The Henry County Humane Society 2014 Calendar project started in February of 2013 and has now come to a close. Well the photography part anyway. I want to thank all of the families who sponsored their pets spots in the calendar this year. I couldn’t of asked for a better group of people and dogs. Everyone one was cooperative and respectful of my time and that always makes things easier. I thought I would take a moment and talk about some of the different dogs I met during this project.
Riley and Timber- They were both so calm and inviting to their home. This was my first shoot for the calendar and I really wanted to start big with them. I had just gotten some new equipment in and wanted to try it out. They were both cooperative for me and was really happy how the photos turned out. Plus their home was very warm feeling and would make for some great winter photos.
Paisley Medley- Paisley is such a sweet little girl. We met her at Johnson Saulk Trail and she just turned on the charm. We hit several locations and were able to get good photos at each area. Her mom Page had her so pretty for her photo session. She is the owner operator at Pampered pets in Kewanee and does grooming and boarding.
Duke Caravello- Duke is a White German Shepard and I was so excited for this shoot. I have wanted a White German Shepard for quite awhile and he helped cement those wants. Duke was perfect in his posing and his obedience to his owners. To top things off he arrived in a 34’ Ford truck (I may be wrong on the year). Duke shouldn’t be surprised to get a phone call from me for future shoots.
Vinnie & Banksey Tanzillo- Last year they were two of my first clients, so it was exciting to see them the following year. The weather wasn’t the best and we did get rained on but I think I captured their true personality. Their mom is the owner of All Tangled Up in Kewanee. I hope to work with Vinnie and Banksey in the future.
Williams dogs- OMG I knew there was going to be multiple dogs on this shoot but I wasn’t expecting 6 of them. They were the most challenging of all of the shoots but in the end I was still happy with the end result. Maverick a min pin mix was full of personality and very protective of his mom. Buckie a blind Chihuahua was so nice and wasn’t bothered by my camera. It was very obvious how much their mother loved all of them.
Bailey & Anna- I may be a little bias but this was my favorite shoot. For those of you who don’t know my wife and I were foster parents to Bailey. Needless to say this shoot was so special to me and I couldn’t get it wrong. We showed up on a beautiful day and both girls were very cooperative. I was able to light the main shots with a softbox and a bare flash. The best shot from this shoot was all 3 (2 dogs one mom) of them together. To me it signified the circle of adoption and was just so special.
Jocelyn and Gracie Copeland/Sheehy- What a pair! I have photos of Gracie and my own dog Miles playing together a few years ago. These two were so playful and their interaction with some children who came to see what was going on made for some great photos. I did have some issues with my camera that day but luckily it didn’t ruin the shoot and they did very good. I had wanted to shoot at the old depot in LaFayette for a while and I think it worked out good.
Bailey and Coco Mergenthal- Bailey was the main model for this shoot but her very new sister was able to get in on the action. I had seen a lot of photos of Bailey dressed up and posing but this day she didn’t want anything to do with a camera. In the end we still ended up with a nice selection of photos from this session. Her mother Kristy is the owner operator of Studio K in Bettendorf Ia. They are a consignment shop with a lot of nice stuff. I know this because my wife left with an item or two.
Daisy Peterson- Daisy was special to me from the moment her mother signed up. Lynn called me and said she wanted a spot to honor her mother who had passed away. Daisy was close to Lynn’s mother and I had to be serious about this shoot. Daisy is about 10 years old and just so very sweet. She didn’t bark at me when I came into her home and was very free with the kisses. There was a swing in the backyard that Daisy sat with Lynn’s mother on a regular basis and that is where the best photos were captured.
Blackie & Emma Morrel- Their mother Amy has been very supportive of my photography so I knew I needed to make these photos count. Neither one of them were excited about getting their photos taken but about half way through they started to open up. I was worried at first that this was going to be the toughest shoot but when we got them comfortable they posed for some great shots.
Pete & Sam Wangelin- Of course these two are very close to me. Pete and Sam are my wife Alysia and my dogs. Pete is a horrible model but persistence pays off with Pete. Sam is the opposite when the camera comes out he would sit or lay down. Yes I said, “would” recently Sam passed away. It has been very hard on Alysia and me but we couldn’t be happier that he is apart of this project.
To end this blog entry once again I would like to thank everyone who participated in this project and I look forward to next year. I would also like to thank everyone who purchased a CD of their dogs photo session, that is a big compliment to me and the work I am doing.