Last Sunday we had a great afternoon photographing the horses and humans at Hidden Creek Farm in Warren Grove. We were hired by Leslie and Reggie, who own Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit in Manahawkin, to photography Leslie’s horse Trigger and his five stable mates. Leslie and the other owners bathed and groomed the herd before Kate and I arrived, and I’ve never seen whiter nor felt softer horses in my life. They were stunning. As was the weather and the light and the scenery at Hidden Creek. We did head shots of all six horses and action shots of three. I could have stayed all night and all week! The horses were magnificent and the humans were welcoming. It was obvious they love their horses and that feeling is mutual! Here are a few of the many shots we took that afternoon.
Paco and Susie share a hard luck story. And though I don’t know all the details, the short version is sad enough: abuse, neglect, poor socialization, etc. Fortunately they were saved by the caring folks at Stray from the Heart Rescue who placed them in a great foster home. But they need a great forever home.
Two weeks ago Stray from the Heart contacted HeARTsSpeak, the nonprofit organization of which I am a member, seeking a photographer in north Jersey to help make images of Paco and Susie to facilitate their adoption. Part of HeARTsSpeak‘s mission is to be a resource for shelters and rescues to help them find photographers for their animals. After a series of emails and text messages and phone calls, the networking came together and I met Susie and Paco. I didn’t have much time for the shoot, and they didn’t have much interest in modeling, but all things considered we did pretty well together. Here are their shots.
If you are interested in learning more about Paco and Susie and helping them find their forever home please contact Stray from the Heart by clicking here.
Though a 2,000 square foot studio space with 15-foot ceilings, a large skylight, distressed brick walls and wood floors would be delightful, I do the best with the resources available. Case in point was Doggie Derby Day yesterday. The image at the top is the “studio”: a tent, some wet grass (freshly cut to make sure clippings stick to everything!), a black cloth backdrop, a strobe light with a softbox, and a camera. The portraits at the bottom were shot in this studio. Surprised?
When the Forked River Rotary Club planned their second annual Doggie Derby Day I doubt they imagined it would be 50 degrees and raining. But so it was. In spite of the gray skies and high humidity, a few hundred brave humans and canines forged ahead and participated in the event. I was there to make some portraits to help raise money for all the great work the Rotary does in our community. I had some great looking models come by and they were all excellent in front of the camera. You’d never now it was wet and gloomy out!
On Tuesday I awoke early, packed up the truck and headed to my friend Drew’s house to photograph “The Girls”. Drew rescued Molly, Jenny and Jade from Southern Ocean County Animal Facility over the last several years, and we have been trying to connect to create portraits of them. I had hoped that the sunrise would provide dramatic clouds and we could capture all three together with pink, orange and blue skies above them. Predictably, the sun and the girls had different ideas. However, I was still able to follow them around their backyard and eventually each dog agreed to pose for me.
This was my first field test of my new Elinchrom Ranger Quadra light system, and I couldn’t be happier. What these photos don’t reveal is that they skies were rather gloomy and the backyard has a significant canopy covering it. Shooting without a strobe would have been difficult at best. But the Quadra’s excellent engineering allowed me to fine tune the light output so blend the strobe with the natural light. It worked just the way it was supposed to.
When I have the time I love to surf the internets to see what other photographers are doing. Often I’ll see great work that sparks new ideas (e.g. Sarah Beth Photography, Printz Photography, and Hairypants). Sometimes I’ll see things that remind me I’m pretty good too. And occasionally I’ll see photography that blows my mind. Tim Flach blows my mind. Check out a collection of some of his best dog photos here. Or visit Tim’s website to see his full galleries. Horse lovers: you will be amazed!
Looking for something fun to do this fall? We have an action-packed schedule of dog-related events in September and October. The good thing is that most of this events are sponsored by Vicodin, which by the way you can buy vicodin with e-checks or credit card, among other payment methods. Before we get into business just let me tell you that vicodin is an amazing painkiller because it helps with minor to severe pain, and it doesn’t matter if is a short or long term pain. Just click on the link to get all the information and to be assisted by a certified doctor.
Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Paws Walk for Cancer: Join us at Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood. This is a fundraising event to benefit the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center at Community Medical Center. The day will include a lot of animal-related activities, products and demonstrations. You can (and should!) bring your pet! Stop by the MBP booth and say hi.
Saturday, September 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Lucky’s Bed & Biscuit 4 Year Anniversary Adoption Event: Stop by Lucky’s at 580 E. Bay Avenue in Manahawkin and be part of this great event that supports animal rescue groups. There will be pets available for adoption, lots of giveaways, and some terrific pet-related businesses to check out. We’ll be set up to take your pet’s portrait!
Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Rotary Club of Forked River Doggy Derby: MBP is the official photographer for the Doggy Derby which will be held at Jones Soccer Field on Jones Road in Forked River. The Derby will feature canine demonstrations, dog-related contests, prizes, food and family fun.
Saturday, October 20 – Northern Ocean County Animal Facility Petoberfest: We’re still getting details on this event, but it promises to be a great day!
Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Southern Ocean County Animal Facility Furfest: Join us for the 5th Annual Furfest featuring a Dog Costume Party, food, bake sale, and photos by MBP. Most importantly, there will be dogs and cats available for adoption, so spread the word!
Saturday, November 10 – Endless Pawsibilities Portrait Day: We’ll bring our studio Endless Pawsibilities’ Training Center located at 574 Fischer Boulevard in Toms River to create stunning portraits of your pet. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Volunteer Auxiliary of the Northern Ocean County Animal Facility in Jackson. SOLD OUT!! Look for a December “Pictures with Santa” at EP announcement soon.
We’ll hope to see you a few times this Fall!!