The Other End of the Lens

Posted on Aug 20, 2012

from the Photo Lab

Photographers often balk at the idea of being in front of the camera for a change, or some of us do at least, unless you are a bit more self-confident.
For pet photographers, this is often no different. But for us, it can be a special treat when a fellow pet photographer photographs our dogs. We are used to photographing them ourselves. They are our muses, our constant models willing to put up with whatever new trick or technique we have up our sleeves; but that is our interpretation of them, it is often not what we offer our clients: a truly custom and fine art experience.

Our good friend and fellow pet photographer Jesse Freidin shares a deep love for analog photography with us; Jesse specializes in beautiful black and white, hand-crafted photographs, we tend to work with color film most of the time, our great love; it is what brought us together over beers one day, and since then we have collaborated on a number of great projects, shared Thanksgiving dinner and had been wanting to take our dogs hiking for a long time and bring the cameras along. Due to our busy schedules, it was challenging to find the right time, but when it finally came it was well-worth the wait. The weather was great, Corbin (our boy) and Pancake (Jesse’s boy) were excited, the cameras were loaded and we were ready to get going. Throughout our hike the pups had a blast, we chatted about a myriad of things and stopped to take photographs of each other’s dogs along the way.

Being on the other side of the lens was a surreal experience, Bill is a natural (he says that’s a lie, but I think he is), but I tend to get nervous and make chipmunk faces (true story). Jesse had a special way about his technique that put us all at ease, and somehow found ourselves just being… us; no posing, no faking. I didn’t even hear Jesse’s shutter go off.

I cannot tell you in eloquent words what we felt when we saw Jesse’s photographs of Corbin. All I could tell him as I wiped tears off my face was “you got him. You got us.” He truly did. As professional photographers solely dedicated to photographing companion animals, we strive to give our clients nothing but the best experience, and we are truly humbled and thrilled when they see their images for the first time and often cry, overwhelmed with emotion. I am embarrassed to say, that until now, I never fully got it. Now we get it. Jesse’s photographs will go on our wall, where they will be cherished just as much as we cherish the time we have with this amazing dog of ours.

In photographing Pancake, we wanted to show Jesse what we saw, that amazing partnership he has with his little Boston Terrier, and to pay a little homage to our mutual appreciation for all things analog… and tattoos ;). The photos below are our favorites. Be sure to visit Jesse’s Blog today to get his perspecctive on this fun day.

Before we struck a special frienship with Jesse, we admired him and his work dearly. We feel so fortunate, for it is not often in life that your heroes become your friends.


  1. Jamie Pflughoeft
    August 20, 2012

    I am so madly in love with this post it’s ridiculous! I wish I had been there to witness this! The photos that ALL of you guys created are absolutely gorgeous.

    Emily, Bev, Nichole and I had been talking about doing something like this for a long time before Nichole moved away, but this inspires me to reach out to the other gals about making it happen.

    Thanks for sharing Bill, Nat and Jesse!

  2. Beth
    August 25, 2012

    What great photos! I’m glad you had some photos taken with you and your dogs. You’ll appreciate these photos even more as time goes by.

  3. Mimi & Cabana
    September 6, 2012

    The photos are beautiful! Often being behind the lens myself, I can relate to how special it is to have such gorgeous photos of yourselves with Corbin. What a terrific way to trade talents.


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