52 Project – Week 7 – “Print”

This week’s theme is “Print” – which is near and dear to me since I’ve lost so many digital images within the cobwebs of old hard drives. As pet photographers, we want our work to be enjoyed by pet parents for many years. And one of the only ways to do that is to produce artwork that can be displayed on the wall, on a bookshelf, in a photo album, or in Sydney’s case – as a 3D fine art print collage.

Collages are some of my favorite products – artwork in the form of multi-dimensional prints: on different surfaces: metal, fine art paper, or canvas.  The challenge this week was to photograph an actual art product along with its respective subject. Sydney’s 3D collage represents her first year with us – and represents our favorite times with her throughout the seasons.  The centerpiece is Sydney in the woods – a 20″x30″ fine art print, surrounded by 8″x8″ images of our favorite images: Sydney when she first arrived looking like a Flokati rug toy (top right), Sydney with her first “haircut” (top left), then…Sydney as a sopping wet mess after chomping on the water from the garden hose, Sydney with a stick in her mouth which is her standard MO during every walk, Sydney by the Halloween pumpkins, and Sydney posing in Great Falls Park on a gorgeous autumn afternoon. I love walking past this beautiful collage each day and recalling the happy memories we have of Sydney and her puppyhood! Sydney is entranced seeing herself portrayed in life-size color – or is it that treat that some talented dog wrangler might be holding for her just beyond the view of the camera lens?  (I’m not telling!)

52 Project - Week 7 - Print - Standard Poodle Pet Photography Fairfax Virginia

Next up? Deanna Hurt of StinkDog Photos in Denver, Colorado.  Make sure to click through the webring until you land back here!

Beautiful Beasties is a network with forums, blogs and chats for professional pet photographers, where we can get advice, share images and support each other. This post is part of the 52 Project Challenge. Each week, a new theme is chosen by a forum member – the requirement is that whatever we post must be shot that week – no fair using archived photos! It’s a great way to hone our photography skills and flex our creativity muscles. Our posts are linked together in a “web blog ring”. We use blog comments or the forum to leave feedback. Seeing what our fellow pet photographers have captured over the past week on Friday mornings is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get! (apologies to Forrest…)

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