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Project 52 – Fall

Oh my gosh, I’m finally back. 🙂

It’s been many, many, many weeks since I’ve participated in the Project 52 blog ring. (okay, okay – months.) This past summer and into the current Fall season have been the busiest ever for Dog Breath Photography. Each day has been a dream. I’ve had the privilege of photographing more four-leggers than I ever thought possible while meeting some of the world’s most amazing new people (who are just as crazy about dogs as I am!). That being said – in the midst of the wonderful whirlwind – I hadn’t been able to find a spare second of time to devote to blogging, or to Project 52. Just recently, I decided to take a step back and breathe. I finally put my camera down for a day, took a walk with my pup, and did a lot of thinking. This is what I came up with: when you are passionate about something that way I am about photography  – it’s crucial to never stop pushing your boundaries and challenging yourself to be the best you can be. Project 52 is so important to me because it does exactly that. Every week, a group of outrageously talented pet photographers from all over the world come together to photograph and blog about a common, pre-chosen theme. The experience of being a part of Project 52 for the better part of the past year has been invaluable and incredibly fulfilling. (Not only to my technique and work – but also to my heart.) 🙂 At times, it has pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone. It has kept the wheels constantly spinning in my brain, thinking of new inventive ways to see through my lens. I am privileged to be a part of such a wonderful thing, and I am so thrilled to be back.

I have made a promise to myself to find the time do a lot more blogging and reflecting than ever before. And, what a great way to come back to it. 🙂

So – without further ado, here’s the scoop on this week’s theme! I couldn’t have come back at a more perfect time – because this week’s theme is ‘Fall’. I am lucky enough to have the privilege of living in gorgeous New England – where the fall season is just like you’ve read in every storybook – quintessential, colorful, and well – perfect. Autumn in New England is a photographer’s dream. It’s the time of year when warm, golden light leaks in sideways through the trees and little leaves dance as they float down from the treetops.

In honor of this theme, I spent some time with sweet Joshua in the forest yesterday afternoon. He’s the goofiest, happiest, most limitlessly joyful little man I’ve ever met. (more to come on Joshua’s story later – I promise!) We tromped down the paths that wound through the trees, played in the leaves and traded lots of kisses…

Look at that smile. Can you say ‘contagious’?! Oh, and those eyes just melt my heart all over the ground…

Ha! Here he is – showing off. Catching the leaves as they fall from the treetops…

All in all, our day was pure perfection. And when we got home, we hit the couch for a snooze. That’s when you know your adventure was a success. 😛

Now don’t forget, this is a blog ring! Click on over to the wonderfully talented Stephanie Madeline at Chase & Snap Pet Photography in New Jersey to see the season through her lens. Click all the way around the circle and end up right back here with me and Mr. Joshua – the fuzzy and impossibly cute leaf-eating monster!

Until next time!

-Kaylee

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs S. 2192!

Yesterday morning, I had the privileged honor of photographing a piece of history. I was invited by the MSPCA to photograph Governor Deval Patrick as he signed S. 2192 into law. The air was hot and filled with an energy of joy and celebration as a crowd full of legislators, lawyers, senators and animal control officers waited outside of the Ashland Animal Control facility for Governor Patrick to arrive.

As I looked around at the faces in the expectant, smiling crowd – I realized that it would be impossible to be surrounded by better people. These are people who are selfless. People who have fought, day in and day out, against all odds for something that they believed in. These are people who are guardians for the helpless – voices for the voiceless. And yesterday, they were people who had won.

If you are unfamiliar with S. 2192, here is a summary of the main points of the bill, as quoted from http://www.mspca.org:

Summary of the bill:

  • Create a statewide spay/neuter program to reduce the number of homeless animals in the Commonwealth and would, in turn, also reduce the cost to cities and towns for housing and sheltering these animals. This would be funded by a voluntary tax check off.
  • Add enforcement provisions to section 139A (the spay/neuter deposit law for animals adopted from shelters and animal control facilities) to ensure these animals can’t reproduce.
  • Require animal control officers to receive training. People are often surprised to learn that their local animal control officer is not required to receive training for the complicated work they do to keep the people and animals in their community safe. This would be funded by the tax check off.
  • Prohibit carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide gas as a means to “euthanize” dogs and cats.
  • Reduce dog bites by improving the dangerous dog law in a breed neutral manner.
  • Allow pets to be included in domestic violence protection orders to protect both animals and people.

