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    We are very honored to have won the Professional Photographer Magazine Cover Contest!

    I always thought this would make a great cover. It was an outtake from a Holiday Cover we shot for CityDog Magazine. Although it didn't quite look right for CityDog, I think it looks pretty amazing on the front of Professional Photographer. I could not be more thrilled with this honor!

Your dog on a magazine cover? | Kirkland Pet Photography | Bailey & Banjo

Bailey & Banjo photographs CityDog Cover Dog Model ContestWho wouldn’t want their adorable dog on the front of a magazine cover? The experience of a professional photo shoot, the extra treats and pampering you know your dog would just eat up. You’re no stage mom, but you know your furry four-legged best friend is so deserving.

Last weekend I was at Kirkland Uncorked shooting for just that reason. Every summer, there are a handful events around the area that CityDog Magazine attends. They have a booth where you can sign your dog up for a chance to walk across the runway and strut their stuff. Each event is judged live (at most events) and has an event winner. The end of the summer has all the winners up for a final vote that the readers get to choose. That winner gets to be the next Cover Dog for CityDog Magazine! But even if you don’t win the event, not all is lost and that is where I come in. Each doggy contestant gets a quick head shot for printing in the magazine and online. So even if you don’t come out on top, your pups cute mug is still in print and online for the world to see! You can also try again at the next event, this year there are seven local ones and if you can’t make any of them or live outside of the area, you can sign up online!

Bailey & Banjo photographs CityDog Cover Dog Model ContestI don’t shoot all of the events, but I do manage to get to a couple each year. I love meeting all the new people and dogs, and now a few of the regulars that come each year. You can’t go wrong, because the money you give to be a part of it all goes directly to a dog related group such as Pasado’s Safe Haven, PAWS and the Seattle Humane Society just to name a few. So head out to the next event and have your dog photographed for a chance to be on the next cover of CityDog Magazine. The dogs will love you for it, and it makes for a great stop over at yet another wonderful dog event, that we are lucky enough to have so many of, in the great Northwest!

Check the CityDog Magazine website for the other CityDog Cover Dog Model Search dates and events. Hope to see you soon! Here are just a few of the awesome dogs that came to Kirkland Uncorked.
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Bailey & Banjo photographs CityDog Cover Dog Model Contest

Bailey & Banjo photographs CityDog Cover Dog Model Contest

Unleashed! | Friday Night Dog Love | Bailey & Banjo | Week 16

Seattle Pet Photographer Julie Clegg of Bailey & BanjoThis week for Friday Night Dog Love I wanted to share an experience I had recently, and how taking a few days out of your busy life to learn some new things and meet some new people can make a world of difference. A few weeks ago I was so fortunate to be able to attend the final Unleashed workshop in Chicago. I haven’t been to many workshops, one other actually, which was so amazing but ended up not being in my specialty which is pets. I loved it all the same I wasn’t sure that any could top what a wonderful experience I had in Montana. I tossed and turned about going, the money, the time away in the summer (which we all know is busy and short around here), being away from family. But I decided to go, and wow am I glad I did. I met the most amazing women and one fantastic guy who were all so open and friendly about their lives and businesses. It was such a delight and I still at times wish I was back there with everyone learning and exploring.

The Unleashed workshop was led by three incredible pet photographers from around the country. Barbara Breitsameter of Poppy Blue Photography, Teresa Berg of Teresa Berg Photography and Bev Hollis from Bev Hollis Photography. The weather was perfect those few days just outside of Chicago, IL and the learning was non-stop.

The first day we talked a lot about business, which is so important in photography. You can be the most amazing photographer but if you have no plan or business sense in place, it’s more than likely not going to work out well for you. The odds are not great for making a full time living in photography, but having a solid foundation and learning some of the pitfalls was invaluable. It was awesome learning from three different instructors because they all do it a bit differently, and are all quite successful. There’s more than one way, but there were also some things that were very common. We covered marketing and networking and social networking and a million other wonderful topics. Our brains were full by the time day one was over, but we were ready for more (in spite of the jet lag some of us had).

