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OH MY DOG! on CBS News
San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – A local pet photography studio is giving back with some pictures that will make your heart melt. Oh My Dog! Photography teamed with Second Chance Dog Rescue to capture beautiful pictures of rescue dogs. It’s a big day, and nerves are high. In just one click and the right moment, Tee Taylor and Mike Fish are able to orchestrate just the perfect profile. “They just bring joy. Anything that brings this much joy has got to be a good thing,” Tee said. It’s a great thing, adoptable dogs given the glamorous treatment, hoping to find their forever families. But don’t be fooled – they make it look easy. “We try to make it a kind of calm experience. A lot of them have been through so much. We don’t want to scare them anymore,” Tee said. Using their tools of the trade, Tee and Mike are able to capture the dogs’ unique personality. It’s something the rescue organizations are counting on. “Because these animals don’t have a voice and they need someone to help them. They didn’t ask to get into these predicaments,” Sandra Simpson of Second Chance Dog Rescue said. “I can’t say enough of good work these rescues do. I’m glad we can do something to help it,” Tee said. Dogs who are waiting to make the perfect match, thanks for some new profile pics. They’re so deserving of a second chance, and an opportunity to be showcased in their best light.
OH MY DOG! on NBC News By Liberty Zabala
While you’re out doing your Christmas shopping, small businesses across San Diego are encouraging you to consider them.
Fifty small businesses in North Park showed off their uniqueness during Small Business Saturday, including Oh My Dog! Photography. They specialize in photographing you four-legged family members.
“Many years ago, we were family portrait photographers, and we just found it to be more fun and satisfying when people brought their pets along,” said business owner Tee Taylor.
Last year, customers spent around $5.7 billion at independent stores across the country on Small Business Saturday.
“I think it’s important to support small businesses because it keeps our economy in the community,” Taylor said. ”I think that the big advantage for shopping small businesses is really for the shopper. It’s so great to be able to tell a story to somebody’s who receiving the gift about where that gift came from.”
It’s a gift that comes in many forms for Rob Millar and his dog Kayla. She’s 11 years old and may be on her last paws.
“She’s older. She’s got arthritis, and we’re going for a hip replacement surgery in the next couple of weeks,” Millar said.
Oh My Dog photographers used everything from treats to special noises to bring out the puppy in Kayla, capturing a special memory Millar won’t soon forget.
“I think it’s great to have some of the moments in some of the photos that we wouldn’t be able to capture on our own,” he said.
OH MY DOG! Union Tribune
Hundreds of dogs showed up for a casting call at Mission Brewery, July 29, for DOGTV, the new 24/7 television network devoted to our four-legged friends. Photographs by Howard Lipin/U-T San Diego
San Diego Magazine Best Pet Photogrpaher
San Diego Uptown News
Finding their niche
By Lucia Viti
Oh My Dog! Photography — a pet photography studio on Ray Street in North Park — is an expression of art designed to adorn the walls of aficionados who adore their animals.
The furry-friendly studio provides four-legged family members a safe and distraction-free environment to photograph forever keepsakes, and was established in 2008 by veteran photographers and husband-and-wife team Mike Fish and Tee Taylor.
By accident, the idea began in search of a more rewarding photography business, the North Park residents said.
“A photographer is sometimes required to make people who harbor body image issues feel good about themselves,” Fish said. “The chronic, ‘I look fat’ or ‘I don’t like my look,’ becomes frustrating. We noticed that people who included their dogs in the family portrait never complained about how they looked and really loved the photos. And the dogs certainly never complained about looking fat or wrinkled.”
Intrigued, the couple began photographing dogs solo as fun, artistic, tongue-and-check conservation pieces. The more clients raved, the more Fish toyed with the idea of turning it into a career.
“At first Tee thought I was crazy,” Fish said. “Oddly enough, during an afternoon Downtown stroll discussing the pros and cons of photographing dogs for a living, we turned the corner to Petco Park. I knew instantly that if a pet store can support a Major League Baseball field, we can photograph pets for a living.”
For those apprehensive that their pets won’t behave, the photographers assure that dogs and cats are more cooperative than we think. Touting “loads of patience,” Taylor remains adamant about knowing every trick in the book. “Mike and I strategize to make the session fun for every pet,” she said. “We’ve never met a pet we couldn’t photograph.”
People clients are schooled on animal photography protocol “to control the owners” first. “A dog’s behavior reflects an owner’s body language,” Fish said. “And a dog’s behavior changes drastically as the owner’s behavior changes. So dogs and owners are given time to sniff around and chill.”
