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Lifestyle Dog Photographer Santa Monica: Rescued Pomeranian

This weekend I had an amazing photo shoot with the cutest black pomeranian I've ever met. I'm talking about a little ball of fluffy hair with a hair cut like the Lion King. He is tiny, but don't let his size fool you. His personality is as big as Simba's! 

Black Pomeranian posing on top of a stool, Los Angeles.

Black Pomeranian posing on top of a stool, Los Angeles.

I was commissioned to do a Fine Art Session (my signature session), which includes very artistic dog portraits (which are meant to capture the beauty and elegance of your pet) and lifestyle images (which are meant to capture your dog's personality). Learn more about the difference here.

Beautiful and elegant portrait of Toni. Indoor photo shoot with natural light. 

Beautiful and elegant portrait of Toni. Indoor photo shoot with natural light. 

Little story-telling with photography. Pomeranian dog playing hide and seek with the blankets.

Little story-telling with photography. Pomeranian dog playing hide and seek with the blankets.

Normally I do the outdoor session first so the dog can be tired for the indoor session but this time I did it the other way around for the lighting of the house. And thanks God! Because, do you know what happened in the outdoor session? Before I did even have time to pull out my camera, Toni jumped straight into the lake to chase a duck!

Pomeranian dog swimming in a little lake, Playa Vista.

Pomeranian dog swimming in a little lake, Playa Vista.

The moment was hysterical but his coat was all ruined: wet and full of dirt from the lake (some duck poop included). Of course, that wouldn't have worked for the Fine Art Session. Anyway, I had those shoots already so it was time to have fun!

I think he also has some   meerkat in his blood!

I think he also has some meerkat in his blood!

Here are some of the best shoots of the day. 


Would you like to have a session like this for your pup? Contact me and let's book your free consultation to discuss your ideas.

 

Related posts: 7 Reasons why you should hire a professional pet photographer
 


Session selected as my favorite one of 2014! See the rest here.



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Dog Photography Session in San Francisco, SOMA

I'm a big lover of mutts, so when I was booked to photograph Cooper, a labrador-boxer mix, I was very thrilled.

We did the entire session at home. When I shoot indoors, I like to use a fix lens with my Nikon D600. Since the apartment wasn't very spacious, I used my Nikkor 32mm 1.4 for the entire session, and it was great.

Cooper is a young pup, but his level of energy was very low and it worked perfectly. He was a great model and posed graciously for me.

Since I work only with natural light, we did most of the session in the bedroom because it had abundant natural light. The bed and the blankets turned out to be the perfect accessory.

Cooper on the bed. He looks adorable with the blanket covering his head.

Cooper on the bed. He looks adorable with the blanket covering his head.

Since I started Frame Your Pet, I've photographed a few dogs that were older than 17 years of age. Pretty amazing. All those dogs had something in common: they were part of a family that had tons of love to give. Love is the best medicine for a long and healthy life, not only for humans but also for dogs. I believe Cooper will have a long and happy life!

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I love to capture the bond between pets and owners. Cooper's mom didn't want to miss the opportunity to take portraits of some of the things she likes to do with her pup, like cuddling in bed.

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Some people think that having photos of your pet is a little odd, but it all depends on the eye and the approach taken for the photos. 

I always like to keep the focus of attention on the pet.

I always like to keep the focus of attention on the pet.

For Angela and Cooper, I wanted to create a series of "collages" to illustrate their bond, but do it in a more creative and modern way. So, I got onto the bed and started to take pictures of them together.

Sunday mornings are perfect to be lazy, but they are even better when you share the moment.

Sunday mornings are perfect to be lazy, but they are even better when you share the moment.

Cooper seized the moment to take a nap.

Cooper seized the moment to take a nap.

Here are some more photos from that day.

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Cooper's butt :)

Cooper's butt :)

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One of my favorites. Angela and Cooper resting on the bed. 

One of my favorites. Angela and Cooper resting on the bed. 

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Being a Labrador with some Boxer in his blood, sometimes Cooper's teeth get stuck in the lips. His mom finds it adorable so I wanted to capture this expression in particular. He looks so goofy!

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Would you like to have a session like this with your pet? I'd be thrilled to be your photographer! Contact me to schedule your free consultation and let's talk about what I can do for you.


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Outdoor pet photography vs Indoor pet photography, what's best?

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Outdoor pet photography vs Indoor pet photography, what's best?

Welcome to Frame Your Pet's blog. 

My name is Alicia Rius. I am an artist, a fine arts pet photographer, and an animal lover. I moved to San Francisco one year ago and started my local business here in the Mission District. My style in pet photography is different from the traditional pet portraits you might have seen.