Day two had us shooting all day. We broke up into small groups, divided between Barb, Teresa and Bev. Each had different technical topics to explain and a variety of setups to try. We had amazing models. A big thanks to everyone who gave their time and their adorable dogs for us to photograph. It was such an excellent variety. In the morning, I worked with Barb first. We worked on natural lighting indoors as well as mixed lighting indoors. The mixed lighting indoors was especially interesting to me because of our darker wet winters. We tend to be inside more and not out at the dog parks. Not many people want their long term memories to be standing out in the rain with a wet dog. Getting a better handle on this type of shooting opened a lot of new possibilities for me and I am really looking forward to shooting more indoors this winter. I am so excited to be able to shoot all year long! Here are a few examples from my time with Barb. Thank you so much Barb for all of your help and openness, it meant the world to all of us!

Photography by Bailey & Banjo at an Unleashed Workshop

Seattle Pet Photographer Julie Clegg of Bailey & Banjo

Next up in the morning I was able to spend time with Teresa. She is so wonderful, very open, honest, easy to talk to. I felt so at ease working with her and her willingness to share and help. Our group worked purely in studio with Teresa and we worked with a variety of lighting, backdrops, reflectors and props. I have done a little bit studio work in the past, but this let me get all my questions and doubts out of my system and really made me want to work in some more studio time! If I can find a good place to have a studio I wouldn’t mind opening one or sharing a space with someone some day. It really is great for smaller dogs and puppies and really gives a different look than what I am use to shooting. Another option for winter perhaps! Here are a couple from shooting with Teresa in studio. Thanks to you too Teresa, it was amazing seeing you work and a pleasure getting to know you. I am in awe of all the great work you do with foster and shelter dogs, it was very inspiring to me.

Studio dogs photography by Julie Clegg of Bailey & Banjo

Finally in the afternoon we went outdoors to shoot with Bev. Bev is hysterical. She is a straight shooter and funny as can be. She has an awesome assistant Brandy, who was a riot. The two of them together was pure entertainment. They definitely have a sense of humor I can appreciate and really work well together. Bev’s work is stunning and this type of shooting really rang true with me. I love shooting outdoors but have come into some struggles with certain situations. Adding some external light helped with those issues, and really got me comfortable with mixed flash and ambient lighting. I am definitely going to be doing more of this work in the future. Bev, you were so much fun, thank you for being so helpful and making what could be a really dry topic, super fun. To directly see our results was pure genius on your part in teaching. After the mixed lighting we did some off the hip shooting which I have always loved, and then a little bit of shooting when the light got down low enough to be awesome. I learned so much and I will hopefully be out there some day to visit that awesome farm! I’d say kick your ass in golf, but you would definitely hand me mine! Thanks also for the wonderful images I was able to take away from that afternoon.

Dogs photograhed by Julie Clegg at Unleashed workshop

Seattle Pet Photographer Julie Clegg of Bailey and Banjo

The final day was all about sales and working with non-profits. Don Dechow gave an incredible lecture on sales, so much it made me want a Don for myself. Apparently there was a pocket Don for sale, but I never was able to get one. I would LOVE for someone to handle that part of my business so that I would have more time to do what I love most, photograph pets. Some day. Finally, Teresa spoke with us about working with non-profits. The work she is doing is amazing and really helping the groups she is working for. I am a member of HeARTs Speak and do volunteer time and photography with local shelters, so it was very interesting to hear her take on this. It gave me lots of wonderful ideas to implement in the coming year which I am really looking forward to.

It all ended so fast, soon we were packing bags and flying home. It was hard to believe it was over and I really was kind of sad about leaving. How do you bond so fast and in such a short amount of time with people? It just speaks to how wonderful our group was and how thankful I am to be a part of it. I want to send out a huge thanks to everyone that was there learning and taking it all in with me. Go check out these wonderful and amazing pet photographers around the country. They all are doing amazing work, some just starting out, some getting things in order, others transitioning into doing this full time. We are all on our own path and I wish all my new friends the best of luck with their businesses. I can’t wait for the reunion!

