Puppy Bowl XII

Once again this year I had the pleasure of working with Animal Planet to take the official puppy portraits for this year’s Puppy Bowl XII.  The photo shoot itself is a sport— an exuberant Olympic games in its own right.
Here are some unofficial “game” day stats: 11 hours, 80 puppies, 4080 images and innumerable instances of human cajoling  involving silly faces, shrill noises and squeaky toys.

Visit Animal Planet’s Official Puppy Bowl site for more photos of the starting line up and puppy profile videos.

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164 Dog Breeds

This past week AltPick posted a story on their blog, AltPick Connects, about my dog breed photo shoot with Animal Planet.  I had a fantastic time working with all the dogs and with Discovery’s photo editor Beth Caldwell.  We have some fun stories to tell and I thought I would share the post with you.

To read the entire story click HERE

To see more dog images visit previous blog post HERE


Dog Breed Shoot in the Press

This month I’m featured in PDN’s online magazine with an article and interview written by Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox.  The piece is about my work with Animal Planet – specifically my recent assignment photographing all 164 dog breeds.  I’m extremely honored to be a part of this month’s edition.  You can read it here – PDN Online.

Here is the featured photo.  Taken of Karen Smith (AB for Discovery) and her two black labs.

Day 5 – Animal Planet

The final day of shooting.  We came close to our goal of photographing all the breeds in five days: 140 out of 165.  Among my favorites are the following images that capture the dogs’ personalities.  Just by looking at their expressive eyes, you can tell how they felt about be photographed and treated like celebrities.  I thought I would share a few of the outtakes.

Day 3 – Animal Planet

Day 3:  What I learned today…
One:  I’ve learned to love the simplicity and character of a dog’s profile.
Two:  Owners of prize-winning show dogs can be very obsessive.  I don’t blame them really.  Especially given how much time and money (tens of thousands of dollars in some cases) they have invested.
Three:  How can dogs see with all that hair in their eyes?  Quite easily, I’m told.  The hair is mature’s strategic dust buster.
Four:  Dogs that look alike aren’t necessarily from the same breed.  Some of these dogs look so similar I’m starting to loose track of what I’ve shot and what I haven’t.
Five:  It was comical how many times we overheard owners and handlers use the word “bitch”, which was incorporated into every sentence.  Some examples: “How’s your bitch doing today?”  “That’s a might fine bitch you have there.”  “Which bitch are you showing today?”  And my favorite, “Look, we’re teasing him with the bitch!”

Here are few of my favorites from today’s shoot.  100 down, 64 more to go.