Pet Photography | Scout's 52 week project

For the last several years I have done a 52 week photo project with one of our dogs. This year was Scout’s turn. Part of me was really looking forward to it and part of me was not. I knew going into the year that my day job work schedule was going to be rough and not allow a lot of time for photos so that was one factor in not looking forward to it. The other was me worrying that I might take a bunch of boring pictures of Scout. She is a great dog and loves to lay around so it would be easy for me to just snap a photo of her sleeping and call it a day. But I think you will see that we both did a pretty good job this year and I am happy it was her turn for the project. Since I know this is about where people quit reading and get to the photos I want to recommend that you start your own 52 week project. Maybe with your own dog or kids maybe your significant other. Everyone has a decent camera on them at all times now and to do a project like this doesn’t require any fancy equipment or editing software. When the end of the project comes it is fun to look over the photos and remember what went on that day. Here is a highlight reel for you

Week 1

Week 1

Week 1

Well as promised here is Scout getting her relax on. This is how we started the year off. This photo made it to Explore on Flickr. It’s always fun when Flickr chooses your photo to highlight for the day although all of the alerts on the phone get a little distracting.

Week 7

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Week 7 we found ourself in Explore again with over 9000 views of this photo. We took a little car ride out to Saulk trail so we could get out of the house. Doesn’t she look great in her little red coat?

Week 14

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Week 14 Pete made an appearance to make sure the Flickr group didn’t forget about him. If you read my earlier blog you know that 2018 is the last year Pete would make an appearance in Scouts photos. The edge o the deck is always a pretty good place for me to get an easy photo of any of our dogs.

Week 15

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Week 15 Scout was hanging in the yard while I was doing some spring cleaning. This was in April so I was burning the leaves I didn’t get cleaned up in the fall. This was taken with my iPhone. I would have liked to have had my regular camera with me but as they say the best camera is the one you have with you. The photo didn’t make it to Explore but was pretty popular. A lot of people thought the smoke in the background was fog.

Week 24

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Week 24 Scout got caught in a very heavy nap. This would have been in June and I think it was starting to get hot and we had come in from play time. I almost forgot about this one. I really like it because it does show her true personality. She loves to relax.

Week 29

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Week 29 we were on vacation in Colorado. So to keep up on the project and keep current in the group I shot this photo of a photo of Scout using the river behind our room as a back drop. I really look forward to going back and maybe we will take a dog with next time.

Week 33

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Week 33 she helped me out by posing next to the donkey in the backyard. This cute photo did make it into explore for that week. How couldn’t it? Isn’t she so cute?

Week 34

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This was just a quick shot so that I stayed current with the project. It is also the last photograph Pete would ever be in. He passed away the following day. I’m sure Scout is telling me something with her eyes. Her and Pete were very close and it took her sometime to get over the loss of him. Heck I’m still not over it.

Week 38

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On a beautiful September day while we were playing in the backyard I captured this. This is my favorite of the year. This photo also went to Explore with over 66,000 views! I only wish I could have gotten her to look at me. She will do her best to not look at the camera a lot of times.

Week 39

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This was just a fun little stop on a solo walk we took on a nice day. As you can see in her face she loves one on one time with dad. No pesky brother or sister to steal my attention.

Week 43

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As a pet photographer I sometimes forget to take my own dogs out and try to get great photos of them. It’s easy to just try and make the photos around the house or in the backyard. On this week we headed off to Bishop Hill to try and add a little fall color to Scouts weekly photo. This photo also made it to explore. Scout was a very popular girl this year.

Week 47

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Week 47 was around Thanksgiving so that gave us a little extra time to head out again for her photo. It was pretty nice that day so we went for a walk around Saulk Trail State Park outside Kewanee IL. The tent camping area is one of my favorite places to photograph. I like all the trees nicely lined up and you can get some pretty good light there at multiple times of day. Several of my most favorite photos were taken there. Plus in the off season it is empty. This went to explore also and is one of a very few that she is looking straight into the camera.