Michelle was my roomie for the time I was there. I am certain we will be friends for a VERY long time. I have never met someone I got along so easily with so fast. She owns Gray Dog Pet Photography, if you’re in the VA area, check her out…her work is beautiful!

Bethany is out in Michigan and owns Bethany Giannini Pet Photography, also a fellow HeARTs Speak member and not only a great photographer but also a veterinarian! She also shared some amazing beers with me! I am definitely wanting to head back her way some day. I see a road trip in my future!

Pam Biasotti is down in the Bay Area and does incredible work with her business, You Had Me At Woof (I love that name!). We both do some photography for CityDog, so it was so nice to meet Pam in person after hearing about her from CityDog and talking to her through Facebook. I can’t wait to see where she takes her business next!

Shelle is a neighbor up in Edmonds, WA and she is the owner of StarDog Photography. It was awesome having another person from WA with me in Chicago. Hopefully we can get together soon!

Jackie is a true sweetheart from Utah. I think she wants to travel a bit, and do pet photography in a couple different states. I hear ya Jackie, we gotta get this figured out! She has a great eye and I just love looking through her blog. So great to meet you Jackie!

Nancy is local to the Chicago area and was a hoot to talk with. She was also nice enough to drive us around back and forth to places. I have her blog address, but it’s not up yet, so I’ll be back to update it when it’s ready to go. I know she will be doing great work here, and I can’t wait to see how her site comes out!

Then there was Merrell, our only man of the group. I think he loved it! We sure had fun with him. He owns DogStarPix and I think is somewhere close to Michelle and Bev out in VA. Sounds like a great place for the reunion!

There were a few other people in our group, but I am still waiting for their websites! I will post them as I get updates. Thank you to everyone for such a great time, it was a pleasure to meet you all!

Karate Kid, Monkey Knots & a great shoulder workout | Seattle Pet Photography

Two Yellow Labs in the back of a Toyota 4RunnerI am sure most people that read this blog have dogs or at least love them a lot! If you cart them around like we do, the back of your car/truck is probably filled with dried slobber and enough dog hair to stuff their beds with. Yesterday, I was tasked with cleaning out the back of our 2006 4Runner. It is up for sale and I am guessing it would limit the amount of potential buyers if, when you open all the windows, you are attacked by a sea of flying dog fur.

Hair on backs of seatsSo out to the truck I went with my roll of duct tape and collection of lint rollers. It took all of about 10 minutes of trying to peel yet another layer back from the .99 cent crappy lint rollers we found at IKEA to realize my patience would not last through this cleaning party. I tried some duct tape which did an okay job, but hey duct tape isn’t cheap, and I was going through it much faster than felt reasonable.These PVC Grip Gloves worked awesome!
So into the garage I went, digging through the random things we somehow end up with, when I came across some PVC Grip Gloves we bought at a garage sale. Because you just never know when you’re going to need a pair, am I right? They have a PVC coating which is what those lines are on the glove which gives it some grip if you were lifting something. I remembered my husband telling me once he had heard something about using rubber dish gloves to remove dog hair from things so I thought this might work.

Monkey knots made with PVC GlovesBack at the truck I put on my fancy gloves and started moving my hands like I was trying to build a pile of fur in the middle of the floor to pick up. It was sort of working, but really not all that well. It was more like I was just petting the floor and occasionally a few strands would be nice enough to make their way to my non-pile. So I started working on the backs of the seats and for whatever reason I starting thinking of the Karate Kid, that great part of the movie where Daniel learns from Mr. Miyagi…Wax On Wax Off. I think a little bit of delirium had started to set in, but to my surprise it was kind of starting to work.

