Thursday, September 30, 2010

Before & After - Removing Background Elements & Creating a New Photo

My latest restoration project consisted of removing background elements & the girl in the photo and creating a new photo with just the three dogs together. Check out the before and after below. If you have a photo you need altered, feel free to e-mail it to fixyourimages@hotmail.com for a free estimate!

Before...


After!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Foster Doggy & Kitty Parents - Feature of the Week

After a wonderful recommendation from one of my supporters, I decided to feature Foster Doggy/Kitty Parents this week in lieu of my "Breed of the Week." Foster parents are crucial in saving the lives of animals and are very special people. I do not think I could do such a difficult job without getting incredibly attached to these furry children and then having to let them go,to a new family, even though it would be for the best. So, this blog is dedicated to all the amazing Foster Mommy and Daddy's out there.... Thank you for what you do!

Here is a sweet poem I found:

A POEM TO MY FOSTER DOG
By Diane Morgan

I am the bridge,
between what was and what can be.I am the pathway to a new life.
I am made of mush,because my heart melted when I saw you,
matted, sore, limping, depressed, lonely, unwanted, afraid to love.
For one little time you are mine.
I will feed you with my own hand.
I will love you with my whole heart.
I will make you whole.
I am made of steel.
because when the time comes, when you are well, and sleek,when your eyes shine,and your tail wags with joy then comes the hard part.
I will let you go - not without a tear,but without a regret.for you are safe forever
--A new dog needs me now!

Bev Carlson: "We decided to keep each other. Charlie was rescued from a dreadful situation by Chain of Hope. They do amazing work. Thanks to them, Charlie is an amazing dog."



Lori Haas: "I foster puppies for T.A.R.A. We need foster homes for puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats so if anyone is interested go to http://www.tarasdream.org/ for more info!"



Sarah Macpherson: I used to foster cats and hand reared a litter of 5 babies after there mummy was starved whilst pregnant and couldnt feed them. We still have two that were deemed "unsuitable" for adoption. The litter were all named after aftershaves: hugo, giorgio, joop and tommy."



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

KC the Cairn Terrier - Kansas City Dog & Pet Photography

Meet KC! This adorable little girl is a Cairn Terrier (just like Toto in the Wizard of Oz!) What a ball of happiness she was! She enjoyed my treats and exploring the park and attempted to humor this silly photographer lady in between distractions! Potential clients: keep in mind it may appear that your dog is not focusing, cooperating or paying attention during the photo shoot, but I am capturing their true essence the entire time and you will not even realize it until you see the end result!








Had to post these signature tongue shots I almost always manage to capture. Must be all those yummy treats I entice them with.



Smile? OK... cheeeeese!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Dudley & Jake - 400 lbs of Furry Fun - Kansas City Dog Photography

Have I mentioned I LOVE what I do? I love dogs and I love taking photos.... put the two together and you have a dream job (in my opinion anyways). Every dog I meet is special to me and it still amazes me how much patience I have with furry kids. I know it usually appears to the owners that their dog is not focusing or behaving properly and they are unsure how in the world these photos are really going to turn out. But, once they see the end result and show their appreciation and happiness, it continues to cement the fact that this is really the correct plan for my life and I cant wait to see how it grows from here!

Meet the adorable family! Dudley and Jake are each 200 lbs of sweetness. True gentle giants!


It could be my insanely high pitched noises, or it could be the fact that I like to "talk" for the dogs as I see their expressions and imagine what they are thinking... either way, it appears I am quite hilarious!


Dudley, the newest edition to the family!




And Jake, the older boy... he appears to be totally over this photo shoot! Are we done yet Mooooooom????


Treats = Drool. Gotta love it.


I wonder if I can make a run for it without them noticing?



I love candid moments like this... I do not script anything.. I really don't even pose people for the most part, besides just a little direction on where to sit. I feel like the best photos come from being comfortable and not directed what to do because that just isn't natural.




I love Dudley's expressions. This one really cracks me up. Smile? Ummm ok, how about this?

I will end with this photo because it makes me smile. The adorable family walking together and happily through life.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pet Paintings by Ashley Corbello - Kansas City Dog Photography

Ashley Corbello is a very talented and local artist, specializing in pet paintings. She is my guest blogger for today! Enjoy!

I have been painting since high school and have always had a love of art and animals. I was raised on a farm in Louisiana, so we always had lots of pets. However I didn't start pursuing pet paintings until a few years ago. After painting my brother in-law's dog as a Christmas gift, my dad encouraged me to start painting other's pets. Because lots of people love their dogs and are willing to commemorate them in a special way. I made flyers and started leaving them in pet stores in the Kansas City area and then eventually grew to attending dog walks that benefit local shelters. The more I paint other's pets, the more I love it.

Every time I create a new piece, I meet another person that is as passionate about pets as I am. It makes me happy to know that other people love their pets like I do and even consider them their children. What makes my paintings unique is that it is not always just replicating the photo. Each person can choose from various backgrounds that not only represents my style as an artist, but theirs as an individual as well. I like to give people the chance to have input on colors or styles that they like to make each painting that much more personal.

