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In 2018 I was hard at work on writing a variety of different guides for new and aspiring commercial photographers. I had initially placed them on my stock website Fetch Stock, but when the demand grew I realized it made more sense to create their own online resource. So a new website, Facebook group and other social media was born. I’ve been hard at work on the resource since last fall, and it’s finally ready for prime time.

The new site is called CPR: Commercial Photographer’s Resources.

CPR: Commercial Photographer’s Resources is an educational website with free articles and premium written educational products on the topics of commercial photography pricing, marketing, contracts, and more, for new and aspiring commercial photographers. There are guides, documents, forms, contracts, and loads of guides, and a 356-page ebook on commercial photography.

I’ve been writing content-rich articles with the hopes that it helps other new commercial photographers avoid the challenges and heartaches that I went through many years ago, and it is my belief that it will become a very valuable resource in the industry.

If you are a photographer in need of information on the business side of commercial photography, be sure to check it out!

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After Fergie died I created a memorial website for her, which has become a place of healing for me. Losing her is/was the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through in my life, and being able to write about her and find photos for the posts, and record memories of her has been very therapeutic.

It has been six months since she died, but I still think about her every single day, and would give anything to have just one more afternoon with her. I will miss her for the rest of my life, my little muse, my best friend, my doggie daughter, the inspiration behind my work.

I love you sweet girl.

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I was thrilled to discover that the ad agency Rinck’s campaign for Vetriscience was a finalist in the Real Time Media Buy category of the Shorty Awards for weather-triggered ads. The photos used in the campaign came from my shoot with Rinck in Orlando Florida, so it feels great to have played a small role in their success.

The crazy thing about this is that I was just talking to my dad about the problem with traditional advertising being that it’s intent on driving behavior with little or no connection to current events, like weather for example. I was making the point that advertisers need to respond to consumers’ current needs, instead of trying to create a need that isn’t there. E.g. something happened, or something is happening, that creates a problem for me. Show me the solution during the problem. The folks at Rinck captured that idea perfectly with their ads!

Case in point from the Shorty’s webpage:

‘The strategy drove high levels of engagement with the VetriScience Composure ads, with the click through rate for weather-triggered search ads being 208% higher than an equivalent campaign that was not utilizing weather parameters.’

Well done Rinck!!

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Starting to see some of the work I did for Foodscience’s brand Pet Naturals, shot for Rinck, out in the wild, and it feels great. Definitely steps up their branding for sure.

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It was an absolute joy working with the folks at Kriser’s Natural Pet in Los Angeles, Venice and Santa Monica. We had a fantastic group of human and dog models and although we had a jam-packed two day shoot at multiple different locations, everything went incredibly smoothly and I couldn’t have been more pleased.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the shoot.

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Easily the best idea I’ve ever had for a gallery, and quite frankly, I’m surprised photographers everywhere don’t have one of these BTS/Outtakes galleries on their websites. If you know another photographer who has a BTS/Outtakes gallery on their website, leave the link as a comment on this post. I love BTS shots and I want to peek behind their curtain!

This is a big gallery loaded with 153 photos and videos taken across a wide variety of shoots over the years. Some of me shooting, some of the environment, some outtakes, and some fun combos of images that show me taking the photo followed by the photo I took. (Yes!)

I hope everyone else who sees the gallery loves it as much as I do!

https://cowbelly.com/BTS-&-Outtakes/

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This is something that I think about a lot, but I realized that I never share it with anyone. Well, that changes now!

When I photograph animals, it is my NUMBER ONE priority to not just ensure their safety, but also ensure their happiness and comfort. I photograph animals for a living, not because I love photography so much, but because I love animals so much. I just happened to find a way to work with them that’s incredibly rewarding both personally and professionally. (And that I truly believe they also enjoy).

