Rufio – leader of the lost dogs

Rufio was charming and sweet during our photo session in Wash Park. His head tilted at the sweet sound of the word “treat” and he tried his best to do all the things he used to before he lost his leg to cancer.  It’s not easy to learn how to sit and to run when one of your legs is suddenly gone but he made the best of it.

Rufio (named after the leader of the lost boys in the movie Hook) was once a stray dog until he was rescued. We know how this rescue goes, we pretend to rescue them and instead they rescue us. Rufio reminds us to not be a boring old grown up every single minute… take time and tilt your head, be amazed by simple things, enjoy your walks even when you have to struggle to get where you are going because life is too short.

Rest in peace sweet Rufio. We hope the treats are wonderful and plenty where ever you are. You were and will always be a good boy.


Before and After | 52 Week Project

For those of you that have been around for a while you know that I used to participate in a 52 week project with pet photographers from around the world. Last year, I worked on other projects and didn’t participate but now I’M BA-ACK! (I’m saying that in Oprah’s voice.)

The theme changes weekly and this week the theme is before and after. I thought I’d show you a bit of post processing.

There are a couple of questions people have about pet photography sessions. The first is, do you need to have your dog off leash during the session? It’s natural to make that assumption since most dog photos I post have dogs that are sitting, standing, and running without a leash. The truth is about 99% of the dogs I photograph are on leash. I just photoshop the leash out.

Here is a before and after photo of leash removal.

Leash removal.

Before and after leash removal.


Another question I get is what do we do if it’s cloudy during our session? We love our blue skies in Denver and people are concerned if it’s a hazy day that the photos will look drab. I love shooting in cloudy weather! When it’s cloudy there are no harsh shadows and the light is soft and pretty. Sometimes the sky is a bit bland but even that is something that can be fixed in photoshop.

Here is a before and after sky replacement on a hazy day.


Sky replacement

Before and after sky replacement.

Post processing can also be used to fix shaved spots from recent IV’s, eye boogies, drool and anything else that’s distracting. The ultimate goal is to create a portrait that focuses on your dog or cat.

I hope you enjoyed the before and after, up next is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area.



A New Boo


10, 9, 8, you know when there’s a countdown it leads to something big… 7, 6, 5. What if the something big was 7 new failures smacking you in the face? 4, 3, 2, or what if I decided to actually make those changes instead of just thinking about them…1.     Happy New Year!!!

A New Boo

Boo wishing you a happy New Year!

Normally, I am not the kind of person who makes New Year Resolutions I am the kind of person that makes lists. Lots and lots of lists. Lists of what to do today, this week, this month, what groceries to buy, what errands to run, what books I want to read, what music I want to listen to and on, and on, and on. Thank God for electronic notes, I tell you!

The great thing about lists is it can help you remember all of the things you want to remember and you can cross them off. There is something very rewarding about crossing anything off including, “get dishwasher soap.” I always thought the only real difference between an ongoing list and a New Years resolutions was just the date. I can start a list anytime. But New Year, well you know all about that.

But, what if I’m being too easy on myself? What if I’m not challenging myself enough? The thing about resolutions is they are usually something life changing (and something most people forget by February). While my list is ongoing and I do create some big demands for myself on those lists maybe it’s not as challenging as it could be. So I thought I’d make a new list this year. A list of resolutions. It’s nothing profound that you wouldn’t see on anyone else’s list but I thought if I told you about them and followed up on how I’m doing, those resolutions might be a little harder to forget about. So here they are in list format, there are seven. I’ll follow up a few times during the year and at the end of the year to see how I did.

  1. Exercise more – I work a lot and really need to get out of my computer chair more often.
  2. Use my metal studio more. As a pet photographer, I create art for a living but the metal studio is just for me, no demands, just create.
  3. Work on my selfie game. Ok, here is where it gets kind of interesting. You know if I’ve ever taken photos of you that I try really hard to get you to relax and enjoy the process of getting your photo taken. Well… I hate getting my photo taken. I hate it. I need to work on that for the same reasons I tell you to get your photo taken. The people we love want photos of us!
  4. More time for adventures with Boo – as I said I worked a lot last year and I feel like Boo and I both missed out on exploring Colorado.
  5. Education – there is always something to learn with photography, printing, and owning a small business. This year I committed to a week long course in Costa Rica with some of the best photographers in the world.
  6. Blog more – I stopped blogging sometime last year because all my blogs had been about the 52 week project. The project is great but I just didn’t have the time and to be honest I had done it for 3 years so while it was fun it was also kind of meh. I wanted to blog about something else but I wasn’t sure what. This month I’ll be exploring the things I do want to blog about and then creating a year long blog calendar for myself.
  7. Friends – I miss my friends. Did I tell you I worked a lot last year? This year I will be more connected to the people that are most important to me. I have a few visits planned for a few of my out of state peeps. For my peeps in Colorado I just need to be more consistent about getting out of the house. Hey, maybe some of them will let me bring Boo? Poor Boo, that might be asking too much.

Comment below and tell us what’s on your list!

Happy New Year!




The 8 Luckiest Dogs in Colorado | Colorado Lottery

Last week I told you all about photographing dogs for the Colorado Lottery. This week the tickets are out and I wanted to show you which dogs will have their faces on the Lucky Dog scratch ticket.

Take a look and see the 8 luckiest dogs in Colorado.




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Lucky Dog Scratch Ticket | Colorado Lottery

Who is the luckiest dog in Colorado? Right now I think it’s me! I’ve been bursting at the seams waiting to tell you all. In January I photographed a lot of amazing dogs for the Colorado Lottery over a two day period in Denver and Pueblo and they created a fun new scratch ticket called Lucky Dog that goes on sale today.
They selected 8 different photos of dogs for these adorable scratch tickets and they look so cute! Check out my video to see some of the dogs I photographed and then check out their page to see who made it on the tickets. Stay tuned for some behind the scenes images.

Thank you, Colorado Lottery, I had a great time!