 I am honored to have had the opportunity to be present at such an incredibly important turning point in the history of Massachusetts and it’s legislation in regards to animals.

I can’t accurately express my gratitude to the people who have worked tirelessly for a brighter, safer and more just future for our animals. It’s these people –  people like Kara Holmquist (MSPCA’s Director of Advocacy), Linda Huebner (MSPCA’s Deputy Director of Advocacy), Senator Jehlen (Sponsor of S. 2192) and many others –  that make fighting for a dream worth believing in.

Oh, happy day!

Until next time!

-Kaylee

*Contact Kaylee Greer at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries regarding any of the above photographs.

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Project 52 – Selective Focus

It’s Friday once again and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be back in the Project 52 ring. Summer is by far the busiest season for Dog Breath Photography – and for the past 3 weeks I have been so outrageously busy with events, shoots, editing and ordering that my head is spinning! (No complaints though. Busy is wonderful.) The only negative side effect of my wacky schedule is that I haven’t been able to devote time to participating in the Project 52 blog ring posts. (Bummer!) But this week, I made it a point to put aside a few moments to reconnect with my fellow pet photographers and with you all and share some of my most recent work!

This week’s theme for Project 52 was ‘Selective Focus’. The goal of selective focus is to isolate the subject in an image so that it is the only thing in sharp focus within the frame.

Well, this past week, I had the lucky opportunity to shoot with Miss Lily the 4lb Chihuahua. It was one of the most unique and beautiful photo locations I’ve ever shot at  – on Rattlesnake Island in the middle of New Hampshire’s gorgeous Lake Winnipesaukee. An incredible thunderstorm was brewing in the clouds above the island and Lily and I wrapped up our photo session just as the first raindrops were falling. The dewey atmosphere allowed for the most brilliant color tones. And when shooting wide open (stopped all the way down at f/1.4) the warm, wet colors created the dreamiest blur and depth of field, thus isolating Lily as the sharp subject in the foreground. All in all, it was a perfect day…

(Don’t let Lily’s small size fool you! She is the sassiest, spunkiest little fuzzbutt I’ve ever met. And she fits nicely into a shirt pocket.)  😛

Now don’t forget this is a blog ring! Click on over to to see what Kelly Ladouceur (Fort McMurray Pet Photographer KLAD Photography) focused on this week! Click all the way around and end up right back here with Miss Lily and I!

-Kaylee

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Dog Days of Summer – Part 2

And we’re back with Part 2 of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ event blog post! In case you missed the first part of the post (which can be found here) – Dog Breath Photography recently had the wonderful opportunity to have a booth at a local dog event that was put together to benefit the MSPCA at Nevins Farm! The day was full of sunshine, ice cream and incredibly good-looking fur babies! (which is the best kind of day!) … To pick up from where we left off.. here I am in all my blue haired glory behind the Dog Breath booth. (What am I smiling at back there? I have literally no idea.)  …

This next face made me audibly squeal with delight! Seriously, this is like ‘bowl-you-over-backwards-knock-your-hat-off’ cute…

I would argue that puppy yawns make the world an exponentially more wonderful place to be..

Smolak Farms is just a dream. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day..

This is a face made for kissin’ …


..and how bout this little Sweetie? I just want to squish him and kiss his little fuzzy forehead!!

And yup, there were these..

This is one happy little puppy. Would you just look at that smile?

And this sneaky little goober face was posing for pictures while his Mom was hangin’ with the Dog Breath crew..

This sweet guy was ridin’ in style! ..

WHEN does the cute end?! (hint: not for a while.)  🙂 …

Well, hello Good-Lookin’!! ..

The local Glee club came out to provide some entertainement!

Uh-oh! We might have a contender for ‘cutest customer of the day’! Check this fuzzy little darlin’ out! ..

TREATS?!

And the best smile award goes to…

How about this gorgeous face?! Little gray eyebrows make my heart melt all over the ground! ahh!…

hamming it up for the camera! ‘Hey! Check out my good side!!’ ..

The wonderful staff of bluedog pet care of North Andover was also out to support the MSPCA! And boy oh boy did they have some gorgeous little four-leggers with them! (You can find out more about bluedog and what they do here!)

Oh, and this face. What a show stopper. (Can you tell I have a weakness for Pitties? I just can’t stop clicking the shutter button) …

The guy was the perfect embodiment of the general mood of the day! It was a ‘get-down-and-roll-around’ happy sunshine dance kind of day!..