Fish compared photographing even the most energetic of dogs to a tough 3-year-old boy as the difference between productive and impossible. “In our former life, parents sometimes left our studio minus pictures of their 3-year
-old boy who understands the meaning of the word ‘no’. But we relax dogs — and wait patiently for cats — so we’ve never had a photo shoot that didn’t work.”
“Although all hands are on deck to tame the mayhem of photo shoots with multiple pets,” Taylor added.
Fish said that while kids can be a handful during family portraits, pets give children an excuse to assume the role of big brother or sister. “The psychology of giving a child the task to hold their pet keeps them distracted from a camera’s focus,” he said. “Kids take joy in caring for their pet, and that joy comes through in the photograph.”
Fish and Taylor noted the difference between photographing cats and dogs. “We’re ready for anything with dogs, but we’ve had cat dilemmas,” Fish said. “Cats arrive riding in crates — aggravated — while dogs sit — happily — on car seats. Aggravated cats don’t necessarily play nice. Cat owners wait patiently while their felines run around backdrops and hide beneath furniture. We often herd the cats to photograph them.”
“A cat’s world is a cat’s world,” Taylor said. “Cats simply won’t do what they don’t want to do. I handle the cats because Mike’s allergic. And of course, cats know this through cat telepathy, so they constantly rub him. Patience is key to our success. We capture what people love about these graceful spirits, their beautiful eyes and perfectly sculptured bodies.”
Photographing pets and people-feet began serendipitously. A client sporting colorful shoes, wild socks and arms brimming with bangles fenced in a wandering feline with both hands between her legs. Fish captured the image, which became an instant hit. Fish jumped at chance No. 2 with a dog so shy he wouldn’t leave his owners feet. “I told the owner to stand in the middle of the backdrop while I photographed the dog playing peekaboo between his feet,” he said. “The image was so sweet and sincere, we decided to shoot pets and feet on purpose.”
Sessions typically run 30 to 60 minutes — although nothing is rushed — and include water breaks, playtime, sniffing and snuggling. No one is allowed in the studio during a shoot. Proofs can be viewed within the hour. Clients can peruse the artsy Ray Street neighborhood or eat in one of the many local pet-friendly restaurants and beer-tasting gardens while waiting. Prints are ready to take home within three weeks.
Once a month, Fish and Taylor take glam photos for Second Chance Dog Rescue, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving homeless and senior dogs with health issues from high-kill shelters in San Diego, Baja California and Mexico. Dogs receive medical care, including spays and neuters, and rehabilitation. Founded in 2008 by Sandra D. Simpson, Jason Cordoba and Maria Blake, Second Chance Dog Rescue has placed over 3,000 dogs in forever-homes. Lacking a central shelter facility, dogs are integrated into volunteer foster families to allow otherwise frightened, timid or emotionally scarred dogs to blossom and flourish. Upon approval of a thorough application process, dogs and adoptees go through a foster period to ensure the perfect fit. Adoptions are finalized upon approval of a home visit.
“We’ll help every rescue that requests our assistance but we love working with Second Chance Dog Rescue,” Taylor said. “They rescue a volume of dogs — from death row — on a tiny, tiny budget. Once our glam photos are posted on their website, applications come pouring in. It’s powerful to know that photographing 25 dogs helps to find them forever homes so Second Chance can rescue 25 more.”
“We love working with Oh My Dog! Photography,” Second Chance Dog Rescue volunteer Linda Acosta said. “Mike and Tee generously donate their time and talent into expediting the adoption process for our dogs. The photographs are glam shots of personality!”
Oh My Dog! Photography also contributes gift certificates to other rescue sites including the Helen Woodward Animal Center, The Rancho Coastal Humane Society and the San Diego Humane Society.
The North Park residents love working and living in the artistic community along Ray Street. “We’ve lived and worked in North Park long enough to witness its evolution to an urban village of retail vibrancy and pedestrian traffic,” Taylor said. “Our activated storefront enables folks to walk in, look at our photos and engage in conversation. Our business thrives by referrals so we’re fortunate that people love what we do.”
Taylor described the art of Oh My Dog! Photography as both challenging and fun. “The idea that we play with dogs all day — which in itself can be challenging — is only a part of what we do,” she concluded. “Running a business requires wearing many hats. But we’ve grown organically working with beautiful, innocent and funny pets. Fur babies are family members, so our success doesn’t surprise me. Oh My Dog! Photography is art that extends from open hearts and loving environments. People love art so why not display a piece that makes your heart melt every time you look at it?”
Oh My Dog! Photography is located on Ray Street between North Park Way and University Avenue. Day, evening and weekend appointments are available Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit the website at ohmydogphoto.com or call 619-295-DOGS.