Introducing Sandy, Zoe and Oliver

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sandy, a 14 year-old Golden gal, for a surprise birthday session for her doting dad. Despite her age (and Cancer diagnosis), Sandy is all smiles and it’s clear how much she loves her life and her family. Her siblings, 4 year-old Oliver and 8 year-old Zoe (both Wire Hair Fox Terriers and bundles of awesome terrier energy), joined in on the fun and we had a blast tossing tennis balls around the yard (and playing with the hose!).

Here are a few shares from their session:

 

 

Session Highlight : Studio Time!

I know it’s been hot out recently, but just think: before we know it, the grass will turn dull, the wind will turn colder, and your pups may balk at heading outdoors. This transitional weather period is a great time to introduce the four-legged family members to a little studio time!

But these aren’t your regular studio sessions — these can happen in your own home as a standalone session or in addition to a standard lifestyle portrait session around your home or neighborhood.

Say what?

You heard right — I’m now offering both traditional AND in-home studio sessions. To book an in-home studio session, all you need is a small area of blank wall space somewhere in your home. I’ll bring along my portable, professional studio and lighting equipment and we’ll have a blast!  And if you’d rather bring your pup to a more traditional studio environment, we can set that up, as well!

Want to see some examples of recent studio work? Of course you do. These were all shot in a small area, either in-studio or on location in the client’s own available space.

Ready to get started? Cool! Studio sessions start at $350; drop me a line if you’re interested in learning more or want to set up a time to bring your little rockstar in for some studio fun. And if you want to check out even more studio shots, head over to the newly-designed fetch. website for a portfolio section devoted just to studio work.

Happy Birthday, Bruce!

My tiny baby puppy turns 6 (SIX!!!!!) years old today. I think his annual birthday photo accurately represents his lack of interest in my ring flash, and portraits in general.

Happy Birthday, sweet Brucifer!

 

P.S. I have a huge backlog of posts and sessions to work through. I’ll get them all up here soon! Yikes. I’ve been falling behind on the blog front…

Hello, Oskar / Dallas Pet Photography

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting a sweet old Lab / Boxer mix named Oskar for a special Mother’s Day session. And when I say old…he’s seventeen. Seventeen, y’all. I don’t even want to calculate what that would equate to in human years, because I’m not that great at math. (Speaking of Mother’s Day, Bruce got me nothing, as usual. But I digress.).

Age has slowed Oskar down a bit (and he’s uh, missing part of his ear), but he’s still curious as ever, and spent most of our session wandering around and exploring every corner of the park (pretty slowly, so as a bonus we didn’t have to worry about him darting off after a squirrel).

Check out a few of my favorite photos of this sweet fellow and his lovely Mom – thanks, Mel, for giving me the opportunity to capture this sweet, charming fellow!

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collene goldman - Your photos are really great at capturing the personality of the dog.June 23, 2012 – 3:21 pm

Wide Angle Madness

So, apparently it’s Summer here in Dallas. At least for the weekend.

I recently realized that it’s been a while since I put Mr. Bruce in front of the camera (he’s turned into a bit of a diva, and I can now scarcely afford his exorbitant Day Rate), so in celebration of the lovely weather, I got the pups outside to test out some new gear, including a Tokina 16-28mm ultra wide-angle lens, which I think I might love even more than the Canon 16-35 L. This one’s a keeper.

Pretty soon it’ll be too hot for Bruce, but he seemed to enjoy the weather (and the snacks) this morning.

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Dana Cubbage - Ooohh I love those shots! I’m going to need a wide angle zoom at some point and might have to seriously consider the Tokina instead of the Canon :)April 6, 2012 – 3:16 pm

Claire - Dana, you should try out the Tokina. I’ve had both the Tokina and the Canon, and they are both great lenses; the image quality is really identical in the Tokina, for a few hundred dollars less, and the Tokina is actually a bit heavier and more solid feeling than the Canon. The only downside is that it doesn’t take filters.

Are you on a 7D or a 5D? Crop sensors unfortunately won’t get you the ultra-wide look at 16mm; for 7D shooters I’d say go with the Tokina 11-16mm instead (also an awesome lens).April 6, 2012 – 3:29 pm

Joanna Reichert - The Tokina is my next lens, for sure. Glad to see you love it so far – I’m always iffy about 3rd party lenses. Great pics, as always!July 8, 2012 – 1:35 am

Dallas Dog Life is at it again…

Get ready, Dallasites — the 2012 Dallas Dog Life Resource Guide is hitting the shelves soon! I shot the cover and interior photos for last year’s guide, and I was lucky enough to work with Yvonne and the DDL team again this year. For this year’s guide we teamed up with Animal Allies of Texas and worked with several of their foster families in an effort to raise awareness for local rescues and adoptable animals. All of the dogs featured in this year’s guide are available for adoption — if you’re interested in adopting or fostering, give the folks at Animal Allies of Texas a call.

Stay tuned for the official release date (soon, I promise!), but for now, enjoy a few sneak peeks:

 

Cowboy:

Annabelle:

Sophie:

Caramel:

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Wendy Stockard - Claire, your work is so amazing – you totally capture the personality! I have been struggling to choose just one favorite out of the shots! Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the shout-out for AAT! With your beautiful photographs, surely we’ll get these babies their forever homes!February 17, 2012 – 7:50 am

Percy Says Thank You

If you’re in any way involved in the dog “scene” in Dallas, you’ve likely met Yvonne, owner of DallasDogLife – and to know Yvonne is to know Mr. Percy, her very own “foster failure,” an epileptic Pit bull who was nursed back to health only to win her heart and find a place in her home forever.

I’ve photographed Yvonne’s three other dogs, but didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Percy until this weekend. Hard to believe that just a few months ago this dog was on his deathbed. After everyone (including the vets) gave up hope, Yvonne pressed on, knowing Percy had more to give.

Percy says thank you — to Yvonne and to everyone who refused to give up on him.

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Yvonne Ybarra - Claire is an amazing photographer, and really connects with the dogs she is working with. My dogs all looked amazing in their photos and I highly recommend her work. In addition, she is helping many rescue dogs get great photos and hopefully increase their chances of being adopted by putting their pictures in the 2012 DallasDogLife Resource Guide. Highly recommend Studio Fetch!January 26, 2012 – 11:23 am

marianne martin - just wanted to say what great pics, really captured the “feelings” of this dog so well,,, i just love themJanuary 26, 2012 – 2:26 pm

Bonjour, Diego

Diego doesn’t really require much of an introduction. After all, he’s a bit of a celebrity with his very own Facebook page and all. He’s also the official Pet Ambassador for BehringerHarvard Residential, a boutique management company for luxury communities around the US (including a couple right here in our own backyard — The Palomar, and Allegro).

His first duty as official Pet Ambassador was a photo session, so we took over the Allegro grounds for a Sunday morning (and afternoon) and had a blast.

Let’s see how much trouble one photographer and one French Bulldog can get into with an entire apartment community to themselves…

Thanks Nathan and the BHRes team for an awesome session and a great model!

Bonsai the tiny Husky

What would you call a Siberian Husky / Basset Hound mix? A Husket Hound? A Basky?

This is Bonsai, the dog with a full-sized Husky body and tiny Basset legs. I was lucky enough to photograph him this morning, and let me tell you, this dude is hilarious (and, like most dogs, even cooler in ultra wide-angle).

He is Texas Husky Rescue’s most recent success story, and I was thrilled to meet him! He has a couple of gorgeous Husky siblings at home, too, who don’t seem to notice the difference in leg length, although I think they’ve figured out that they have an advantage when it comes to jumping up to retrieve their snacks.

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