What do Comicon and I have in common? Superheroes, however mine are of the four- legged variety. At the suggestion of my clever friend Laura Hughes, I decided to put the two together. I invited Amy Lombard to shoot the event and what a time we had! The day started with prolific Kevin Conroy, the brilliant actor and the voice of Batman! Edie and Clair donned Batman and Robin outfits with Kevin modeling sans costume. The rest of the day was catch can. Dogs were cast off the street and Marnie came and did a cameo. All in all a brilliant doggie day!
Rescue From The Hart is a 501c3 non profit Los Angeles dog rescue dedicated to saving abandoned and abused animals from local shelters and the streets and ultimately finding them loving forever homes. We are known for their viral rescue videos and stories of saving severely abused/neglected dogs and giving them all they need to go on to live a happy and healthy life.
Nancy Baron has taught school, produced commercials and documentaries, and worked in creative screenplay development. She now uses her camera to document the amazing things she see in the world around her - not too far away, mostly in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs; the places where she's lived. A good friend of mine, Ross Klein, turned me on to her work.
I asked David about what it was like to shoot dogs at the 2017 Westminster Dog Show in NYC this month and this is what he had to offer:
"I was lucky enough to take a stab at the challenge of capturing the Westminster Dog Show this year. Color and humor are what compels me to take a picture, and this event has no shortage of either. The purple runways and ropes, green show floor, and colorful skirt suits provide ample opportunities to take a great picture. Oh! And the dogs. The most beautiful dogs I have ever seen. Big ones, small ones, skinny ones, fat ones. It’s almost like a Dr. Suess book in real life. With everything working to my advantage, the dog show is still an unpredictable event to photograph and difficult to make photos that stand out from other photographer's shots from the past. With this in mind, I tried my best to seek out moments that spoke to me instead of firing my camera at every cute dog that walked past. So, after three days and over 58,000 steps, here’s a peek into what I came home with."
My idea of the flying dogs and the very first series started in 2007 when I was still in school. I was inspired seeing photos of my dog Flinn in midair. He loved Frisbees and would jump after them with abandon, flying up and not caring about where (or even if) he would ever land. I began experimenting with different methods in order to capture other dogs from this unique midair perspective. It took a lot of trial and error making sure the dogs were safe and comfortable, and that we would get a great photo, but it was worth it.
David and his wife, photo agent Chris Boals, have been friends of mine for years so, don't you know, Mrs.Sizzle's ears perked up when she heard that David started running with a pack of dogs. Even better, one of Chris' photographers, Bruno Staub, was up for following David one day and the result speaks for itself. I had to ask David how he got into his new career.
I made the acquaintance of this wonderful man on TUMBLR, the one platform that doesn't seem to intuitively click with Mrs. Sizzle. So I was even more pleased when this delightful photographer reached out to me to share his work with dogs.
This week we visit the apartment of Rachel Antonoff the super duper inspired fashion designer and cutie extraordinaire. Although Mrs. Sizzle got lost in the rain she was relieved to get to the cozy apartment with the barking dog, none other than Lafitte Antonoff. Amy Lombard was on hand to photograph and there to help us look stylish was the brilliant DOG & CO.! I had to ask Rachel many questions about this handsome scruffy dude.
It's hotter than ever here at Sizzle and not just because of the heat. Nope, it's because of The Dog Days of Summer, our latest project featuring handsome pups and sexy people. Photographer Peter Ash Lee, stylist Anne Christensen and a brilliant hair and make up (and also fur) team collaborated on this project which started with a call to agencies to see which models might treat us to a sitting with their very own dogs. Not only did we get a great turn out, but, to my utter delight, about 70% of the dogs were rescue, including the famous Puerto Rican born Rincon da Bully, who has three not bad looking dads, including his main dad, pictured here Julian Schratter. Feast your eyes on these hotties and think about adopting your own friend today!