After image from removing dog hairI waxed on and waxed off at a quicker pace until the hair started to clump together like monkey knots. Do you remember monkey knots? When we were kids and you would rub your hands on someones hairy arm really fast in a circle until their hair knotted up. This was just the same, only way more practical! To my surprise this was not only easier, but much more effective! It was actually removing the hair from the carpet! I could easily pick it up and throw it out! This was brilliant! After a couple of hours, with plenty of kid-wrangling breaks I got the truck looking pretty de-dogged again. Yep, I think I just made that word up.

Now I am not saying this is a super quick fix, it did take a bit of time, but the results were fantastic and there is an added benefit here. My shoulders…got an awesome workout! So next time you need to remove dog hair from your vehicle remember Karate Kid, Monkey Knots and plan for your shoulders to be pretty sore the next day. Good Luck!

Busy Bark Dog Walking and Pet Sitting | Issaquah Pet Photography

Jody and Hannah from Busy Bark photographed by Julie Clegg of Bailey & BanjoLeaving town? Need dog food? Does your dog need to go to the vet or groomer? Feel bad your pets are at home all day while you are at work? Well, you need to take a look at Busy Bark who can take care of all these needs and more! I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon photographing them hard at work, taking care of pets all around their territory in Issaquah , Lakemont and Sammamish, WA!

Owner of Busy Bark enjoying her job. Photography by Bailey & BanjoHannah and Jody both started their own individual dog walking businesses in Issaquah. After meeting each other and discovering they had many of the same values and goals for their businesses they decided to partner up and that is how Busy Bark was created! What is great about having two owners is that you will always have a Busy Bark owner available to coordinate all of your pet care needs and services 365 days a year! I have never found that in a dog walking/pet sitting company and I think it is definitely added piece of mind.

If you are new to the area or looking for someone to take care of your pets while you are away from your home, consider these things…

– Consultations to meet and talk to Jody or Hannah, are free. They are happy to come meet you at your house and answer any questions you have about the services they offer.

Busy Bark taking dogs on walks. Photography by Bailey & Banjo– Think your dogs is going to be in a pack and not getting that individual attention? Not true with Busy Bark! All of their walks are individual and available all times of the day, 7 days a week, so your dog gets the one-on-one attention they crave. If it’s raining or wet out, after each walk they get towel dried, some extra treats if that is allowed, and always a full bowl of fresh water to drink.

– Want to have your dog head out with some buddies? Busy Bark offers visits to local off-leash dog parks and each visit is limited to three dogs and guaranteed to last for an hour. With driving time, that’s about two hours for your dog to be out and about enjoying the area while you’re gone. How nice to come home to a tired pup happy as ever to see you!

Dog and Jody in a post-play pickup. Photo by Bailey & Banjo– Need to get your fur ball to the groomer, vet or other appointment? Busy Bark offers taxi service! They will pick up your animal and take them to their appointments and pick them up and drop them back to your place safely. Cross that off the list!

– Long week at work and forgot to get dog food again?! Back out to the pet store for you! Or, just let Busy Bark know and next time you have a service with them (walk, taxi, pet sitting) they will deliver food right to your house with no additional fees! You can have a pre-scheduled service day and never have to worry about running out of pet food again! They have a huge variety of treats, chews, supplements and even kitty litter! You can order anything online at Busy Bark’s online store and they guarantee that their prices are equal or better than the local brick and mortar stores! If you find that’s not true, let them know and you’ll get 10% off your order. Isn’t that amazing! That is the last time I am every making a late night run to get dog food again!

Busy Bark has a food delivery service. Photo by Bailey and Banjo  There are so many great things about Busy Bark, it’s hard to list them all here without having this post become super long, so by all means, head to their website, and LIKE them on Facebook and get to know this fantastic and well run company by two of the nicest women I have come to meet in Issaquah. If you’re already ready for a consult, give them a call at 866-981-BARK (2275), or email them at contactus@busybark.com. There’s no way you’ll be disappointed.

