Sunday, June 29, 2014

Artist Profile: Pat Corl

Pat Corl of Field and Ranch Photography has shared a lot with us today! You can also check out her website and facebook page to see her wonderful photography.
Pat Corl (www.fieldandranchphotography.com)
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in Nova Scotia?
I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas. A percentage of my business is pledged for rescue, Paws for Charity is one way I can help animals in need. 

Tell us about one of your favorite photo shoots/painting commissions?
It has to be one of my Bluebonnet mini-sessions. My client brought her 3 dogs, all very different personalities. She was sure after the shoot, and chasing dogs, and wiggling dogs, that there would be nothing she would like. One of her dogs is a senior and she especially wanted shots of her old dog. I got an email 1 week after the shoot that she thought she would have to put her old dog down, she had taken a turn for the worse, She was in tears. When she saw the proofs she was stunned. What a great remembrance for her old dog. I know I felt good after finishing the edits. It’s times like this I remember why I do what I do.
What is your favorite photo/art piece and why?
It’s another senior shoot. We took two senior sisters, my Meg’n and her sister Raven out for a shoot together. They were 12 years old, both rescues, both had been my fosters. The girls were getting old and we wanted to make this an annual thing as long as they were with us. As it turned out, Raven passed during that following year so we did not make it out again. The shots we got were some of my favorites and I made a picture book to display at shows.
What are some things, people, or places that inspire you?
There are other pet photographers out there I like to follow, but mostly, it’s the dogs themselves! You can stage shots, but the dog will always pull one over on you, just being a dog. In the end, it’s the candids that the clients love. It is their dog being a dog and they way they want to remember them. It’s why I have a passion for shooting dogs with jobs. Nothing planned, just capturing these amazing animals and their handlers rounding up livestock or searching in the woods or on a rubble pile. 
Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
I prefer a natural, connected style. I prefer to shoot outdoors and find that connection someone has with their dog, unstaged. My background comes from sports and journalism, which is more “on the spot” or “in the moment” photography. Even in the studio, I make a point of continuing to shoot when the dog is not necessarily cooperating to get those candids.
Do you ever find yourself in a creative dry spell? What do you do to get yourself inspired?
I think we all have dry spells. I go back to my roots, and go to dog sport events, working dog trials, the dog park etc and just shoot. The pictures of the dogs in their element always remind me of how amazing these creatures are.
Do you have any creative mentors?
Can’t say that I do. There are other photographers that have a style similar to mine that I like to follow. I am an avid blog reader and get many ideas and help there.
Tell us about a current project you are working on?
After years of shooting stock dogs I found myself enjoying the moment just before the handler asks the dog to work. There is a magic there as the dog quivers with anticipation looking for the stock or looking up at the handler for direction. I’m putting together a book of these moments.
Tell us about a future project you have in mind?
Working dogs. Dogs with jobs in the US and Canada. Dogs that make a living. A way to show and educate people on how many dogs out there do so much for us, even in today’s modern society. The dog’s sense of smell, hearing and bidability still can’t be duplicated!
Do you have a "life's embarrassing moment" you can tell us about one of your assignments?
Meeting a client for a bluebonnet shoot at a field that had been THE place to do these photos for years, only to find the field no longer existed! Then driving to another site that was raved about to find the flowers too sparse for me. I had to reschedule after making her drive miles that day. I can tell you I will go to the sites before I book anyone in the future!

Thanks Pat, for helping out with this project again this year!


Click on this link to preview this year's book: http://www.blurb.com/books/5210564-2014-paws-for-charity
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014). All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (SHAID.ca), an animal Shelter in Nova Scotia.
E-books are also available...you can preview e-books here: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/468601-2014-paws-for-charity

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