Thank you, Los Angeles.

January 30th, 2014

Beginning March 2014, I will not be accepting new pet photography clients.

If you’re still interested in having your pet photographed, you can follow me on Facebook - I’m always holding open casting calls for all kinds of projects - from ad campaigns to editorial shoots to greeting cards and more - that your pet might be perfect for.

Thank you Los Angeles for the amazing privilege of photographing your loved ones for the last 6 years! It has been a a dream come true.

pet photography portfolio reviews!

January 15th, 2013
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time looking at anything visual without automatically critiquing it.

Maybe it’s those 4 years of art school, or those 7+ years of working in the ad industry as an art director. When something is put on a wall to examine, mull over, and pick apart day in and day out for over 11 years, I guess it’s bound to become a way of life.

The best thing I learned is that critiques don’t always have to equal criticism.

Without a healthy and objective dose of critiques, there wouldn’t be improvement. I’ve always thought being an art director is kind of like being like a ninja assassin out to kill flaws and imperfections. You’re constantly examining ideas, designs and layouts with a critical eye, not because you want to be negative and deconstructive, but because you want to make it better. As a creative, you strive to polish your ideas again and again and again until you end up with the best execution possible.

As a professional photographer for the last 5 years, I can’t help but do this with photography, especially my own. I am truly my own worst critic! This is the only way I know how to create the absolute best work I know I can produce. I’m constantly striving to improve my shots, from the moment I press the shutter until I’m in post production.

My goal with a pet photography portfolio review is to help you take an objective look at your photography and offer you as much helpful, constructive criticism as I can. I want to help you polish it, polish it, and polish it again until you end up with the best body of work possible. I want to talk to you about how to take an image that is seemingly mundane, and make it spectacular. There is ALWAYS room for improvement - always! Let’s work together to discuss your work and make it the best it can be.

I promise, it won’t be scary and I don’t bite. Unless there are red velvet cupcakes involved!

1 hour pet photography portfolio review - $175

What the review will cover:
We will talk over the phone and go over each of your images one by one. We will start with critiquing your existing portfolio, and then go over any additional images you want to have looked at. If you’ve ever wondered whether or not a certain shot should be included in your portfolio, this is the perfect opportunity to talk about it. Send over as many images as you’d like, and we’ll discuss as many as we can in an hour.

What the review will NOT cover:
The portfolio review is specifically to discuss your existing body of work - critiquing what you’ve shot and how you can improve future images. This is not a mentorship or business consultation and we will not be discussing marketing, advertising, branding, commercial/editorial clients, pricing, posing, working with pets and people, tips on working with animals, and post processing techniques. We may very well touch upon some of these topics as we discuss your work, but we will not be talking about any of them in depth.

Only 10 portfolio reviews clients will be accepted. Reviews will be offered for a limited time, through May 15th 2013.

To sign up for a portfolio review, please fill out an application [CLICK HERE] and send it to info [at] shinepetphotos [dot] com. Applications will be approved on a case by case basis.

her favorite toy.

January 10th, 2013
It doesn’t matter how many toys we buy her. Maeby’s favorite will always be her dad’s dirty socks.

holidays 2012

September 7th, 2012

UPDATE: I’m not taking booking any new holiday clients for the rest of the year. If you are interested in booking a shoot that is *not* for the holidays, I can try to fit you in end of November/early December. Otherwise please contact us to be put on our 2013 waiting list!

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It’s still hot as a mother outside, but here I am thinking about the holidays. I hate to be like those retail stores that start shoving all things Christmas and Hanukkah down your throat when it’s barely even fall, but the holidays will be here sooner than we know it! And then it will be that lovely time of year when photographers are working ’round the clock to get their clients their images and products in time for holiday gifts and cards.

I won’t be booking any clients in December, so if you need holiday photos you must schedule soon. October is nearly booked up, which only leaves one more month to book in November!

So please contact me soon, especially if you’re looking for holiday photos and gifts. And if you’re just looking to book a shoot in 2012, I guess this applies to you too. <3

new display at Healthy Spot

May 25th, 2012

I recently installed 4-30×40 canvas gallery wraps in the grooming salon at Healthy Spot Santa Monica. If you’ve never been to this store, you *HAVE* to check them out! Healthy Spot has been getting major buzz and industry awards since they opened their first shop in Santa Monica in 2008. Since then, they have a second location in West Hollywood, and a third opening up soon. I love them because of the extremely high quality products they carry, and their devotion to healthy nutrition for our pets. Healthy Spot is also extremely dedicated to the community and rescue groups as well. Plus the owners Andrew and Mark are well, awesome.

Healthy Spot isn’t just a cool boutique and award winning grooming salon - they also have a doggy day care too. Love you Healthy Spot! Thanks for making our dogs in LA healthy and happy.

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