their peers, and seriously grown as artists. In the past 4 days we've covered camera basics, photography 101, dog handling 101, and some pretty advanced creative concepts. When I'm teaching, I want to be a mirror for my students. I want to show them where they are, and where they can get to. All with a seamless balance of support, encouragement, and taking each student to task. dog photography class

My "Intro to Fine Art Dog Photography" 5-day seminar dealt a lot with Style- an incredibly important aspect of any artist's career. If you don't have a unique style, you cannot leverage yourself as an artist. It was exciting to see my students tap into their particular styles, learn how to articulate them with words, and then with images.

Here are a few fun "behind the scenes" shots of my students hard at work...

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Students took turns bringing their dogs to class each day, but Pancake was a special guest for our "Field Day." Nepotism really gets you everywhere these days. He was a great model, and at the end of our shoot he took the liberty to run around like a crazy-person in the marsh muck up to his elbows. It was endearing. And very messy. But I've always said that at the end of a session you should always encourage dog's to take a victory lap. Just, not in the mud.

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A huge congratulations to all my Castle Hill students for bringing so much creativity, focus, and joy to our seminar. Can't wait to see you all in the photo-universe!

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TEACHING STYLE//BAY AREA'S BEST DOG PHOTOGRAPHER JESSE FREIDIN

In preparation for my month-long East Coast residency and upcoming seminars, I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about how one teaches 'style'. Style is that untouchable, almost inexplicable thing that you can't fake, you can't force, and you really can't teach. Style has to come from within. It has to be purely yours, and no one elses. Maybe it's the scariest part of being an artist, because it truly is what defines you. Sure- tools and skills and connections and work ethic and ideas etc- these things all define us as artists. But at the end of the day, I think our style is what anchors us. It's what I always come back to when I need to refocus myself and my work, and I'm excited to work with my students this Summer on their own personal styles. dog photographer

Diane Arbus once said "A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." For me, the intimacy of a moment and the story-telling of a session is integral in my approach. This Summer, I'll be using a variety of techniques to push my students to concentrate their styles, take out the excess, articulate their completely unique eye, and learn how to present it back ot the world. And I can't wait!

To register for a class or learn more about when and where I'll be teaching- visit my CLASSES/TRAVEL page.

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