White / Gray Arabian Horse Dancing, a fine Art Equine Photograph

1st place award for Cam the Arabian in side pass and one my favorite equine photographs.

White / gray Arabian horse dancing, a fine art equine photograph of a striking horse named Cam in side pass. This is one of my all time favorite fine art equine photographs, the moment when this image was captured, everyone on-set took a gasp, the horse and owner were sync as if they dancing in a ballet, a truly a lovely moment.

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My Dog, Leica, who courageously started me on the animal photography path.

farewell to my best friend and inspirational muse

Last month I made the difficult decision to put my loving dog and inspiring muse down for the big sleep. Earlier this year, Leica, the dachshund /min pin mix had surgery for two herniated discs – that’s when the cushions between the vertebrae turn sandy and mineralize. The surgery was a a financial and emotional behemoth with a 3-4 month recovery time. She seemed to be doing alright, however, just nine months after the first surgery, a new disc had herniated and we found ourselves back at square one. Disc issues are common in dachshunds, it’s a genetic thing, and though my girl was only half doxie, it was apparently enough for her. As one surgeon told me, it’s almost as if their spines were designed to go bad.. The decision to let her go was as heartbreaking as much as I knew it was right thing to do.

Leica was not only a great dog, she inspired a new dimension of work for me. Leica was my first dog and I wasn’t photographing animals before she entered the picture. She was my muse and she did her job very very well. She will be missed and I celebrate the time shared with her.

Equestrio magazine feature on the Arabian Saluki

Equestrio feature on the Arabian Saluki ‘sons of the desert’

Equestrio, a beautifully printed publication based out of Dubai, asked me to do Arabian Saluki dog portraits in America. Not an easy task since very few are in the bay area at all. Happily, I managed find just about all of them and bonus points go to Tesse, the Saluki who had a resent litter of pups – score!

Salukis are desert hunting hounds steeped in Arabian history, the Egyptians called them the Royal Dogs of Egypt, and are considered to be one of the oldest known dog breeds. Swift, smart and beautiful, these ‘sons of the desert’ were bred to chase and catch prey in the harsh desert climate. Here’s a video showing they’re astonishing hunting speed and you can see the rest of the work here.

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Stanley the Donkey, a fine art animal photograph

the donkey that wasn’t an ass at all

 

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Last week I got to photograph a donkey in the studio. Since I’ve often photographed horses on location in studio settings, I was thrilled at having a small horse in my studio without the confines of a barn like location.

I just completed a video shoot for Bidawee, a pet services company back east – more on that in the next post. For the Bidawee gig, we brought in animal trainers from Los Angeles and since they were town, we worked out a out deal for me to photograph the ass after the shoot.

All puns aside, Stanley wasn’t an ass at all. In fact he was polite and adoring – a model burro, if you will.. Stanley had that ‘just walked out of a fairy tale’ look about him. )

While the shoot was intended for my comercial portfolio, I’ve already sold two large prints of Stanley as fine art. One of those is going to Bar Bambino, a cafe restaurant in the mission, where they’ll feature the 5′ print in the front dining area – sweet!  It’s exciting to see my comercial and fine art work blending so nicely and makes me wonder if the donkey image is the beginning of new series.

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Afghan Hound Duke posing proudly by commercial animal photographer, Peter Samuels.

Meet Duke, the stellar and beautiful Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound Duke posing proudly by commercial animal photographer, Peter Samuels.
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I always enjoy testing with new subjects that catch my eye and when I saw Duke, the afghan hound, in my neighborhood, it was a classic scenario of  ‘excuse me sir, but I must photograph your dog. I think I even used a British accent due to a wave of properness that came over me..

Equine Fine Art Photograph of Bugs the Horse For Coup Detat.

Not just for hay.

I was recently asked to photograph a horse inside a showroom, the client, Coup d’tat, is an interior design showroom that features an visual ethic that I like to  call ‘steampunk meets industrial design chic’. However, while the white bookshelf in the image is more Kubrik than Steampunk, I feel the the over look of the showroom is still fitting of my description.

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The shoot was for an ad featured in California Home and Design and Chrysta Giffen of CG retouching did an outstanding job combing three variations into one final image. Great work Chrysta!

If the term Steampunk doesn’t ring a bell, one of favorite all time movies, ‘City of Lost Children’, is a good example as are the visuals described by the 18th century science fiction author, Jules Verne. My client wanted to feature the white bookshelf unit, one of a pair, that were custom built in the 80’s for the Macy family. The one of kind pair of bookshelves have a $300,000 price tag and it was obvious that Bugs, the horse, sincerely appreciated his fancy feeder..

And a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot as well can be seen here.

 

from the studio – toaster the labradoodle

I recently asked Kevin Rose if I could photograph his labradoodle, Toaster, here in the studio. Toaster is a bit of celebrity since he was just voted cutest dog in 7×7, he made a great model and I’m pleased with the evolution of this look for me.

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Studio photo shoot for Bideawee pet services with Pulicis & Hall Riney SF by Peter Samuels.

From the studio: Bidaewee pet hospital shoot

The Bideawee pet services shoot was great fun. With 25 models in 2 days between people, dogs and cats, the studio was a zoo! Not to mention simultaneous video during the stills – wow, did we just do that?  Special thanks goes to Carmel Cottingham for pulling off the production without a hitch!

I’ll be sure post some of the final ads in the near future too.

 

 

 

 

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The image below shows me discussing the images with my dog, Leica. The dog often provides creative input that I find annoying.