Bailey and Banjo inspire pet photographer to help fight against canine cancer

February 7, 2012

By Tom Corrigan

Julie Clegg embraces the pets, Bailey and Banjo, that inspired her photography business. Contributed

Speak with Issaquah’s Julie Clegg for even a short amount of time and one or two things become very clear.

She loves her family and her dogs. In fact, her two yellow Labradors — Bailey, age 7, and Banjo, 5 — clearly have center stage in her life.

“The connection is as strong as family,” Clegg said of the relationship between dogs and owners.

A few years ago, Clegg said she couldn’t help but take notice when the dogs of a few of her friends died from canine cancer. According to Clegg, there are two types of living beings that just should never have to suffer through cancer: children and dogs.

A pet photographer since 2007, Clegg is donating 50 percent of the fees from special sessions set up throughout February to the National Canine Cancer Foundation.

On Feb. 11, Clegg will be at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are 10 slots available for what Clegg calls mini photo sessions.

Clegg also has times set aside for special photo shoots in Centralia and West Seattle.

Photography has always been an interest of hers, Clegg said. Eventually, she realized what she loved shooting the most was people and their pets. Thus, “Bailey and Banjo” became the moniker for her photographic enterprise.

Clegg doesn’t have a studio at this point. Instead, she travels to various locations for most of her shoots. There is no typical session, she added.

“Every dog is different,” she said.

If your dog tends to be very active, she suggests taking him or her for a long walk prior to a scheduled shoot so the animal will be somewhat worn out and calmer. But dogs don’t have to be sitting quietly and looking directly at the camera for a successful photo shoot, Clegg said.

“They can be acting up, doing their thing and that can make a great picture,” she added.

Besides setting aside money raised through photo sessions, Clegg has put together a project dubbed “A Dog a Day in 2012.”

Basically, she shoots interesting pets she sees out and about with their owners. While the year is young, Clegg said so far she has been able to meet her photographic goal.

If she happens to come across you and your dog, you can get a copy of the resulting picture for free. Eventually, Clegg hopes to put together a book of her “Dog a Day” photos, possibly to benefit a canine cancer fund in Oregon.

“I’ve met a lot of nice people and some cool dogs,” she said.

Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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