Project 52 | Favorite Book

The creative, fun, and challenging theme for this week’s Project 52 on the Beautiful Beasties Network was “Favorite Book.” I LOVE books, so I thought this theme was awesome! The hardest part was choosing a favorite book. After spending most of the week deliberating over which book to choose, I decided on not one, but two books. This year I read two wonderful books by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose and it’s sequel, A Dog’s Journey. Both books were well-written and unique stories about a dog’s many lives and the people he loves and protects. Now, I do not believe in reincarnation, but I think it was a sweet, creative way to deliver a story where the dog gets to see his people through the entirety of their lives. The books had me in tears many times, especially when the doggy hero was a black Lab named Buddy. That part of the story just about did me in!

One of the dog’s favorite things is, of course, riding in the car. He loves being a “front seat dog” throughout the books. So, for this week’s challenge, I decided to photograph Buddy as a front seat dog. Now, Buddy is not actually a front seat dog–he much prefers to have the whole backseat/trunk to himself, so he can stretch out and relax. Also, he’s a big guy and doesn’t fit very well in the front seat! But he was happy to humor me and sit up front so I could photograph him as a “front seat dog,” much like the pup in Cameron’s books.

If you love dogs and heartwarming stories and have not yet read Cameron’s books, go to the library or the book store or Amazon.com and get a copy of A Dog’s Purpose and A Dog’s Journey. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! :)

Project 52 | Favorite Book
Project 52 | Favorite Book
Project 52 | Favorite Book
Project 52 | Favorite Book
Project 52 | Favorite Book
Project 52 | Favorite Book

Now visit Carol Locey Photography from Cincinnati, Ohio to see Carol’s take on this week’s fantastic theme. Make sure you keep clicking through the links on everyone’s blog posts until you get back here. :)

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Caitlin McColl | Ragamuffin Pet Photography - Beautiful – I love the bright blues. I’ll be sure to check out the books too – thanks for the recommendation :)

Mary Siani - I have seen those books and now you have my interest piqued. The shots are great especially the last few. He looks like he is about to say something out the window. Great job.

Kathryn Schauer - What a handsome and happy model you have!

Deanna - Lovely, great light and great suggestion not the books, I’m going to have to check them out.

Shelley Castle - These are beautiful! I haven’t read these; I’ll have to look into them.

Marna Niebergall de Rojas - I picked up the book A Dog’s Purpose a year ago………..thanks for inspiring me, Emilee + Buddy to pick it up and READ it this year!

MA Pinkham - Great pictures! I have read both books and LOVED them. Have a box of kleenex handy.

Barbara - I was all set to go get those books until I read the ‘get a box of kleenex handy’ comment. Uhoh. These images are so bright and beautiful!

Karen - Great color photos! And thanks for the recommendation; I’ll check out those books.

Kelly - I’ll have to add those to my reading list. Buddy is such a model. He’s so handsome.

Cynthia Wood - Beautiful shots. The books sound great!

Joanna - I love these! My gal has intense motion sickness so I don’t get to see her this happy in a car, ever. These photos are so beautiful.

Project 52 | Shadows

This week’s theme for Project 52 on the Beautiful Beasties Network was “Shadows!” After a busy week where I forgot about the theme (oops!), it proved to be trickier than I had anticipated. As a photographer, I usually avoid shadows and head for nice open shade and pretty light when I’m taking photos outside. So this week’s theme made me ignore the usual light that I seek out and notice the shadows. With Buddy as my muse, I found shadows that the sun cast into the house at it began to sink into the horizon. And my handsome boy was happy to help me capture the theme for some tasty chicken chips. Love that boy!

Project 52 | Shadows
Project 52 | Shadows

Now visit Black Newf Photography from Portland, Oregon to see Joanna’s take on the “Shadow” theme. Make sure you keep clicking through the links on everyone’s blog posts until you get back here. :)

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Caitlin McColl | Ragamuffin Pet Photography - Beautiful lowkey portraits!

Jennifer - chicken is a great motivator :D love the first shot especially

Kelly - I love his focus. He is beautiful!

Kathryn Schauer - Love the top one! :)

Karen - Great idea. The lighting does wonders for his expression.

Crystal - That first one just makes me want to squeeze him!

Barbara - Lovely….beautiful light and sweet pup!

Pavlina - Dramatic but awesome!

Project 52 | Joy

This year I joined the 52 Project on the Beautiful Beasties Network. I’ve never done this before, and I’m excited! Each week someone chooses a theme, and then the group takes a photo capturing that theme, and posts about it on their respective blogs. We link to one another’s posts and create a blog circle, so you can see everyone’s perspective on the week’s theme. I think it’s a great way to challenge ourselves and be more creative!

This week’s theme is “Joy,” and my happy boy Buddy perfectly embodies that. Here he is enjoying the cool weather we’ve had this week, closing his eyes to soak in a perfect moment as he rolls in the grass. I love him!

Project 52 | Joy

Now, head on over to Sweet Silver Photography, by Kelly Coyle (who I met at Imaging USA last year–hi, Kelly!). Can’t wait to see everyone else’s “Joy” photos in the blog circle! Make sure you keep clicking through the links on everyone’s blog posts until you get back here. :)

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Caitlin McColl | Ragamuffin Pet Photography - Yay! So excited to have you on board for the project – I LOVE this photo! His little smile is too gorgeous.