Um, excuse me? Your little goobery face is so cute my heart is all achey…

Isn’t this the kindest face you’ve ever seen?

Giving a close inspection of my lens! .. (and leaving me some puppy snots in the process!) haha

If you visit Smolak Farms you just have to take a hay ride! It’s tradition!

Oh, hello Jenny. I am having a hard time believing that you are a real, living thing. Your cuteness makes my brain hurt …

What a wise face. I love me some golden smiles..

There he is! The man himself. My wonderful Dad and his dog Sam. You will literally never meet a kinder, more supportive person on the planet. I mentioned to Dad that I especially liked his suspenders. I thought they were a nice touch..

and how about the gooberiest, most ridiculously kissable face of the day?…

I wasn’t kidding when I said there was ice cream! I leave you with a perfect pittie and her puppy cup complete with mini bones! YUM!

But wait! There are more! The final installation of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ blog post will be coming within the next few days! I have about 50 photos left to share from my wonderful day behind the Dog Breath booth so don’t fret if you didn’t see your fur baby in this post! Keep an eye on the blog and catch the final part of the adventure!

And as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’re interested in booking a Dog Breath Photo Session or are wondering if there are more photos of your pup to be seen. In most cases, I do have more images of each pup. In some, I don’t. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to ask! I’d be happy to share them with you via a private viewing gallery. 🙂 Bark at kaylee@dogbreathphoto.com with any inquiries/questions/comments! Until next time! (Which, if I had to guess, should be in about 48-72 hours.) heh.

-Kaylee

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Maddy – Boston Dog Photography

I’d like to introduce to you the sweet, charming and exponentially fuzzy Miss Maddy.

Facts about Maddy:

1. She is a good kisser.

2. She enjoys long walks and sniffing the rear end(s) of any and every passing canine.

3. She is patient and calm. (Unless you have  a camera bag full of Pupperoni.)

4. She enjoys smelling inanimate objects.

5. She loves her rides in the car.

6. She eats pizza like it’s nobody’s business.

7. Despite enjoying our day out in the big city – she is truly a country girl.

8. A nice armchair that used to belong to the humans in her family now belongs to her.

 

Maddy and I spent a gorgeous afternoon in Boston together just a few weeks back. We explored the Public Gardens at the Boston Common and played on the bridges and docks. It was an unseasonably warm day for Boston and we were both enthralled with it.  The yellow light that was pouring in sideways through the spaces between the buildings was an absolute dream. And since Maddy is a ‘live-for-the-moment’ kind of gal – we took advantage of every perfect second while she gave me her best Vogue poses.

At the conclusion of our shoot, we found a dock on the Charles River and watched the sunset together. It was quite the romantic date!

So without further ado, here’s that perfect face …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoy her gorgeous face as much as I did! If everybody in the world was as good-looking as Maddy – it would likely be a better place. 😛

 

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Project 52 – Reflections

It’s Friday again – which means it’s time for another Project 52 blog post! The theme for this week was ‘Reflections’. As soon as I heard about that, I knew exactly how I wanted to execute my photos. So all throughout the week, I did something I never do – I hoped and prayed for rain! Of course, the entire week passed just as dry as a desert, no sign of humidity or precipitation whatsoever. But what do you know – yesterday morning as I was laying in my bed I heard the pitter patter of tiny, lucky little raindrops outside my window! When I finally collected my fuzzy model and got outside to shoot – the sun came out and warmed us with it’s yellow light. It couldn’t haven been a more perfect combination of weather and atmospheric circumstances. The rain and sunshine left us with brilliant, shiny warm puddles to play and splash in! My darling little wagging friend Boomer offered up his modeling services this week. He is a happy Corgi Mix with the sweetest little face I’ve ever seen. Swoon. I’m totally in love with him. Without further ado – here is Boomer and his beautiful reflections!

And while we were playing in the puddles we made a friend! This Husky came and showed us what he thought of the water we were playing in — ‘Yum, Tasty!!’

(Would you look at that perfect pink tongue?!)

And those are the beautiful reflections that I was lucky enough to spend my yesterday looking at. 🙂 Don’t forget this is a blog ring – so there are all kinds of other fuzzy faces and reflections in store for your viewing pleasure! Click on over to Karen Weiler at Posh Pets Photography to see what is reflecting in her world this week! Click all the way around the blog ring and end up right back here where you started! Happy Clicking! 🙂

-Kaylee