A whirlwind!

December was a whirlwind!  I photographed 105 dogs and six cats!!!  Oh my gosh…each one was adorable and so happy to meet Santa.  I took a break in January, but February rolled around and guess what…Valentine’s Day photo shoots!  And then…wait for it….St. Paddy’s Day in March.  Great start to 2020!

Christmas in June!

Santa made a surprise visit at Nature’s Pet Market while I was taking 4th of July photos.  So of course I asked if he would pose with some of the cuties who came for their portraits.  He obliged and I was happy to get some great shots to use for promotional purposes for this year’s Christmas photo shoots.  Aren’t they all adorable?  There’s Ziggy in his 4th of July scarf and Dakota, Penny and Dexter all lined up.  Fuego had a few things to tell Santa about not wanting to live with any more dogs (Loki and Murphy share his home).  Kuna opted for a red collar with bells for her photo with Santa and Spork wore her 4th of July scarf handmade by her Momma. Lucy, the Diva, opted for a Santa hat. Such fun we all had!!!  Enjoy!

Oh what fun!

I had so much fun taking pictures for two recent clients.  Rita is a gorgeous English Shepherd.  She is seven months old and so sweet.  Her Mom lives on beautiful acreage with an incredible view.  Rita was full of energy and super treat motivated!  Hunny the Maltipoo,  on the other hand was so tiny that I spent most of an hour on my hands and knees in wet grass getting sweet shots of her for her 2nd birthday.  Her Mom had multiple outfits and collars for her photo shoot and Hunny posed beautifully.  Enjoy!

Fall, Winter and the Holidays

Fall, winter and the holidays were in the air when I photographed these cuties last weekend.  Java the gorgeous black cat would only pose with a collar or hat.  Rocky the Boxer kissed me, my assistant and the lens on my camera while Buddy the Lab posed quietly.  Murphy the 11-month old Golden Retriever was beyond excited.  And Thornton (who I’ve had the pleasure of photographing since he was 10 weeks old – he’s almost five now) sat regally with a Christmas bow around his neck.  Bandit helped me with a lighting test and wore a cool Christmas hat.  I’m looking forward to more photo shoots on November 24, December 1 and December 8.  So fun!!!!

 

Meow!

Cats are challenging to photograph when they are in their own environment, but put them in a crate and take them to a studio for a portrait session…well challenging is a mild word!  I had a wonderful time photographing cats at Nature’s Pet Market last weekend.  And actually, after these cuties did a little exploring they were pretty good about posing for their pictures.  Nature’s Pet Market includes a grooming area and I enjoy seeing all the dogs who come in for their spa day.  So I couldn’t resist taking a picture of Sophia….a gorgeous blonde long-haired dachshund….who I’m told “always” wears pearls.

Valentine’s Cuties

I just love spending time photographing dogs.  Sigh.  Each one puts a smile on my face. Another wonderful day at Nature’s Pet Market in Salem (OR).  Here are just a few of the cuties who showed up for Valentine’s photos! If you are local and have a dog or cat….this pet market is THE place to go.  They have the best most nutritious food for your pets, toys, leashes, vitamins, treats, sweaters, rain jackets…you name it.  And on holidays (Fall/Christmas/Valentine’s….etc) they have me…photographing dogs.  Enjoy!

Two Adults, Five Kids and a Lab

What a day!  I generally just photograph dogs or cats by themselves or maybe with their owner, so it was a fun (if not exhausting) afternoon when I photographed two adults, five kids and Annie, the Lab.  Everyone was excited, including Annie.  Of course Labs are food motivated and in Annie’s case…stick-motivated….so it was easy to get great shots of this sweet girl.  The adults and kids…well…that took some work, but the images are wonderful and show the great relationship this blended family has. And to top it off, everyone including Annie was super photogenic.  After posing with her family Annie was treated to 45 minutes of stick chasing in a local park.  I think Annie had a good day!

Rescue Me

logo AUG20-16Over the last 18 months I’ve had the honor and pleasure of taking pictures of rescued dogs housed at a facility near my Oregon home.  They do such a great job there.  Suite Dog Daze is a boarding/training facility and the owner also takes in rescues under the name of Suite Angel Rescue.  Lisa rescues and places local dogs in new homes and she also takes in many dogs that have been in neighboring state shelters that are at capacity. Some of the dogs are strays and most are mixed breeds.  The nice thing is that because many come to her with behavior and training issues (which in many cases could have been handled by the owners if they had taken the time) they get the benefit of learning how to behave – along with learning all the standard commands.  The trainers there are wonderful and as you will see, the dogs really love them.  I was working on a photo of a rescue whose picture I took earlier this month and decided to go back to look at all the rescues whose pictures I’ve taken.  Oh my gosh…my heart just about burst looking at these cuties!  I would have taken them all home if I could.  They have new “furever” homes now.  I hope they are happy, warm, dry, well-fed, have lots of toys, get to sleep on the bed and are loved, loved, loved.  Love is all they really want.  Enjoy!

Dogs I have met…

…while out walking, while at classic car shows, while strolling downtown, while buying flowers at a local nursery, at the beach, browsing Saturday market, while taking pictures of other things.  Little dogs, big dogs, scruffy dogs, fluffy dogs, dogs with big eyes, dogs with big ears, white dogs, black dogs, spotted dogs, young dogs, old dogs.  They are everywhere…if you just look!  Every time I see a dog, I smile…oh…and take its picture.

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Shy Boy

LOGO Family standing against fence with CocoI had a great time photographing Coco and his family.  He’s a beautiful sheltie mix.  He’s very photogenic and very shy.  His “Mom” gave him a bath, brushed him and added a nice red scarf to coordinate with his human family. His “Dad” and his older “sister” had to coax him to pose when all he really wanted to do was herd the cattle on the nearby property.  He also likes to chase cats.  But once he got settled, he was such a handsome subject.  I just love his coloring and cute ears. His human sister makes him homemade treats which he loves  – and which he got a lot of during the photo shoot!  I think Coco was pretty stylish, don’t you?

 

 

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