Fashion editor, stylist, storyteller, and gamine barely describe the expertise and energy that Maggie Mann exudes. Partner her with her creative director husband Ferdinand van Alphen and you have a real powerhouse of a couple.
Beverly Allan introduced me to the work of Lia Chavez, a visual and performance artist who divides her time between Brookhaven Hamlet and Manhattan with her husband, David Shing, a futurist and their rescue dog London. Lia will be performing a piece entitled, "Light Body", a contemplative dance piece this Saturday at the farm of Isabella Rossellini. "The performance marks the artist’s emergence from a 40-day vow of silence. Inspired by John Cage’s renowned experiments with sensory deprivation and historical accounts of activating the light body through deep meditation, Chavez has drawn upon the mystical concept of “feasting on light” — a reference to the Yogic practice of sustaining the physical and energetic bodies with meditation and the breath. The visual artworks created over this period will be the subject of a private exhibition at Isabella Rossellini's home concurrently. (Beverly Allan and Nur EL Shami's press release).
An as told by my dear friend Alexandra Beitel, "Rufus, otherwise known as Woofus came into our lives almost 3 1/2 years ago. We felt it was time for our 13 year-old, obstreperous Jack Russell, Olive, to have a sibling.
11-24-06 My dog, my muse, died today... on my birthday. She died only 5 months after her sister, my other muse. She licked my face – my tears – in the last moments of her life. My nine months of caring for two failing bodies is over now. The vet visits, acupuncturist, swim therapist, cardiologist, medications, supplements, diapers, stroller, my vigilance to their silent needs…hoping not to miss any. I loved them passionately. To the quiet, exquisite presence of each aged dog, I honor them with this work. To the tight cord of love between them and their person(s), so profoundly palpable, I dedicate this work.
Last week my dear friend Ira Silverberg brought this very fun work to my attention - a boy and his dog story but this one has a special twist. Mitch Boyer has a giant dog and that's dog's name is Vivian. He is here to tell us a bit about his inspiration and the giant dog.
Is it just a funny coincidence that so many dancers have dogs? I was beginning to think so and had to check it out for myself. I had been introduced to the magnificent dancers of The America Ballet by vet extraordinaire, Jennifer Chaitman. I truly had no idea of the grace and ease that these dogs add to a dance routine!
Jesse Friedin, photographer, animal lover and creator of meaningful projects is how I like to refer to him. I met this ambitious man in San Francisco a few years ago while doing a job andsince that time I have watched his work blossom and wanted to share that you too could have a Jesse Friedin portrait of your dog should you so desire. He shares with me his passion for pets and how he got into this business.
I reached out to Jarren Vink after I came across some of his wonderfully elaborate photographs of organized things. I contacted him thinking what a fun dog project and coincidentally we had many friends in common! He replied with this stuning top picture of his dog Lady. Here is her story:
I have known this beauty since she was a wee one running up and down the beach in Tulum playing with her sister Kesewa and my daughter Sophie - spirited and carefree. Life has certainly thrown this girl a few curveballs but it is with grace and determination that she emerged from a spell and has come through like a shiny golden star. Founder of GURLS Talk, feminist crusader, actress, model and friend to many, Adwoa Aboah shares with us a few tidbits about her life and her dog, of course. Thank you to my sweet friend Tierney Gearon for these delicious pics.
I originally met Faye McLeod poolside at a friend’s house a few summers ago, fabulous but dog-less. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered she had a dog, but not any dog, surely the best accessorized dog on the planet. And it’s no small wonder that Stella, the mini Havapoo, is as such for her Mom is the visual image director of Louis Vuitton and travels the globe for her job. During Faye’s inspired travels, she hits up the chicest dog spots around the world, so Mrs. Sizzle had to get the scoop on where the best products are found. I spent a rainy afternoon with Faye and Landon Nordeman, fashion photographer, with Stella chasing avocados and other fuzzy wonders.