The classic story of the cop: a devious crime, a thorough investigation, an exciting high-speed chase, an intense interview, a flashing news conference as the police show off their spectacular bust. With the exception of this one, more drool, flying fur and a grotesque pile of bones are involved. That’s dog bones. I was approached by the Waterloo Region Police with a very special mission–to build a K9 kickass calendar to raise serious funds for the Ontario Special Olympics. I required the guns to be kept to a minimum and the donut jokes to be minimal, but apart from that, I was free to do what I wanted.
Sniff for clues, secure the scene. Captain on the front, maybe that’s the news!
Oh no! Let’s go out and pick her up. This is another Bone Snatcher incident!
Picked up on the tape! Look at that, Chief. Zoom in closely, we saw the robber
The photos I wanted to create were really unique and I had to be sure I didn’t take too much time out of the high-demand police pups, so I had to plan these pictures out in a big way. My drawing skills do not compete with my photoshop skills, but I transformed hundreds of items into every month’s mockup with the help of Brooklyn 99 reruns, paying particular attention to perspective, narrative, and where each topic would be positioned. Because I specialize in photographing pets, I wanted to incorporate small jokes that dog owners would get–a police chase through a course of obedience, chewing pencils, barking a tree on a squirrel, hiding bones in a big hole.
We went off to the races with the rubber stamp of the Leader. Place searching, ads, and dog trick learning – I wanted those guilty eyes on the cue!
Commanding investigator, inquisitive detective, goofy desk officer, good cop, bad cop, and a pointing hot pursuit, excellent athletes and models were the K9 unit dogs and their trainers, pulling off complex gestures such as pros. From a pet store crime scene to cruising Waterloo Region in a retro car, this calendar tells the story of Ranger, Grim, Chase, and Tracker as they are trying to solve a case of stolen dog bones–with some support from their two-legged handlers. Please check the pictures below and buy your copy to help support the Special Olympics.
Thanks to everyone who helped me pull off this amazing project.
Gather around the room of the briefing, listen! You should wait for the snacks
We’ve got the lead! Let’s get dressed. Render this easy, no rest time!
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