Monday, February 6, 2012

A Bucketful of Cute

I have a feeling Jonas will not be on the adoptable list for long. 
He was extremely darling and fun to photograph.  This lucky puppy is being fostered so he is not in the shelter and exposed to disease, and he is being socialized and trained by a family with children.  He is all ready for a forever home.  Call Friendswood Animal Control 281-996-3391

Friday, February 3, 2012

Difficult Shoots

We have had a rash of the most darling puppies lately at Friendswood Animal Control.  
It has really tried my resolve to not take one home.  I must keep repeating to myself:
"No more puppies, no more puppies, no more puppies..."

This little one was named Snowball temporarily, and she was adopted immediately.

I was very upset when I happened to look at my camera and see that it was set for the lowest quality jpg images...and no RAW at all.  Someone who shall remain nameless had used that camera the day before and I never thought to check that setting.  The small files were fine for the intended use of posting to Petfinder and Facebook and emailing (other than the fact I could not recover some blown highlights), but none are printable at anything larger than  4 x 6 inches, which pretty much breaks my heart.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lovable Laurel

Laurel is one of the sweetest cats I have ever photographed at a shelter.  She was so calm and content to stay in her cat condo, yet enjoyed being petted and playing with the feather toy too. Her round face and yellow eyes are adorable and I love those little black ear tips!  She is available for adoption at Friendswood Animal Control 281-996-3391


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ready for Liftoff

Those ears!  
Sweet Ramona is still a puppy so maybe she will grown into them...if not she can always play the canine version of Sally Field's character in The Flying Nun.
Ramona is available for adoption at Friendswood Animal Control 281-996-3391.

Friday, January 27, 2012


During my recent Basenji session, I also photographed each dog individually for head/shoulder portraits.  I shot them against a white background and added the pattern later in Photoshop.  These were made into Photographic Gallery Wraps like the couch composite and are all hanging in a wall grouping.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Another Composite

Again, Photoshop allowed me to create a composite from three separate images of these Basenjis on their couch.  And again, I learned some things that I need to think about the next time I shoot something similar --- first of all, don't have the dog with the darkest fur the farthest from the main light source!  Second, shoot from the same position for the most accurate result --- I moved directly across from each section of the couch for each dog and that made each image have a slightly different angle...not horrible but it would have been better to stay in the middle and shoot left, center and right from that position.  Third, bring a lint roller --- I spent a lot of time in post processing cloning away dog hair.  Neither of the composites I did for this family were planned before the photo session, they were the result of not being able to get all the dogs together in the same shot.
The end product of this image was a 14 x 42 inch canvas gallery wrap (that is why the composite above has the colored frame, it was wrapped back around the sides) and it turned out great:

 I do think the canvas would look even better larger.  It will hang with several other canvas portraits of the individual dogs and other items in a collection on the wall.