Pete was a challenging subject because well he's an obstinate ass. Lol. He doesn't care to have dad follow him around with a camera and he don't do posing. With all of that we still had fun and what I learned from doing this 52 week project is that I think it made Pete and I's bond even closer. Every week we would normally hop in the truck and go somewhere and try to capture a fun moment but sometimes it was just the car ride that we both enjoyed. Sometimes I would get frustrated that I couldn't get that one shot of him but then realized maybe it was more important for us to just have fun. Pete Just turned 10 years old last month so the idea that he won't be around forever sits at the front of my mind. Even though I can see him aging he will always be the goofy, obnoxious, demanding dog he has always been. He still has that young spark in him and doesn't act his age. I ended up with a few good photos of Pete from this project including this one that I had printed on a 20x30 metal print and it looks great hanging on the wall.
I was a little on the fence if I wanted to commit to another 52 week project. I love taking photos of my dogs but sometimes it's hard to fit it in with my normal work schedule and the weather lol. But I decided to go for it and chose Miles my 5 year old Lab mix as my subject. The photo at the top of the post is his first week photo. My wife helped me with that one by using his chase toy to get him playing. It looks like he's dancing but actually he is just turning around to get his toy. You can see the toy on the very left side of the frame.
This is Miles week number 2 and boy was it a cold quick shoot. We went up to the Galva park district on a windy cold Saturday morning. I bought a hat and scarf for this photo session but I couldn't get the hat to stay on due to the wind blowing it off of him. We were only here for maybe 10 minutes (it was probably less) and my fingers were having trouble working because they were so cold. I didn't think I had gotten a good shot so I was happy when this one popped up in Lightroom. This was taken with my FujiFilm X100s. It was the perfect camera to take out on a shoot like this.
Week 3 brought an indoor shot. I just really didn't want to go out and try to take a photo in all the wind and cold this weekend. I was going for a different type of shot but he got bored with me and went to lay down. I was able to move my off camera flash so that I could get a well lit shot of him. I think the light looks natural and I was happy with the end result.
I'm looking forward to having Miles be my subject for this project. I know it will help our bond grow but it will also help me grow as a photographer. The time we will spend together and places we will go for this project will make for some great memories and great photos. I think Miles will probably be a more cooperative subject compared to Pete but Miles isn't always that crazy to have a camera in his face either.
I would recommend to anyone that maybe you want to try a project like this with your dog or maybe your child. It can be fun and challenging because you don't want to take the same photo every week. I think a project like this can be good for you on so many levels. I know I learn something new about photography or maybe about one of my dogs every time I do a photo. Plus it's always nice to get out and have some one on one time with your pup.