I only work with natural light, whether it be for outdoor pet photography or indoor pet photography. Most of my clients come to me to capture their pet's personality, and there is no better place to do this than in a pet’s natural environment. Although my Fine Art Sessions have the studio look, 95% of them are done indoors and with natural light. For indoor pet photography, the pet is not forced to stay in the same spot or to stay quiet in a certain pose. I follow the dog or cat wherever they go and I wait for the right moment to capture that unique moment. Approaching pet photography from this angle eliminates stress for the pet and results in more natural photographs, which are a truer representation of your pet.

My background as an artist and my skills in post-production allow me to create unique photos that are modern, elegant, and dynamic.

As you can imagine, this shot was done outdoors. It would have been impossible to have a white horse running in a studio :)

As you can imagine, this shot was done outdoors. It would have been impossible to have a white horse running in a studio :)

To see more of my equestrian photography portfolio, visit this gallery.

Bonz (the black Bullmastiff in the back howling) & Bosch (the brown Doberman chilling on the shore)

Bonz (the black Bullmastiff in the back howling) & Bosch (the brown Doberman chilling on the shore)

Doing sessions outdoors is great for both animals and their owners. It's a fun experience that allows everyone involved to play around, and this is just as important as capturing great images.

 

I'm often asked which is better, indoor pet photography or outdoor pet photography? Well, as long as the house has an abundance of natural light, then indoors can be just as good as outdoors. It comes down to personal preference and the personality of your pet. Cats, for example, feel more comfortable indoors. Their home is their natural environment and is where they feel calm. Relaxed felines are the ones who will give you the best shoots because they are not stressed out by their surroundings or the photographer’s presence, but instead, feel as if nothing has changed, and they will do what they always do.

 

Boris is a Siberian cat. Initially he was shy, but after 10 minutes of me being there, he got used to me and my camera and he had no problem going back to his usual routine.

Boris is a Siberian cat. Initially he was shy, but after 10 minutes of me being there, he got used to me and my camera and he had no problem going back to his usual routine.

Check out this gallery to see some more cute kitties playing around.

In most of my dog photography sessions, the sessions are split between outdoor and indoor because the goal is to have enough variety of photos to choose from.

For example, here is another photo from Bonz and Bosch taken inside their home. I didn't need much: just good light and a nice background (well, it always helps to have very well-mannered dogs!)

Bosch (brown Doberman on the left) and Bonz (black Bullmastiff on the right) during their indoor session. 

Bosch (brown Doberman on the left) and Bonz (black Bullmastiff on the right) during their indoor session. 

In cases where the natural light is not good enough, I adjust my camera settings to achieve the best result. In the picture above, it was late in the afternoon and the light coming in the gallery wasn't bright enough, so I had to increase my ISO to freeze the image (and I used some dog treats too; why lie?)

 

What about the Fine Art Sessions? Are they done outside or inside?

It all depends on the subject. For the horse, it was done in a field next to the breeder’s location in Spain. But in most cases, the Fine Art Sessions are taken inside. This is because in order to get the animal to pose in a certain way, I need him/her to be totally relaxed and distraction free.

Lluna is a 16 year old white persian cat. At her age, she needs a peaceful setting. 

Lluna is a 16 year old white persian cat. At her age, she needs a peaceful setting. 

Lluna's session approach was a bit different. Since her mom's house lacks an abundance of natural light, she brought the kitty to my hometown in Catalonia. At the beginning, she was a bit uncertain of what was going on, but with patience and a few tasty cat treats, she relaxed.

Although the photos look like studio photos, they are certainly not. I didn't use any studio material like flashes, strobes, or umbrellas. I followed Lluna’s lead and I was fast enough to get these amazing shots of her. Then, the rest is post-production (I mainly use Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC).

 

In a nutshell, here are some benefits of having a pet photo shoot outdoors:

  • Action shots (running, fetching, jumping, catching a Frisbee, etc.)
  • Variety of shots (action shots, pose shots, portraits, dog interacting with other elements, etc.)
  • Variety of backgrounds (sky, ocean, forest, sand, grass, concrete, graffiti, etc.)
  • More combination of textures and colors
  • Easier to get inspired (just walk around your city and pay attention to all the little details)
  • Dynamic and funny pictures

 

Benefits of an indoor pet photo shoot:

  • More personal environment
  • Convenience
  • Less stressful (in the case of cats or shy pets)
  • Easier to get the Fine Art photos without having to go to a Studio
  • Easier to keep the pet still

 

The conclusion here is: It doesn't matter if it's indoor or outdoor as long as the natural light is good and the surroundings are clean and beautiful. What matters is that your pet can have fun with the session and the photographer is able to be creative with what is available.

If you are thinking of having an indoor or outdoor pet photography session, contact me for a free consultation. We can discuss which options are best for your pet, taking into account his/her age and unique personality. I promise you striking images!

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