Our 5 Favorite Ways to use Illustration in Marketing

Our 5 Favorite Ways to use Illustration in Marketing

Posted on Jan 18, 2024

Custom illustration is waaaay more than clipart As a kid… ok, who am I kidding? As a kid and to this day as a grown-ass adult, I still catch myself doing the same thing at a bookstore; that is, picking up a book because the cover looked interesting and flipping though its pages before I […]

Key to the Hound’s Heart – A Halloween theme photoshoot

Key to the Hound’s Heart – A Halloween theme photoshoot

Posted on Oct 30, 2023

Year 11. Eleven years of dreaming up an image every Halloween, inspired by and centered around our goodest girl, Willow the Wild. Unfortunately, and not dissimilar to previous years, the world is heavy with hurt. So much pain, violence, injustice, death and despair. I’m not here to write about that, there are far better voices […]

A Ten-Year Spell: Capturing Halloween’s Hauntingly Beautiful Moments

A Ten-Year Spell: Capturing Halloween’s Hauntingly Beautiful Moments

Posted on Oct 24, 2023

Themed photoshoots are our jam. They are a journey of personal discovery – a project that’s entirely outside of the ‘business’ of photography. Thoughtfully chosen, a recurring personal theme can wield a power that pushes aside bleak thoughts or burnout and keeps us falling in love with our craft over and over again. Halloween became […]

Dog + Human Model Teams: The Human Side of Dog Modeling

Dog + Human Model Teams: The Human Side of Dog Modeling

Posted on Oct 2, 2023

Okay, The Makings of a Great Dog Model blog we recently released was crazy informative, but we have even more info for aspiring dog model PARENTS! You can have the absolute best dog model in disposition and basics, and he can know all the tricks and land all the cues, but the bottom line is […]

The Makings of a Great Dog Model

The Makings of a Great Dog Model

Posted on Oct 2, 2023

Do you have eleven billion photos of your dog on your phone? Welcome, friend. You are in good company here! Bill and I have been photographing dogs (and cats) for brands’ commercial projects for over 12 years now, so you can imagine how full our photo storage is! I mean, c’mon… look how FUN this […]

The Top 10 Most Requested Dog Modeling Skills

The Top 10 Most Requested Dog Modeling Skills

Posted on Oct 2, 2023

If you’ve been following along with our Dog Model series: The Makings of a Great Dog Model and Dogs + Human Teams: The Human Side of Dog Modeling, then this one’s FOR YOU. We’ve worked hand in paw with SO many unique and talented dogs, and based on our experience and the brands we’ve worked with, […]

Canis Major: The Heart Dog

Canis Major: The Heart Dog

Posted on Aug 31, 2023

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. –Anatole France You’ve no doubt heard the term before in one of its many manifestations: Heart dog, forever dog, soul dog, that one dog. Whatever they are called, these unique and beloved animals change our world in ways we can’t always describe. […]

Brand Refresh with J. Nichole Smith

Brand Refresh with J. Nichole Smith

Posted on Aug 14, 2023

If you’ve been following along (you totally should be, because we do and share some cool and creative stuff all the time!), then you’ve seen first-hand the evolution of The Labs & Co. This latest chapter, however, feels extra special and we wanted to share it, in detail, with you. We just thought we had […]

The Labs & Co. for The Deeply Rooted and Wildly Free

The Labs & Co. for The Deeply Rooted and Wildly Free

Posted on Aug 14, 2023

Brands are meant to evolve and transform over time. We get older, times change, our values may change with them–or not at all–or sometimes, we may just need a different way to speak to our audience. Regardless, 13 years after we started our business, we have gone through 3 brand evolutions to reach the core […]

Willow, this is for you – a Halloween theme photoshoot

Willow, this is for you – a Halloween theme photoshoot

Posted on Dec 6, 2022

Year 10. We’ve been doing this anti-burnout creative project for ten years! This year marks the tenth concept we bring to life; and our supernatural dog muse celebrated her 10th birthday. Every concept is tied to her, inspired by her, dedicated to her, created for her because… she came into our lives and opened a […]