Have you ever wanted to get a portrait with your pet? If the answer is yes, this is the perfect article to get some inspirational ideas for the photoshoot. Danielle Spires is a photographer who thinks out of the box and always comes up with amazing ideas of how to capture owners and their pets.
Her photographs are whimsical and magical. Danielle is probably inspired by the old-school photographs that have by now become a meme. Lots of the photos are quite humorous and silly, some very dramatic. Some will probably make you a little confused, like the one with the burglar mask, for example. However, they are all for good fun and are made to lift people’s spirits up and so that the owners will have a unique memory of their pet.
Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I’m passionate about social media and can’t live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want. Read more »
Back on the 10th of June, an annular solar eclipse, the type of eclipse that occurs when the Sun and Moon line up with Earth, was visible from certain parts of Russia, Canada and Greenland, while a partial one was visible in Europe, Asia and the United States. And just in case you missed it, NASA recently shared some incredible images captured by photographers Aubrey Gemignani and Bill Ingalls.
The two photographers captured the “ring of fire” eclipse from two different points. Bill captured it rising above the United States Capitol building in Arlington, Virginia, while Aubrey captured it above the Delaware Breakwater Lighthouse in Lewes Beach, Delaware. Check out the two photographers’ breathtaking images in the gallery below!
I never knew this feeling until I lost my job in April 2019. Made some wrong career decision and I got stuck. Didn’t know what to do next. Income source had stopped, self-confidence had weakened. Spent hours and hours crying in the bathroom. Was finding no way out. I felt it for the first time: Anxiety—a never-changing feeling. I felt it then and I am feeling it today also. This is a series about my feelings called “Self Portrait – Anxiety Series.”
It was a misty autumn morning near the Vistula River in Krakow, Poland. This day I had decided to set off for work early with the intention to photograph on the way. Strolling on the bank of the river, I suddenly spotted a group of rowers heading towards the Bernatek Footbridge. Instantly, I realized I had a split second to take a good photograph of them—the rowing boat was moving rapidly. I was thrilled; it was a quick shot of adrenaline. I rushed and pressed the shutter button—had I hesitated a moment, I would have missed this perfect opportunity…
One day when out taking photos in the garden I noticed a little mouse over by the brambles standing up on his little back legs to reach the best and most juicy blackberries. The little mouse would come out daily feasting on the blackberries, so I started to also put him out some tasty peanuts and seeds as the blackberries started to run out.
It was February, Covid was still dominating the headlines, my kids were sick of having their photos taken. So, with no one left to shoot, I turn the camera on myself. It started as a series of only 6 photos. One for each color of the rainbow, each representing a dominant trait of my personality. It was so cathartic, I added three more. As I sit here today, I can think of even more to add. So, stay tuned…
I’ve been exploring abandoned places at night for a few years, and for 2 years, I am working on a photo project to enlighten them in my own way with many colors.
The lighting gear is important for those images. Everything is captured on location, and the post-processing is mostly enhancing colors. I experimented a lot with light painting, so I can create an image with only one flashlight if I don’t have anything else. But most of the time, I carry a few speedlights in my bag. How many I bring depends on the size of the location, how long I plan to be there, my intuition from the research I did before, among other factors. I want to avoid carrying gear that I won’t use, but on the other hand, if I brought 8 flashes and 2 are enough for a photo, it is fine.
I focus on quality before quantity, trying to make something unique, so I do not often come back with more than one or two photos. And sometimes there is no framing catching my eyes so I come back with nothing interesting.
For the past year, I explored a lot on my own. It gives me the ability to move spontaneously, but I enjoy having company when it’s possible. Often, I need to place a character in the frame to give some depth to the image, and when I’m alone, I have to be the character. But the images are not about me, those are rather small stories, disconnected from me.#2
I really like when a place is in the middle of a forest. It gives time for a nice hike, then I set up my tent, and I can enjoy a beautiful morning after a night of taking photos.
Last summer, for instance, I slept in the ruins of a castle in France, on a hill surrounded by a huge forest. It made me wonder how it was to live there, way before the invention of electricity. I took some rest and woke up just before the sunrise to capture a mysterious and delicate ambiance, just between the night and the day.#4
Sometimes I need to be ready to move fast, like the time I shot a photo of an old temple on the top of a small mountain. It had been raining so hard that I had been stuck at the bottom. I had to rush to reach the summit before sunset. While I was working on my lights, some people showed up, looking for a sight to photograph the thunderstorm still ongoing further (and which can be seen on the background of my image). It is rare that I meet people at night, and it is usually not a problem. Another thunderstorm was slowly coming toward us and I rushed back to the bottom!#6
In the forest, especially in mountain areas, you cannot rely only on your phone GPS to find your way. I was planning to shoot in such an area and a friend lent me an old map. It was from 30 years ago, but I didn’t mind. I didn’t do my research correctly, and the ruin I shot this day was actually one hour away from the parking spot. The map allowed me to find it. As dusk came, I finally reached it, after going on a sketchy downhill path, which I didn’t want to climb again in the dark with my heavy backpack. I shot a photo with 8 speedlights and checked the map for an alternate way to go back up the hills. One of the paths looked way easier. But the way got smaller and smaller, the grass longer and longer, and soon I had to find my way through ferns. I was too far to go back. So I climbed the slope through the vegetation, until I found my way back up, all sweaty and thirsty. Small adventures like this are fun, and I would have been happy even if I didn’t take any photos.#8
For this new season, I’m starting to bring people along again. Having someone with me is nice! My friends aren’t always familiar with abandoned places, and I like to share those exploration moments. Sometimes it’s the beginning of a new passion for them, and this is great!
Follow me on Instagram to see my latest photos!#10
I am a french artist photographer based in Berlin. I explore abandoned places at night, and I put them in a light you’ve probably not seen before. Playing with colors is a big part of my life ! Read more »
Things can get really dull and mundane in big cities, especially when it’s a metropolis of nearly 5mln people. This Saint Petersburg-born and bred artist, Vadim Solovyev, fills the urban spaces with mysterious and sometimes familiar but oversized creatures. With nearly 60k followers, he posts the curious Photoshop-manipulated images together with short stories as a futuristic blog.