April 25, 2012
I found these today, taken from Cookie’s session several months ago. She’s such a sweetie! I just had to post it!
November 10, 2011
When Hobbes and Landes invited me to partner with them for this project, I was delighted! Okay fine, more than delighted… I was thrilled! Via a photo contest Hobbes launched in partnership with Bonifacio High Street, twelve “most PAWtogenic” doggies were chosen to grace the pages of Hobbes and Landes’ Limited Edition Dog Photo Calendar for 2012. Oh! And I was asked to take the photos. Yay!
I met the pawesome doggies for the first time at the awarding ceremonies held during the “Pet Appreciation Weekend (P.A.W.)” at BHS last October 16. I could tell that each dog was wonderfully unique and figured it would be great to come up with a different concept for each dog. Because pet-friendly BHS was a major event partner, I was given freedom to shoot within the mall grounds. So I decided to make use of different locations around the mall that would hopefully help showcase each dog’s features and distinct personality.
Here’s a sneak-peek of the mini sessions I had with each of the twelve doggies.
First off is Bimby, a handsome 9-month old yellow Labrador Retriever photographed next to perhaps the most famous landmark at BHS – the huge suspended rock. I thought this curious installation would be a fun backdrop for Bimby’s charmingly sweet face and inquisitive Lab eyes.
When I met pretty little Cassie at the P.A.W. event, I could tell she was the kind of dog that was loved, babied and cared for like a little princess. I thought the flowery trellis-covered walkways spread throughout BHS would be a pretty place for her, with lots of nice light to bring out her fur’s gorgeous color.
Dopey is an adorable Beagle pup that had absolutely sooooo much energy to expend that day. I could tell how attached she was to her mommy too. So before I could get the images I wanted by the cafe where I had planned to shoot her set, I had her and her lovely mommy both run around and play together first as I followed them with my camera. Soon enough, Dopey calmed down and agreed to sit and stay next to her mommy while I snapped away!
This sweet dog is Edge. Cool name, huh? So I thought to myself, “Edges and Hedges!” Edge is photographed here on the edge of the BHS steps, his beautiful chocolate brown coat looking great against the its colors. Edge’s expressive, kind, Labrador Retriever eyes are captured here too, peeping out from one of the neatly trimmed hedges in BHS.
Ahhh… now this little furry friend won my heart. This is probably my favorite set because of its over-all cuteness factor. Meet Hoby!!! When I met Hoby Bear, a chubby and round Toy Poodle with buttony eyes, I got inspired immediately and knew what concept I wanted for his session. Taken indoors this time at Hobbes and Landes!
Kumi seemed like a really fun-loving little Shih-Tzu. I remember that his photo contest entry was of him running wild and free in the beach. So for his calendar shoot, I figured we’d do something different for him — more urban, more structured, but still have Kumi’s fun (and funny) personality shine through. And it did!
I was so worried the day of Muchi‘s session because the weather was so erratic and I had planned to shoot outdoors at the activity center of BHS. True enough, it rained that afternoon. Although the rain had stopped it was unusually dark out and Muchi’s time slot was right before sunset. No worries… I simply had to resort to plan B. But wait… I had no plan B!!! Hahaha! So I had to come up with one on-the-spot. Hobbes and Landes, here we come! In just a few minutes, Hobbes and Landes’ Playmobil area was transformed into a Play-Muchi area for this funny Chowchow in red shoes. In China, the Chowchow is referred to as “Songshi Quan”, which literally means “puffy lion dog”. Check it out! I think the Playmobil lion agrees! But Muchi thinks otherwise. “I’m way cuter than you!” Muchi says. Hahaha!
The perfect backdrop for a Rottweiler named Noodles? Giant green noodles of course! Hahaha! These green noodle-like listening tubes are a favorite spot among kids at BHS… and now among super gwapo dogs too!
Queen Truffles, the Daschund that won the photo contest through most number of “likes”, made everyone’s heads turn when she arrived at the P.A.W. event on a float (yes, a float!) and dressed up in an elaborate pink gown with a tiara on her head. Let’s not forget those false lashes too! I later learned that this was just one of her many haute couture-ish outfits and the contest just one of many she had joined. Whew! Naturally, I had to find a spot in BHS that was fit for this queen.
Named after Mel Gibson’s character in Lethal Weapon, Riggs the Pomeranian seemed just as skittish as the movie character. This lively dog just kept going and going and going like an Energizer bunny too. Sooo funny! Another good work-out for me! So cute and all-smiles…Riggs!
Dashing Stewy! This little cutie’s race car driver outfit was the inspiration for this set! Interestingly, the whole session was a bit like a race too. The weather wasn’t very ideal, the sky was overcast and I was losing light fast. So we had to work double-time! Stewy was such a good sport though.
Timi is a darling French Bulldog and new mommy to 6 pups. When I first saw her photo contest entry and saw her black and white coat, in my mind I immediately reserved this spot at BHS for her session and planned to give this new mom a glam shoot she deserved. Timi… you’re one beautiful, classy momma!
To all the pet-parents I met, thank you so much. I had so much fun! I hope you did too! Don’t forget to visit Hobbes and Landes in December and grab a copy of the calendar!
October 8, 2011
The rain last Saturday sure didn’t stop the dogs from getting their “day out” at the mall. I was thrilled to see so many new faces, furry and not so, at Alabang Town Center’s “Dogs Day Out” event. Here are a few that caught my attention…
This little fella made my day! Pugs are the funniest!
Now this Golden pup and “Official Angry Bird Addict” I simply wanted to gobble up! Sooo cuuute!!!
