Sydney from Endeavors Of Ego!

Is this photo gorgeous or what???

Is this photo gorgeous or what???

Today I'm here with one of my good friends, Sydney! She runs an Instagram account named @endeavorsofego. It's pretty awesome, if you haven't followed yet, you definitely should! Ego is one of the most handsome border collies, and Sydney is such a fun person!


Let's get this thing rolling!


When did you begin your Instagram account and what do you enjoy most about it?

I started Instagram at the end of November last year. My favorite thing about it has been all of the friends I've made. I've been lucky enough to meet a few of them in person and it's amazing how we were able to form such a wonderful friendship through Instagram.


What advice would you give someone just beginning in photography?

Practice! I've only been at it for a few months, but one of my goals is to take photos at least a few days a week to practice using my camera and then edit them the other days to learn my software. YouTube and Google are also helpful tools, but nothing beats doing it yourself.


What editing software do you like to use?

I primarily use and prefer Lightroom. It was the first editing software I started with so I'm most comfortable with it. I just recently started using Photoshop, but I feel it's much more complicated and still have a lot to learn.


Where do you find inspiration?

Ego is my inspiration! I love capturing his expressions and emotions through my photography. I've struggled photographing other dogs and other objects because none of them are as inspiring to me as Ego. 


If you had to shoot only one photography niche for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Based on my previous answer I feel it's no surprise when I say portraits/animals, specifically Ego photos. That's already what I shoot 99.9% of the time so I wouldn't be too upset. 


What’s your favorite part(s) of the photoshoot process?

It would definitely be a toss up between the travelling and the editing. I love to hike and travel with Ego, it helps inspire me and I just enjoy seeing Ego happy to run outdoors. However I feel I express myself much more through my editing than my actual photos. I can put my own twist and edit fine details to be exactly how I envision. 


Are you partial to a specific subject/pose?

As stated before Ego is my favorite subject, but I really love when he stares directly into the camera. His eyes speak so deeply and I love when I capture that certain glimmer to them.


What is a photoshoot you’ve always wanted to have? 

If it happens, I would love to have a wedding shoot for myself and Ego. He's such a huge part of my life, it's only fitting that he be a part of all of my major life events. 


The tones in your photos are gorgeous! How did you find your distinctive editing style and what do you like about it?

I only recently discovered my own editing style through lots of trial and error and studying accounts and photographer that I admire. I didn't want to copy anyone, but rather establish a style and look uniquely to myself. I also wanted a style that would compliment Ego's looks and enhance them. Those two pieces put together are my favorite things about my style.


What’s your favorite memory or something funny that happened in a shoot?

A memory that's always stuck with me was when I was photographing Ego on campus and a group of people came up and recognized him. Turns out a few of them were in my same class, but didn't recognize me only Ego! 


What do you like most about taking pictures?

I like that pictures are a physical representation of our imaginations. No one photographs the same and everyone interprets the art differently. I also love all of the weird positions and locations you can take amazing pictures. People definitely stare when I'm taking photos of Ego on my college campus. 


What inspired you to create an Instagram for Ego?

The only reason I created one was because I wanted a place to put all of my photos so I wasn't bombarding my facebook friends with photos of Ego (although I do that anyway). It made me ridiculously happy to see that so many other people started to appreciate Ego as much as I do. 

One of the most handsome Border Collies I've ever seen!

One of the most handsome Border Collies I've ever seen!


That's a wrap!


I hope you all enjoyed this interview as much as I did! Thank you Sydney for doing this interview with me! It's so fun doing interviews.

Seriously, go FOLLOW Ego on all his adventures on INSTAGRAM! Because you need a daily dose of Ego. But I mean, who wouldn't???


Chavin from Koda_and_Rue!

Hey Guys!


Do you like dogs? How about photography? Maybe both? You said "Yes" to at least one of those, right? Good, then this post is for you! 


I'm here with an amazing friend of mine, Chavin, who runs an Instagram account named @Koda_and_Rue! Her photography is fantastic (Koda & Rue are two of the cutest dogs ever!) and is someone that inspires me on a daily basis.


Let's get started!


Chavin, what got you into photography?

I took a class in high school. The class was really horrible, I learned nothing except that I loved taking photos. I took it in college, but that was before digital and once they closed the darkrooms down I stopped photography completely. It was only last year I rediscovered my passion for it after getting my puppy, Ruca, and wanting to take better pictures of her.


Do you have an all time favorite lens? 

I do! It's the 70-200 f/2.8. Great for action shots! Although I would like to get the 135 f/2, I'm pretty sure I would fall in love with that lens.


If you had to shoot only one photography niche for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Pets! I love working with dogs and they make the best subjects! Lots of opportunities for great action shots and silly faces. Plus they're pretty easy models, since they work for treats :)


What editing platform do you prefer?

I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.


Do you have a piece of advice someone has given you that has helped you?

I can't remember who told me this, but the best piece of advice I got was to shoot everyday. It really does make a difference. I think your eyes eventually just see everything as how a camera would see it if you shoot enough. 


What is your favorite location to shoot at?

This is a hard one! I live in Colorado and we're surrounded by amazing landscapes, but I can narrow it down to a couple of favorites. The most scenic place is definitely hikes up in the mountains, but I'm less relaxed with the dogs off leash there, just because of all the opportunities to chase wildlife and get lost. I put ecollars on the dogs for this reason, so it takes a lot more time in post production to remove those ugly collars. Better safe than sorry though! My go to place to shoot where I'm completely relaxed with the dogs off leash is three huge dog parks we have here in Denver. They're hundreds of acres, so we have plenty of room to run and explore. And they each have a very distinct landscape different from each other which makes for a lot of photo opportunities. 


