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Paws Awhile Album #1 (24 pics)

June 2nd, 2006, 03:56 PM
These are all the good pictures i have taken so far at my work with my new camera. A couple at the end were taken with my new telephoto lens.








June 2nd, 2006, 03:57 PM
8 This is a pic of "tank" and I (taken by one of my co workers)








June 2nd, 2006, 03:59 PM




June 2nd, 2006, 03:59 PM
The rest of the pics were taken with the new lens i talked about above.





I am sory I had to post so many pics, i will spread them out next time, :D

June 2nd, 2006, 04:00 PM
You're very talented Alex, especially at such a young age...which means you'll get even better.

You should consider gathering a portfolio and hiring out your services to local pet owners.

June 2nd, 2006, 04:03 PM
WOW, i mean really, WOW, I've felt from your other photos that you're so very talented, but this is an amazing portfolio of work. Please keep it up, you've got an amazing eye and I look forward to your pictures :)

June 2nd, 2006, 04:18 PM
Great pics,you will definitely have a future in photography,amazing pics:thumbs up except for that poor pittie with the muzzle:sad: the pic says it all:sad:

June 2nd, 2006, 05:45 PM
I always get a little excited when I see you've started a new thread. Your photographs are beautifull. The light is just right, the selective focus is always beautifull. you have true talent. :thumbs up
Man...I miss photography........

jesse's mommy
June 2nd, 2006, 06:00 PM
Alex, as others said you should definitely put together a portfolio and hire out your services. I would hire you in a heartbeat because I'm terrible at taking pictures. :o

I also think the pitty in the muzzle would be a wonderful poster for the BSL fight!

June 2nd, 2006, 06:52 PM
alex great photos
have you gone to photo can post photos for a critique from pro may pick up some helpfull tips

June 2nd, 2006, 07:44 PM
Wow,love the pictures and the doggies are so cute!Don't know if there is a website for the BSL fight,your picture of the pitty would make a great poster.Keep up the good work and thanks,we really appreciate it here!

June 2nd, 2006, 07:45 PM
Alex, they're gorgeous. All of them!! I love all those "eyes" pictures. They say so much! Keep it up!:thumbs up

June 2nd, 2006, 08:38 PM
Alex, your pictures truly are amazing. I'm in awe. Definately go professional as a career... although I think you're already there. Gorgous

June 2nd, 2006, 09:03 PM
Wow, thanks a lot guys, ive never recieved so many commments that fast. I feel sory for the pit bull with the muzzle as well. She always trys to lick us through her muzzle, it is quite sad. As for trying to sell my photos, I have not had much luck. I put up a couple posters in the kennel but no body really ever has time to look at them. I guess i could put up a flyer someware.

Thanks for looking,


June 2nd, 2006, 09:35 PM
Fantastic photos! I loved the Bostons, the Pug...heck..all of them. You can almost feel what they are thinking...if that made sense. And as everyone else has have a talent...and a bright future in photography!!

June 2nd, 2006, 09:45 PM
alex are by any chance in the Montreal area? i'd hire you NOW to take some photos of my dogs, my camera is terrible and my sense of shutterclick is even worse, LOL! your photos speak way beyond your years, holy cow what amazing talent you have. Only dog owners who have tried to photograph their pets know JUST how hard it is to capture such moments on film :) bravo!

June 3rd, 2006, 10:12 AM
Thank you all for the comments. To answer your question, i like about a half hour outside of Toronto, so motreal is a ways away.


Rick C
June 3rd, 2006, 10:47 AM
Excellent job Alex . . . . . what camera and lenses are you using?

Rick C

June 3rd, 2006, 10:58 AM
As for trying to sell my photos, I have not had much luck. I put up a couple posters in the kennel but no body really ever has time to look at them. I guess i could put up a flyer someware.

Thanks for looking,


I'm thinking maybe you could print out some of the pics that you have, i'm sure if the owners saw them, they'd be interested in buying. If I brought my dog to a kennel and saw those pics when I picked him, I'd buy 'em for sure.

If you think it would be too pricy to print them all, maybe you could post 'em on a website (find a free webhosting site, and built yourself a nice little site), and just give the dog owners the web addy. Then they could order prints from you.

June 3rd, 2006, 11:39 AM
Excellent job Alex . . . . . what camera and lenses are you using?

Rick C

Thanks Rick, I am using a Canon Digital Rebel XT. As for the lens, i used the basic kit lense (55mm f/5.6 i think) up untill this weekend when i bought the 70-200mm f/4 L from Canon. It is a great lens, and (especially for sports pictures) is really worth the money. Also i sohuld add that because of the 1.6 crop on Canon digital cameras a 200mm lens will have up to 320mm zoom. On Nikon DSLR's it is a 1.4 crop i believe.


June 3rd, 2006, 02:07 PM
Wicked pics. They are all so beautiful, and so telling. So much emotion in each face.

June 3rd, 2006, 03:49 PM
Alex,did you ever take black/white pics??
Here's one,almost black/white that Lucky altered for me...

June 3rd, 2006, 05:31 PM
That is a really cool photo, i have done some like that as well as some black and white shots but none of cats or dogs. Here is a link to my black and white gallery (


June 4th, 2006, 04:09 PM
Those are great Alex,love no 4 and the kitty of course,keep up the wonderful work:thumbs up

June 5th, 2006, 09:04 AM
ooooohhhhhh....doggies by my favorite photographer!:thumbs up

I had a very hard time choosing which was my favorite, but I finally settled on the one with the 2 jumping/playing. I think it was #17.

