BY :: STELLAFLY
PHOTOGRAPHER TERRY JOHNSTON
FEBRUARY 13 & 14, 2012
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
“If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” — Nora Roberts
On January 1st, 2012 I asked. I had done my research and couldn’t believe that I was going to be emailing David Frei a personal email. I admit I was a bit nervous, more star struck than anything else. David is the Director of Communciations and the television commentary for Westminster Kennel Club. He was my ticket in.
Happy New Year!
I am writing today from Grand Rapids, Michigan to see what the possibility might be of getting a photo pass.
We are an online magazine based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have been in dogs for a long time. In fact, I had a Bernese Mountain Dog win Best of Breed in 2005. I hung up showing to pursue my interests in social media and marketing, started the magazine. Now we are branching out of Grand Rapids to other cities. New York is on our list for February.
We are mostly interested in shooting during the day, possibly at night. I have one professional photographer that will be traveling with me. We will also be trying to shoot some fashion while we are in the city.
This has been a life long dream of mine (to cover this properly.) I’m good friends with Clint Livingston, Jay Richardson and many other long time dog people. It would be fun to get some great pictures.
I really enjoy following you on facebook as well. We’re friends!
Let me know what you think. I’d also love to get some portraits of you (and a brief interview) if that might be possible.
Hi Laura: Please complete and return the credential application form in the Media Center on our home page and we will get you a photo pass. We are very limited in our media capacity for a number of reasons – great media interest is a pleasant problem to have – but I am happy to find room for you. Thanks for your interest in Westminster, we look forward to having you with us.
Upon our acceptance, Terry and I traveled to NYC and experienced Westminster in a way I had never before. I’ve been to this dog show as an exhibitor, an assistant to a handler and a spectator. To experience it as media was by far my favorite. We interviewed David Frei. We hung out in the media center when they broke the news of big changes that would happen in 2013. We hung out with the USA Network cameramen and the major news stations. We were on the floor fighting for the perfect shot. We uploaded live pictures from the floor during the group competitions and our followers loved it.
Our interview with David Frei, Director of Communications, Westminster Kennel Club:
Our interview with 2011 Pro Plan President’s Award: Silvana Vogel Tedeschi”
Our chat with Photographer and handler Jeffery Hanlin on Day 1 of Westminster Kennel Club:
Chat with Wendy Pinto, dog handler from Medina, Ohio
Our interview with Kim Groves, Avatar Bernese:
For two straight days we lived in the trenches of the dog show, watching the judging process of breed after breed during the day. The applause, the screams of joy, the faces of defeat. We captured it all. We found interesting people to talk to — shooting short videos of random people of interest. The most amazing night was Best in Show. We had found our way down to the floor and were able to shoot professionally and upload behind the scenes photos live to our facebook page right from the floor. Everyone loved it but none more than us.
For four days we lived on bagels and coffee. We worked all day long well into the night. It was an exhilarating experience that we are looking forward to doing again in 2013!
Check out the facebook albums:
Westminster Kennel Club – Day One
February 13, 2012
Westminster Kennel Club – Day Two
February 14, 2012
Groups and Best In Show Competition: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.389515554399040.115285.114949308522334&type=3