Monday, December 24, 2012

Vintage wooden cross-country skier toy photographs

I love vintage toys. I've got a heap of them all boxed up and ready to either display in some really cool way. Or they may be on their way through the eBay auction process. Take this one for example. I absolutely adore this guy. I have no idea what this type of toy is referred to. I just knew I had to have him about 10 years ago at a garage sale. I've named him 'Carl the cross-country skier'. He's vintage for sure and still has some sweet moves. Cute Carl in a unique winter scene!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cute, Handsome and distinguished Christmas Pets model Dream Pets!

My wonderful pets decided it was okay to model some Christmas scarves for a Santa test shoot. All pets were well behaved even under harsh indoor perfect temp conditions. Forcing to model a seriously uncomfortable non pet attire. Life is RUFF. I scored the charming 'dream pets' reindeer at the Goodwill for a hefty .99c. He is in excellent condition and appropriate for x-mas photos!

Monday, November 26, 2012

New Pet Photography Price Page PDF

Aaahhh. The joy of feeling utter satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. This project took me a solid 2 days to complete. It's a price sheet in PDF. Yeah. I know. I should figure these photoshop projects in a couple of hours. NOT a couple of days. I was having a heck of a time figuring out my freakin type tool. Converting to paragraph text from point text. Justification. Hyphenation. Resetting characters. Numbers. Plus. Minus. Etc. Etc. Yuck. It was stuck and I was so stuck and ready to quit PS altogether. So simple. Well, it turned out okay in the end. Thank God. I'm so happy it's done (and I stuck with it!!) and I can finally display this on my website. And send off to clients if so needed. It's good for 2012. One more month! Then I gotta update it! I will have 2013 complete in a minute. I swear I know this photoshoppy thing preee good now. All good thing come to an end. Stylish and simple. A very professional layout imho.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Warm and Fuzzy Pomeranian Holiday Pet pix!

Since the holidays are near, I've been asked to shoot a 'Santa pet pix' at this Omaha pet service business(will post more info on that upcoming event very soon!!!). I recently purchased a ring flash for a separate event (Mulhall's Ladies Night anyone??)and tested it on Furby this afternoon. Using available north window light, at 4pm, 50mm lens, ISO1600(yikes-I know right!!!) f/1.4, 1/800, ring flash set to lowest for that added pop of light. You can see the window and a tiny ring reflection on his eyeball right? Doesn't look artificial at all to me. (but the noise is killin me). I'm so excited to be able to use this for just a bit more light for indoor shoots. (winter is brrrish to be location shooting). This Polaroid ring flash is affordable AND easy to figure out. LOVE it! Isn't he darling in his winter sweater???

Friday, October 26, 2012

Cute pet photo event at Mulhall's Nursery

What a wonderful turn out at the Furtastic Friends day at Mulhall's. We had a nice assortment of big dogs and small dogs, some in costume plus 2 cats!  No chaos or mass hysteria, just happy go lucky pets and wonderful pet owners who took the time to come out to visit, make a donation to the NHS and get their pet photographed by me for free! Thank you soooo much!!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Precious Pekinese Dog Fall Photos in the Park

Miss Bebe the darling Pekinese Pup was a wonderful model one fine morning in the park. She may have paid a lot of attention to her mommy and the wonderful smells everywhere, but I think I was still able to capture her lil precious personality. One of these shots will be chosen for a 20X30 canvas to be displayed at Gentle Doctor Hospital on 156th and Maple. I'm so excited and can't wait to see the final piece of art on the office wall!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Darling kids October portrait in the park

I don't normally photograph kids but this was a benefit for a good friend of mine and I felt I needed to post a super sweet October kid portrait in the park. They are DARLING imho. It was quite chilly, but you would never know from this photo. Check out those baby blue eyes! Seriously!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Vintage pet portrait shot with iPhone in the park

I love this time of year and it was about time for me to include a current and up to date portrait of me (your humble dog photog) for my about me page on my website! Leia was happy to shoot with her fabulous iPhone and then instagram me in a vintage style which I love so very much. I'm so happy with the results even though the pets did not pay much attention to the camera but more to the park smells. No worries! Love it!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Black & White Sweet and Simple Daisy Photo Mark of Excellence!

