Just one big fur family

Had another dog shoot recently.  This time it was 3!  I was approached by a client and was asked if we could shoot all 3 at the same time.  I was a little hesitant at first because 3 can get out of hand.  But we gave it a shot.

We shot this session at Mansfield Dam park on Lake Travis.  It's a beautiful little alcove with some nice rock outcroppings and a small slue.  I checked out the spot and decided to use the outcroppings first and get some single portraits.   

Moose is the German Shepard.  He was so chill and a great poser.  Zora, next, was a mix and the client wasn't sure what she was.  All we knew was she had a great temperament and a sweetie pie.  Her smile really glowed and her white fur was so soft and fluffy.   Buddy was last, he did great as well but was a little camera shy.  Usually I'll move around the dog to get to their angle in lieu of making the dog turn toward me.  If I can make the angle work, I'll use it.  

Before we moved to a new location, we took a full family portrait.  This was well worth the risk.  2 humans and 3 dogs all looking one way, it was a great shot.  

It was a fun shoot and I can't wait for more of these.  I'm really enjoying photographing dogs and their owners.  

Dogs and Film and updates!

Let's start with Dogs.  I'm starting to open the doors to dog shoots this year.  They will be $250 at a location of choice or in studio.  I'll give roughly 5 images fully retouched via digital delivery and the session will generally last one hour at sunset if outdoors.  I'm doing this because it's special to remember your pets and having a killer shot to hang on your wall is always nice to have.  We have some wonderful ones on our wall and I'm so proud to have them because we just lost our first pet this year and I'd kick myself if I hadn't taken the time to get an intimate portrait done of Isabella.  

Beside my volunteer work with Austin Dog Rescue, these will be paid portraits for clients that I'll showcase here .   I'm excited to offer this in 2016 and hope that it grows in popularity as the weather gets nicer.  

 

Here above is Gus, my first endeavor this year.  He's a 3 year old Border Collie and an amazing subject.  He was very patient as I shot film on the Mamiya and digital on the Sony a7rii.  I was extremely happy with the results on both cameras.  The film was processed at Miller's Lab and they sent it back in 2 days.  Love working with them!  Color rendition was fantastic and I did virtually no editing besides cropping.  I got my scans back on CD for the price with negatives all bundled up nicely.  

Updates are...I'm open for business.  2016 is in hopes of being an even more successful year than 2015.  I had an amazing year in 2015, accomplished a lot, made some relationships, produced amazing images, tripled my Instagram viewers and added many to the blog and Twitter.  2016 will be the focus on the brand, and narrowing a focus area so I can manage my workflow.  

Looking forward to making new friends and images this year.  Hope your 2016 is spectacular.

- Stay Focused - 

Looking for new things to photograph

Morning everyone.  My posts are a little scattered lately.  We have a lot going on here personally and it distracts away from my time on the computer, the blog, and sadly, the camera.  I picked up the camera last week for *gasp*, the first time in 2 weeks.  I had no interest in anything really.  Most of the time when I'm bored or need something to shoot I'll just bum around the house and find something like a macro shot, or just test settings on the camera to see what happens.

I couldn't even do that.  I tried to just keep my mind on other things.  Keep on working, playing some xbox, Destiny mainly.  (I'm Dragonfire7 if you need a buddy for raids).  Anyways, it was depressing.  I found out that I truly miss the passion of making images.  It's what puts my mind at ease, relaxes me, and keeps me sane.  Photography is not just one of those hobbies I pick up and can put down at will.  It's come to my attention that I must make images.  It's therapeutic.  

In the long run this should net out as ?  I spend all my money on gear, the gear lets me shoot, and I am happy.  No need for a shrink :).  

My therapy session last week was just around the corner.  We have a great little mini lake in the neighborhood and there's some wildlife all around.  The pond has a trail, it's full of reeds and plant life, a true ecosystem in it's own.   I shot manual during this session.  It sounds silly that I turned in all full auto Nikon gear only to shoot manual on my Sony a7rII but I love it.  The minolta Rokkor lenses are so much fun to shoot with.  Sony has a focus peaking feature which allows you to see an outline of subjects that are in focus through the viewfinder or the back display in live view.  I do have some auto glass that I use for paid gigs with fast moving targets, but for personal work it's fun to take out the manual lenses.  

Here are some shots that I got from that day.  The images are all shot as shallow as the lenses would allow.  the highest f stop I used was 2.8.  Depending on how far from the background your subject is, you can get some really cool bokeh.  

Hope you enjoy the gallery.  I posted a couple on Instagram as well so you may have seen 1 or 2.  Follow me there for updated work.  Take it easy, have a great weekend.  


Austin Dog Rescue

Hey everyone, hope you had an awesome weekend.  I started mine out by volunteering for my favorite dog rescue, Austin Dog Rescue.  It's a wonderful group of people helping out pups around central Texas.  It's not just "Austin" per se, as I see them moving around to Wimberley, Bastrop, Georgetown, and even Lakeway area.  It's a very tight group of people who help dogs get back to health, find owners, promote awareness, and other wonderful things too. 

I created a page to dedicate the photography that I do for this group.  I like to do the shots and edit them for the group to help promote the puppies on the site.  The first images they see are the ones that will spark interest in new owners and I'm excited to do this for the group.

The most recent photos I take will be on the page and you can hit the link here.

I hope you enjoy them.  I put them on social media as well so please follow me there if you like to see the latest.   Volunteer work

twitter.com/codyashphoto

Instagram.com/cody_ash

Happy Saturday!  I'm here in Sugarland Tx shooting an event for the Texas state florists. It's a convention hat happens every year and I'm shooting the design show elements before they go on stage.  

its a pretty cool gig. The designers are from all over the world and you can see some amazing art pieces.  The images can vary in size and I had to build a set that would accommodate the designs. 

 

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There's about 7 or 8 ft clearance here and I've used every inch so far. I may get to post some shots next week but I'll be on the road for my regular job.  

May not get to post again until next week.  

Have a great weekend and stay safe  

 

                            - Stay focused -