Denali may be a little bit larger than the average Easter bunny and not a fan of carrots, but I thought this would look really cute. So, with milk chocolate Easter eggs and colorful jelly beans on our mind, Denali and I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!
We have been working on a new Denali The Dog photo and once again the wigs, Denali, and I are not getting along. After spending the morning nursing a large pot of espresso, I decided to purchase some hairspray and curlers with hopes of styling the wig myself. Well, Denali has never seen his mother in curlers or smelled hairspray and he could not get his nose out of the wig. He treated the wig as if it was a dog treat or something. Next time I’ll have to remember not to purchase a fruity flavor of hairspray. Have a great weekend everyone!
Denali loves being in front of the camera and when he’s not, I think he gets a bit jealous. Earlier this week I took some head shots of a friend. While setting up the studio, Denali could not contain his excitement. He kept on jumping on top of the cedar chest where he normally sits when I shoot his Denali The Dog photos. After playing a quick game of musical chairs, my friend was able to win his seat on top of the cedar chest. Then when I started to shoot, Denali walked up to me and stuck his nose into my camera and would not leave me alone. Geez.. I did not realize he’d get so jealous since he was not the star. Have a fabulous day everyone!
While archiving some of my old Denali The Dog photos, I came across this out-take from a New Year’s inspired photo that I took in 2006 before I purchased my dynalites. I do remember having high aspirations to shoot something festive of Denali, but as usual he had other ideas. The photo never made it to print but with New Year’s in mind, I thought it would be fun to share with everyone. Thank you all for becoming a fan of my son, well…dog, Denali. We wish you all a very happy and safe New Year’s!
Somehow I have trained Denali to sit on top of my cedar chest when I take his photos. All I need to do is tap the chest and Denali will leap onto it. But as soon as he is in position, he starts to drool while waiting for his treat. This week while adjusting the lights, I was sitting on the ground, looked up, and he was hanging off the chest watching me. He’s such a good boy!
After Denali and I had a long conversation about how important it is to listen to his mommy, I decided to take a self-portrait of us. Please excuse my clothes, it was a very long day and I had about 4 to 5 non sugar cups of expresso by the time I took this photo. Overall, this photo was truly a bit challenging to shoot. First of all, I stuffed about 5 small balloons in to his hat to keep it elevated which he kept on trying to fling off. Second, Denali was not too happy about the goatee. Every time I replaced the goatee he kept on trying to lick it off. Honestly, it felt like we were at a disco. From the way he kept on shaking his head and talking with his mouth. Maybe next time I’ll shoot some video.. I bet everyone would love it!
Denali and I are back working on some new photo’s. All top models have attitudes including doggie models. I set new records this week. Denali was very stubborn and decided to finish off two complete bags of treats while I consumed a large amount of expresso in return. This is one of the many out-takes, I think he is taking a siesta from a full belly.
Today was time to enjoy the summer and show our readers how Denali can become an island dog.
The keys to a successful photo shoot with Denali:
• Hawaiian tunes
• Plenty of dog treats (specifically something meaty)
• A cool costume from your collection of unused clothes
• Shades that keep the flash out of his eyes
• A red boa that shows off his golden locks
This is the real deal, folks.
Many shop owners tell me customers wonder if a dog really allows a photographer to take pictures in various states of dress.
He does – after many years of training.
“But Photoshop must be involved to paint hair on him?”
“Those glasses can’t be really on his head.”
Oh, it’s all real. And it takes an extremely long time to complete one photo shoot.
Denali is very patient, but that is a trait he’s gained after extensive training and patience on his part. The above photo is an outtake from a recent shoot showing how I can adjust his head level and he will stay still for a short period.
Since this is a one-person operation I must get back to the camera quickly before he loses concentration. Some days that happens and other I struggle. As you can see, in the end, we’ve accomplished our goal a few times.
Greetings… Denali is back to work after his little problem with eating coins. It really amazes me what dogs eat! He and I are working on three new styles. Please check back in a few weeks to see the new cards.