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Happy Spring! Finally!

I’m pretty fed up with winter and not being able to get out and about with my pups. Don’t get me wrong, they love the snow, but I think getting out on some trails is much more fun. Unfortunately, during one of our hikes, Goose messed up her knee and is now diagnosed with a grade 1 or 2 luxating patella or “floating knee cap” on her left leg and she’s been home bound trying to recover. It basically just means her knee cap randomly slides out of socket and will sometimes slide back into place. And she’s been doing well, but if her knee cap keep sliding out of place, it might mean surgery. It hasn’t caused her any discomfort and it’s been a challenge trying to keep her calm and with out activity. But in any case, we want Goose’s knee to get better and she could use some good vibes sent her way.:)

One thing I love doing is location scouting for new spots to do some pet photo shoots.  I bring Stella and Goose with me so they can model and last weekend we did a short walk through of this new location that I hope to use more of! Here are some photos of Stella and Goose from last weekend.

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Lady Edith | City Dogs Rescue

Lady Edith is a 2 year old female American Foxhound looking for her new family. I had the pleasure to meet her a couple weeks ago and she was a sweet little lady. She’s described as quiet, smart, trainable, playful, easygoing, friendly, gentle, shy and calm. If you’re interested in meeting her, check out the City Dogs Rescue website and fill out an application!

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A Before and After

I typically don’t like to show images unedited and I feel so exposed showing this SOOC (straight out of camera) image. eeeekkkkk! It’s like how a writer doesn’t like to let you read what they’ve written so far until it’s final. It’s sort of how I feel about my photos. So here goes!

I’m a fan of before and afters and I thought you’d like to take a peek at what post processing looks like. I always shoot in RAW which is the file format where all the data recorded from the camera’s sensor is uncompressed versus a JPEG where the data is compressed and lost. This means in post processing the RAW format would give me more flexibility in making the images look their best and also because I’m a bit of a control freak and want to control every aspect of the image. Ha!

I tend to lean towards a very natural clean edit so I try my best to get my exposure “right in-camera” first. Sure, I can just go into lightroom or photoshop and fix all my images later, but honestly, who wants to spend all that time behind the computer fixing all your images when if you just get it right in camera in the beginning which means more time you can spend shooting. yay!

So because I shoot in RAW the image tends to have this really flat grayish tone because the RAW files generally need a color boost and brightening which I like to control myself. After some white balance correcting, leash removal and other edits in Lightroom and Photoshop, I end up with the final image on the bottom. And because of the clean edit style, each image takes me about 4-5 minutes to edit. Bam!

Oh and just in case you were wondering, I almost always use a leash when I’m photographing dogs. Unless we are in a secluded area where you know your dog is good off leash and has a good recall and listens well then we’ll go without a leash. But most likely we’ll be using a leash for safety.

This is Guinness the Australian Shepherd. He learned very quickly that camera clicks = treats.

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