I Had such a blast creating these portraits for the owner of Paws N Noses Grooming Salon, in Moncton, NB. Pet mom, Jackie was a delight to work with and just look at how beautifully groomed the dogs are. I could carry Honey (the toy poodle) around with me all day. She’s a senior dog, mostly blind, but still looks so gorgeous. She reminds me of the older ladies at fashion week in NYC. Jackie wanted portraits on a white background, to match some she has of her old dog that she’d had done in Calgary. I’m so happy I was able to create these for her and complete her set! Drop in at Paws N Noses to see them printed large, because that’s what it’s all about!
is hands down my favourite time to photograph pets outdoors. The changing leaves are a gimme, but some of the other reasons may surprise you.
The colours - Hello, Captain Obvious! The changing leaves make Fall arguably the most photogenic time of year (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). Dog breeds with red and gold coats look gorgeous against the reds, oranges and yellows of the trees. Black and white pets pop with contrast against the colourful backdrop. Even overcast days have a warm and cozy glow.
Clear skies, less haze - Cooler temperatures do away with the hazy skies of summer, leading to more crisp blue skies that contrast strikingly with the warm tones of the leaves.
Speaking of the cooler temperatures, they are ideal for the comfort of your pet! This is the perfect time to capture action shots, without fear of overheating. Less panting and drooling makes for more photogenic pooches.
Beaches and parks are deserted - Especially if you live in a touristy area (as I do, on the Bay of Fundy south of Moncton, NB), beaches parks and trails can be crowded and full of distractions during the summer months. Once the kids are back in school, these outdoor spaces become way less crowded, especially during mid-week.
Fewer bugs - Springtime holds many of the same advantages of autumn. Cooler temperatures, clearer air, plus flowers and blossoms. You know what else Spring has? Blackflies. And Mosquitos. By autumn, the worst of the biting insects have usually passed, creating a much more enjoyable outdoor experience for pets, families, AND photographers. Win, win, win.
Earlier sunsets, later sunrises - Capturing that beautiful magic hour light around sunrise and sunset makes for some extremely early mornings and late evenings during the summer months. By the time autumn rolls around, we can get up at much more civilized hours or get lovely light before dinnertime.
It's the perfect time to start thinking of holiday gifts and cards - Prints for family members and fans, or perhaps a holiday gift for yourself. What better way to spoil yourself and show your over the top love for your furry friends than by preserving their images in gorgeous, timeless, heirloom portraits?
Becca sits in the window and barks at a neighbour walking by on the road. Delgado joins the chorus and for a split second, the old panic sets in - I must shut them up before someone complains! Then it passes, as my subconscious remembers that we don't live in a dark, cramped basement apartment in Toronto anymore. The nearest neighbours cannot hear the yapping inside my big old house, on my 6-acre property. The pedestrian has passed and all is quiet again. Even if they sit in the window all day, there won't likely be another disturbance. That's how quiet our new life is, in rural Albert County, NB. (If I sound kind of smug, it's because...well, I am!)
In Spring 2018, my partner Graham and I fulfilled a dream we'd been nourishing for several years. We left Toronto with its traffic jams and million dollar tear downs behind and moved to Atlantic Canada. While on vacation the summer before, we had taken the leap and purchased a 170-year-old home in Harvey, NB. (Not even the small town of Harvey outside of Fredericton, our Harvey is a tiny parish on the Bay of Fundy, with a year-round population of around 80). We don't have millions of people here, but we do have millions of sandpipers and songbirds, and as far as this introvert is concerned, that's just fine!
It's always so exciting when Lensbaby come out with a new lens and let me get my hands on it pre-release to test it out and write a review. The new Burnside 35 has really impressed me with its versatility and sharpness. Photographing pets with a manual focus lens can be a challenge, but the wide angle Burnside 35 makes it easier to achieve focus than many I've used.
This lens even pushed me to get outside my comfort zone and enlist a couple of models to help me put the lens through its paces in a night shoot at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. I was surprised by how much I love the results.
You can see my full review of the lens here:
Today, Lensbaby announced their latest bundle of joy, the Burnside 35. They were kind enough to send me a top-secret advance copy of the lens a couple of weeks ago so that I would be ready to share my thoughts with the readers of Improve Photography. Here's my take on the Burnside 35.