Hard to believe this year is almost over! We are at Week 48 of professional pet photography blog circle Project 52 and this week our assignment was to “explore possibilities.” As we’ve been doing for most of this year, we are covering another chapter from the book “The Visual Toolbox: 60 Lessons for Stronger Photographers” by David DuChemin. This week we were tasked with asking “what if…?” and open ourselves up to possibilities by abandoning our expectations. While I didn’t follow our task exactly, I did explore the concept off “what if…?” and opened myself to a variety of possibilities for my images this week. I’ve actually been trying to get the perfect images for my holiday card and have been trying different concepts with my subjects (both willing and unwilling). Each year I like to have a holiday card that features my four-legged kids. So, with that in mind along with the question of “what if…?” I’ve tried out a few different concepts in order to get THE image (or THE images, as I usually use several on my card.)

For this week, we were supposed to get creative. I’m sure my creativity this week is not really what the author, David DuChemin, had in mind, because it used a bunch of Christmas themed props. However, I had to get creative with my different concepts in order to work towards my perfect card image and because certain little dogs were less than cooperative at times. Because these are explorations of concepts they are not necessarily all perfect and focused or event edited to my usual finished standard. I was trying to work on the different concepts and posing to see if I was headed in the right direction. So, without further adieu, here are my holiday card image explorations.

As you can see, some concepts need to be explored more in order for them to get to the level I want; however, the images aren’t without merit, because they give me ideas on what to do in order to make each one work better. The images above have minimal editing on them, while the one of Diana, below, has more editing and the last image of Mr. Bojangles has extensive editing. You don’t see all the “what ifs…?” I asked myself during the course of the final image and its editing. I kept asking myself “what if I try that technique?” or “what if I use this program to enhance?” I asked myself a lot of “what if…?” questions and still look at it to see what I can do better or differently should I try to execute the same concept.

Oh, and I may have found my perfect Christmas card image, too…you’ll just have to wait and see. 
Next head over to see what possibilities Elaine Tweedy, Northeastern PA Pet Photographer has for us, and then head around the rest of the blog circle until you end up back here.

If you would like to book a custom pet portrait session in your home or other favorite location, use the hot pink “BOOK NOW” button to the right of this post (at the bottom or your screen on mobile), send us an email to suzi [at] petlovephotography.com, or give us a call at 513-288-1650 in the Greater Cincinnati area or at 650-382-3242 in the San Francisco Bay Area.


We are currently scheduling holiday pet portraits at EarthWise Pet Supply/ Harper’s Point in Montgomery (11328 Montgomery Road.) We will be at EarthWise tomorrow, Saturday, December 3 from NOON until 4:00 PM with Santa making a special appearance from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. We will also be there on Sunday, December 4, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM and the following weekend, Saturday, December 10, from NOON until 4:00 PM and Sunday, December 11, from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. Appointments are limited, so stop in EarthWise or give them a call today at 513-769-7387 to reserve your time slot. Walk-ins will be welcomed as time allows. The sitting fee is only $20 and you get a 4×6 matted print to take home. A portion of the proceeds benefits Cincinnati Cats.

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