This week’s theme for the Beautiful Beasties 52 Project was “tribute”.  Our task was to choose a famous artist, photo, painting, sculpture, or artist’s style and re-create our own interpretation of it.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to go out and attempt a shoot I’ve been wanting to do for a while.  Although I spent most of my week in Charleston, South Carolina, I was still able to find a spot for my shoot, which I was over the moon for.  I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to find a good location, but luckily we found this great wall at a local tackle + bait shop! 

My inspiration for this week’s project was Jamie Pflughoeft’s Graffiti Dogs project, which really appeals to me and my love of architecture, art, and the whole city vibe.  Jamie is the queen of pet photography – she owns Cowbelly Pet Photography based in Seattle, Washington.  She is one of the master mind’s behind the Beautiful Beasties Network and I was lucky enough to meet her back in May when I attended the Passport Pet Photography Workshop in San Diego.  She is such an awesome and authentic person and I love the fact that she thinks outside the box with her art.  Her Graffiti Dogs project is stunning.  Personally, I absolutely love the feel of an urban setting and I have been just dying for a client who wants to do something industrial, urban, modern, and slightly funky.  So if you’re out there, let me know!  I am so ready to do an urban city shoot.

So I attempted this assignment using the same shooting style that Jamie does.  I have been practicing my pet-level photography (PLP) skills ever since coming back from the Passport Workshop and I am very proud of the fact that I have been able to do this completely manually!  It’s tricky to get your settings correctly, but the more I practice, the better I get at it.  So, this is my feeble attempt at a graffiti-inspired shoot in the style of Jamie Pflughoeft.  It’s nothing near as beautiful as Jamie’s project – I am completely jealous of the beautiful graffiti she has been able to find for her sessions.  Drool.  However, I thought the funky fish, lettering + bubbles created an interesting and different backdrop for this session.  I love the feel of these photos and the colors really make it much different from the standard location sessions that clients tend to prefer, which often feature greenery and outdoor plants.  There is a different feeling to these photos, which I really like.  I hope you enjoy my interpretation of Jamie’s awesome project!

Now please head on over to Cyndi Kuiper’s blog to see her take on this week’s theme!  Click on all the links and you’ll end up right back here where you started.  Please check back next week to see what we’ll be working on.  Happy Friday!