Welcome to my pet photography blog - featuring the most adorable cats and dogs in Denver!
My challenge for Archer and Atlanta's photo shoot was their differences in age, energy levels and size. Archer is a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd and Atlanta is a 13-year-old Chihuahua. Archer is an agility star with boundless energy and Atlanta is more of a laid-back cuddler. They are both absolutely wonderful but in entirely different ways. And, although they are both super friendly, I'm told they aren't normally chummy with each other. As you can see, we got a photo of them together, in spite of all that! Honestly, it was probably because they are so skilled at a relaxed "sit-stay" and "down-stay." It's a good reminder I need to keep working on my own dog's manners. These two put my pup to shame!
One of Archer's special skills is looking adorable while jumping over agility hurdles. Seriously, I think it's so cute how he holds his paws when he jumps! We took actions shots at a nearby park which was surprisingly empty for a Saturday evening. We didn't even see geese or bunnies. I think I may have found a new favorite location.
We also took lots of photos of Atlanta at home since that's where she's most comfortable. I fell in love with her the first time she sat in my lap! I wanted to put her in my camera bag and bring her home.
You may look at this photo of my golden retriever and think, "Karen must have a nicer backyard than me." Ummm...probably not. I enjoy gardening in my front yard but my backyard has always been the domain of the dogs and a staging area for DIY projects. In other words, pretty average. If you look at the pull-back photo I snapped with my phone, you can see power wires, an air conditioning unit, garbage cans, dead patches in the lawn, etc. But with the right angle and framing, I made it look much better. I can do the same thing with your yard!
Note: The right time of day makes a difference too. I didn't photograph the behind-the-scenes shot until an hour after the artistic shot. The bright Colorado sunshine can make or break a photo. Of course, the right camera settings help too. If I photograph your pets, let me worry about those details, while you enjoy how enhanced your backyard looks!
You may be asking yourself why it's not better to simply take photos at the park. Sometimes that is the best choice but, in my experience, dogs are much more comfortable in their own house and yard. There are pros and cons to photographing at home and at a park. During the planning session, we'll decide which will work best for your pets. For many folks, we start with photos at home and then walk to a nearby park - which is the best of both worlds. At any rate, don't discount your yard until I see it and let know you how I'd frame through the lens of my camera. You may end up surprised!
I've been loving Murphy's profile lately because of the white fur coming in around his muzzle. I call it "Going Gray Ombré." I've also heard it called "sugar" and "frosty." "Sugar" is perfect because I can just imagine Murphy putting his head in a bag of sugar and coming out with a white muzzle!
Murphy and I have been location scouting a lot lately. For him, that means longer walks in new neighborhoods. He doesn't know how good he has it being a photographer's dog. This is one of my favorite mural locations. I'd love to photograph your dog there too!
Last Saturday, approximately 5,000 dogs and 10,000 people took over Washington Park to raise money for Denver Dumb Friends League. The Furry Scurry is a fun summer kickoff and the weather was absolutely perfect, even though it had been raining cats and dogs just a few days earlier.
I had a blast photographing the Paw School agility demo at Furry Scurry. I wish I could bottle the enthusiasm of the dogs as they raced around the agility obstacles. The demo dogs are true pros because they were able to maintain their composure enough to make it around the course. My dog, Murphy, has taken agility classes at Paw School but he could never focus with so many distractions. I mean, there are SQUIRRELS at the park! Not to mention 5,000 other dogs whose butts need sniffing.
To see more photos from the agility demo, go to karenhoglundphotography.com/furryscurry2018.
This is one of my favorite murals but it’s slated for demolition. I love this location because it’s a relatively sheltered spot where dogs can sit on the soft, green grass while being photographed. There aren't any construction fences yet but businesses have started moving out of the building so it's a matter of time. If you’re interested in this backdrop, call me sooner than later!