This Shih Tzu caught everyones attention when she and her six other siblings arrived. They all had their hair grown out really long and neatly sectioned with multi-colored bands. I didn’t get to take a complete group photo though. (Fail!) So you’ll just have to take my word for it. Haha!
Check out this curious one. She’s an Italian Greyhound. This long and slender babe drew quite a crowd.
Naturally, the larger dogs did too…
I almost missed this little Daschund, looking snug and satisfied in her carrier as she watched the all the hullaballoo around her.
Ahhh… then… in the middle of it all… was Yorkie love! Adorable and “loyal” McCoy seemed smitten and head over paws in love with…
… lovely little Bella! He couldn’t take his eyes (and nose) off her. Well, who could blame him? What a pretty, pretty girl!
I thought the most interesting that day though was this Bull Terrier. Cool, huh?
For more canine cuteness, check out the rest of the event photos in this album on my Facebook Page! By the way, thank you sooo much to everyone who dropped by my exhibit last Saturday! And thank you ATC for having me!
September 7, 2011
Meet Cookie, spunky 7-month old Yorkie, furry best friend, and little sister to pretty 12-year old Andie Duarte Syyap.
Cookie is a cute and curious pooch. Hi there little girl!
During the session, Cookie was anything but shy. She loved the attention. (I love her paws in this photo… no paws, all fuzz! Haha!)
Ever see a doggie grin and flirt with the camera? Cookie is a natural…
Fuzzy wuzzy, wind-blown bliss!
Cookie doesn’t like squeaky toys, and she didn’t seem very interested in her healthy treats that day either. But Doritos… she couldn’t resist!
Fuzzy dog + sunlight from a big window = love!
Thank you Andie and Cookie for a super fun afternoon!
April 3, 2011
It was “Dogs Day Out” last Sunday at Alabang Town Center. The sun was out and the Town Plaza of ATC was packed (and I mean packed!) with people and their furry four-legged pals — the perfect opportunity for some “puparazzi” fun!
While some doggies and their humans were busy checking out the various booths or participating in a game, others were getting ready for what seemed to me like the most sought-after activity of the day — the amusing doggie fashion shows that culminated the event that afternoon.
While I don’t consider myself a die-hard fan of doggie couture and the like, one thing I do appreciate very much about pet events like this is that it helps bring pets and people together. And that’s always a fun thing! So thanks, ATC!
Here are photos of some of the adorable doggies I met:
Meet pretty Ashley, a 2-year old Cocker Spaniel getting all dolled up for her walk down the runway.
A sure head-turner that day was this Saint Bernard whom for the sake of my 7-year old son I will refer to here as “B.“
Check out this absolutely darling 5-month-old Yorkie and Allie Canine Couture model named Bono. Bono, what cute and perky ears you have!
Don’t let this sweet little 3-month-old face fool you. Bruno is one fearless, feisty Chihuahua! Isn’t that right, Bruno?!
Guess who else was at ATC! Chiquita, the pretty little Chihuahua I met at Bonifacio High Street in February. I was so happy to run into her again backstage for the Baby Moon Pawprints fashion show! Thank you to her mom, Cheryl, for letting me snap a couple of pics. Hope to see you again soon Chiquita!
Meet Dumbo, a dashing 5-year old Golden Retriever.
Edge is a lovely brown Lab I met backstage whose owner, Patricia Carrascoso of the Labrador Retriever Owners Club and Pets for Peace: An Initiative of Ang Komunidad Para Sa Ikauunlad ng Tao, helped organize the event. So happy to meet you, Edge!
Say hi to 4-year-old Chow Chow, Ginger! I met this cute and cuddly teddy bear of a dog right as she came in to register.
Love, love, Lola! Pretty, pretty Schnauzer, Lola!
Lord Seth is a 2-month-old and bi-eyed Siberian Husky. So beautiful!
Meet Lucky, cute and friendly 5-month-old Beagle pup and pet of Veia, one of the event coordinators for the day.
Martha’s mom warned me not to get too close. Apparently, this 2-year-old Daschund isn’t too comfortable around other people. And there were definitely a lot of people that day! It’s okay, Martha! You’ll get used to it soon.
Adorable Moshi, modeling for Baby Moon Pawprints collection.
Also modeling for Baby Moon Pawprints that day was one of Willa Tecson’s gorgeous black Labradors, Negra, eagerly waiting to strut her stuff on stage.
I think pugs are one of the cutest and funniest breeds! O.J. is 1.5 years old with a face that is totally pug-tastic!
Now who is this pretty little Terrier and Allie Canine Couture model striking a pose for the camera? It’s 2-year old Oreo! So feminine and flirty! Love it!
Petunia is a 6-year-old Chihuahua and amazing momma to 4 pups that she delivered via c-section. Way to go, Petunia! What a strong momma you are! It must help when you have a wonderful human like Irene who I can tell loves you a lot.
Ryu is a funny, scruffy 3-year-old Mini Schnauzer who has a vendetta against large dogs. He barked at every single one that walked by him. Funny Ryu!
No, he’s not the edible kind! Spam is a spunky 8-month-old Chihuahua.
Twinkle is Spam’s mom. She’s 2-years-old, an Allie Canine Couture model, and a proud momma of 3 pups – Spam, Shammy and Shiomi. Group hug everyone!
Congratulations to Alabang Town Center and to all the sponsors and organizers for a successful event! To all the pet moms and dads I met that day… it was a pleasure meeting all of you! Enjoy your photos!