Pet Pictures with Santa! Gig Harbor Mud Bay, 2014 – Kitsap County Photographer

It was my great pleasure to be at Mud Bay in Gig Harbor on Sunday, November 23rd to photograph pets with Santa – many for the first time! It was such a hoot, thanks to Santa and his elf and … Continue reading

Arin and Jeremy 2014 * Kitsap County Photographer * Four Foot Photography

Arin Williams is an annual client and everyday friend, and never disappoints in arranging her session. Girlfriend does her homework, and always knocks it out of the park. Last year we had the Narrows Bridge in the background, this year in Wright Park in Tacoma. We did not let a little rain stop us, it was a good trial run for my emergency wedding umbrellas! This is the 4th time I have photographed Titan and Chai, and as much as Chai makes me work for it, I can always count on Titan to pose majestically on a rock (you can see the original, when he was less than a year old, on a large canvas in Pet Town, Port Orchard). Arin has volunteered extensively for Kitsap Humane Society, and is a tireless animal advocate. I kid you not, that Jeremy is not only a cutie, he is the best sport around, I have not caught him so much as rolling an eyeball (he COULD be an eyeball roll ninja, but I have a 6 and a 9 year old, so I don’t miss much!). I super love their connection, and there is no where on the planet that “love me, love my dog” applies more. Fortunately, Jeremy does. Here’s to the family we choose, here’s to love.

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Harbor Hounds 2014 by Four Foot Photography, Mary Eklund, Pet Photographer

Saturday, September 13 – a day I looked forward to all year – the best dog ogling in Western Washington! Harbor Hounds is put on by the Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary and raises money to benefit the many charities supported by … Continue reading

PAWS of Bainbridge Island Wagfest 2014 ~ Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

Sunday, September 7th was a gorgeous, sunny, end-of-summer kind of day. I was lucky enough to spend it with the kind people of PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap, celebrating all things canine. WAGFEST is an annual fund raising walk/run and vendor fair, held in Bainbridge Island’s Battle Point Park. There were contests, educational talks, bands, food and lots of fun! I am including waaaay too many images, but some of the little dog races are just so much fun…Check out Pickles photobombing the next heat in the race!

Click on the images to enlarge. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support PAWS of Bainbridge’s excellent work. I look forward to next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Samson – Kitsap County Pet Photography Session – Four Foot Photography – Kitsap County Photographer

I had the excellent good fortune to be contacted by Samson’s momma in June to do an on location pet photography session. Although Theresa is affected by RA, she was up for capturing Samson’s doxie good looks in the beautiful, … Continue reading

Kitsap Humane Society Adoptables * Four Foot Photography * Kitsap County Pet Photographer

I had a great morning at Kitsap Humane Society yesterday and met so many cuties! It was Feline Friday, so mainly cats, but some great dogs as well. Just walking through the kennels I saw some spectacular, sweet doggehs and hope to get back soon to photograph them. Here are some favorite shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PAWS of Bainbridge Spotlight on Community Hero Pets * Kitsap County Photographer * Four Foot Photography

I was thrilled to be asked to photograph the PAWS of Bainbridge Spotlight on Community Hero Pets annual fundraising dinner and auction. This year the Hero Pet honors went to Fenway Bark, who works as a therapy dog at Ronald McDonald House; Miss Bean, a PAWS adoptee who alerted the family when her person slipped into a coma; Chevy, a St Bernard who died in a house fire, attempting to get a houseguest to safety. Heroes for Pets awards went to Robert Pregulman, founder of Seattle DogSpot, whose consistent and persistent reporting on the neglect at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks finally shut it down. At the time of this blog post, I believe there are just 11 dogs from the sanctuary still looking for their forever homes. Also honored as Heroes for Pets were EMTs Caitlyn Burbank and Casey Jo Clifton, who rescued 10 poodles from a house fire in Raymond, WA. They came dressed for the awards (great shoes, ladies!), but gamely donned their gear for a picture – such fun! Don’t miss the Queen of Kibble or the King of Kitty Litter!

Thanks so much to everyone who planned and executed the event so well; those who donated the fantastic auction items; the fun-loving, generous attendees; volunteers; caterers; musician; servers; auctioneer Cole Medina; tech crew; bid recorders; my assistant who was paid with pizza and wine afterwards at The Tree House (which was superb and I highly recommend!); and Manor House on Bainbridge. If you would like to purchase prints from the event, please contact me at info@FourFootPhotography.com or through my website, www.FourFootPhotography.com – proceeds benefit PAWS of Bainbridge Island.

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Sun Flare – Winter Lighting Challenge Week 22

Here it is, the last week of the winter lighting challenge, and I am so excited to be able to say I completed each week, within the time frame allotted. I am maybe more proud of that getting it done than of the images created, but I really love some of them. And the lessons learned! Huge! Pushed outside my (natural light during the golden hour) comfort zone, this old (ish) dog learned some new skills (tricks are for kids). Lighting is really everything in photography, so feeling confidant using sources other than natural light is invaluable and, it turns out, fun!

This week’s challenge was sun flare – the sort of lens refraction that used to be considered a mistake, and has been wildly popular the last few years. At first I stayed very far away from sun flare, as with anything trendy that dates my work. Over time I have warmed to it – while I still object to an entire session heavy with sun flare, I became intrigued by the challenge and like the variety it can add. I thought it would be a BIG challenge this week, as we were expecting rain all week, but this morning I woke up to lovely sunshine (now gone), and tried to make the best of it. Here are some I took today and some examples from a wedding I photographed last May, a pet photography session, a few high school senior portrait sessions, real estate photography and a family session.  Flare on, sun, flare on.

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Winter Lighting Challenge – video light

This week’s lighting challenge was to use a video light – my models grow weary of my lens, and were not buying into my concept of the shoot, but the video light looks a LOT like a light saber, so I had plenty of volunteers to assist, even if they were not terribly cooperative!

The last image, “A “Boy” and His “Dog”” is done in natural light, so you can see the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Fooling Here! Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

I super love love any time I get to spend photographing adoptable animals at Kitsap Humane Society, and this past Tuesday (April 1) was no exception. It was a beautiful day and I met so many delightful dogs, cats, bunnies and guinea pigs (and one little piggie who took one look at me and went into his plastic hut – not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I am in awe of the great work that is being done caring for, working with, and rehoming these beautiful little souls.

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