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Friday, February 17, 2012

what got buried

The winter months are typically the slow ones in terms of photography — nobody really wants to brave the cold and snow when you can wait a few months until spring, even though winter sessions can be gorgeous! Maybe it's because we've had a very warm winter — I'm talking hardly any snow — but I've been pretty busy over the past few weeks.

I've seen other bloggers do weekly or monthly recaps, and I thought it might be a good way to get you up to speed on what's been happening at Happy Tails headquarters. I often post outtakes and sneak peeks over on Facebook, but if you don't follow me there (if you aren't, you should — it's awesome over there!), here's a chance to get caught up on all the tail-wagging shennanigans!

Just a shout-out first: I really got this idea from a little home renovation blog I follow (it's not all paws and wet noses for me — I love home decorating too!) called Little House Blog. The author, Lindsay, occasionally posts What Didn't Get Blogged About ... which is what I turned into What Got Buried. You get the idea.

Up first are a few of the super cute faces I recently photographed at the Burlington Humane Society.  This little guy was one of a litter of puppies, and yes, they all looked this adorable.
And I was totally enamored with little Angus, a nine-year-old Yorkshire Terrier. It was really windy when we went outside for his photos and this updraft shot makes me chuckle every time.

I'm happy to report that both these cuties have been adopted. In fact, since January, more than 60 dogs and cats have found homes through BHS. Paws up to all the awesome volunteers there!

Then there's Charlie, who I met a few weeks ago. You saw his sneak peek earlier  (and be sure to check out the video!). I just love this big lug. Look for a full post about him soon!
I also shared a little before and after over on Facebook to show what my editing process looks like.
We also got into the Valentine's Day spirit. Chloe spent Valentine's with her true love .... her tennis ball!
Next up is Kyra, an energetic husky ... a VERY energetic husky. She did sit still for a few shots though. I love it when I catch dogs with their eyes closed — it's just so cute. You will also see that her leash is still in the photo. I typically take these out during post-processing, unless it lends itself to the overall aesthetic of the photo. Isn't the light just gorgeous?
Kyra's friend Duncan came along for the session, and I got a few shots of them in action. See what I mean by energetic? I think Duncan is part jack-in-the-box and part bulldozer, although his people swear he is a Boxer. Gotta love the jowly running face!
During Kyra's session I met a few other dogs at the park and took random shots (I can't help myself!). Ryder's puppy bum got lots of love over on Facebook.
And we met this guy who was clearly happy to have two sticks ... or logs.
But back to model Kyra. Here's another before and after.
I hope you enjoyed the first instalment of What Got Buried! What it's shown me is that my watermarking and image style are all over the place! I've got logos, text, rounded corners, square corners ... lol. I will have to pick a style and stick with it, but I've never been good with making decisions — what are your thoughts?

That's what's been going on around here! I'm excited to blog about Charlie and Kyra's full sessions, so check back soon.


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At February 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM , Anonymous Cindy said...

All of these pups are too adorable, and you do a great job of showcasing them!
For the watermark/image style question, I really like how you have it in the picture of Angus. The logo is fun and cute, and it is smaller and in the corner. My eye sees it, but I do not feel like it takes away from the image.

At February 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM , Blogger stacey said...

Thanks for the feedback Cindy!

At February 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Huong Forrest said...

These are great! I'm NOT successful at photographing pets and love how you are able to do so.

At February 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM , Blogger nattyjphotography said...

Loving all the photos of the fur babies! Especially that first puppy face, omg cute!

At February 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM , Anonymous Deborah Chetwood said...

You had me at the cute pup but pulled those heart strings with a golden chewing on a tennis ball.

At February 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM , Blogger StudioKate said...

What adorable doggies!


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