A couple of months ago I DJ’d a wedding at the Cedars in N. Phoenix; the manager asked if I was free for New Year’s Eve to DJ for a huge party they were having. Nice change of pace from performing and singing all night; had a blast and they were a really fun group. Of course, I had to play photojournalist, too.
Our good friends, Mark and Katherine, just had a baby. I think that, since Julie and I have one on the way, I was even more excited to photograph her. I’m also asking lots of advice on what to do once we have ours!
This is Kiera…
I think being a Dad is gonna be fun!!!
I spent a few hours photographing dogs on a Saturday before Christmas at PAWS salon in old town Scottsdale; what a blast! The owner, Tracy, brought in Santa and I photographed 17 people’s dogs with him after they were groomed. I did a photo shoot for Tracy and her dogs in October and I’m framing a couple of prints for her store walls. I used two White Lightning strobes bounced into umbrellas and the pictures came out perfect; many happy dog owners! I love working with dogs except when one almost used my camera bag for a fire hydrant! Moved it just in time; I’ll be more careful next time!
Working with dogs has its own unique challenges. For example, this guy was more interested in playing with Santa’s hat than posing; he finally settled down. The key with dogs is shooting at high speed so you catch those fleeting moments.
After that we saw a smokin’ zydeco band on Bourbon Street; I love that style of music. It is very upbeat and has a celebratory vibe to it! Another washboard in this band, too, plus the drummer, keyboard player and guy on accordion. No bass player; the keyboard player covered bass with his left hand. They were fantastic, all we needed were some boiled crawfish!
More fun shots of the quarter: