For those of you who keep up with my blog, you’re already familiar with my videographer friends over atBig Dog Little Bed Productions. I’m so grateful to have done a lot of branding photos for Janice and her team over the years, not just because Janice is a friend and an awesome woman, but also because she has extremely cute dogs. Like, really cute dogs. Murphy is the little dog, and he is an extremely good dog model. He looks wherever you want him to. He’s eager to please and seems to realize he’s dog modeling, and does the absolute best that he can. He head-tilts. He puppy-eyes. He lifts his chin and moves for more flattering angles. Murph will do anything that is required of him, and he’ll be proud of himself for this. Toby, the big fluffy pile of fluff, on the other hand, is a terrible model but is so profoundly and stupidly cute that I can barely function around him. He knows I love him so he ignores me, which makes me love him more. He displays a visible, near-constant eye-roll, especially when anyone hugs him. He does not want his picture taken at all and often just puts his butt to the camera and stands there. Janice’s boyfriend’s dog name George was also there and snuck in a few cute pictures as well, but again, was not up to the modeling standards that Murphy clearly sets for dogs.
When I’m not fawning over all present dogs, I am helping Janice take photos for her website, newsletters, social media, etc. We’ve worked in her office for the past couple of years but we shot in her beautiful new home this time and it was incredible! Every inch of that place is gorgeous. We shot some workin’ shots of Janice and Tyler meeting with some clients (thanks to Lauren and Emily for their modeling skills!) and some dog-hugging shots for Big Dog Little Bed’s 2020 year. BDLB does AMAZING marketing films as well as strategy and coaching for small business when it comes to content, so if you’re a business looking to get yourself more visible via video, they’re hands down who I would recommend. Also you might get to meet Toby (bring a lint roller though).
You guys, I love Janice. I’ve known her for a long time now, and I love her more each time I see her if that’s even possible. She’s a truly wonderful bright ball of happy, adorable energy and also a seriously standup person. She knows exactly what Big Dog Little Bed Productions, her videography company, stands for, and she knows exactly how she wants her business to be run, and exactly how she wants her employees to feel. She’s quite serious about having fun at all times while telling the stories of others to best represent them. If you asked, she would 100% be able to confidently tell you her goals and ambitions for her business and they’d all be the most authentically authentic goals you’ve ever heard. She’s a sincere person, and the funnest. Yes, the funnest. She likes Dad glasses and beer and dogs and sewing (she made her black and white top for this shoot!) and everyone likes her. Other people that like her enough to have helped us out for this shoot include Tyler and Yuri, two talented videography members of her team, as well as Madison and Amelia who let us capture some client meeting/work photos. Also in a constant role of support is Murphy the dog, always hanging around for treats and meetings but slightly belligerent when it comes to posed photos. Happy to have shot my third small business branding photos for Big Dog Little Bed!
We did a shoot with Janice Smith of Big Dog Little Bed Productions way back in 2015 (see it here!) when I was just starting to become the creepily obsessed stalker of her dog named Toby. She wasn’t super concerned about my drooling over his fluffy adorable fluffness at the time but I think over time she’s come to realized just how serious I am about him. I call her from hotel rooms at 11pm to say things like, “Hey Janice! We just made it to Blacksburg! Are you still awake? Can I come see Toby? What’s your room number? Oh… you just got in bed? Okay…I guess I’ll see him tomorrow.” And then I call at 8am to say things like, “Hey Janice! We are awake! Are you awake? Can I come see Toby? You’re downstairs? Okay, we will be right down!” And I’m not totally sure what she thinks about my constant comments on her Instagram regarding him or my texting her to ask about him occasionally but you know what? I don’t really care. Toby is my dog soulmate. My love for him is broken down into several parts:
50% Unreal orange fluff
30% Playing like a total spaz with arms straight out in what I’ve come to call “invisible casts” and romping around like he’s done five lines of cocaine
20% Unrequited love (he does tolerate me and occasionally seek me out for head pats, but part of me enjoys the fact that every single photo I take with him involves him literally rolling his eyes or actively trying to escape)
Anyway, Janice told me that Toby doesn’t like it when girls come on too strong to him, so I’m trying to refrain from making this entire post about him. Janice is a dear friend of ours, an extremely talented female bossy lady videographer, a Durhamite, a lover of pups big and small (the small, also adorable, far more loving and friendly doggo in these pictures is Murphy), a trusted colleague, and a wearer of vests and fanny packs. We have a little too much fun photobombing her at weddings (there are probably many minutes of footage she’s accumulated and cut out) and we love her dearly. It was with great pleasure that we photographed her new promo photos for her wedding and commercial videography company Big Dog Little Bed. She is hilarious and charming and adorable and beautiful and intelligent and can rock 1977 dad glasses like there’s no tomorrow. This shoot makes me smile because Janice makes me smile. Also Toby.