Help Me Win Best Pet Photographer San Francisco!

It’s that time of year again, time to vote in BayWoof’s Beast of the Bay Awards! Please help me win Best Pet Photographer San Francisco Bay Area and vote #43 Kira Stackhouse. Your support really means a lot to me, I’ve been shooting pets (and everything else) for the past 8 years in the Bay Area, and it’s been an honor to place and win this contest for the past few years.

If you enjoy my work, please consider taking a few seconds out of your busy day to vote now and help me win! One vote per email/IP address. Voting ends January 31st.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

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Remember when I got to meet and photograph Grumpy Cat?

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January Pick: Sony RX100 MII

Happy New Year! To kick off 2015 I’m going to start featuring a photography-related item each month that will help take you to the next level or something that is just awesome and fun.  This month, I’m featuring the Sony RX100 MII. This little powerhouse is really an extension of my own body – I bring it everywhere I go and it aside from being compact and discreet, it has most of the functionality of a professional dSLR not to mention a big 20-megapixel sensor!

What’s so awesome about this camera?! Here are some of my favorite features:

  • 20.9 MP 1″-type Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Carl Zeiss Lens
  • 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens
  • ISO 160-12800 – AMAZING low light capabilities
  • Nice depth of field when shooting at low aperture
  • 3.0 inch tiltable LCD screen (makes shooting overhead and from below very easy)
  • HD video with full exposure control (MPEG-4/AVCHD)
  • Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG

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If you’re in the market for a compact, point-and-shoot camera, I could not suggest a better camera than this one.  Honestly, I never thought I would ever buy a non-Canon camera, but I am so glad I did.  I didn’t think twice about leaving my fancy Canon 5D Mk III and all of my lenses at home when I went to Iceland and Europe this year – I love this camera so much, and I hope you will too!

CHECK IT OUT HERE

Here are some example shots using the Sony RX100 MII.  If you are a fellow camera nerd, you know that the newer model, the Sony RX100 MIII has been released… (don’t have this model yet, who wants to buy it for me?)

SONY RX100 II SAMPLE PHOTOS

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Regular manual settings
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Regular manual settings
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This is a sample shot using the fill flash function. You can see a light drop shadow to the left of Howie…
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Shallow depth of field
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Macro! These flowers were extremely tiny, notice the size of the blades of grass.

I hope I’ve conveyed my love for the Sony RX100 II in this post – please let me know if you have any questions or feedback in the comments below!

Foster Pet Photos: Lola the Rat Terrier Mix

Lola the little rat terrier mix came to the studio over the weekend for some adoption photos. She’s with Maddie’s Fund and is searching for her forever home. Here’s a little info about her:

Hi, I’m petite little Lola, just 8 pounds of adorable sweetness. Do you like to dance? So do I! I dance when I’m happy that you’ve come home or when you dangle a treat for me. I’ll even entertain you by dancing for my dinner! I just get up on my hind legs and do a bit of a Highland Fling right then and there. Even though I love to dance, I also have no problem at all when it comes to relaxing. For instance, if there is a blanket around, I’ll just burrow right down into it.

So let’s get to know each other by doing things I love to do like taking happy car rides or long galloping walks in the park especially if a squirrel or bird crosses our path! I’m a bit of a chaser. That old chasing gene totally rules out living with any kitty, but I really like other small dogs. Bonus: I’m already housetrained. I just stand by your door to let you know when I need to do my business.

Can we try each other out? I’m certainly small enough to go anywhere with you. Why don’t you contact my foster mom, Jacq, at anglkiss4u2317@yahoo.com, so we can meet. I might even do my dance for you!

Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund

Maddie's Fund

Adoptable Dogs from Oakland Animal Services

I visited Oakland Animal Services this past weekend for some more adoptable dog photos. Great news – the dog that I went to visit, Jonah, a black lab, was picked up by rescue the following day, after seeing his photo! I always love success stories like this, and it really reminds me how effective great photos are.

Here is a selection of some of my favorites, you can find more on our Facebook page.

To find out more about any of these dogs visit www.oaklandanimalservices.org

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