Archive for the ‘Dog Portraits’ Category

Dog Wash – Series 2

December 1, 2014

I am excited to present the photographs I took at the Brielle Dog Boutique last weekend. This is the 2nd in the series of Dog Wash images. Once again, there were a great group of dogs who came to the Boutique to get baths. Some were first timers, and others were regulars. It is funny how some of the dogs get excited to get their baths but others are very frightened and anxious about getting wet! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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Kona

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Kona Profile

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Aces Color

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Spades

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Spades Color

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Mac

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Roger

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Comet

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Archie

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Cody

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Cody Water

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Camo

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Camo Portrait

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Shetland Sheepdog

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Gem

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Gem Profile

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Linguini Water

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Linguini 

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Zeus

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Moose

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Burton

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Sookie and Burton

Dog Wash – Series 1

September 15, 2014

I had a great time recently taking portraits for my new photography series Dog Wash at the Brielle Dog Boutique in Brielle, NJ. I had the opportunity to meet so many great dogs and owners too! The funniest part of taking pictures of dogs’ being washed was their reactions to getting wet. Some of them smiled throughout their wash – they were simply unaffected by being soaped up! But others were flustered and agitated – they couldn’t wait for their bath to be finished. Here are some of my favorite shots:

Brooklyn

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Smiling

Brooklyn Smiling

Boghart

Boghart

Boghart Portrait

Boghart Portrait

Buda

Buda Smiling

Buda After Bath

Buda After Bath

Cassie

Cassie

Hunter

Hunter

Hunter Portrait

Hunter Portrait

Nala

Nala

Nala

Nala Portrait

Moses Smiling

Moses Smiling

Moses Pampered

Moses Pampered

Ozzie

Ozzie Soaked

Ozzie

Ozzie

Rebel

Rebel

Daize Happy

Daize Happy

Elwood Hair

Elwood Hair

Elwood

Elwood

Reggie

Reggie

Lola

Lola

Scooby

Scooby

Scooby Being Washed

Scooby Being Washed

Stella

Stella

Stella Looking Sad

Stella Looking Sad

Ruby Soaked

Ruby Soaked

Ruby Being Sprayed

Ruby Being Sprayed

Stella

Stella

Stella Trying to Escape

Stella Trying to Escape

Will i Am

Will i Am – Color

Will i Am

Will i Am – B&W

Cooper Wet

Cooper Wet

Cooper Dry

Cooper Dry

Karli

Karli

Karli Blown Out

Karli Blown Out

Reilly Portraits Series 1

April 4, 2014

I took these portraits of my dog Reilly today. She was unusually cooperative sitting for me against a white backdrop. Reilly is a rescued border collie/terrier mix. I hope you enjoy her portraits.

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Reilly BW Portrait 1

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Reilly BW Portrait 2

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Reilly BW Portrait 3

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Reilly BW Portrait 4

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Reilly BW Head Shot

Reilly Nose

Reilly Snout

Reilly looking up

Reilly Looking Up

Reilly Talking

Reilly Talking

Reilly looking serious
Reilly Color Portrait 1

Kim is available for commissioned portraits throughout the Tri-State area. To view her portfolio, go to: http://www.kimlevin.com


Kuranda Dog Beds – Commercial Work

January 21, 2014
Milo relaxing on his Kuranda bed

Milo relaxing on his Kuranda bed

I am excited to share some recent work I did for Kuranda Dog Beds. I was tasked with photographing several dogs for their new packaging. They are still in the process of finalizing their packaging but as soon as they do, I will share the final product. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share some of the outtakes from the photo shoots.

Milo on Kuranda bed

Milo on Kuranda bed

Remy on his Kuranda bed

Remy on his Kuranda bed

Another fun one of Remy

Another fun one of Remy

Violet on her Kuranda bed

Violet on her Kuranda bed

Bailey on Kuranda bed

Bailey on Kuranda bed

My photography services are available for all kinds of commercial work including print ads, product packaging and brochures/catalog images. To inquire about my rates, please feel free to contact me directly at kim@kimlevin.com.

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MCSPCA Homeward Bound 2014 Calendar

January 2, 2014
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2014 Cover

This year I had the honor of photographing the Monmouth County SPCA 2014 calendar, a fundraising program I started with the shelter 10 years ago. After a six year break , I was thrilled to be back photographing some very happy rescued animals from the MCSPCA. We selected a terrific group of dogs, cats and a giant rabbit named Fiona. The calendar is still available and can be purchased directly on the shelters’ website at www.monmouthcountyspca.org

Below are the images that appear in the calendar as well as some of my favorite outtakes that didn’t make the cut. Enjoy! 

 

Angie Tongue

Angie Tongue

 

Cole

Cole

 

Casper playing the Organ

Casper playing the Organ

 

Maggie taking a break

Maggie taking a break

Tyrus

Tyrus

Alan on Steps

Alan on Steps

Icarus

Icarus

 

Socrates the Wise Soul

Socrates the Wise Soul

 

Peanut

Peanut

 

Marvelous Marv

Marvelous Marv

 

Fiona the Giant Rabbit

Fiona the Giant Rabbit

Angie Smiling

Angie Smiling

 

Alan Moping

Alan Moping

 

Tyrus Jumping

Tyrus Jumping

 

Icarus Talking

Icarus Talking

 

Cole posing

Cole Posing

 

 

Commercial and Catalog Shoots

June 19, 2013

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Reggie, a German Shepherd, modeling a Dean & Tyler™ harness and leash.