Week 48

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Family picture time! I decided this week I wanted to work on my skills of getting multiple dogs in one image looking at me. From left to right we have Scout (of course) Hanna, Alfie and Miles. As you can tell it was all Miles could do to wake up and look at the camera. I will be doing more of this type of stuff this year.

I think even with some of my doubts on how this year would go I have to say I’m pretty happy with the results. Now to turn my attention to Hanna and her 52 week project.

52 weeks of Alfie!

Wow I'm horrible at keeping up on my blog.  Writing is not my strong suit so I'm sure thats why I don't do as much with it as I should.

This year it is Alfie's turn to be the subject of my 52 week project.  The 52 week project is pretty much as it sound, I do 1 photo every week of Alfie for 52 weeks.  I'm part of a great group in Flickr called 52 weeks for dogs and there is some very inspiring photos in this group.  I thought I would take a moment to share some of my favorite Alfie photos from what I've done so far.

Week 2

Week 2

Here is Alfie's week 2 photo. And I must say I really love it.  It wasn't what I originally thought I wanted but in the end I really like it and it made it to Flickr Explore group which is pretty cool.  I can see this photo being used for a winter month for the Henry County Humane Society calendar in the future.  Since we didn't get much snow this year it was one of the few times I had a chance to shoot in it.  I like snow photos but sometimes I'm guilty of not doing enough of it because...well it's cold.  

Week 5

Week 5

Here's a little slice of life shot, I think the picture says it all and this is something that happens on a daily basis.  Alfie is just tall enough to get a look but just short enough that he can't get what his belly desires.  I like this because it's so honest and true to life.

Week 9

Week 9

Week 9 was what I call a slow pitch.  I know if I stand at the end of the stairs they will eventually come back to the edge to see what I'm doing, so I just have to be ready for the moment.  I like how Alfie looks all innocent an Miles is giving me some attitude.  

Week 11

Week 11

This really draws me in, Alfie looks so somber and the dark tones of the couch just really makes me like it.  It feels so in the moment and maybe it was but I would bet I had a little work to do to pull this off.

Week 12

Week 12

Week 12 were still being lazy.  This is kinda another easy shot for me because if I let everyone relax enough Alfie will end up on the bed and when he is sleepy then I can take all the photos of him I want.  Week 12 is also where I used a film camera (Mamyia 645 Pro TL) to capture almost the same image.  I used my Fuji camera to capture this one then copied the settings from that shot to take the next shot on film as I don't have a light meter.

Film shot on week 12

Film shot on week 12

I really like the look of medium format film.  This shot came out so much better than I thought it would mainly because I don't have a lot of experience with film.  This was by far the best shot off that roll of film and let me tell you the print version is far better than seeing it on a screen, but almost all photos are.

Week 16

Week 16

Umm Dad, I can't reach the peddles.  Here it's spring and I had just done the first mow of the year.  I had a different vision for this and I'm going to try it again but I still think this one came out pretty good but nothing too special just a way to represented the changing of seasons. 

Week 24

Week 24

The last one I will share is his week 24.  I did this with a 60's era Polaroid Land Camera.  I don't know what it is about instant film but I like it.  It's not the best choice when working with dogs because they move so much and I have wasted plenty of film trying.  Since Alfie seemed pretty still when I decided to grab a photo I thought I would give the old Land Camera a shot, and hey it worked.

I think I will stop there and save some more of the photos for a future blog.  I've done 52 week projects with Miles and Pete so this time I decided to use Alfie.  I like the 1 on 1 time it gives me with him and sometimes he even gets to go on a special trip for a photo shoot.  Next year it will be Scouts turn which will be good because she can be difficult to photograph and I haven't done enough photos of her.

 

Keep in mind fall is here!  If you are looking to get a photoshoot during the fall now is the time to book because winter will be here in the blink of an eye.  Only 6 more weekends before November hits us then it's all down hill.

~John

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