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Elegant photos to the most famous dog on Earth: Tuna

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Elegant photos to the most famous dog on Earth: Tuna

A few days later after Tuna's birthday party at NKLA, I met him again for his Fine Art Session at his home.

Each year we at Bows-N-Ties get involved in a charitable cause, and for 2014 Bows-N-Ties has decided to partner with the San Francisco SPCA.

(Buy your scarf or tie here: http://www.bows-n-ties.com/dogsnties/ )

To help raise both money and awareness Bows-N-Ties has launched DOGS-N-TIES, a campaign that marries fashion and activism to raise funds for homeless animals and Tuna (#tunameltsmyheart) has donated his time and image to be the face of the campaign.

Frame Your Pet was the photographer of Tuna (Instagram: Tunameltsmyheart)

Frame Your Pet was the photographer of Tuna (Instagram: Tunameltsmyheart)

It was a dream of mine to do a Fine Art Session to Tuna. He is funny, odd (in the most sweet way), unique and goofy; and I wanted to mix this explosive combination with art and elegancy.

Here are the best photos of his session:

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Courtney (Tuna's mom) putting the Dogs-n-ties scarf on Tuna for the photo shoot with Frame Your Pet.

Courtney (Tuna's mom) putting the Dogs-n-ties scarf on Tuna for the photo shoot with Frame Your Pet.





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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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Tips to choose the right rescued dog for your family.

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Tips to choose the right rescued dog for your family.

Last week we saw what to look for when going to a breeder to get your pure breed dog. But what should you look at when looking to adopt one?
In this week’s article I want to share with you some key things to bear in mind when visiting shelters in order to find the right dog for you and your family.


1. Research the breed

Do your homework, learn more about breeds and make a self assessment to decide if you can commit to give the dog the attention it needs.

Determine if your life can fit the exercise, grooming and size requirements of the breed. Beagles, for example are low maintenance when it comes to housing and grooming them but they require plenty of exercise and attention. On the opposite pole, the Old English Sheepdog enjoys long naps and slow walks, but the shaggy coat require daily grooming.

If you have small children in your family you should consider a children friendly dog; breeds like Boxers and Newfoundland behave like genuine babysitters and are safe around children despite their size.

Source: Google Images.  English Sheepdog.

Source: Google Images. 
English Sheepdog.


2. A puppy or an adult?

Your lifestyle and household background should be taken in account when making this decision. A puppy is time consuming, as it needs to be housetrained and socialized. But, on the bright side they are easy to integrate in the family. Older dogs are likely to have some basic training, but they also can have some bad traits and difficulties when getting socialized.

You must supervise the children interaction with the new dog, regardless of the dog’s age.

French Bulldog puppy in the beach.

French Bulldog puppy in the beach.


3. Dog’s background

When visiting the shelter, spend some time and talk with the volunteers, they can give you valuable information about the dog’s personality and preferences. Find out as much as you can about the past of the dog. Was it rescued, abandoned or abused? Depending on each circumstance, you will get an idea of how much work it will require to socialize it and earn its trust.

Velcro is a rescued dog from Stockton City of Animals. 

Velcro is a rescued dog from Stockton City of Animals. 


4. The dog’s apperance

The coat should be shiny, the skin shouldn’t have any scales or lumps. The eyes and nose should be clean of secretions and crusts. If you notice any changes, those might be signs of disease, so don’t forget to discuss the medical history with the volunteers or with your vet.

Adoptable young dog from Stockton City of Animals.

Adoptable young dog from Stockton City of Animals.


5. The sorroundings

Take a look at the place where the dog lives in and study the living conditions. Evaluate the behavior of the dog in group, how it acts and interacts with the others, and asses which is appropriate for you. In my case, I always look for the one who isn't barking when others are, and that is friendly with both humans and dogs.

If possible spend some time alone with the dog in a room or an outside paddock and observe the reactions alone.

Owner and boxer puppy interacting.

Owner and boxer puppy interacting.


As not all stories have happy endings, you should ask if it is possible to get a trial period in order to make a decision.

Some shelters, like the SPCA or Norcal Family Dog Rescue, allows you to take the dog home for a few days and see how you and your dog adapt to each other. Bear in mind that some dogs, when are in new environments, their behaviour can change for good or bad.


Bringing a new pet in your home and family is thrilling, but don’t forget that this is a long term commitment and whatever dog you choose, you need to be very honest with yourself.


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Set & Vincent, the Rescued Long Hair Collies

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Set & Vincent, the Rescued Long Hair Collies

Although I'm now based in San Francisco, my hometown is Barcelona. I don't only have my family and friends there, but also lovely clients who are willing to wait 6 months for me to go home to photograph their pets.

This Christmas I had several sessions booked and now that I'm back and settled, I want to share them with you.


Let me introduce you to Set & Vincent. Set (which means Seven in Catalan), is the 2nd long hair collie this family has had. A few years ago, their first collie passed away at the age of 14 years old. So, when the time arrived, they didn't doubt their decision to get the same breed. They rescued Set from a puppy mill in Girona. After a few months of lots of patience and unconditional love, Set knew that he was home.

Met Set, the elegant long hair collie from Barcelona.

Met Set, the elegant long hair collie from Barcelona.

A few years later, Vincent joined the family. He is of the same breed and he was also rescued from another puppy mill. 

This is Vincent, posing for me!

This is Vincent, posing for me!

Vincent's mom chose the location. It's been many years since I left my lovely Catalonia so I'm a bit outdated when it comes to new locations for photo shots. Luckily, she found the perfect one.

Although the day was moody and looked like it was about to rain, the weather turned perfect. The light was gentle, the weather wasn't harsh, and the dogs had a wonderful time running and chasing each other.

After a while, it was time to relax, and for me to become invisible to them so that I could capture the perfect moment.

Set and Vincent laying with their mom in front of a waterfall.

Set and Vincent laying with their mom in front of a waterfall.

Vincent striking another pose. I love this one.

Vincent striking another pose. I love this one.

Of course, being outdoors, the dogs couldn't help themselves and had to go back to have some more fun!

A happy dog!

A happy dog!

I think Vincent knew the deal. One photo, one treat! He was all over the place!

I think Vincent knew the deal. One photo, one treat! He was all over the place!

There we go! Vincent again. But I have to admit it... He is a very handsome collie! 

There we go! Vincent again. But I have to admit it... He is a very handsome collie! 

In the meantime, Set was just doing his thing. 

Set playing with a stick. He doesn't need too much to enjoy himself!

Set playing with a stick. He doesn't need too much to enjoy himself!

Love, love, love.

Love, love, love.

Although Set was rescued and I know he is a lucky dog, her mom feels very lucky to have him in her life. You can tell the love is there.

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One hour later, it was time to head home.

It was a very nice session and we all had a great time in the forest. 

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Thank you, Montse, Vincent, and Set for letting me be part of such an amazing day.

 

Related post: "Adopting vs Buying, what should you do?"


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

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