Do you have any unusual things you like to carry in your camera bag and what is their purpose?

Not really. But since 90% of our shoots are on hikes, it's really more like a hiking bag. Small first aid kit, a knife, bear spray if I'm going way in the backcountry. I always have a Petqwerks bone with me in case I can't find a good stick to toss to get the dogs running, as well as treats and a squeaky toy. 


Are you partial to a specific subject/pose?

I'm pretty partial to shooting my Dogo Argentino, Ruca. She's white, so she's easy to photograph even in sunny days, whereas my Ridgebacks coloring makes the contrast too harsh in bright sun. Plus she's the happiest dog and that really comes through in photos. I can call her too me and she runs full throttle right at the camera. I get so many action shots of her!


What would advice would you give someone just beginning in photography?

Practice! Practice daily. It seriously makes all the difference in the world. Shoot until the camera feels like an extension of yourself and it almost becomes muscle memory to see things the way the camera sees it. Don't be afraid to get low to ground (especially if you're shooting animals). I pretty much lay on the ground to get most of my shots. And for editing, watch tutorials. There's a ton of great tutorial sites out there, you just have to devote the time to learning. 


What is your dream photoshoot? Include every detail!

Probably a hiking trip through Norway with Rue and another photographer, someone that could mentor me in the arts of landscape photography. I am captivated by the landscape up there, and I'm pretty sure I could get some epic shots of Rue standing on ice caps or under the northern lights. After that we'd head to New Zealand :)


What are any tips or what you do to get focused action shots. 

Having a fast lens is probably the most important aspect. Also having a really fast shutter speed, a fast memory card, and turning the focus mode to AF continuous single point focusing has worked the best for me. After that, it's just practice. 


What picture are you most proud of and why?

My new favorite picture is a shot of Rue leaping over a log. I've been trying to get a shot of her with all four feet off the ground forever, and I just happened to catch her at the perfect moment. I'm in love with that picture. 


I love this interview!  So much great information. I hope you enjoyed getting to know Chavin's thoughts and tips!


Follow her Instagram HERE! You won't regret it, I promise!



Sarah from My English Shadow!

Hello Everybody!

Other photographer's insight can be pretty beneficial and fun, I'm excited to say I'm interviewing the lovely Sarah from MyEnglishShadow today! Keep reading to get a glimpse of her thoughts and advice. 


  • Sarah, What got you into photography?


"I remember my true passion for photography beginning in 4th grade when I got my first pet, a spunky rabbit I named Clover. I spent hours and hours over the next few years following her around trying to get the perfect shot. (With a point and shoot camera, of course). And it really just took off from there, wherever I went I was always taking pictures of animals and nature."


  • What do you like most about taking pictures?


"Capturing moments exactly as I see them. I've done a lot of drawing and painting in the past and was always frustrated at not being able to recreate as realistically as I saw it. Photography allows me to capture things just as stunningly as I see them."


  • Do you have a favorite lens?


"Definitely the 60mm. Love the bokeh and short depth of field it creates."


  • Do you have a piece of advice someone has given you that has helped you?


"Learn about light and how it works - essentially how to make it work for you in different situations!"


  • Canon or Nikon?


"I don't know if I could make that choice right now. This is actually something I've been debating as I am finally in the market for a camera for myself. I've been using my brother's dslrs for years - Nikon & Sony. And before that I used a Canon. All have pros and cons. I think it depends on what you are looking for and what you will be shooting."


  • What editing platform do you prefer?


"Definitely Lightroom. I also like to use Photoshop on occasion to take some photos further with editing."


  • What advice would you give someone just beginning in photography?


"Take as many photos as you can. Of different subjects, angles, lighting. Find tutorials online. Try it all. Find what you like and what works for you!"


  • Describe your editing style.


"I prefer to edit photos minimally, just adjusting shadows and brightness mostly but occasionally I go further. I like to make them feel light and warm. Sometimes I'll add in sun or a flare to help achieve that feeling."


  • If you had to shoot only one photography niche for the rest of your life, (landscape, portraits, animals, fashion, etc.) what would it be and why?


"Animals! They have always been a favorite to photograph. I love trying to capture their personality and quirks. Landscape and nature would be a close second but it doesn't give me the same feeling as when I capture the perfect photo of an animal!"


  • Do you have any unusual things you like to carry in your camera bag and what is their purpose?


"I usually just carry the camera, lenses that I know I want to use, and a cleaning kit. But occasionally I'll throw a ball in, helps to get multiple dogs looking at me at the same time. Although a stick works well too if I forget the ball!"


  • Are you partial to a specific subject/pose?


"My fluffy partner in crime, Xena is the subject I am most partial to. My favorite pose of her is a head tilt with a bit of tongue out. She took to modeling so easily and will tilt her head on cue - it's become our go to pose! I think it's my favorite because it really captures her sweet nature."


  • What is your dream photoshoot? Include every detail!


"I always dream about a field full of flowers at sunrise to shoot Xena and Orion in. But my actual dream photoshoot would be of a stunning Friesian or Lusitano horse at sunrise in a field of purple flowers with mountains in the distance and maybe a stream nearby..."


I enjoyed learning Sarah's favorite things about photography, it gave me some new ideas, I hope it gives you ideas as well!


Be sure to follow her on Instagram for gorgeous photos!