Best In Show

This past August I was on assignment for Animal Planet photographing champion dog breeds.  While many of the 146 dog breeds we photographed were unique, like the Pharaoh Hound, Puli, and Xolo, there were a few that completely fascinated me.  Take the Pekingese, for example.  Not big, nor fast (actually very slow) with long hair and big eyes – but it had something everyone loved.  And for that, it won best of show.

At the Westminster Dog Show this past week, Malachy was one of the many dogs entered.  When you’re up against a Dalmatian, a Doberman and Irish Setter in the final judging I doubt many gave him a chance.  But he prevailed!  Congratulations to Malachy and owners David Fitzpatrick and Iris Love.

Below is one of the many photographs taken of Malachy in August.   To see more dog breed photographs from the shoot go to previous posts here and visit my web site.

Day 2 – Animal Planet

Day 2 of the Dog Breed shoot with Animal Planet.   Another 30+ breeds photographed, dog hair all over the ground and, as always, a lot of interesting people.  Here are some of the breeds we met, pictured below:  an Alaskan Malamute, a Lowchen and a Cairn Terrier (the same breed as “Toto” of The Wizard of Oz fame), a Greyhound, a German Shorthaird Pointer, a Havanese (primped in between shots) and finally a seal-colored Italian Greyhound and a Brittany.

All 164 Dog Breeds

This coming week I’m on assignment for Animal Planet photographing all 164 dog breeds.  On location in Salem, Virginia we have five days to photograph dogs like a Basenji, a Harrier, a Kuvasz and a Samoyed.   Seems very daunting, but we’re up to task.  The goal is to show the personalities of each dog.  Animal Planet is using the images on line and for an upcoming app where people can go an see the characteristics of each dog.  Below are some examples of shots I’ve recently taken for Animal Planet.  I hope to post images each evening from the day’s shoot – stay tuned…