Growler is not kidding when they claim to have “uber cool stuff for dog lovers.” Upon landing on their homepage, I was immediately sucked into their world of canine chic.
I am a particular fan of their current selection of pup portraits. As I’ve said in the past, dog photography is all about capturing the emotion behind the eyes, and this collection of Gerrard Gethings work does just that.
all photos by Gerrard Gethings
Southern California has shown us some incredible weather this winter. And I think Mr. Harvey has been the most grateful for the warmer temps because if there is one thing that makes him happier than a pigeon in a bread factory, it’s being able to run free in a grassy yard on a sunny day.
And that’s just what he did.
Be sure to check out some fun in the sun videos on our Vine channel @House of Harvey!
all photos by Stephanie Todaro
Photography has always been a passion of mine. Since stealing my dad’s Canon A-1 as a teenager, I’ve been snapping and composing shots every chance I get. While I am not a professional by any stretch of the term, I am very keen on learning more and practicing as much as I can with, what I consider, the best subject on the planet: my Mr. Harvey.
So in the coming weeks you can expect to see this blog infused with MUCH more of my little guy in fun, creative and some downright silly vignettes. After all, the true joys of pet-owning come in those magical little moments. Time to capture a few…more. (You can already see my obsession flourishing on our House of Harvey Instagram account)
These shots were all about lighting. I wanted to play a bit with blown out natural light and see what kind of images came of it. I think the end results are kind of ethereal and harsh at the same time.
What are your side passions?
all photos by Stephanie Todaro
It’s only two days until St. Patrick’s Day weekend (I’m a fan of a good countdown)! In college, this holiday was a time for my friends and I to break out the green and frolic through the rowdy streets of Chicago (one of the best and wildest St. Patty’s day celebrations for sure). Now, while I still love the festivities, St. Patrick’s Day symbolizes a segue into my favorite season: Spring!
Flowers, colors, and warmer temps…it’s time to refresh! Call me eager, but I’ve already added some colorful buds to my balcony garden, as well as a charming little gnome. Happiness is overflowing at our House.
I hope you break out the green and have a safe, fun, and festive St. Patrick’s Day!
all photos by Stephanie Todaro
Winter was just lovely in LA, all two weeks of it. This past weekend we had an unusual warm front, with 80 degree beach weather. Pretty phenomenal really.
So what to do on a hot winter afternoon? Go to the beach for a picnic of course.
Mr. Harvey, my mother and I ventured off to the famous Huntington Dog beach for an afternoon of picnicking in the sun. Whether you love dogs or just enjoy the sun, this beach can’t help but put a smile on your face. Humans and dogs alike are running in the waves, playing catch, building sand castles and lounging in the sunny rays.
It was truly a magical way to enjoy a magical day of heat in the middle of winter.
When it comes to dog photography, my standards are pretty high. Many underestimate the true talent and skill it takes to photograph dogs (or any animal for that matter) with both a language barrier and unwillingness to sit still. So when I came across Albert Lewis’ Born to Run, I instantly knew it was something special. And now I want to share it with you!
This stunning book of portraits captures the amazing life of Iditarod sled dogs unlike any other I’ve seen. Albert’s keen eye showcases each sled dogs’ personality and emotion and gives us a glimpse into the graceful dogs who run this epic race each year. In addition to this sled dog passion project, Albert is embarking on a mission to help end the homeless pet population by photographing shelter animals in a professional manner to better help their chances of a quick adoption to a forever home. It’s amazing how art can turn into philanthropy!
If you’d like to get your hands on this gorgeous, 204 page (it’s a hefty one!), 11×12″ hardbound, coffee table style LIMITED EDITION (yup, signed by Albert himself!) book, all you have to do is…
1. Leave a comment telling me one goal you have for you and your pup in 2013!
And BOOM, you are entered!
I will announce the winner on the blog on Wednesday, Jan. 9, so be sure to come back to see if you are the lucky winner!
Now for the not-so-fine print:
I decided to start House of Harvey because I have a sincere love of dogs and design. When I launched this blog, I never thought a) that I would stick with it for so long (yes, only six months in and I didn’t think I’d make it here) and b) that anyone would read it. I am so thrilled to say that I was wrong on both counts, and am so humbled by the little community that has grown out of this project.
As I continue to dedicate myself to bringing you the best in dogs and design, I thought it was time that I invest some more time and money into this venture. So a couple of weeks ago I decided to get some professional portraits taken of me and my pup, Mr. Harvey. The incredible Kori Stanton took these beautiful images at our favorite park and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. I hope you all enjoy and are inspired to capture some of your own special moments with your pets!
Steph + Harvey
Mr. Harvey has a natural mustache. You really can’t deny it. Walrus, Walter Matthau, what have you, my little guy is a mustachioed fella. So it was obvious that one of his Halloween costumes this year had to be of the quintessential mustachioed man: Charlie Chaplin.
What do you think? Did he pull off Chaplin? Minus the blonde locks, I think he does an excellent impersonation–slapstick personality and all.
You can also check out Harvey in his first film role as the vampire in this parody of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”…
I hope everyone has the happiest and safest Howl-o-ween!!
BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HOWL-O-WEEN PART 01 RIGHT HERE!
UP is, by far, my favorite Disney film of all time. It’s sentimental and sweet, while still being whimsical and hilarious–just how I might describe by lovable pup, Mr. Harvey. So what better character to dress him up as this Halloween as the incredibly charming/curmudgeon Carl from UP.
I had such a fun time creating the elements of this costume and an even better time watching Mr. Harvey pose like the star that he is. He shines in front of the camera. (I’m such a stage mom.)
Even though he is the essence of professional when it comes to photo shoots, a dog can’t help being a dog. He can never resist a tennis ball.
Oh how we love this holiday! Bring on the treats and maybe a couple of tricks!
CHECK OUT HOWL-O-WEEN PART 02 !
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