Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Location, Location, Location



 



So it's been a while but I've been working on building a library of backgrounds and these are three of my most recent. They are places that I have found and then re-engineered to make them my own.  These will hopefully be used with future dog portraits. The circus tent would be perfect for a small breed like a french bull dog.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

19th century, all over again.



This is Dani, the newest installation of my painterly portrait series. It has that same dusk light quality that I always am such a big fan of. What makes this different from the others is that the background minus the drapes, is dropped in later.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Easy Rider

In my last post, I was threatening the use of a tricycle in my next portrait. I'm always trying to push the boundaries of what I'm doing and this the latest effort. We had no idea if our subject, Maya would cooperate for this or not. We posed her on the seat and gradually moved her paws on to the handle bars. She stayed for approximately 10 seconds at a time. We were all very surprised at how long she actually held the pose.

Next up, another 19th century style portrait, stay tuned.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Oh Henry!

Here we have Henry and this portrait is the most biblical looking that I've done so far. Using Architecture can be tricky because I don't want date this work too much. I'd rather leave the time period up to the viewer to determine for themselves.

The next animal portrait will involve a tricycle of all things, yikes!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Horsing Around

In keeping with same look and feel of the dogs, we have Rugby our first horse. There is so much going on here with body language alone. I am learning a lot along the way and what to look for. Like what the different body parts and angles are communicating. All of these elements must be in place and how the photo equipment works has be second nature with so much of the attention on the subject.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Comissions from "Best in Show"

The first two commissions were of Ollie and Tina. Done on a cloudy day with a threat of rain and it was thundering in the distance. At this point I've got the lighting down to where I can replicate that magic hour light that I get on those sunny days. This is critical because I used to call shoots off if the weather was bad.




Next up was Chloe, Madison & Griffin. Again, the weather was just gray and very plain. This opens up possibilities though. They can be photographed in any direction without the sun coming from behind or unwanted angle.


The most recent are of Gus & Poe. The weather conditions are the same as the others. I'm getting much better in working in just about any situation.



Next up, Horsing Around

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Best in Show exhibition


It's been a while since I've updated anything but here a couple of happenings

My Best in Show exhibition at Silicon Gallery in Phila. in April/ May '09. It was written about on Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's ART Blog. My segment starts at the 2 minute mark. It was also written about at Moira McLaughlin's Dog Art Today blog.

Things are beginning to happen.

It's a rainy day and a great time to check out my portraits, and book your session. Click on the link in my bio for commission info....