Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a portrait session with your dog?
Recently, Griffin had a pet portrait session with me in City Park. I thought I’d include most of his images so you can see the type of photos you can have taken with a dog on a leash.
Usually the thing most people worry about when wondering if they should schedule a session is that their dog won’t sit still or maybe they can’t take their dog off a leash. Griffin’s mom also worried about that before her session. I told her not to worry, I’ve been photographing dogs for 9 years now and I know I can get fantastic photos even if your dog can’t be off lead. I firmly believe a dog should act like a dog during their portrait session. It’s the best way to get fun portraits of them in my opinion.
Here’s a before and after of Griffin getting his photo taken while he’s still wearing his leash.
All of Griffin’s photos were taken with him on leash.
Don’t let a leash stop you from getting the best portraits of your dog.
There are so many things to be grateful for, a family I love with all my heart, a husband that loves to cook (cuz I don’t wanna!), friends both near and far, and all the people that support me in my crazy dream to photograph dogs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m also incredibly grateful for my furry best friend, Boo Radley. Boo is a dog that makes me practice patience. He’s a dog that makes me take breaks and helps me appreciate all the little things in life. He’s grateful for cuddles and loves our family with all of his great big heart. He is the dog that makes me laugh on a daily basis. He’s got a wicked sense of humor.
I’m grateful he rescued us, and I mean that wholeheartedly! He rescued me when my heart was broken because of the loss of our first family dog, Cleo. He rescued me when my family, job, and life was changing at such a fast pace I didn’t know what to do with myself and he saves me daily from taking anything at all too seriously.
If I believe in anything at all it’s the power of a dog to love unconditionally and I’m grateful everyday to learn from them.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family and your furry best friends.
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Boo Radley came to the studio with me to help me with a Halloween photo. He was a pretty good boy since we brought his all time favorite snack, cheese.
Later I realized I should have changed the sign. It should have said, “Tricks for Treats.” That’s Boo’s motto of course. It’s probably your dog’s motto too. They all like to be paid for the work they do.
Anyhow, I just wanted to wish you and your family a fun Halloween. Looking forward to seeing all the costumes this year.
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To all the dogs that walk beside us on adventures, ready and eager to take one more step as long as they are with us. Happy to smell the fresh air, and maybe one more tree if you don’t mind. To the dogs that plop down by our feet when we’re tired or have one more thing to work on before we call it quits for the day. To the dogs that know when we need an extra snuggle or a little bit of sympathy. Here’s to the dogs that run to the door when we come home, wagging their tails so hard their back feet spin on tippy toes from side to side. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s to the soul dogs that change our lives forever, always for the better, they make our houses homes and fill our hearts with joy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Here’s to you Leo, you sweet soul dog, you. A furry best friend that’s departed on his own walk, an adventure only he can make. He’ll take with him a piece of your heart, not to cause you pain, but to make his solo journey just a little bit easier. After all, you’re his person, and all his very best adventures have been with you. Rest easy sweet Leo.
I looked up, saw the hotel we stayed in the night before and realized we drove two hours in the wrong direction…. but before I tell you about that let me just say that the Grand Tetons have been calling me…. no really they have. I’ve been wanting to go for a while and last week Jamie and I finally made the 9 hour drive and it was glorious!
The first night we drove up to Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area. If you don’t know about that park it sits on the border of Utah and Wyoming and it’s beautiful. I’m going to assume not many people know of it because we drove around for hours and never saw a single soul. The water was beautiful and the sunset was magnificent. It seemed like it lasted for days and I loved every minute of it.
We spent the night in a hotel near the Flaming Gorge and the next day we were going to finish our drive to Jackson Hole. About 45 minutes into our drive we saw a sign that said “Wild Horse Loop” um wild horses, yes, please! Besides what’s a road trip without a detour?
I love seeing wild horses, and the thought of photographing some made me so excited. We decided we’d follow the loop and then finish our drive to Jackson. We thought it would take us an hour or so and then we be back on the highway after having seen wild horses running through beautiful Wyoming country. Ha!
We drove for about 50 minutes before we saw any horses. They were beautiful and I was really excited to see them. But they were pretty far off and it was mid day so they were pretty much just resting and trying to keep cool. I took a few photos and we just sat and watched them for a bit. Then decided it was time to move on. We drove a few more minutes until we saw “civilization” we realized we weren’t really driving a loop it was brining us to another highway. We continued to drive towards the highway and we’re reading the signs trying to figure out where we are when I noticed the hotel we stayed in the night before. You’ve got to be kidding me! The loop brought us back to our hotel. The wild horses we drove two hours to see were five minutes from our hotel. Oh those detours!
The next stop was Grand Teton National Park. It was amazing. I had actually been there before but it had been a while. We jumped into Jenny Lake, hiked around, and took photos. The park is just gorgeous and every thing I hoped it would be, except for the lack of dogs!
All I kept thinking was I really wish I had a dog to photograph here. Of course later that night I had a dog photography session with an incredibly sweet and friendly yellow lab named Brandy.
Brandy and her mama took us to their favorite secret swimming hole. Nope, don’t ask me where it’s at. I promised I’d never tell. We had an amazing time jumping and playing in the water. I took out my new underwater housing and tested it out on Brandy. She was so eager to jump in and swim around. I had her mom throw her ball towards me. She was so cautious because she didn’t want to hit me with the ball but I really wanted Brandy swimming right at me so I kept telling her to try to hit me in the head with the ball. Lol. She never did, I had to call my husband over, I thought maybe he’d love to hit me with a ball after spending the last few days in the car with me and hearing me sing for hours on end. But I had to beg him to hit me with the ball too. Oh the sweet things my husband does for me if I ask him.
Here are a few photos of Brandy the very friendly yellow lab chasing after her ball in the water. Oh I love it!
We had such a great time in Jackson Hole I’m already planning another trip there in the fall. In the meantime I have pet photography sessions in Denver and around Colorado and plan on taking lots of underwater photos of dogs. I’m so excited for this summer!
If you’re interested in an underwater session with your dog anywhere in Colorado contact me to get more info.