It’s been kind of crazy lately and I haven’t made a post in weeks! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on.
I promise it won’t be weeks until my next post!
I love photographing dogs, it’s what got me back into photography about four years ago. Today I photographed 5 Greyhounds, all were rescue dogs. Whenever you have to photograph 5 of anything it can be a challenge, especially when it’s 5 dogs. The owners wanted individual b&w portraits to match photos they had of other dogs they had rescued. We started outside, but ended up inside quickly, the dogs wanted nothing to do with the record 91 degrees here in Billings! So we settled in the living room, I used a couple of flashes to add to the ambient light and here’s a few of the shots!
Max was the happiest dog on earth yesterday! It was 95 degrees in Billings, so we drove the Beartooth Highway and found some snow. This is a sequence of 10 shots of Max in his happy place!
Max and I took a drive down to Sheridan, Wyoming yesterday to visit some friends. We took the back roads all the way down and had fun finding things you just don’t see taking the highway. Here are a few of the photos I took during the day’s trip.
I recently did a shoot a second shoot at Fiberworks in Billings, but this time I wasn’t there for the shop. I was there to photograph the shop mascot, Agatha! She’s a 12-year-old lab who’s a fixture in the shop and never too far away the owner Laura.
After a little spring cleaning, Max & I headed out for a drive this afternoon. We ended up in Broadview, Montana! I used a few different processing techniques today, including a 7 photo HDR image and came up with 4 unique looks. My favorite is of course Max hanging out on the tracks.
This weekend I did a studio shoot with a 4 month old puppy named Lilly. There were a few challenges, first Lilly is pretty dark, so I used a new cloth background and borrowed Max’s bed (he wasn’t thrilled). Then there’s the fact Lilly is a 4 month old puppy that wanted to do anything but sit still. After a 30 minutes of shooting we called it quits and took Lilly outside where she chased Max around as he was fetching his tennis ball. We then brought Lilly back in and got most of the shots you see here.
Well… Max turned 10 today! It’s hard to believe he’s 10, he often still acts like a puppy and it seems not that long ago he was. Max and I have been through thick and thin together these last 10 years, a rocky marriage, the divorce, the collapse of the California real estate market and subsequently my career as a realtor. He remained by my side when I packed up and headed to the frozen tundra of Minot last February and then to Billings in March.
And once again he was there when I needed him today! I had a test shoot scheduled and unfortunately my model got sick. I spent all of Saturday getting the studio (a.k.a big closet) ready to shoot, I was dying to try it out! It’s been years since I’ve actually shot in a studio and I bought a Beauty Dish this week, and I’ve never used one of those before. So Max stepped up and filled in. While Max is, and will always be my favorite model, he’s probably not the best subject for a lighting test, something about that black face. We made do however and tried out a few different set ups. Thanks Max, Happy Birthday and I’m looking forward to another 10! (God.. are you listening?)
Here’s an image I took today in Minot, ND. This is my friend’s full size poodle, Kali. Kali is one of the happiest dogs you’ll ever see and just loves being around Max! I originally was trying for a closeup of the snow on Kali’s face, but she wasn’t sitting still for anything, it’s ok though, this shot shows the real Kali, happy and always in motion! ISO 100, 1/500 sec, f/7.1 @195mm.