Karen Hoglund Photography: Blog http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Karen Hoglund Photography karen@karenhoglundphotography.com (Karen Hoglund Photography) Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:41:00 GMT Thu, 21 Jun 2018 15:41:00 GMT http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u130572602-o536276367-50.jpg Karen Hoglund Photography: Blog http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog 90 120 GRRR gala 2018 http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/6/grrr-gala-2018 My dog, Murphy, came from GRRR and I can't say enough nice things about this amazing group of dog lovers. If you're thinking about adding a dog to your family, do yourself a favor and check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies!

You can see all the GRRR gala photos at karenhoglundphotography.com/gala2018

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karen@karenhoglundphotography.com (Karen Hoglund Photography) golden retriever photographer denver grrr gala 2018 http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/6/grrr-gala-2018 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 23:18:17 GMT
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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!
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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. 

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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! 

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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!

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My dog is going gray http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/5/my-dog-is-going-gray Murphy-mural-dog-photo-denverMurphy-mural-dog-photo-denverDog posing in front of mural in Denver, Colorado 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!

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Furry Scurry 2018 http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/5/furry-scurry-2018 agility demo denver coloradoagility demo denver coloradoagility demo denver colorado 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.

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To see more photos from the agility demo, go to karenhoglundphotography.com/furryscurry2018.

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Murphy and my favorite mural http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/4/murphy-denver-mural Dog and mural DenverDog and mural DenverMy golden retriever, Murphy, and one of my favorite murals in Denver
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! 

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True to her breed, Gidget loves herding sheep. Unfortunately, she was a little too aggressive with sheep when she was a pup. With that in mind, her breeder found her a loving home in Denver. Her Washington Park neighborhood doesn't have a sheep in sight! Instead, Gidget burns off her energy with lots of walks, toys, and time at Wash Bark dog daycare. She has so much love and attention, I bet she's forgotten about sheep. 

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Gidget's red merle coat and two different colored eyes are adorable! She also has a very ladylike way of crossing her paws. Last but not least, we also made sure to get a portrait of Gidget and her person.

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Rooney's family has a soft spot for Siamese cats. They put their name on a wait list at Dumb Friends League to be notified about adoptable Siamese kittens and were eventually matched with Rooney. I photographed their other Siamese cats a few years ago (See those photos) so they wanted a metal print of their new kitty to hang with matching ones of their other cats. 

We had a short window of time for the photo shoot because it was a surprise gift. Rooney didn't get the "hurry" memo. She hung out under the couch for a good long time until she trusted me. That's pretty much par for the course with cats. Our patience paid off because once she decided she was ready, Rooney was picture-perfect!

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After the photos were taken, the challenge was to pick one that would match the existing art. I mocked up a bunch of ideas with my interior design software so they could visualize how they would look and we played around with ways to arrange the four photos on their wall. They picked this arrangement with Rooney in front of the bookshelves.

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In memory of this family's (late) cat, Lucy, who passed since I took her photo in 2015, here's a bittersweet closing thought:

"No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch".
- Leo Dworkin

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karen@karenhoglundphotography.com (Karen Hoglund Photography) bonnie brae cat photographer bonnie brae denver photographer bonnie brae pet photographer chocolate point siamese cat denver http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/3/chocolate-point-siamese-cat Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:35:30 GMT
Cat takes over dogs' photo shoot http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/2/cat-photo-shoot Cat peeking around chairCat peeking around chairCat peeking around chair Pet photography is always a little unpredictable but that's exactly what keeps it exciting. Zola the "very shy" cat was a happy surprise because she was actually very friendly! We figured Zola would hide while I photographed the family's three dogs but she was comfortable in front of the camera. With a little help from crinkle toys, we convinced her that it was OK to walk on the table where she's normally not allowed. Of course, she was happiest of all when she got to hang out on the bed with the dogs locked out of the room. She's a smart cat because she effectively got us to pay 100% attention to her. When you have three "brothers," you do what you have to do!

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Another happy surprise was that the family's King Charles Spaniels, Edgar and Oliver, posed together like pros. I often hesitate to promise a shot of two dogs together because it's tricky if the dogs aren't onboard. These two pups grew up together and are very bonded so it wasn't a problem at all.

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Often there's a "Murphy's Law" element in dog photography and this time it was that Negan, the Malamute, had just started blow his coat. It was a bit of a surprise since it was early February. Negan had just turned one year old so this is the first time his people have had to deal with clumps of fur all over the house. The shedding started on his back sides so we concentrated on head and shoulder shots where he still had majestic fluffy fur. He's such a pretty boy!

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Wash Bark's Dog of the Month http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2018/1/wash-barks-dog-of-the-month I've been taking Dog of the Month photos for Wash Bark dog daycare and I've met some of the sweetest dogs in the neighborhood. Here are some of the past winners. I just took the next batch of portraits but I'm not going to spoil the surprise of who's next. You'll have to take your pup to Wash Bark and see for yourself!

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Merry Christmas from Murphy http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/12/merry-christmas-from-murphy Murphy-xmas-lights-1Murphy-xmas-lights-1Golden retriever in car looking at Christmas lights

My golden loves any excuse to ride in the car. Next to fetching his tennis ball, riding in the car is one of his favorite activities. 

It took a couple nights of location scouting before we finally found the perfect tree for this photo. My original idea was the Civic Center holiday lights but I quickly realized that there were too many safety considerations on such a busy downtown street. When we finally found this decorated spruce tree, we double-parked and my husband made sure Murphy stayed in position while I got the shot. Murphy was pretty happy about the steady flow of treats being passed though the window to bribe him. Best car ride ever!

 

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Brussels Griffon http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/11/brussels-griffon Brussels Griffon for the win!

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A Brussels Griffon won Best in Show at the National Dog Show this past weekend. That reminded me of Okie the Brussels Griffon I photographed a few years ago. Isn’t he handsome? 

I have the useless talent of predicting the Best in Show winner almost every year. My method is basically to go with my gut. It isn’t very scientific but this year I correctly chose the Brussels Griffon. I suspect I was influenced by my experience with cute, little Okie.

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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 are off-leash 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

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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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Denver Dog Photographer: South Gaylord http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/7/denver-dog-photographer-wash-park Dog Washington Park shops DenverDog Washington Park shops DenverGolden retriever visits South Gaylord St. Denver CO

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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karen@karenhoglundphotography.com (Karen Hoglund Photography) denver photo opportunities denver photo opps dog walk denver early morning summer walk photo ops denver south gaylord st denver summer dog photos summer photo shoot idea wash park dog photographer washington park photo ops http://www.karenhoglundphotography.com/blog/2017/7/denver-dog-photographer-wash-park Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:22:26 GMT