This shoot was another for my upcoming book; so if you know that I'm working on a standard poodle book you will know that; yep, it was a standard poodle. So far I have done a book on Dogs in the OC; which was filled with all breeds and mixes set in different places that we walk our dogs here in the OC (Orange County.) My next book is a black and white rescue Greyhound book for the non-profit canine blood bank Hemopet and the dogs. All proceeds from this book go to the dogs. I have a couple of calendars; and last week published Courage's calendar which I am very proud of. 100% of the proceeds will go to the dogs. So now I have to get this poodle book done; I'm halfway there.
Even though I have a Facebook group called The Standard Poodle which has now over 1300 fans and a local OC Standard Poodle group; finding my models is not that easy. Standard Poodles are not a really popular breed; those who know and love them usually have more than one, like most dog lovers. But they are slow to come out of the woodwork. So when I get an email about a new one I'm pretty excited; and last night was no different. She was gorgeous and one of the happiest dogs I've shot.
I could watch dogs running around having fun forever. I love to stop action; this enables you to see things that you would have missed completely. A look; a head turn or communication that you would have been oblivious to had you not been able to see it by freezing a moment in time. For me; there is nothing more beautiful than a dog, being a dog.