Yoga Dog Project
This project lived in my heart for over a year before I was able to first bring it to the light with my amazing sister, Katrina, and her sweet boy Rudy. I am so grateful for her guidance. When I finally launched the project in January I was overjoyed by the warm reception. The yogi’s in this project are real people, with their real dogs, and their experiences levels are as varied as their reason for coming to their mats. Some are teachers, some are not. And the conditions for shooting this project certainly pushed the boundaries of everyone’s skills. Starting on January 11th, 1/11, in one of the wildest winters I’ve experienced since coming to Colorado meant not only finding balance alongside playful pups, but also freezing temperatures, snow pack, and occasionally winds so hard balance poses became impossible.
Through the practice of Yoga we seek to learn balance, oneness, and self-acceptance, to quite the mind so the soul can express itself. We seek to understand and integrate the Shadow Self. And I feel like these are all lessons that dogs just innately know. They live in the moment, in a state of one complete being. I feel like this is why any attempt to practice in my dogs presence draws them in close. It’s probably the only time when they think “Hey, your vibration matches mine”. Dogs are also the ones who accept us, including our shadow side, fully and without reservation.
For this project I worked with real people and their real dogs. The yogi’s & yogini’s included in this project spanned 4 decades in age and all skill levels- some teach, some are self-taught, some practice daily, and some don’t practice nearly as often as they’d like . Real people are imperfect. So you’ll see some less than perfect form. But I am not presenting this as a training manual to the perfect pose. The Yoga Dog Project is about beauty, art, and connection.
I’ve had a lot of people ask what inspired this project. I’d love to have some a-ha moment, or say it came to me in a vision while meditating near a mountain stream. But that’s just not true. The truth is, it was a culmination of many, many experiences. While living in Tucson, I developed a fascination with the amazing Arizona sunsets. And I found myself really drawn to photograph silhouettes against them. As a dog photographer by trade, I LOVE producing heart-warming images for my clients, but the artist inside me wanted to do something more abstract, something more creative. After a car accident left me with a back injury so severe my doctor recommended that I apply for disability, I found salvation through Yoga and motivation in my dogs. And so, I was inspired by a studio photographer who was working with dancers and their dogs. Slowly the gears of creativity started to churn and about a year ago it all clicked into place. I had an idea living in my mind’s eye of what I wanted to create. And the natural path meant publishing a book. The technical aspects came along through trial and error, with a lot of dog treats and a good bit of laughter. The Yoga Dog Project was born.
But now I need your help to get it off my hard drive an into the real world. By backing The Yoga Dog project on Kickstarter you’ll be bringing all the beauty of it into print. To maintain creative control of the project I’ve decided to self publish. But I have to meet minimum order requirements, and crowd-funding is the best and safest way to do that. If you choose to back this project you’ll receive a part of it. Your pledge level determines what you’ll receive. A small pledge of at least $25 will receive a collection of 5 post cards featuring some of my favorite shots from the project. A slightly larger pledge and I’ll send you a 2020 calendar so you can enjoy a new Yoga Dog Sunset every month. A slightly larger pledge and I’ll send you a signed 1st edition of the Yoga Dog Project book!!! This is a large format coffee table book, with 75 pages of breathtaking images, signed by yours truly. You can EVEN have all three for one pledge. Your pledges go directly toward the cost of putting the Yoga Dog Project in your hands! I’ve set a really modest goal because the way Kickstarter works, if I can’t meet the fundraising goal, then all the money goes back to you, and the book never sees the light of day.
So if you want a copy of this gorgeous, unique project for your home or studio? Or gift a copy for the dog loving yogi in your life! Please back the Kickstarter Campaign! I can only get this to the presses if I meet the minimum goal.
The Kickstarter campaign is only running for 30 days, so you’ll get all your goodies in plenty of time for the holidays!
The ultimate goal of this project is to create a book of beautiful, impact-full images. I am currently anticipating the book & art work to be available in September of this year. With a calendar available by the new year. If you’d like to be notified when those items become available you can register at : Yoga Dog Project Store
Would you like your own Yoga Dog Session?
Considering a Yoga Dog Project Session?
- Your practice is a connection to your soul & your dog, it deserves to be commemorated in one of a kind artwork.
- You do NOT need to be an expert or have the perfect “yoga body”.
- Your dog doesn’t need to be off leash.
- Your session will last about 90 minutes, starting just before sunset.
- We’ll shoot some traditionally lit photos of you & your dog and then follow with the beautiful yoga silhouettes.
- Complimentary design consultation to help you decide what to do with your favorite images.
- Session Fee: $195
From your session you’ll have a variety of beautiful images to choose from, and I’ll help you pick the perfect way to display your favorites.
Whether you have a big space or a small one to fill with daily reminders of your practice I have the perfect print option.
**All images subject to copyright.**