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52 on Friday (Week 13): Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

This week’s 52 Project theme is “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” We had to choose a favorite artist and imitate his or her work while still making it our own.

For many years, I have been a huge fan of Amanda Jones. She shoots mainly in the studio and has a brilliant way of capturing the personality of every animal she photographs. Now that I am finally getting my own studio set up, I decided to try my hand at some “personality” shots. Enter Toby, the Smooth Hair Fox Terrier.

To say Toby has a lot of energy is an understatement. Being a terrier, he loves to chase and attack. I really wanted to capture that energy in his photos so we went full-out. We found a duster that he absolutely loved and we let him go after it. I think he had a lot of fun getting his photo taken… I know I had a lot of fun taking it! (Click the photo to make it bigger!)

Toby's Studio Session © Westway Studio

Now it’s time to jump over to Indianapolis pet photographer Tiffany Haulton with Haulton Photography. Remember to follow the links at the bottom of the posts until you get back here.

52 on Friday (Week 11): Dogs in Our Lives

This week’s 52 Project theme is “Dogs in Our Lives” based on the beautiful poem of the same name by Paul Fersen. Here it is for those of you who don’t know it…


We aren’t house proud.
If we were, we wouldn’t abide the scratches on the door frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair.
We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes.
We don’t.
If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friends than in immaculate sofas.
Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless.
Without dogs, our houses are cold receptacles for things.
Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence.
They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history.
On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

Paul Fersen

The goal of this week’s theme was to document how dogs are in our lives without actually showing the dog.

Roxy is THE dog in my life. She is everything to me and I am grateful every day I get to wake up with her by my side. One of the biggest ways Roxy affects my life is by getting me out of the house. She makes me take breaks, go for walks, and enjoy being outside.

Dogs in Our Lives

Now head on over to the blog of the incredibly talented Kaylee Greer with Dog Breath Photography then follow the links at the bottom of each post ’till you end up back here.

52 on Friday (Week 10): Grace

Sorry I missed the 52 on Friday last week! I have been very busy with graphic design projects and setting up my new studio! Yes, you heard that right: studio! Westway Studio will soon be offering in-studio sessions as well as on-location shoots. I’m really excited about this and I can’t wait to share all the details and show you some of my new work.

Speaking of new work, I thought I’d try to capture some of Roxy’s “grace” this week in my new studio. I think she’s a very regal, graceful girl. From the way she moves to the way she lounges, she always holds herself with poise and grace.

Roxy posing gracefully in the studio

Next, take a jump over the Pacific (all the way to Australia!) to see how Sharon Stokes’ captured the “grace” theme this week. Don’t forget to follow all the links around ’till you end up back here.