Bark Pet Photography Blog

“Can’t You Just FALL or Something?” by Sarah Sypniewski
January 9, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Birthday Surprise, Client Shoots, Shepherd Mix

We just got back from a great shoot.  And by great, I mean AWE-some (sing it for extra emphasis). I guess we should’ve known we were in for something special when the driving instructions the clients gave us included “our house kind of looks like an office building.”  We turned down their street, and as we drove past factories and warehouses, I got a little panicked.  I didn’t see any offices, any houses, or any office-like houses.  And then I did.  At the very end of a tiny industrial street on the west side of LA, there it stood: 3 stories of beautiful steel and beams–a live/work loft that would make any architect or artist drool like a Mastiff. 

I grabbed a few more gratuitous glances at it as we waited for our security clearance.  See, Kim had to call the clients to announce our arrival because we were keeping the shoot on the down low.  A mother-daughter pair booked us to honor their husband/father’s upcoming birthday.  They’re going to present him with the finished products in a few weeks!

We’ve done surprise shoots before, so it wasn’t anything new in concept.  But what WAS new?  Um…well…ol’ husband/father (let’s call him HF for short) was there.  As in, in the HOUSE while we were shooting.  Yep.  Somewhere in that beautiful structure, HF went about his business, oblivious to us (thanks to Son, who kept him occupied somehow).

Kim and I had a lot of fun with Della and Cody, beautiful Sheppy mix girls.  While Della fronted at first, she quickly morphed into a supermodel before our eyes as she showed us her best Zoolander faces.  Cody was more timid than her sister, but overcame her fear of the c-a-m-e-r-a (yes, you have to spell it; otherwise, she goes charging into her crate when she hears the word.  Cellphone cameras, we’re told, are her worst nemeses) when we let her play ball.

We did the outside shots first, and were about 5 minutes from being done with the den when we heard a precarious knock at the door.  Mom called out, “who is it?”

“Me.”  It was Son.  “You’re out of time.”

HF was apparently on his way up.  Luckily, we had gotten plenty of shots, but we still had all of our lights to pack up.

Daughter started panicking–“well, go stall him some more!”

“No…it was hard enough to keep him out of here for as long as I did!  What am I supposed to do?”

“I dunno…tell him there’s something wrong with your computer and you need him to look at it.”

“But there’s nothing wrong with it!  He’s too smart for that.”

“Come ON!  You’re going to ruin the surprise!”

“Well, what do you want me to do?”

“I don’t know!  Can’t you just FALL or something?”

“What…you want me to break my leg?”

Meanwhile, Kim and I are ripping power cords out of walls and collapsing light stands like our lives depend on it.  I narrowly miss impaling my own eye with one of our umbrellas by a centimeter.  We release the dogs from the den as a feeble ploy to both distract HF and give some impression of normalcy. 

Daughter realizes the futility and goes off to try her hand at keeping HF at bay.  Mom decides she should take us down the back stairs and runs off to make sure she knows the code to the gate.  Son stands by and helps Kim and me exit swiftly and soundlessly.

It was a pretty hilarious sight–I’m tiptoeing down the stairs, praying that the Pelican cases I’m carrying don’t freakishly swing through their glass walls and Kim’s right behind me with her camera backpack and all the loose odds n ends spilling out of her arms.  Mom is waiting for us at the bottom and half-giggles, half-hisses to me over her shoulder, “HOW MUCH DO WE OWE YOU?” 

“THREE FIFTY,” I giggle-hiss back over my tiptoeing. 



We stop outside just long enough for Mom to write the check, sign the release, and let the dogs do a few laps around the car that is serving as our writing desk.  They have no idea what’s happening, but they sure think it’s fun!

We stuffed the check and paperwork in the bag, Mom folded the product catalogue up in her pocket, and we went running off into the industrial-come-residential sunset.

 It was a great way to spend a Saturday evening.  Thank you!

Names have been concealed to protect the mischevious generous.

