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Rusty at the Barn Studio!

We met Rusty this past weekend when his human brought him for a morning session at Tranquility Farm.  Rusty, almost 8, is a very, very typical hound!

Nose to the ground, I think he thought he was in heaven with all the scents my barn studio must offer up to the exquisite canine olfactory apparatus. Especially when that apparatus is at the tip of a scent hound’s nose!

Rusty came to live with his human at 15 months of age after he, all of his litter mates, and his mom, were relinquished to a rescue group by a rabbit hunter who had tired of this particular group of dogs. This practice, of ridding a kennel of unwanted hunters, is not uncommon.  In fact it is particularly common in Spain where hunters use “Galgos,” or Spanish greyhounds to hunt each season. Their fate is often a gruesome one should they be deemed unworthy of being kept around until the next season.

Much to Rusty’s delight – he found the mother lode!  Much loved and equally adored and pampered, he has been in his forever home for some time now. We love the fact that not only did he find an awesome life and human, he went from being an “accessory dog,” to being such a member of the family that he had his portrait taken!

We usually start our barn sessions with light that is a bit more forgiving as the dog settles into the process.  Rusty was a quick study and we were soon shifting to more dramatic light. We started on the barn wood…

Then, after letting Rusty fling himself about the studio for a while…

…we asked him to work again after showing us his “moves” and we moved onto the old braided rug in the studio..

And finally, after a lighting check with our trusty owl, we asked him to really work for a bit of dramatic light.. He did not disappoint.  Thanks Rusty for a lovely morning. We loved your beagle spirit!


March 8, 2010 - 12:50 pm

sarah - ohmygosh bev, the black/whites crack me up!! great way to start my monday 🙂

March 8, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Sue Thomas - Oh how wonderful, Bev!!! I love his little jump shot and his dramatic look is perfection!!!

March 8, 2010 - 1:31 pm

Beth Andrews - These are great, Bev. Love the action shots:)

March 8, 2010 - 1:36 pm

Judy - These photos are Outstanding! He looks “at home” in the barn:)

March 8, 2010 - 1:41 pm

angie W - So gorgeous! I finally get to meet the owl!

March 8, 2010 - 1:44 pm

Pammy - The action shot is the best! Rusty is adorable.

March 8, 2010 - 1:58 pm

Beth - LOVE these!! Great job!

March 8, 2010 - 2:17 pm

johnwaire | photo - …i really love the B&W jumping shot !

March 8, 2010 - 3:01 pm

Barbara B - The setting in the barn is the perfect backdrop for this handsome guy. Beautiful work Bev! *sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff, sniff*

March 8, 2010 - 5:27 pm

Linda and Reba - OMD! My first dog was a Beagle named Rusty. This Rusty was an excellent subject for you at the Barn. I see that he is a ‘sitter’ like Reba was a ‘recliner’ in her shoot. Very pensive little guy and so handsome. The B&W rear shot is interesting. lol!

March 8, 2010 - 5:52 pm

Maria - I am without the correct words to describe these images, frankly.
The one of him “dancing” had me laugh out loud.
These are just amazing Bev and he clearly enjoyed working the camera for you.

March 8, 2010 - 6:15 pm

Melissa Surprise - Love the jumping shot. I wish my Beagle behaved that well 🙂

March 8, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Shawn Haney - Bev, I’ve thought about the shoot non-stop since Saturday. I had a great time and so did Rusty! You definitely captured his “looks” and his spirit. The B&W shots crack me up — yep, that’s my dog! And the dramatic ones are exactly what I hoped for…all the work with the couch was definitely worth that final shot. Thank you!!!

March 8, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Charlotte Reeves - Wow – love that last shot – the lighting is just amazing! Great composition too.

March 8, 2010 - 7:40 pm

wanda behrens - Wonderful each and every one! Light in the eyes, light in the eyes…. love them

March 8, 2010 - 8:57 pm

jonda spurbeck - i love your work bev…. beautiful as always, miss you!

March 8, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Teresa - GORGEOUS and fun!

March 9, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Allison Schubert - WOW WOW!!!!
These are truly AMAZING! I love how you capture these dogs personalaties…that takes some talent. Absolutly breathtaking!

March 10, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Claire - that action shot cracks me up!
also, do you know vicki taufer? i saw her speak @ wppi and her use of fun couches + chairs totally reminded me of you. i’m jealous – i need a space where i can start a collection. that last image w/ the red velvet is delectable!

March 12, 2010 - 7:22 pm

leesia - these are AWESOME, bev! you are such a master at lighting, and everything is so sharp and crisp. great session!

March 13, 2010 - 11:19 am

alexa - That dancing shot is just amazing Bev!! What a great session! Love them all.

March 15, 2010 - 8:32 am

april - Wow, Bev… your use of light is just breathtaking. A super cute model is a bonus 🙂

March 18, 2010 - 8:12 am

kristi - oh bev. what a little ham rusty is! the jumping shot just stole my heart!

March 20, 2010 - 9:26 am

Ron - looks like he is ‘clicking’ his heels together…..great image

March 25, 2010 - 6:03 pm

marissa nicole - love the shot of him jumping, from the back. it reminds me of wonder dog.

April 12, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Beth Mitchell - I am so in love with this photo, I can hardly stand it!
You are such a talented photographer, I wish I lived closer and could participate in your seminars. Keep up the good work, I enjoy every photo.
Beth Mitchell
Cedartown, GA

April 29, 2010 - 11:48 am

Christopher - Oh that one of him jumping deserves a 30×40 spot on a very large wall! VERY NICE!

September 27, 2010 - 11:07 am

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