Karen Hoglund Photography: Blog http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Karen Hoglund Photography karen@karenhoglundphotography.com (Karen Hoglund Photography) Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:24:00 GMT Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:24:00 GMT http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u877620686-o536276367-50.jpg Karen Hoglund Photography: Blog http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog 90 120 Tucker's photo shoot at Silo Park http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/10/silo-park Terrier dog photo DenverTerrier dog photo Denver
It's been said that Tucker's fur resembles owl feathers. I'm pretty sure he's not part bird but he certainly has one of the most eye-catching coats I've ever seen. Tucker's teddy bear face says Terrier or Schnauzer to me. He was adopted from Animal Rescue of the Rockies. One of the many reasons I love rescue dogs is you never know exactly what kind of awesomeness you'll find. His family says he's a sweet lovebug who enjoys belly rubs and snuggling. Another unusual thing about Tucker is that he's only 9 months old but he often acts like an old soul. His family jokes that he's aging backwards, like Benjamin Button. 

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Leash Removal http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/10/leash-removal "I don't trust my dog off-leash."

A common concern is people wanting to keep their dogs leashed for an outdoor photo shoot. That's actually smart because in addition to leash laws, dogs are much safer on leash. There are so many distractions at the park; squirrels, bunnies, bikes, other dogs and even disgusting things like goose poo. I totally get it because my dog is the most distracted of them all. I literally keep him on a short leash so he can't get into trouble. Even though it may appear that dogs aren't leashed in my photos, it's usually because I've removed them in post-production. Here are a few examples of leashes I've edited out of photos.

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Unfortunately, there's no magic leash-removal button in Photoshop. Since it always looks more natural if a photo doesn't need excessive retouching, I've developed some tricks to hide the leash in the first place. One way is to position the leash so it falls down the back of the dog and along the ground. This has the added benefit of hiding the dog tags. Since the leash attaches to the tag ring, when you place it in back, the dog's rabies tag is out of view. Another tip is to remove the tags and put them in your pocket until we're done taking photos. I'll walk you through all these tips at your photo shoot. All you need to remember now is that is the leash and tags can be hidden.

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When I'm retouching, I also remove other background distractions, such as this wooden pole.

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If a dog is getting photographed with its family, it's even easier. I simply have them sit on the leash. That way they can pet and interact with their dog without having the end of the leash in their hands. In these photos, Alice's family is sitting on her leash. If a squirrel or other distraction had appeared, she would have be safely tethered. 
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Border Collie Puppy http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/border-collie-puppy Border collie pupBorder collie pupBorder collie pup Zahra the border collie and her person were both head-turners as we took photos around their stylish neighborhood. At 11 weeks old, Zahra is just as smart as she is cute. She's in training to be a therapy dog for people with anxiety. I have no doubt she will be a huge success and help many people! 

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Of all the features in the garden, my eye went to a wood shed door that had been perfectly weathered. I love its simplicity and how it complements Zahra's fur. The photo with Zahra looking up is a custom framed 16x20 print. The photo with her person is a 24x30 canvas wrap with a float frame. Both of the frames have a rustic wood grain that complements the wood in the photo.  Canvas-float-frameCanvas-float-framePhoto of puppy on framed Canvas wrap We also included her person's favorite bike and boots in the photos. Border collie puppy and bikeBorder collie puppy and bike

Just for fun, here are some questions that Zahra’s person answered about her:

Breed: Border Collie
Favorite food: Baked salmon
Favorite toy: Her squeaky chipmunk!
Best trick: Responding immediately to "Go find your toy!" and bringing it back to play
Most annoying habit: Eating the rug
If Zahra had a job, what would it be? She already has one! She's in training to be a therapy dog helping people with anxiety, and comes to work daily with me.
If Zahra was a superhero, what would her special power be? She would be able to control the minds of both humans and dogs just using her eyes.
Extra-curricular activity that nobody would guess? People-watching at coffee shops
Nicknames? Z-Bear, Wiggle Sauce, Snuggle Butt

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Silver Lab Puppy http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/9/silver-lab-puppy Lab Puppy on red chairLab Puppy on red chairLab Puppy on red chair It's an exciting day when a puppy joins his new family. I was lucky enough to document Desmond on his second day home. Like most puppies, he was either racing around at the speed of light or sound asleep. Puppies are either on or off! 

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I was so happy when Moshi's person wanted her photo shoot on South Gaylord St. I'm normally not a morning person but it was worth popping out of bed for this sweet dog. Just after sunrise there aren't many distractions in the neighborhood so it's a perfect time for dog portraits. 

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It also makes me happy when people get their dog's photo taken in the prime of their life. Moshi is 3 years old and, as you can see, she's a cheerful and youthful beauty!

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Denver Dog Photographer: Wash Park http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/8/Denver-Dog-Photographer-wash-park Tido the Bichon

Bichon Wash ParkBichon Wash Park Have you seen the new bike/pedestrian lanes at Wash Park? I've been dreaming up ways to photograph them since I first saw them. When I met Tido, the Bichon, I knew he'd look stunning against the bold pattern. 11-year-old Tido was very well-mannered and happy to strike a pose along the median stripe. I think it suits his fearless personality. After all, he was wearing a Walking Dead dog collar. He's a tough little dude even if he is a bit fluffy on the outside.