I have never, and would never, force an animal to do something it isn’t comfortable with- and that means- by it’s own choice. I have many (positive) ways of helping them make the kinds of choices I want them to make, but it is always their choice. (One of the few gifts I have is being able to coerce an animal to happily do exactly what I want while thinking it was their idea.) I don’t care if it’s a $100,000 shoot, or a $1,000 shoot, I will not force/harm/hurt/traumatize an animal for the sake of ‘humans making money’. PERIOD. We do. not. have. that. right.

Last year I had the worst experience of my 14-year career when I hired an animal ‘acting’ agency in Los Angeles to provide me with 40+ dogs and cats for one shoot. (Not the agency that’s been in the news lately about the terrible movie scene with the German Shepherd- a different one). Not only were the owner and trainers extremely difficult to work with, completely resistant to any of my input, and delivered a horrible product (overweight and very old animals, totally untrained animals, etc), but the way their trainers interacted with the animals on set made my blood boil. I’m still incensed by the male trainer yelling “sit!” and forcefully pushing the butt down of a dog that was clearly terrified of him. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing through my lens, because it goes so completely against everything I stand for and believe in. (And yes, believe me we had words. I’ve never come so close to walking off set before. We had two teams [my team and theirs] in a circle in a heated argument in the middle of the shoot). And my heart still breaks for the animals that were forced to wait in kennels in vans in 95+ degree heat while the other animals were loaded. That will NEVER, *EVER* happen on any of my shoots again. (Just to be clear, there were no injuries or [god forbid] deaths that occurred as a result of that shoot.)

If I ever have your dog or cat (or any other animal), work for me on one of my shoots, I want you to know that I deeply care about them. I care about their safety. I care about their health. I care about their well-being. I even care about their happiness, because if they aren’t having a good time on my sets, it shows in my photos. They have a good time, I have a good time, my crew have a good time, the photos turn out great, my client and I are happy, and everybody wins. It’s really not that hard.

I’m in the process right now of interviewing dog trainers that can become part of my long-term team. It’s critical for me moving forward to find trainers that I really mesh well with, who view me as a collaborator, not as someone who is going to ‘tell them how to do their job’. If you happen to know any great trainers in San Diego or Los Angeles who utilize POSITIVE training methods, have a high degree of competency, and are truly open to hearing me and understanding my methods, please send them my way.

I am also in the process of setting up a new dog (and cat) model database, to help me supply the animals needed for upcoming and future shoots. Look for that post/link in the days to come.

Just know that if you ever submit your pet for work with me that they will be in excellent (and loving) hands. I promise to treat them as well as I do my own dog Fergie, who is the most important thing in my world. And with any luck, we’ll all have a blast in the process, and your dog will make some good money by being a model. (I pay well!). All I ask is that you be a good person too and spend that money on gifts for your dog. After all, they earned it.

Ok, rant over, carry on!

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Established commercial animal photographer Jamie Piper of San Diego-based Cowbelly Photography needs dogs on an ongoing basis for a variety of commercial, editorial and personal projects throughout Southern California.

Past clients have included Pedigree, Frontline, The Honest Kitchen, PetSafe and more.

Click through the link below to read about what she looks for in models, and how to submit your dog for consideration. This post will remain up for as long as models are needed.

Dog Model Submission

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Established commercial animal photographer Jamie Piper of San Diego-based Cowbelly Photography needs dogs on an ongoing basis for a variety of commercial, editorial and personal projects throughout Southern California.

Past clients have included Pedigree, Frontline, The Honest Kitchen, PetSafe and more.

Click through the link below to read about what she looks for in models, and how to submit your dog for consideration. This post will remain up for as long as models are needed.

Dog Model Submission

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I had the pleasure of flying to Orlando Florida recently for a shoot for the ad agency Rinck, for their client FoodScience.

Over the course of four days, at a variety of beautiful locations, we created photos for advertising and marketing use for FoodScience’s brand VetriScience, a brand of veterinary pet supplements. (We also shot for their brand Pet Naturals as well, which was solely animals).

I had so much fun at this shoot, and look forward to doing more work with kids and animals, especially in Orlando, which is my new favorite place to shoot. Thank you Rinck for giving me the opportunity.

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