This is so cool. I Shot it, The Best Photo Competition chose my sweet little simple daisy flower (who is a tiny version of a normal daisy, the vase is like the size of a golf ball) photograph for mark of excellence!!! It's so exciting to win-and 3rd place isn't half bad! Shot a couple of years ago at my mom's home in Oslo, Norway. This lil guy sat on the coffee table in a perfectly diffused natural window lit living room. Used my Oly E510, 14-54mm F/2.8 lens:-(long gone. A color photo converted to black and white. Edited in LR3 and CS5. This is def a photo worth printing and framing. I love the simplicity of it. Dramatic, yet simple. And cute too.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Charming Sphinx Cat gets photographed in Omaha studio

Charming Sphinx cat is as gentle as a kitten. (Forgive me for not remembering his most unique cat name!) Shot at Rockbrook camera Omaha for the Pet Photography Seminar with Tina Gunn. ISO 200, F/5.6, 1/125, 50mm lens. All 3 images are unique and interesting simply because of the cool textures in his wrinkles. Wow! What a cool cat! I've never petted a Sphinx before and it feels like a small shaved dog, like after Furby has his monthly bath. There seems to be angry eyes on the shot where no catch lights appear, but he is not as tough as he looks. A total love bug indeed.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Pet Photography Workshop with Tina Gunn

ISO 800, F1.8,1/640, 50mm

ISO 800, F2.8, 1/1000, 50mm

ISO 200, F5.6, 1/125, 50mm

ISO 800, F2.5, 1/5000, 50mm

ISO200, F5.6, 1/125, 50mm
I had the privilege of attending a pet photography workshop at Rockbrook Camera with the talented and sweet Tina Gunn. I signed up because I wanted to gain a little more knowledge from a professional PET photographer and meet other PET PEOPLE who are interested in the same thing that I am interested in-photographing pets. The technical aspect was a good brush up, like forcing myself to use less of ap/sh priority mode and much more manual mode (duh). And working with Photogenic studio lights and the use a MONSTER size umbrella diffuser (that thing is mean!) was very new to me as I shoot with natural window light and on location. Tina brought her extremely well behaved models Charlie the handsome Chihuahua and a Sphinx cat (post cat images later). The whole time Charlie is paying close attention to his mommy and that's fine cause it's all about finding a great location with awesome lighting. I love the indoor/outdoor natural light shots, but the studio artificial light shots came out pretty good as well imo. I'm glad I got to experience this seminar and meet with a professional pet photographer who loves to capture beautiful images of pets as much as I do!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Ava the cute military baby shines!!!

Ava is a military baby. Her Daddy is in Afghanistan fighting for our freedoms because of the events that happened on this day 11 years ago so it was appropriate to post this beautiful photograph of her cuteness.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

KIDS: The Mini Sessions

 Are you looking for Christmas cards AND wallets for the whole family? How about prints for the grandparents PLUS your home? Don't have time for a LENGTHY photography session in a store box studio? Well, this is the photo session to be a part of because you only need a a few minutes and you'll be supporting a GREAT cause! This fantastic fundraising event is taking place at Standing Bear Lake park on the east side entrance! Each session will run about 10 minutes. I'll shoot 5 different poses and choose 3 of the best for your child and will include up to 3 kids for the $49 donation. You'll receive 3 professionally edited high res digital files (you can print up to 8X10 size) that I will email to you within 10 days with full print rights. Parents must sign model release form at time of session. $49 donation is due at time of session. Parents, please have kids wear NON logo and NON text clothing. Simple and sweet outfits are a MUST! And please arrive 10 minutes prior to session time spot. Contact me for more info. I will add more information about Meghann's mission in the following days!! And add links and such!!! YWAM.ORG

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Professional Photo book from Apple is superb!

This book project fell by the wayside but, I finally completed it and I am so in love with APPLE books. The print quality is superb. Colors are very accurate and vivid. Super sturdy hard cover professional photo book. I love this 8.5X11" size book because it is suitable for a coffee table. Memories that will last a lifetime. aaawwweeee.