Well it has been a long LONG time coming. After spending a year photographing all of these dogs, I finally have it all together in a book. It did not turn out to be the printed book I had hoped it would be, but I know this will be just as fun!
I am currently working on getting this book on Amazon, and I’ll update this post when it becomes available there!
Hope you’ll help me spread the word about this e-book and if you are interested in selling this as an affiliate, and raising money for your cause, let me know!
About Dog-A-Day for Canine Cancer
After photographing pets for a few years, I noticed many people were commissioning me to photograph their dogs because they had been recently diagnosed, or were losing their battle with cancer. It saddens me to think of how few years we actually get with our pups, they shouldn’t have to spend any of those days battling such a horrible disease.
One out of every three dogs will get cancer. Fifty percent of those dogs will die from cancer. Some breeds get hit a lot harder with 75% dying from the disease.* I can’t do much to fix cancer, but I can help raise awareness and money to help fight canine cancer.
For one year, I made it a point to share with at least one person every day about canine cancer and photograph their dog. This book is a collection of photographs and a little story about each of the 366 dogs that I met during that time.
I met some amazing people and dogs all over the greater Puget Sound area. Some from seeing their gorgeous dog at the park or on their walk. Some were dogs that were being fostered and needed pictures for adoption. Some were from fundraisers we held for Canine Cancer. And all of my clients that year made it into the book.
To my family – a big thank you for giving me the extra time and flexibility to meet and photograph so many different dogs. Your love, support and encouragement means the world to me. Also, a special thank you to friends, business owners, rescues and new friends who were once strangers for encouraging me to reach my year-long goal and allowing me to photograph your beloved dogs.
Many of dogs in this book have lost their battle with Canine Cancer, and to them and their owners, a special thank you for allowing me to photograph a small part of your life. May your dog rest in peace.
* National Canine Cancer Foundation
Julie is an editorial and commercial photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. She has won numerous awards for her dog photography and loves the joy she sees between dogs and their humans. When not photographing dogs, she enjoys time with her husband, young son and her two lovable labs, Bailey & Banjo. She is available for commercial and commissioned work. You can see more of her work at www.julieclegg.com
Fall is here and it has been a busy summer! I was glad to get the opportunity to meet with these Issaquah High School students and capture the excitement they felt for the upcoming school year and all of the fun football games!
Of course having a bunch of busy teenagers to shoot means getting a bunch of busy teenagers to agree on one time to meet up! Of course this time was 11:30am on one of the brightest, most sunny days of the summer! I can’t say that was my first choice of time slots. If any of you photograph anything, you know how shooting in the middle of the day can be. So I knew I was going to have to bring a light with me. I couldn’t exactly have these guys facing the sun and I didn’t want super harsh shadows and squinty eyes. I brought an AB1600 and a large softbox. I put all the kids with their backs to the sun which gave them some nice rim light and I filled in all of their faces with the strobe.
I wanted this image to convey the spirit of going back to school and fall football. The kids and I had a blast and had a lot of fun outtakes after. Such wonderful kids, I hope they really enjoy this school year! Go IHS!
Here are some fun outtakes…loved these guys!
If you live in a tight community, then you know the importance of picking up after your dog. It had become such a problem in Issaquah Highlands, they did an entire story about it! They needed a shot of a dog with his head tilted as if he was asking a question. That was one fun assignment.
I spend a lot of time working with dogs and their people, so this assignment was right up my alley! I had the perfect dog for it too…his name is Henry. Henry is a Rhodesian Ridgeback that stays with us occasionally and I knew he would give us the look we were after. I took him back in the hills of Issaquah Highlands and brought a bag of various noise makers. It didn’t take long before he was intrigued with me. The hardest part was getting him to stay and not come after me to investigate the neat noise!
Henry was awesome to work with and made for a gorgeous cover! Hopefully people around the Highlands will start being a little more considerate of their neighbors and pick up after their lovable pooches!
I love a client who enjoys collaboration. We had a great night out on the town with Vegas the Corgi! This client loved the look of mixed lighting and I was over the top happy to accommodate! I love to look of strobes with ambient light and have so much fun with evening shoots. We started out with some sunset type shots and ended up near Regal Cinemas in Issaquah Highlands to wrap up the night. Vegas was a great sport and loved his dapper look with his adorable bow tie. I hope to meet up with him again some day soon! Here are a few from our evening together.
Once again we got to work with Highlands Council on their marketing materials for Highlands Day and Art Outside! It was a fantastic event and turned out to be a great cover!
They needed a cover that conveyed Art Outside. We spent a lot of time working together and finally decided that photographing a plein-air painter using the mountains in Issaquah would be a perfect fit. So I got to scout out some areas and took a few quick shots with my camera phone that I delivered to the painter. She spent some time working on the painting and we went back to the location for this shoot as if she was painting it right then! I think she did a fantastic job on the painting and it was a ton of fun to shoot and get to know her.
Highlands Day was a huge success! They even got a little spot on Evening Magazine! A great group of people, I feel fortunate to be able to do so much shooting for them!
