I was back at the Middle Country Public Library for another pet portrait program this year! We held our event in their beautiful outdoor Nature Explorium again. This space is so great for this program because there are lots of different spots all over the explorium for patrons to choose from. Also, it's completely fenced in, so pets are free to shed their crates, leashes and harnesses and roam the area! Many of the families who come to this program have been back year after year and it's always so great to see that. I was also happy to see a lot of new faces this year too!
Many times when I do this program at libraries, people assume you can only bring dogs, but all pets are welcome! This year we got mostly dogs, but also a cat and a turtle who showed up (the turtle is fiercely private and didn't sign a model release, so you won't find him in the slideshow, sorry)! Our biggest this year was a huge Great Dane and our smallest a tiny Chihuahua. It's always such a great time when I'm able to do these programs because I get to be surrounded by adorable animals all day.
All families who came to the program got a free 8x10 and an email with the digital files of the photos we got. Thank you to all the families who brought their pets, thank you to the Middle Country Public Library for having me and especially to librarian Sara Fade who was the one who first asked me all those years ago to do this program! Ever since then, I've added more libraries to my list every year and it's become one of my favorite things I do in my business. If you'd like to see a program like this at your local library, send them this link and tell them to get in touch!
Here are some of the awesome shots we got at the pet portrait program this year!
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Every year I’m so busy getting my clients’ holiday photos done, that I tend to leave my own shooting and editing to the last minute! Here are some of the personal holiday photos I've been shooting this season.
For the last few years, I've been decorating a small studio tree with some of the camera ornament overflow from my big Christmas tree (I have roughly 1,000 haha).
Last year I picked up a small real tree from Waterdrinker Family Farm in Manorville, and decided to put it up in our kitchen instead of the studio so we could see it more often.
I also took a few shots in the studio of my beautiful daughter Gracey, who is a very unwilling participant when it comes to photos 😂. I usually have a only a few minutes of cooperation before she decides the session is over. Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve been doing this long enough to be able to get a decent amount of photos of even the most unwilling subjects, so I was able to snap some adorable portraits of her in less than 5 minutes, and she was handsomely rewarded with a smorgasbord of treats for her time.
Then another day we tried again in some Christmas pajamas for more photos with his huge stuffed moose, who he named Horns, which was his big Christmas present last year. He likes to sit on top of Horns and has decent balance, but he was getting a little wobbly toward the end, so I added a little support for him so he could be antsy on top of Horns and we wouldn't have to worry about him taking a tumble.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Their Gracie is an adorable Yorkshire Terrier and she did amazing for her photos. We did some of the whole family, some of Gracie on her own, and some of Brendan and Gracie, to commemorate the very special bond they share. We had a great time talking while we walked and shot photos along the beautiful trails in the park. It was so nice to get to know this sweet family. Shannon told me she hadn't gotten professional photos done in so many years, so I was very happy to be able to capture some for them!
I love the way that Gracie was tilting her head in so many of these photos. I have an arsenal of silly noises I can make to catch a dog's attention. Usually once they hear a noise a few times, they get used to it and it doesn't get them to look anymore. That's why I've developed so many, and Gracie was interested in every one of them. If you're ever at a Long Island beach or park, and you hear a woman squeaking, whistling, humming, and generally sounding like an absolute weirdo, there's a good chance it's me trying to get a dog to look my way. It's all worth it for those adorable head tilts that all dog owners know and love!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our session!
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