A Birthday Cake for a Pet Photographer

I’m not one to announce my own birthday under normal circumstances but my husband had this awesome cake made for me and I had to show it off. I think this might be the best cake ever. It’s dog photography in food form.

He sent the baker several of the photos I’ve taken and she used them to make this masterpiece. Of course I had to pause the celebration to take a few photos of it. Come on, I’m a photographer, it’s to be expected.

We had a really hard time cutting the cake, no one wanted to cut any of the pieces that had dogs on them. However, once we finally got the cake cut it was pretty darn tasty.


A pet photographers birthday cake
Pet photography in food form

What was that? You want to know what I wished for? I can’t tell you or it won’t come true.



Chasing My Dreams in the Grand Tetons

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!

Jackson Hole, Wyoming road trip photos.

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!

Brandy swimming
Brandy swimming after her ball
yellow lab swimming in lake
Brandy swimming in her very favorite spot

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.

Morrison Pet Photography Session | Red Rocks Park | Corgi’s Sophie and Henry

It’s not every day I get to photograph two adorable Corgis but when I do, it sure is a lot of fun.

These two adorable friends are hilarious together. Henry is all about following directions and Sophie is all about being the clown.  And heaven help you if you walk by the two of them, there is no way you can resist their charms. You must pet them! And when you do Sophie will make sure you pet her more.

We had a great time at their dog photography session at Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado. The weather was great and we got to take a nice long walk along the trading post trail.

It’s perfect there in the spring with the wildflowers blooming and huge puffy white clouds floating in the sky. There were a lot of people running, biking, hiking and most of them were pretty excited to see Henry and Sophie. We had a few people stop to take photos of me taking photos of them. It makes me laugh a little that people tend to be very excited to see a pet photography session in process. I promise whenever I’ve photographed humans it doesn’t draw the same attention.

Check out Henry and Sophie’s photos below. I think they did a great job posing for and smiling for me. They are so stinkin’ cute!

Happy Henry on the Trading Post Trail in Red Rocks
Henry the Corgi at Trading Post Trail in Morrison, Colorado.
Sophie giving her best grin at Red Rocks
Sophie sitting on a rock on Red Rocks Road in Morrison, Colorado.
Henry sitting on a bridge in Red Rocks Park
Henry the corgi on wood bridge in Morrison, Colorado.
Sophie looking adorable in front of wildflowers in Morrison, Colorado
Sophie doing her best head tilt in front of wildflowers in Morrison, Colorado.
Henry the Corgi perfecting his smile
Henry the corgi dog smiling on a hiking trail at Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado
Sophie is having a great hike
Sophie the Corgi practicing the perfect pose on a hiking trail in Morrison, Colorado.
Corgi's Sophie and Henry pose for the perfect photo in Red Rocks Park.
Two corgis Henry and Sophie posing for photo in Morrison, Colorado.





Contact StinkDog Photos to schedule your dog’s portrait session at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. It’s quintessential Colorado and one of my favorite places on earth.

How Much is an 8 x 10? The Answer is… You Don’t Want an 8 x 10 Anyway!

How much is an 8×10? I get this question a lot when people are first inquiring about a pet photography session. The answer is do you even want an 8 x 10? Probably not. Here’s why:

What to think about when cropping an image.

First, a lot of cameras today are formatted for 8 x 12 not 8 x 10. In order to print an 8 x 10 photo you’d have to crop a significant portion of the image. You’d be missing a large portion of the photo. Sometimes that won’t matter much but most of the time cutting that much of the photo off makes a dramatic difference in how it looks.

In the images below you can see the first photo is the original format. This is the way I see it when I’m taking the photo. There is visual space to give the subjects room.

8 x 12 print of a silhouette
8 x 12 camera format

You can see here how much space you are really cropping off the photo here.

You can see how much cropping from 8 x 12 to 8 x 10
how much are you cropping that photo?

The result changes the feeling of the photo. Instead of the feeling of freedom, fun, and energy, the subjects are cramped. There’s no room to move.

cropping to 8 x 10 changes the feeling of the photo
cropping too much changes the feeling of the photo

Sometimes the cropped image won’t be so dramatic. Like with these images of Poppy the Chihuahua below.

Poppy has plenty of space in this 8 x 12 crop
printing an 8 x 12 or 8 x 10
Poppy 8 x 10
printing 8 x 10 or 8 x 12

Both images are lovely and you don’t get a dramatic change in feeling.

What to think about when you display your prints.

Here’s another reason why you shouldn’t worry about how much an 8 x 10 is. You should think about the space you’d like to display your photos. Depending on the space an 8 x 10 print might look completely ridiculous. You can see in the photos below, the print in the dinning room is 30 x 40. It looks fantastic and fits the space.

