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Pet Part-Y!

Written By: Mark Rogers

Pet Photography is not the sort of profession you’d think could ever not be challenging or interesting (it isn’t). However, it is easy to occasionally fall into a rut, so I find it vitally important to regularly throw in new variables to keep things fresh. Sometimes these are one-shoot-only deals such as using only one lens for the whole day. Occasionally I do things over an extended period like shooting at the same location 10 times to see how different I can make it look for each.

For 2015 I want to go even further and chase a theme for the entire year. Even try to make it a part of every pet session I do. I’ll check in with you periodically along the way and then at year’s end put something together that shows off what we got. What I need from you is a little help narrowing it down to one thing.

Over the years I’ve casually fixated on specific pet parts: paws, ears, eyes (even butts) and included them in the set of shots I offer clients. For 2015 I want to choose one part and stick with it.

So help me out. Will it be the year of the nose? the tail? Something else. Here are some shots from the last few years to get those juices flowing.

Please post comments on Facebook or Email me directly. In the meantime, be sure to check out my Blog for exclusive stories and exciting developments.

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Taxidermy Refreshed

Image Retoucher Rachel Kiseel recently got in touch with her animalistic side in a recent collaboration with one of her longtime clients, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. In her latest pieces of work, Rachel utilized her retouching expertise to bring life to some of nature’s majestic creatures who have been preserved in time thanks to the art of taxidermy. Within their life-sized dioramas, big horn sheep, kudus, and moose illustrations will be made into prints available for purchase at the museum in the near future. Rachel assured us that she will have one hanging up in her home as soon as they are made available. Check out her flawless edits of the animals below.

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Weathering The Wild

The World Wildlife Fund has been dedicated to conserving the environment and protecting the welfare of animals since the early ’60s. Of all the threats and potential hazards to their mission, accurate climate predictions on climate change is the most unpredictable. The challenge with accurate predictions is accessing remote areas where much of the world’s wildlife is located, and sense animals don’t readily subscribe to weather reports, a solution was needed. Enter the new technology of Remote Weather Stations.

Remote Weather Stations are fully automated weather detection systems that can record weather data and patterns before uploading them for analysis. Because they can be easily deployed in remote locations, they are ideal systems that are assembled once in the field before tracking data. Our very own Richard Bornemann assisted this vision by creating an illustration detailing the adaptable features of the Remote Weather Station as well as an animation showing a 360 degree view of the system. Check out the video below and click here to view the full article at The World Wildlife Fund Magazine.

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Putting The Nature In NatureBox

Unbeknownst to some, the life of a photographer has it’s share of complications. While most think that planning a photo shoot is as simple as walking outside at high noon and shooting away, real photographers know that it’s a strategic chess match between talent, client, and good ole Mother Nature. Our Shannon McIntyre had a recent bout with Mother Nature in the midst of her photo shoot for her client, a healthy snack subscription service called NatureBox.

After carefully planning a shoot in Oakland for it’s normally sunny skies, Shannon was all but distraught to see that on her scheduled day of shooting, Mother Nature had other plans. Instead of sun and blue skies, Shannon arrived to a drenched Bay Area and had to plan swiftly. After realizing an indoor shoot wouldn’t provide the authentic feel she was shooting for, Shannon decided to stick it out and captured some pretty stellar shots. Check them out below!

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Shane Johnson & Neutrino Man

The American Ingenuity Awards, commonly known as “The Golden Globes Of Intellect” honors ten individuals in nine categories including technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress and youth achievement. One of the selected honorees, Physicist Francis Halzen, was featured in a recent issue of The Smithsonian Magazine with graphic illustrations by our Shane Johnson. Read the graphic short below entitled “The Subatomic Adventures Of Neutrino Man” and see the numerous pieces of art Shane designed for the short. Text and text-layout provided by Elizabeth Quill and The Smithsonian Magazine.

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freda scott creative shane johnson images for smithsonian magazine

freda scott creative shane johnson images for smithsonian magazine

freda scott creative shane johnson images for smithsonian magazine

freda scott creative shane johnson images for smithsonian magazine

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Blitzing M.S.

Photographer Brian Smale has been quite busy working with Microsoft and their online magazine featuring profiles of employees and interesting programs Microsoft is involved with. One story in particular involves Communications Manager Ryan Asdourian and his then alter ego, Blitz, The Seattle Seahawk Mascot.

Brian shot both personas of Ryan for an online spread delving into his exprerience of both worlds while dealing with his recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Although Ryan has since retired from his mantra of Blitz, he continues to raise money and awareness to fight the disease with a coalition he founded known as Team Blitz. Ryan is fully committed to fighting MS and he sits on the board for the Greater Northwest chapter of the MS Society while still incorporating Team Blitz into things such as the Team Blitz Pub Crawl and the annual MS Walk in Seattle.

Check out the full article here.

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freda scott creative brian smale photo shoot for blitz seattle seahawk mascot

freda scott creative brian smale photo shoot for blitz seattle seahawk mascot

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700 And Counting!

Celebrated pet photographer Mark Rogers has recently reached quite a milestone in service of a great cause. Back in 2008, Mark was contacted by Pet Food Express for the shooting of My Mutt Posters, a small service that would have a substantial impact on raising money and awareness for pet rescues, advocacy groups, and shelters.

The My Mutt Poster project is fairly simple: people would donate $250 or more towards an animal non-profit or animal focused cause and in exchange, Mark (or another local pet photographer) would shoot a personalized poster complete with the pet’s name and the cause that the funds were donated to. 100% of the proceeds go towards the rescue initiative and the pet owners walk away with an awesome piece of artwork. We are beyond pleased to say that in Mark’s years of service to The My Mutt program, he recently shot his 700TH POSTER (that’s alot of pets)! Congratulations to Mark and may he continue to be an influential voice for pet loving photographers around the world! Check out some of his most recent posters below, and click here if you would like more information on how you can get involved with the My Mutt Poster program.

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Bags Full Of Carolyn Vibbert

As part of the Safeway Artist’s Series, our very own (and very talented) Carolyn Vibbert was selected to create a stunning holiday season design that will be printed on the reusable shopping bags sold exclusively at Safeway grocery stores and their affiliates such as Vons and Pavillions, just to name a few.

The Winter Bag will be available just in time for your holiday shopping, so be sure to pick one up and get a piece of Carolyn’s artwork to carry around with you wherever you go! Here’s the full design of the bag that will be printed:

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