New desktop background. I will be watching for more pics...:D

June 7th, 2006, 09:46 AM
Alex you are very talented, I could not believe when I read how old you are. Do you do photography for pet owners? I think I live about 15 min from you :D

June 7th, 2006, 10:49 AM
Alex, if you brought pics of the dogs to the kennel and showed their owners, 9 out of 10 will purchase it, I know I sure would!! You have quite the eye and talent for catching just the right moment.

doggy lover
June 7th, 2006, 11:10 AM
Melinda I agree with you talk to the kennel and ask if you could sell the pics to the owners and maybe part profit can go to animal rescue or something. Your pics are great my daughter loves to take pictures too she took photography in school, last year. here is one she took of my dog. By the way I love #11 keep them comming.

June 8th, 2006, 08:11 PM
Great pictures! That's the camera I would love to get. Do you work at the Paws Awhile in Oakville? It's a nice place. I use to work in a kennel in Oakville.

June 10th, 2006, 08:34 AM
Yes, i do work at Paws Awhile in Oakville. It is a great place to work. And i decided to take your advice and try to sell some photos. I am going to try and collent a database of all the customers/dogs and their emails on Excel and than send out an email to them saying that i have a pictures of their dog and I work at paws awhile. I will than give them a link to the particular photos on photobucket, but ill put a watermark across the image so they can not just save it to their computer. I guess i can tell tham to email my back if they want the picture. For now i am probably just going to sell the jpeg. image file because prints are kind of a hastle. I just have one question, would you be more interested in the image file on your computer, of the actual print.

And that is a very well composed picture your daughter took, the black and white is nice for it.



June 10th, 2006, 09:52 AM
Wow - amazing photos Alex!!!

June 10th, 2006, 10:37 AM
I just have one question, would you be more interested in the image file on your computer, of the actual print.

It's been my experience that people prefer a print, just because they don't want the hassle of printing either. You could always get a lab to do your printing. Also, you could give your potential customers a choice, have 2 different prices for print or jpeg. Usually a jpeg will cost more (it's like giving the client a negative, they pay for the right to print it over, and over, and over...)
If I were you I'd call around the pro labs in your area (a PRO lab, not a corner photo-finishing place), you start from there to make your own price.
An 8X10 print shouldn't run you more than a couple of bucks (I'm a little outta the loop though, I've been out of the photography business for 4 years), so you can charge between 10 and 15$ per print (you can try charging more, but remeber, the more you charge, the less prints you'll you might make more of a profit by charging less, but having more volume). A jpeg should be around 15 to 20$....
Just a suggestion....

Good luck!!

June 10th, 2006, 12:36 PM
Thank you, right now i would rather have a higher volume of customers and charge less. Even if i do make less money (which i probably wont). I guess i could get a drive over to their house or something to deliver it and pick up the money. Also, you said you were a profesional photographer? What subject did you take photos of?

June 10th, 2006, 03:34 PM
Alex,I've never heard of Paws Awhile,had to check in my phone says it's a pet-hotel,so it's not a rescue,as I first thought.

June 10th, 2006, 04:03 PM
What subject did you take photos of?

Seems like a lifetime ago...I did some fashion work (usually assisting, I didn't stay in the photography industry long enough to get my own fashion contracts) and I worked for Transcontinental (the largest photo studio in Montreal) doing publicity shots for like the SAQ, Metro etc...
Then I sold all my equipement and went to law school...I do miss it though. Especially since I can't even take a decent shot with my crappy digicam...

It's hard finding work in the photo business, but you have real raw such a young age too! You won't have trouble finding work!

June 10th, 2006, 07:31 PM
That sound interesting, I would probably want to take sports shots when i grow up, probably not for a living. But i am thinking about it.

June 10th, 2006, 07:32 PM
Alex,I've never heard of Paws Awhile,had to check in my phone says it's a pet-hotel,so it's not a rescue,as I first thought.

Yes, it is a "pet hotel". Not like the humaine socioty if that is what you were thinking of.

June 10th, 2006, 07:37 PM
Speaking of rescues...if ever you're looking for more subjects than just Paws Awhile, maybe you could offer your services (volunteer, though...'cause rescues are poor :) ) at a local rescue...Especially if they have a website, it's always great to have nice pictures of the dogs (or cats) that are up for adoption...If the pics are nice, they get more applicants. Just a thought...Even though I'm sure you already have your hands full, it'd be a fun learning experience, and you'd be helping out at the same time :thumbs up

June 10th, 2006, 08:53 PM
what a lovely idea! Alex, do you have your community service hours for high school done yet? You might be able to use your picture time for that, if you were helping the animals and not being paid.

June 11th, 2006, 08:27 PM
Thats sounds like a nice idea, i could ask at my local humaine socioty this summer. But I think you have to by 16 to volenteer.

June 11th, 2006, 09:13 PM
Holy hannah - you've got a good eye and even better anticipation skills. You were asking whether we as consumers would prefer a desktop image or a print. I would say both actually and I would make it a package deal. I would love to have a couple of high quality framed/unframed prints for my home. I currently have a slideshow screensaver for my pc at work of my own pix (not good like yous :( ). Have you thought about setting up a booth at something like Slobberfest or Woofstock? I'm deeply drawn to a number of your pix but really engaged by your portrayal of the muzzled pittie.

June 12th, 2006, 03:08 PM
I know that i have seen photogaphers set up at hockey tournaments before, what if wooffest like? Where does it take place?