I recently photographed a catalog for Dean & Tyler dog products. Dean & Tyler™ make beautiful hand crafted collars, harnesses and leases for dogs. You can view their products at www.DeanAndTyler.com. Here are a few more images I shot for the catalog.

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Herman, a French Bulldog, rocking The Warrior collar.

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Remy, an English Bulldog, wearing one of their classic leather harnesses.

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Sasha and Oliver, Great Danes, wearing matching collars and leashes.

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Tuck, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, modeling the Tamed Beauty collar and leash.

Kim Levin is available for commercial and corporate animal photography.

For more information about rates, contact Kim at www.kimlevin.com or email Kim directly at kim@kimlevin.com

Saying Goodbye Sympathy Book and Card Line

October 18, 2012

 

 

As many of you know who are familiar with my photography, two years ago we lost our beloved dog Charlie. While I had loved and lost dogs growing up, I hadn’t experienced the heartbreak of losing a dog as an adult. We adopted Charlie, a border collie/ greyhound mix, back in 1998 when I published my first book Why We Love Dogs. I took countless portraits of him over the twelve years that we had him. Nothing really prepares you for the loss of a family pet but the one thing I know from going through the experience, is that it helped me immensely to talk with other people who had shared the same loss.

At the time when we said goodbye to Charlie, Erica Salmon, my friend and writing partner on our book Dogma, was also mourning the loss of her bulldog Peaches who was 15 years old at the time. Erica and I both knew that we needed somewhere to put our grief and realized that there might be a way to alleviate or share in a loved one’s grief if there was a book about such loss. After many months of development the concept of Saying Goodbye was born. Our thinking was it would be a simple book of comforting words and black & white timeless portraits that people could give to friends and family when a pet passed. I know if someone had given me such a book, it would have brought me a great deal of comfort.

We found a great partner who shared our passion for this kind of project. For many years, I have worked closely with Sharper Cards in Calgary, Canada and they seemed like the perfect partner to bring our vision to reality. Sharper Cards and their US counterpart Smart Practice are due to release Saying Goodbye this January 2013. they will be offering the book as a part of their extensive vet network throughout the US and Canada. We also have a companion sympathy card line which you can view a few samples below:

The idea was to make the book available to anyone who wants to be able to share it with a friend, so please feel free to contact me directly (kim@kimlevin.com) if you would like to have access to the book. If you are a vet office or work in a vet office and you want to arrange for your office to carry the book, you can contact Sharper Cards directly at kritchie@e-sharper.com

The cover of Saying Goodbye features Zipper, a yellow lab, I photographed several years ago. Sadly, Zipper passed away this year, but I know that her owners find comfort in her lasting images and memories they have of her. Many of the dogs and cats featured in the book also have passed away and they are honored in the dedication page.

Dogs from Ground Zero

September 11, 2012

Back in 2001, a few weeks after Sept. 11th, I was sent to photograph the dogs working at Ground Zero by Bark Magazine. I was living in Red Bank, NJ at the time so I took the train into the city and made my way down to Ground Zero. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy assignment but I knew I had a job to do and I felt like all the experience I had up until that point, had prepared me for that moment. Part of the reason I was given the assignment is that I had photographed a book called “Working Dogs. Tales from Animal Planet’s K-9 to 5 World” (Discovery Books/Random House) in 2000, and several of the dogs featured in Working Dogs were search and rescue dogs.

Below are some of the photographs that I took on that day and that were published in Bark Magazine the Fall of 2001.

“Loki at WTC”

“Loki with Vets and Police Office Ulmer”

“Loki”

“NYPD Canine Unit Hat”

Additionally, my publishing company, Andrews McMeel, had asked if I had any photographs of dogs with the American Flag. I didn’t but I told them I would be honored to go out and take some. I took my dog Charlie around my neighborhood. It wasn’t hard finding American Flags in front of homes – almost every other house had one on their front porch. This picture is the result of that shoot. Charlie is no longer with us, like so many others that day. Here’s my tribute to them.

“Charlie with Flag”

Published in Dogma 2002 (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Looking back at all of these photographs brings back all of the heartache and hope of those days following September 11th. I lost a friend that day. This post is dedicated to Jim Walsh, one of the nicest guys I ever met.

Newfoundland Friendship Card

June 11, 2012

Inside Greeting: So glad you’re you.

This Molly & Fig™ Card of the Day features Mr. Blue, a gorgeous Newfoundland, who hails from New Canaan, CT. Photographed 2011, Mr. Blue is the first Newfie to grace the Molly & Fig™ line. It’s about time. Molly & Fig™ cards and magnets are available in gift and stationary stores throughout the U.S. To find a store near you, go to http://www.calypsocards.com/StoreLocator.asp

If you have a pet-related store in NJ or NY and are interested in carrying the Molly & Fig™ line, contact kim@kimlevin.com

Pug Greeting Card

June 4, 2012

Inside Greeting: Happy Birthday you little party animal.

Happy Monday – Here’s the Molly & Fig™ Card of the Day featuring Bentley, the pug puppy. To view the entire Molly & Fig line of cards, go to: www.calypsocards.com

If you are interested in carrying Molly & Fig in your store, contact kim@kimlevin.com

For a list of stores that carry the line, go to: http://www.calypsocards.com/StoreLocator.asp