This fog was amazing!
Where I live, we don't get just a whole lot of moisture, we've gone about a five month span without any measurable moisture. I was like a toddler in Disneyland, haha.
I love how fluffy the hood looks in this photo!
This is one of my first times taking pictures in fog, so it was different, but fun!
Can we just take a moment for my model? She's adorable. She's going to cut off her hair, it's going to be so different but cute!
Can you tell it was cold outside? We froze, haha!
This shot took soooo long to get! Her hair kept flipping in her face, but we had fun with it.
I really love the colors in this shoot! I'm partial to purple and earthy tones, folks. I can't not like them. It's not possible.
In photoshoots I have a tough time with bouncing light back to the subject's face sometimes (I need to learn flash, cough, cough.) I just need to get a shirt that's one big reflector, haha. Is that even a thing? Can I buy a shirt that's shiny metallic gold? That'd be so helpful, lol. You want to talk about people staring at you while just taking photos in public, having that shirt would be like having that annoying beeper on golf carts. Everyone and their dog would be staring at you.
I almost wish it was still cold out so we could wear layers still. Almost. That's one of the only things I enjoy about Winter, aside from the shorter days and snow (when we get snow.)
This has to be my favorite photo from the shoot!
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It's been awhile since I've last posted, and I've missed it a lot! Life has been so crazy. Even though I took a break from the blog, I haven't stopped taking pictures. I've begun taking a lot more portraits of people. I'm happy that I've expanded my niche. I have really started to enjoy it!
About a week ago, one of my dear friends and I decided to do a shoot with her goat!
He was her bottle baby that she has raised into a sassy fluff ball of personality.
If he could talk, we would've had an earful of complaints, on how there was a frightening lack of treats on the photoshoot, when in reality there was more than enough.
He's basically just a big dog. Haha, fun fact, I was just told that he prefers brown paper napkins from McDonald's as his snack!
Bottle babies get very attached to the people who care for them, and you can definitely tell that, that is his momma.
I love taking pictures with animals! They give a very natural, candid, look to photos. No matter how hard you try, you will most likely not come out with a posed photo. They will do their own thing, whether you like it or not. So you might as well go with a loose idea of what you want, and just capture what happens, at least when a stubborn goat is involved, haha. And in all honesty, who wants a posed picture when you can have candid shots that show emotion and their natural interactions? This is, of course, just partaining to certain shoots. There are shoots where you want to have more styled photos.
They definitely love each other, so their interactions were very fun to capture.
I could not get over how cute they were while editing these. Their happiness is infectious!
This was the first shoot we got to have in the golden hour! The lighting was perfect, and I absolutely loved this old tin barn.
That's a wrap folks. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we do! It was a blast.
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Do you love flower crowns?? Yes? So do I!
Can't go wrong with flowers, or crowns, mash them together and what's not to love?! Flower crowns are my absolute favorite photoshoot prop, they add an adorable touch and it's eye catching! I try to use them as much as possible. Even if you're not using it for photo purposes, it's just plain fun wearing one!
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Check out the video below to learn how to make an adorable flower crown of your own!
Some photos from a few years ago. I was particularly proud of them at the time! Lol, Ike did not like the bubbles, at all .
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I LOVE wildflowers! They're one of my weaknesses, haha. I was so excited when my sister and I found several patches of these orange beauties! Of course we had to make a flower crown, it's a no brainer!
This is my absolute favorite photo! Took so many tries, lol. His smile is so contagious!
One of the new things I've been trying out is fairy lights! I took a photo in December with them (which is at the bottom of this post), but never picked them up again until now. Lol, they can be a real pain sometimes, but it's so worth it!
It was such a beautiful day! So beautiful that the dogs decided they needed to go for a swim in the pond that's nearby. You don't know how happy they were to get all dirty! They always decide to do it right before we take pictures too, lol.
I love taking pictures in this pickup! The colors are awesome!
I'm so proud of this picture! Getting pictures of Tiger looking up is a challenge. He always has his eyes closed or he moves to fast for me to get the picture.
I took this picture in December! It was one of the first times using fairy lights. It was also the first time I asked Ike to hold still while I put things on him. He is so patient! I'm sure he thought I was nuts, lol!
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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.
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???
These are a few of my favorite christian pop/dubstep songs, they are super good, and the beats are incredible!
The first photo I have taken while Ike is doing his "Paw Up" trick!
This is my new favorite picture of the both of them.
Loved this leftover confetti on the ground!
Since it's Thursday I thought it'd be great to do Throw Back Thursday, featuring a post I wrote two years ago. Yeah... I was extremely proud of these photos. Legit sprained my ankle getting that silhouette one, lol!
Here goes nothing!
"This is our dog Cookie. I was very happy with this photo because usually she is constantly moving and it's very hard to get a clear picture of her.
This is a friend's cat. There was two cats in the tree and this picture was taken right before she pounced on the other one.
Another picture of a friend's cat. I don't have any cats at my house so I really enjoy getting pictures of them when I go to her home.
If only that stick wasn't right in the middle of her face... I still like it though, it looks like she is trying to hide behind it.
I am still trying to master taking pictures of black animals. They are so hard sometimes!
A picture of a daddy long leg spider! I love these tiny guys. This particular daddy long leg looked like a muffin with legs.
I have an awesome memory of catching a hole jar of these with a friend of mine a long time ago. It was so fun! They were everywhere in her flowerbed!
So I tried to take some silhouette pictures with my dog the other night and this is the only one that turned out. Hopefully I will have better luck next time!
I saw some of the cutest little mutts the other night! We went to a friends house and their dog had some puppies so I got some pictures."
- A few of my favorite photos from March 2017 -
I am so proud of this photo! Was super happy with the focus. Look at all those dew drops!
I took the dogs to one of our ponds to get muddy! They loved it.
Had a photoshoot with one of my best friends! This is one of my favorites of her.
Was trying out some different editing with this one. The goal was to make it look dreamy. I like how it turned out!
Tried out some product photography. This is my custom leash from Sloppy Chops Co! Ike and Tiger are currently modeling for them. You should definitely check them out!
I love this shot! It was harsh sunlight so we found shade by an old grain truck. I was really happy with the colors. This is one of the modeling photos I took for Sloppy Chops Co!
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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!