If you're concerned about how safe Tido was on this busy bike path, don't worry. Tido was protected because his person was holding his leash just a few feet away and a friend was spotting for bikes. In this photo, I retouched out the leash and people but they were there, keeping Tido safe.

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Wash Park also has magnificent gardens and they are gorgeous in August. If you've been thinking about this location, it's not too late for summer photos. The flowers will bloom well into September.

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I recently had the honor of photographing a K-9 police dog at her badging ceremony. Animal Farm Foundation rescued Kara from a shelter and then Universal K9 trained her for narcotics detection and tracking. She is the first K-9 member of the Colorado Mounted Rangers and the first pit bull K-9 in Colorado. 

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Kara was a total love to photograph! The Colorado Mounted Rangers, her trainer, her new handler and the folks that sponsored her training were all together for her swearing-in ceremony. Kara has quite the adoring fan club! It was heartwarming to see the deep bond she already has with Dawn, her handler. I'm sure they will do great things together!

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Murphy and I have been taking early morning walks to beat the summer heat. I've noticed the neighborhood shops look especially lovely at sunrise. South Gaylord Street is somewhat sleepy at dawn which is perfect for dogs who might get distracted by evening crowds. I would love to do a morning photo shoot there. The lush planters are stunning this time of year!

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Would you like help visualizing what your photos will look like in your home? At your ordering session, l can mock up your pet's photos on an image of your wall. We'll scale them up and down so you're confident you're getting the right size for your space. We can try out frame/mat combinations to your heart's content. I also have physical samples that you can look at and touch. I'll take away the guesswork to make sure you'll be pleased with your new wall art!

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Adopt an older dog - like Molly! http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/7/adopt-an-older-dog Golden retriever oldGolden retriever old12 year old golden retriever

When she was 11 years old, Molly's person died and she needed a new home. It took a bit of time but she found a wonderful new family who absolutely adores her. When they first met Molly she jumped up into the back of their Jeep, as if she was signaling that she was ready to go home with them. It was love at first sight for both parties!

There's a lot to love about Molly. She has a gentle nature, loves children and is very devoted to her new family. She's a happy, intelligent dog. She's 12 years old now but she's still spry and enjoys chasing tennis balls. Even her nicknames make me smile - "Miss Universe" and "Princess Tinkerbell."

Don’t be afraid of adopting an older dog because you could hit the jackpot - like Molly’s family did! 

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Once again, I photographed the fundraising event of my favorite dog rescue - Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies (GRRR). Why is it my favorite? Oh, maybe because it's where I got my dog, Murphy. Plus, they know how to throw an incredible party! This year's theme was "Jackpot... GRRR turns 21!" Recently, GRRR has been rescuing golden retrievers from Turkey - one of whom is named Jackpot.

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Another highlight was meeting Dash, a GRRR dog who is part of the Auraria Campus Police Department. Dash and his handler, Officer Corey Averill, are the  K9 Unit for the campus, focusing on explosives detection. I wish I had more time to take photos of Dash. I'll have to see if I can get myself invited back to photograph him working. It's somewhat fascinating to me that a dog from the same rescue as my nutty dog is a productive, working dog. Not that I don't love my Murphy but he's better at squirrel patrol than bomb sniffing. (Read more about Dash in this fun article from CU Denver.)

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If you thinking about adding a Golden Retriever to your family, do yourself a favor and check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies!

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Why did I take Jasmine’s photo in the bathroom? Because that’s where she was hanging out. The best place to photograph a cat is where they want to be.

Cat Photography Rule #1 - Let cats do their own thing. They will look much more natural that way.

Jasmine wasn't in the mood for visitors when I arrived because the house had been staged for real estate showings and her familiar furniture had been moved around. She was hiding in the bathroom so I suggested that we see what she was up to in there. It turns out it was an especially lovely bathroom, complete with fresh orchids. She was happily sitting on the sink so that's where I photographed her. In the end, we lured Jasmine downstairs with a special kitty snack and I took more photos of her and her "sister," Chloe. 

Chloe and Jasmine aren't related but they are almost identical gray cats. Their family adopted from Dumb Friends League on the same day. The family has two boys and each brother has his own gray cat. How fair is that? One sweet gray kitty per boy.

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Dog Photography Rule #1 - Let dogs do their own thing. They will look much more natural that way.

Are you surprised that my photography rule is the same for cats and dogs? It's true that you can bribe dogs more easily but the family's golden retriever, Hannah, looked the happiest when she was in her favorite spot on the porch. Hannah was adopted from Golden Retriever Freedom Rescue and she's one of the sweetest goldens I've ever met. She is such a docile and calm dog. I could rub her belly all day!