This was always one of my favorite images from our many trips to Blake Island. The dogs have so much fun running up and down the beach after a quick trip on an Argosy cruise. When we get back on the boat to come back to Seattle, there is not one dog who is ever still standing. This dog in particular who made the Summer Cover is always ready for a game of fetch! I was excited to find out that this image was going to be on the cover. It definitely captures the spirit of the Muttmixers! Happy summer!
What great families there are in Issaquah Highlands! I was fortunate enough to be able to meet this father and his two kids for the Father’s Day edition of Issaquah Highlands Connections. After getting into a bicycle accident, he spent many months recovering. He would go back and forth to Bellevue to get frozen yogurt with his family and to spend some time away from the house. As he was recovering he realized there weren’t any good frozen yogurt shops in Issaquah Highlands which caused him to purchase a TCBY/Mrs. Fields Cookies franchise and change his career to spend more time with his family. Now the family run business is a hit in the Highlands and a great opportunity to pass on to his kids when he’s ready to retire.
For this shot there was a bit of ambient light coming in from the windows but not enough to get the shot I was thinking. I brought in a strobe and put it in a softbox just to fill in some light on the family. I wanted to pick up that cool purple wall that looked like his shirt. I think it worked out pretty well!
We had a quick trip down to Hotel 1000 earlier this year to photograph their dog friendly amenities for the Spring issue of CityDog Magazine. It is a beautiful hotel overlooking Puget Sound and other parts of downtown. The room was so relaxing, I could have easily seen spending the night. We got a few fun shots around the room with a couple of dogs. One who wasn’t so crazy about being on the bed, and another who seemed to feel right at home. We waited until the sun started to set towards the end of our shoot. I think our dog model was pretty into how gorgeous it was too. Here are a few shots from our time here before heading downstairs for some food and drink!
We decided to hit the lounge and have a drink before our reservations. I think someone felt right at home.
We finally got to meet up with Peter Birk, the Executive Chef at BOKA to get a quick shot of him for the article. He is a super nice guy and I was very excited to try his food that I had heard so much about. We started off with some Scallops that did NOT disappoint. Later I ended up getting a burger and it was delicious! They have a wonderful happy hour and even though I only live about 20 minutes away from here, I could definitely see doing a nice little staycation at some point! Yum!
We spent a gorgeous afternoon out on Lake Washington with the 200+ pound Newfoundland named Bentley. Bentley was the winner of the 2013 CityDog Cover Dog Model Search which means he got the cover!
We started off near his home on a golf course thinking the bright green with the blue skies would make a nice Spring cover. But between the people walking around, the squirrels hopping and golf balls flying, Bentley was pretty distracted. So we headed down to Lake Washington where there were more open blue skies and less things to pull Bentley’s focus.
With all that black fur and our strangely sunny and warm March day in Seattle, we got a lot of pictures of Bentley with his tongue hanging out. But with a lot of water, face clean up and a variety of noises, we got him with a cute happy look with minimal drool.
He was a pleasure to meet and our shoot was a lot of fun. Hard to beat sitting around the lake working on a nice warm day in the Northwest. Thanks Bentley, you did an awesome job!
This months cover for the Issaquah Highlands Connections focused on Emergency Preparedness. As with many of the other covers I have photographed, the theme of the month always tries to embrace community. When the firemen and first responders are living at Station 73, they are residents of our community. It seemed like a perfect fit then to have a few of them on the cover.
I wasn’t sure going into this how I was going to shoot this cover. I just knew I wanted something that felt more dramatic than a simple portrait. Whenever I think of an emergency, the first thing that comes to mind is middle of the night with red lights bouncing off of everything. So with that, I knew I was going to have to shoot it at night and getting the guys to wear their bunker gear would be give it a feel of them arriving at an emergency.
During my prep for this assignment I learned that bunker gear is extremely reflective. Since I was bringing lights to the shoot, this definitely could have been a problem. Thankfully the guys at the station let me borrow one of their coats and I was able to do a test shoot with my husband. Getting the light up and letting the light come down at an angle was the best way to go and had zero reflection. To get around the brims of their helmets I put a reflector down low to bounce light back up underneath to fill in any shadows.
The night of the shoot I knew I only had about 30 minutes to get my gear ready, lights set up and get the shot I wanted (if I was lucky enough to not be interrupted by an emergency call). A couple of things I learned from our test shoot was that when I got the subject lit the cab of the car went completely dark. I had the guys turn on all the lights in the cab they could so it would not go completely black. I also wanted to shoot at a bit of an up angle to give it more of a hero feel.
With the truck pulled out a bit from the station, the red lights blaring and the guys in their gear, we were ready to go. The one last element was getting an additional light behind them to give a little bit of separation between them and the fire truck. The headlights weren’t cutting it, so I stuck another strobe behind them on the bumper of the fire truck to give them a little backlit look.
The guys were great and super funny. I wish I had more time to hang out and talk with them. I am sure I was more focused making sure I got what I needed without them having to be called away for an actual emergency. They were great sports and thankfully could keep it together enough from laughing to get this shot.
I am super happy with how it came out and made for a fantastic cover! Thanks to Captain Lane and his crew for being so fun to work with. You guys did an awesome job and made it easy for me!