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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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.

Update: Visit my new artwork purchase prints site,, where you browse the horse / equine and other animal pictures for sale with framing options too.

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.





© peter samuels
© peter samuels

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