Poochapalooza! | Marysville Pet Photography

Booth of Bailey & Banjo and P.L.A.Y.Wow, what a weekend! Last Saturday I had the great opportunity to photograph the 5th Annual Poochapalooza, a country fair for dogs in Marysville, WA, that had SO many wonderful events, I was seriously beat at the end of the day! I am not sure exactly how much money was raised from the donations for goody bags, but I know there are going to be some new needed things the Strawberry Fields for Rover Off-Leash Park is going to be able to have now. Good work! It is an amazing park!

I got there nice and early, and set up our tent. I was fortunate enough to be able to split my booth with P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds while I was out photographing the event. If you came by the booth, you know what I mean. Not only does P.L.A.Y. make incredible dog beds from recycled bottles, they have awesome people working for them! It was a pleasure being in the same booth! After we got everything set up, I was out meeting a bunch of awesome dogs and their owners. What a great fun crowd and it could not have been a more beautiful day!

Photographed by Bailey & Banjo Marysville Pet PhotographyIt all started out with the crowning of Bow the Royal Ambassador. He is quite handsome and had us all cracking up with his great outfit. He was all over the event and I got some fun shots of him that you can see over on Bailey & Banjo’s facebook page along with many others from the day. If you’re not a fan yet, I hope you will be!

Bailey & Banjo Seattle pet photographyI managed to get over to some of the Hyperflite Skyhoundz Flying Disc Tournament for a few minutes, which was absolutely awesome! I can’t believe how far and high those dogs can jump! Bailey and Banjo would run about half way, then start walking followed by eating grass or laying down. Sigh. I was most impressed with a very young girl who could heave a disc better and more accurately than I ever could. It was so cute and pretty inspiring! I only got in a few minutes because I had to get back for the start of a bunch of fun contests. Best Costume, Best Kisser, Cutest Ugliest Dog, Pooch Pie Eating Contest and Best Voice just to name a few. I loved that last one and all the great hand signals people used to get their dogs to bark.

Bailey & Banjo western washington pet photographyHere was the winner for Best Costume, I think you can see why! These two were great and not sure you can really see it but the dog was pulling a small race car as well. So cute!

Best Kisser was hysterical, everyone was laughing and having a great time. Some dogs would not budge, others were licking their owners all over. I met this one great family, their beautiful wolf hound and adorable son. They didn’t win, but they sure were awesome!

Two dogs in a pie eating contest photographed by Bailey & BanjoThe Pooch Pie Eating Contest was put on by Dorothy of The Dining Dog Cafe and Bakery in Edmonds. You can always find Dorothy at an event with her doggy baked goods, because there always seems to be a crowd of dogs around her at all times! For this event she had delicious pies and they did not last long. It was probably the fastest event of the day!

Rescue and Fashion show photo by Julie Clegg of Bailey & BanjoFinally, one of the biggest events and new this year to Poochapalooza was the Fashions & Rescues Runway Show. So many cute and lovely adoptable dogs, designer clothes, scarves, bows, tutus by so many talented people, it was quite a sight! I met some great people who are very passionate about what they do. Dmarie’s Boutique, Amore Grace, High Maintenance Bitch and Hilary Lamon all had awesome clothes and accessories. Do not hesitate to go check them all out! What was great was having rescue dogs, some who were available for adoption, from Homeward Pet Adoption, N.O.A.H., C.A.S.A., Bulldog Haven NW and Love a Mutt there to model the designer clothes. It was just such a fun wonderful event and I think the dogs had a blast.

Bailey & Banjo photographs black lab with bow tieOverall it was a perfect day. I am so thankful for all the new friends I made, and their wonderful owners. If you haven’t been to a Poochapalooza, this was my first, you definitely have to come check it out next year. Until then go check out the great Off Leash Dog Park, Strawberry Fields for Rover. It’s stunning, and is only getting better by the dedication and commitment from M-DOG. I can’t wait to get Bailey & Banjo up there!

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