The process is simple: E-mail a photo of your pet to ashley@ashleycorbello.com and let me know your preferences for color or background. If you don't have any, that's okay too. Then I will create a painting from your photo and suggest and send a preview when it's finished. If the client is happy with the painting, we arrange for shipping/delivery or if something needs to be changed I can change it.

Pricing details can be found on Ashley's website here.
Find Ashley on Facebook!
Website: http://www.ashleycorbello.com/




Thursday, September 23, 2010

Join us at the Waldo Pet Fair - October 3 - 12:00 - 4:00 - Kansas City Adoptable Dogs

Waldo Pet Fair
October 3
12:00-4:00
7833 Wornall • Kansas City, MO

Click here to RSVP via the Facebook event invite!

Join us for games, food and fun! Also featuring adoptable dogs from the following organizations:

KC PAWS
MABTR (Mid American Boston Terrier Rescue)
MABBR (Mid American Bully Breed Rescue)
TARA (The Animal Rescue Alliance)
MOGS (Missouri German Shepherd Rescue)
KSR (Kansas Siamese Rescue) CATS
RRR, Inc (Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue)
Mastiff Hope
SNKC (Spay Neuter Kansas City)
IDKC
HEART (Heartland Positive Dog Trainers Alliance)
Purina Rally to Rescue

Pet Photographer (http://www.fixyourimages.com/) will be here to photograph your pets in attendance for a $5 fee which will be donated to KC PAWS.

Bosco says if you go, it will make him smile like this!!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Breed of the Week - Rottweiler - Kansas City Dog Photography

I chose the Rottweiler to feature due to quite a few requests, but also because this breed is the center of BSL as well, which many people might not be aware of. Pit Bulls are always the first breed to come to mind when someone says BSL (Breed Specific Legislation). But did you know BSL is one of the most heated legal issues affecting Rottweiler owners today? BSL is a statute or regulation that is directed toward a specific breed of dog and unfortunately Rottweilers often top the lists.

*Below information from dogbreedinfo.com*

About
The Rottweiler has a muscular, massive, powerful body. The head is broad with a rounded forehead. The muzzle is well-developed. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The wide nose is black. The lips are black and inside the mouth dark. The medium sized eyes are dark and almond-shaped. Some Rottweilers have been known to have blue eyes or one blue and one brown eye. This trait is not recognized in the show world and does not meet the breeds written standard. The ears are triangular, carried forward. The tail is customarily docked. The coat is short, hard and thick. It is black with rust to mahogany markings on the cheeks and muzzle, paws and legs. A red color with brown markings also exists. There is a deficiency in the hair gene making the coloring a lighter red.

Temperament
The Rottie is powerful, calm, trainable, courageous, and devoted to their owner and family. Loyal and protective, they will defend their family fiercely if needed, seemingly immune to pain. Serious, even-tempered, brave, confident and courageous, this breed needs an owner who is strong minded, calm, but firm and able to handle their massive size. A docile, natural guard dog with a laid-back, reliable temperament. They are highly intelligent and have proven their worth beyond question in police, military, and customs work over many centuries and can be trained for competitive obedience. Because of their size, training should begin when the dog is a small puppy. This breed needs a lot of leadership and socialization. They will not be happy confined to a kennel or backyard. When the Rottweiler receives consistent leadership and is trained, it will be a good playmate for the children. It will accept cats, other dogs, and other household pets, as long as the dog has been socialized well and have owners who assert their authority over the dog. Friends and relatives of the family are normally enthusiastically welcomed.

Height, Weight
Height: 24-27 inches, Bitches 22-25 inches
Weight: Dogs 95-130 pounds, Bitches 85-115 pounds

Health Problems
This breed is susceptible to ACL damage. Prone to hip dysplasia. Also prone to entropion (narrowing of the slit between the eyelids). Tends to snore. Can overeat easily.

Exercise
The Rottweiler needs plenty of exercise. You can't give these robust dogs too much work or exercise; they thrive on it. They need to be taken on a daily walk or jog. Running in the woods and in open country makes them very happy and they have no desire to wander from you. Swimming or running beside a bicycle are perfect activities for this dog and it also loves retrieving a ball.

Life Expectancy
About 10-12 years.

Grooming
The smooth, glossy coat is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. This breed is an average shedder.

Origin
The Rottweiler is probably descended from the Italian Mastiff, which accompanied the herds that the Romans brought with them when they invaded Europe. During the Middle Ages, it was used as a herder, as a guard, messenger dog, draught dog, and for police work. It was bred in the German town of Rottweiler in Wurttemberg. Practically extinct in the 1800's, the breed population began a comeback in the early twentieth century due to the efforts of enthusiastic breeders centered in Stuttgart.

I photographed Rommel the ADORABLE and sweet Rottie last year. He was seriously such a joy.... and an absolute sweetheart!