As some of you may know, we have started to distribute our brand new brochures. Our previous version was more than two years old and the studio had changed significantly over that time.
The creation of the photography, text, and layout were all major undertakings for us, but we are thrilled with how everything turned out. In addition to all new content, the brochure features our new studio name - Jason KB Animal Photography - and slogan - “Your Animal is Art!” This new branding better reflects our mission - to create beautiful custom artworks that capture the unique spirit of our clients’ animals.
This brochure could not have been created without all the help from our copywriter Matthew, and all our friends, family, and clients who gave their input every step of the way during this process. To request a copy, send us an email; they will be delivered in the early new year!
Earlier this year we received a call from Linda who was eager to have photos taken of her two Münsterländer dogs Roxy and Carli. This German hunting-pointing-retrieving dog breed is very intelligent, trainable, and attentive. They love hunting and being active, and are happy and affectionate in family settings. Linda had heard about Jason KB Animal Photography through a friend and neighbour who had recently commissioned portraits from us, and was eager to get started as Roxy was getting older and recovering from chemotherapy. In the most hopeful way, Linda approached us wanting to capture the dogs’ individual personalities, their special relationship with one another, and the place they hold in Linda’s family’s heart.
When we met with Linda for her consultation at her Lawrence Park home in Toronto we were surprised at how energetic 12 year old Roxy was. She is a crowd pleaser and able to put a smile on anyone’s face. Roxy is a very active dog and her absolute favourite activity is playing with soccer balls - we even heard that she helped train one of Linda’s daughters to become a competitive player! Carli is very active as well but decidedly more mischievous. She loves getting herself into trouble and uses her smarts to try to always get what she wants. One of Carli’s funniest tricks is stealing socks from laundry hampers and delivering them to people. Carli happily brought us several pairs of socks throughout the in-home consultation. We couldn’t stop laughing!
Approaching the photo shoot we knew that with such active dogs we would have to use our collection of toys. During the photoshoot Linda was almost brought to tears at how energetic Roxy was when we got her going with a soccer ball. At the end of the shoot we even broke out a pair of socks for Carli to play with. The two sisters were alert and provided Jason with great movement for the perfect photographs to achieve Linda’s vision for her artworks.
Linda returned for her ordering session and brought along her husband to decide on their final artworks. During the slideshow of photographs Linda was thrilled with how we had captured the spirit of her dogs. The pair decided on a triptych of two 20” x 20” and one 20” x 30” metal prints with black flush mount frames. These would be a great modern touch to their newly renovated cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. Linda also chose an array of photographs for a session album. Since we had captured such a wide range of poses, we were able to include some more goofy and funny images in the album, with socks and soccer balls of course.
We returned to Linda’s home a few weeks ago to deliver her artworks, and were happily surprised to see that Roxy was doing well, still playing with Carli and continuing to bring happiness to the family. Our art pieces of Roxy and Carli will be a vivid reminder of the true essence of these beautiful dogs and the special place they hold in the hearts of this family.
At Jason KB Animal Photography, we love learning about new pet shops opening up around Toronto. When The Dog Bowl opened up in late 2011, it quickly became one of our favourites. Located on Dundas Street just north of Trinity Bellwoods Park, they carry natural and eco-friendly products that are made as close to home as possible. Since we’re familiar with the shop and owner Jason, we were really enthusiastic about doing a shoot with their resident pooch Jamie. Jason was looking to have some photos taken to hang on the walls of the store to add to its modern boutique atmosphere. Mission accepted!
We met for a consultation to learn more about Jason’s vision for his artworks and Jamie’s unique personality. It became clear that Jamie is an exemplary Old English Sheepdog. Traditionally, this breed is loyal, loving, and friendly. They are able to adjust well to different conditions and are highly intelligent. Sound like the makings of a great Dog Bowl canine employee! Jamie is a particularly sweet and playful girl with a curious disposition so we needed to make sure this came across in her photos. We agreed that her interesting fur pattern and precious face should also be emphasized.
Jamie is used to being around people, as she interacts with customers every day, so throughout the photoshoot she was very easy going. As you can imagine, Jamie gets to sample the newest and most delicious snacks that Jason adds to The Dog Bowl’s line of curated products. She has become somewhat of a treat connoisseur and decided to bring along pumpkin cookies - one of her favourites! This was definitely incentive for the pup to put on a show for the camera and let that winning personality shine.
After careful image selection and an ordering session at our studio just down the road from The Dog Bowl, Jason chose two photographs to be made into artworks. The first is a 30” x 40” metal print with a black flush mount frame that you can see hanging in the front window of the store. Even when Jamie has taken the day off, this calm and friendly portrait welcomes customers who enter the store. The other is a 20” x 40” floating metal print. The long shape of this piece emphasizes Jamie’s movement and the shape of her body. Not to mention that beautiful white and grey coat that you can’t help but want to dig your face into for a good cuddle session. Both images are enjoyed by customers and Jamie has given them her stamp of approval. In the end, Jason was really pleased with the pieces, and we’re glad that we were able to work with a local business that we support.
You can check out both of these pieces the next time you’re passing by The Dog Bowl, and be sure to pop in and say “Hello!” to Jamie! Woof woof.