It’s snowing! by Kim
January 6, 2010, 9:32 pm
Filed under: Golden Retriever, snow, Wisconsin

While traveling for the holidays I squeezed in a few photo sessions for friends of ours, and this one happened to be my very first experience shooting in the snow!  And honestly, I must say it is A LOT harder – especially taking into account the fact that we really had no snow gear with us and ended up borrowing snow-suits that were about 10 sizes too big.  It was a ridiculous sight as I fumbled around with a camera stuck in a mcgyver-style-plastic-bag-contraption fashioned to protect my camera from the elements (which were heavily coming down).  The three golden retrievers in this shoot are our friend Tracie’s dogs, and they just so happened to be the most obedient dogs on earth.  I think they may be modeling on the side without Tracie’s knowledge.  We first spent some time shooting indoors and when we finally mustered up the courage to venture out into the Wisconsin snow the dogs were more than ready to run and play.  They actually seemed at home out there in the snow with their long wintery coats…every once in a while one of them would just plop down with a big goofy smile on his face as if he were soaking up each and every snowflake like my chihuahuas back in california soak up the rays. Hanging out with these three really was a treat! Without further ado meet Hercules, Riley, and Jesse!

Who’s Fizzgig? by Kim
December 9, 2009, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Pussy & Pooch

So I have a confession to make….apparently I missed out on a little phenomenon called Dark Crystal.  Never saw it and had no idea what Bethanie and Sarah were talking about when they started calling cute little Annabelle “Fizzgig”.  After doing some research, I must say the resemblance is striking. For the full effect you have to imagine Annabelle making this surreal purring noise as her mom rubs her cheeks to elicit the “fizzgig face”.  HAHAHAHA I was laughing so hard I could hardly take the photo!

Fizgig or Annabelle?

Howliday Sessions by Kim
December 8, 2009, 5:14 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Pussy & Pooch, Weimaraner

The Howliday shoots are complete….I think we ended up with a total of 15 clients in two days!  Now in the process of editing all these photos and wanted to share Lola with you.  She’s a 10 year old weimaraner, but boy you wouldn’t know it!  She is totally high energy and full of life.  She has the most beautiful coat and I absolutely loved photographing her!

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Pussy & Pooch! by Kim
December 5, 2009, 9:40 pm
Filed under: Giveaway, Pussy & Pooch

You don’t have to be local to L.A. or even Cali, just sign up for the Bark Pet Photography Newsletter before the end of the year and you will be entered into a drawing to win a Pussy & Pooch Gift Card!  They have an online store and two California locations.  It’s an AWESOME store if I do say so myself!

Need your help! by Kim
December 3, 2009, 12:45 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

ok, trying to launch the new and improved website today and need your opinion….autostart music on pageload….love it or hate it?

A great idea for a great cause… by Kim
December 3, 2009, 9:48 am
Filed under: Rescue

Everyone needs a tag for their dog.  So why not support homeless animals in the process? will help you do just that!  They donate a whopping 100% of their profits to homeless dogs and cats and at less then 10 bucks a pop it’s worth not having to spend an hour trying to get that dumb engraving machine at petco to actually work!

Check it out here and please consider supporting this great company!

LAist’s PhilLAnthropist Gift Guide by Kim
December 2, 2009, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Press, Rescue

Look who made the LAist philanthropist gift guide!  So excited to be mentioned on LAist along with all these other cool gifts/services/products!

Check out the write up here…

I’m totally getting the “pocket scarf”!

They’re here, they’re here! by Kim
December 1, 2009, 10:35 am
Filed under: chihuahua, Holiday Cards

Our holiday cards just arrived!  Pardon the iPhone quality pic, but I was excited to share 🙂  If you’re coming to the “howliday” sessions at Pussy & Pooch you’ll have an opportunity to order your very own holiday cards as well!

Bark Pet Photography Gets a Blog! by Kim
November 29, 2009, 5:40 pm
Filed under: chihuahua, Client Shoots

Holy crow, Bark Pet Photography finally got around to setting up a blog!  Yet another place to post updates and keep all our fans informed.  We’ll do our best to keep the info flowing and to start it off here’s a little eye candy from this weekend’s shoot.  Meet Missy (human), Mya (13 yr. old chi), and Jackson (tiny tiny chi).  Although it was weirdly freezing cold out the lighting was gorgeous and we still managed to get some nice shots!

Mr. Jackson

Little fuzzy Jackson ears

Jackson just poking around

Maya and Jackson were sporting some pretty sweet holiday sweaters!

Maya soaking up the sun

Missy and Jackson looking regal