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Cat looking around cornerCat looking around cornerCat looking around corner Rio and Copa were adopted within a few weeks of each other and the rescue warned they might not get along. They adapted to each other uncommonly well and now they are best buddies. They are both so playful!  During their photo shoot, they were very curious about my camera equipment - batting at their reflection in the lens and playing hide and seek with the reflector. They would be very entertaining to have as pets!

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It takes a really good reason to get me up early on a Saturday. Furry Scurry, Dumb Friends League's annual fundraising walk, was definitely worth popping out of bed for because I adopted my first dog from Dumb Friends. Plus, I always enjoy hanging out with the folks from Paw School. Their agility demos are always a blast to photograph! I saw some of my favorite old dogs and met some new friends. What a perfect way to spend Saturday morning!

See more photos of the agility demo at karenhoglundphotography.com/furryscurry2017

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guinea pig photographerguinea pig photographer Gizmo and Spot Spot went outside for a bit during their photo shoot because I knew they'd look adorable among the spring blooms. The daisy-like flower is Grecian windflower (Anemone blanda) and it's one of my favorite spring bulbs. The green ground cover is Bigroot Geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum). Later in the summer, it will get taller and have pink flowers. Right now it's the perfect height for guinea pigs.

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Irish Red and White Setter http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/4/irish-red-and-white-setter Irish Red and White SetterIrish Red and White SetterIrish Red and White Setter In a blink of an eye, Ian the Irish Red and White Setter grew up into a magnificent dog! I photographed him when he was 11 weeks, when he was an adolescent, and again for his first birthday. He's such an athletic, noble-looking dog!

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If you missed Ian's puppy photos, you can see them on my blog here

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Peruvian Long Haired Guinea Pig http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/4/peruvian-long-haired-guinea-pig "I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden." - Ruth Stout

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Prince the Peruvian Long Haired Guinea Pig went outdoors during his photo shoot. How could we stay indoors when the blossoms were so breathtaking? 

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When he was adopted, this cutie's name was Prince. His nickname soon became "Prince Prince" and that's stuck as his new name. That's a much better name than what I gave my dog. His nutty behavior earned him the nickname "Nut" which morphed to "Nut Nut." Prince Prince sounds much more regal!

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Here are some fun questions Leo's family answered about him:

Breed: part Schnauzer, part Poodle 

Favorite food: Steak or anything prepared by his human people

Favorite toy: Any stuffed toy that can be pulled apart

Best trick: Bringing every leaf in the backyard into the house

Most annoying habit: Saying hello to anyone walking by the house - exuberantly!

If Leo had a job, what would it be? He'd be a professor. He has bushy eyebrows and a beard. He just needs a sweater vest and pipe.

If Leo was a superhero, what would his special power be? He would be "Shadow Boy" and his special power would be following you wherever you go.

Extra-curricular activity that nobody would guess? He is an expert in surveillance and protection.

Nicknames? Leeeeeeo

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Leo's photo shoot was a 2016 Father's Day gift certificate that got redeemed in time for Father's Day 2017. Not a bad idea since it covers two Father's Day gifts in one!

If you're in the market for something special for Mother's Day or Father's Day this spring, keep me in mind. I'd be happy to design you a custom gift certificate and/or photograph your pets in time to make photo gifts. 

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How cute is Beauchamp, the Australian Shepherd puppy? This little guy joined a family with two cats. I wish I could have watched the drama unfold as they met each other. Reportedly, Beau tries to get the cats to play with him. Oh, the endless entertainment!

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Why I don't use treats http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/3/why-i-dont-use-treats People are often surprised when I don't use treats to pose their dog. Dog cookies might seem like a shortcut to a great dog portrait but, depending on how food-motivated your dog is, it can backfire. Once dogs get snacks on their mind it's hard to get them to snap out of their food trance. 

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Here's a photo to demonstrate how my dog, Murphy, acts when there's food involved. I call this his "vulture pose" and it's one of the reasons why I don't use treats when photographing dogs. Technically, Murphy is doing a "sit-stay" but he's craning his neck forward to get closer to the goodies. It's not the most photogenic posture! Treats can also produce less than desirable facial expressions. When my (late) yellow lab saw treats he got a vacant look in his eyes and started drooling. I honestly think he lost IQ points when food appeared!
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Another reason not to use treats is the potential for jumping. If a dog wants something really bad, they may just go for it. In this photo Murphy is actually jumping at a stick in my husband's hand but you get the idea. Treats and toys can be "too interesting" and result in dogs sniffing around my camera bag to find more fun stuff. And I'm pretty sure you don't want a photo of your dog with his face in my camera bag! 

So, if treats don't work, how do I get a dog to connect with the camera? I start with praise and sweet talk instead. "Who's a good boy?" or "Wanna go for a walk?" usually produce natural expressions.


Rules are meant to be broken

My "no treat" rule can be broken for dogs that aren't nutty about treats. If a dog is shy or older, treats can work wonders to build trust. When I meet with folks for their planning session, I ask questions about what motivates their dog. If I discern that their dog won't go completely bonkers for treats, I'll bring some to their photo shoot. In the end, it comes down to my intuition. Each dog is different so I adapt to what is best for them.

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