This 30 x 40 print looks impressive in the dinning room
printing for the space

Here an 8 x 10 looks insignificant and inappropriate for the same space.

An 8 x 10 look small and insignificant.
printing photos for your living space
But how else can I compare prices?

I realize that most people are asking this question because they want to compare prices between myself and a competitor but just asking the price of an 8 x 10 can be deceiving. First, my 8 x 10 prints might be a different quality than another photographer’s 8 x 10. They might charge less money but maybe you’re getting a flimsy print that looks the same as the print you got from a local drugstore. The prints I carry are beautiful, thick, luxurious paper. I know you can’t get them at the local drugstore. So a difference in price might be because of a significant difference in quality. Or perhaps it’s service, does the other photographer fully edit the photos? Perhaps not.

Second, how much is the session fee for a pet photography session in Denver and what does it include? Some photographers include the digitals in the session fee and it makes the overall price sound cheaper. However, you still have the burden and cost of printing those photos so the price they quote isn’t going to be your finished price.

Not to mention some people end up never printing their photos, it stays on their to do list until they lose the digitals due to technology upgrades, viruses, or even theft of a computer. Then of course it’s too late and you spent all that money for nothing.

Some people do print the photos but by the time you add on the printing you might have spent more money than if you had hired a photographer that does the printing for you.

So a great question to ask is how much does your average customer spend? That can give you an idea of what people typically spend with that photographer.

Another way to ask about prices is to tell the photographer what you are interested in. I’m interested in wall art for my dinning room, how much do you anticipate I’ll spend? Or I’m interested in a top of the line album with about 30 to 45 photos, how much would that cost?

Don’t be afraid to tell them what your budget is. If you have $500 for your budget tell them. They can show you what the best quality print will be or show you how you can get the most with that budget.

Maybe you aren’t quite sure what you want yet. Take the time to set up a pre-consult with your photographer to see the samples and go over the pricing. Most of the time photographers will do this as a complimentary service. The quality of printed products can change significantly between photographers and so can the service so you would be doing yourself a favor in the long run by taking the time before you hire a pet photographer to meet with them.

There is more than one way to hang a photo! An 8 x 10 probably isn’t the best one.



If you’re interested in a complimentary pre-consult to see the products I carry or you are interested in our pet photography inquiry guide that has all the info you need for a dog photography session with StinkDog Photos contact us here.


Keeping Your Dog Cool During Summer Heat Waves

Today in Denver the temperature will climb to 102 degrees. It’s easy to stay inside and keep the air conditioning on high and hope temperatures lower quickly. Of course not only is that not practical it’s not necessarily fun either.

If you live near a body of water and your dog loves to swim you’ve got it made. But what about the rest of us?

Not everyone has the luxury of living near a body of water their dog is allowed to swim in.

Here are a few ideas to keep your dog cool.

1.) Walk your dog early in the morning and late at night. Aside from being uncomfortably hot, it’s not good for their paws and can actually burn their paw pads. Think of it this way if it’s too uncomfortable for you to walk barefoot across the street it’s too hot on your dogs paws.

2.) If your dog wants to sit outside in the back yard as mine often does please make sure your dog has shade to rest in and water in their dish outside. You can even place ice cubes in their water dish to keep it nice and cool. Make sure you check on them frequently or better yet stay outside with them and make them come inside to cool off.

3.) A kiddie pool filled with water might just the kind of thing your dog loves. Boo doesn’t mind getting in ankle deep to fetch a toy but he’s not much of a swimmer so I need to find reasons for him to want to get in the water. Throwing a few floating toys in the pool usually does the trick.

4.) Fresh fruit treats. Some fresh fruits are healthy for your dog. Take a few and put them in a stuff toy like a Kong or Tux and freeze them. Boo is a fan of watermelon so I slice it up and use a bone cookie cutter to give it a cute shape and toss them in the freezer to give him a cool treat. If your dog isn’t a fan of fruit you can use bone broths to make popsicles as well.

Fresh fruit your dog can eat

Fresh fruit you can give to your dog5.) Elevated pet beds can help keep your dog comfortable by allowing air to circulate underneath them.

6.) Find games to play inside instead of outside. We play hide and seek with Boo a lot. I’ll hide with a treat in my hand when he finds me he gets the treat. It’s fun if you have another person to play with and you can take turns hiding. If hide and seek isn’t your thing, puzzle toys can keep your dog active inside so they can play in cooler air.

Stay cool friends and feel free to comment below. How do you keep your dog cool in hot weather?