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Lost in desire

Borzoi eating an apple
Sage enjoying an apple

Observing pets is one of the best assets I bring to my client’s session. Once I start to photograph a pet, I’m so focused that very little conversation will come from me. All of my attention is focused to my model. In every corner of my brain, resides a list of all of the images that I want to get during the session. I’m watching every move, hoping beyond hope to anticipate the next perfect image.

Capture the magic on a summer eve

This summer I want to capture more evening sessions. We don’t water the through the grass throughout the gardens, that would be a waste of resources, but none-the-less, the gardens themselves are lovely and the evening light captures every moment of an animal’s soul so exquisitely.

Many times during the summer, I’ll grab my camera and just go out to observe. Sage is munching on one of the fallen apples so this is must have been taken in late summer, early fall. Sage has the most expressive face of all our dogs.

We’ve already begun our work preparing the garden beds, I am suffering from a big case of spring fever. And, even more important, I have a new surprise for pets and their families. I’m pretty excited for it to make its debut in the gardens. A few coats of paint is all we need now.

Have you booked your session yet?

Make 2020 the year you have family photos taken with your pet. No one has ever regretted having professional portraits done. Many have regretted never having done it. Call me and we can talk through the process. Would you like to the beach? Evening photos at the beach can be spectacular.

Call me to capture the spirit and soul of your pet through the lens.

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Dexter, a little guy on a mission

painted portrait of a dachshund
Painted portrait of Dexter

Dexter came for a portrait session the end of November. He’d recently been diagnosed with a malignant tumor over his right eye. He had no problem sniffing around the acre though. He had such joy checking out every little nook and cranny. So much so that I had a hard time getting him to stand still long enough to get a portrait. Photographing dachshunds means I have to get really low with the camera.

This is his painted portrait that I did in Photoshop.

Dexter was also blind, so I tried to work with eyes to remove the glow the best I could.

Portrait of a dachshund
Dexter after editing his original photo

This was his photo after editing in Photoshop. When editing like this, my rule of thumb is to only do what looks natural.

He is such a sweet little guy. So happy and true testament of how nothing was gonna hold him back.

Dexter and LG

When we set up Dexter’s session, they mentioned his little brother LG and I said of course, bring him along. LG is Dexter’s matching chihuahua. They were adorable together even though they were completely oblivious of the other.

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All for the love of Hope

Pitbull puppy laying on an antique sofa.
Hope, available for adoption through Second Chance Adoption

I think my most favorite part of pet photography is doing the adoption photos. There have been countless articles written about how important a good photograph is to getting an animal adopted. I have always been more than willing to help but the reality is love doing the photography. I have patience and stick-to-itness to work with any animal, no matter how shy or fearful. And truth be told, the shy ones are my favorite.

Pitbull puppy sitting on an antique sofa
Hope

Hope is the puppy of your dreams. She sits, she shakes, she’s totally food motivated and when I asked if she could do a down it took a few tries and she had it.

I’m not even going to go into how stinking cute she is. She’s outgoing and friendly, I don’t think there is even a stranger in her world. And as a future fashion model, this girl is going to steal the show every single time. My only regret is that it was raining and we couldn’t get her out into the gardens. I suspect she would have loved exploring and running around though.

Hope is available for adoption through Second Chance Salem. They are accepting applications for her now.

Painted portrait of Hope

She was such an amazing pup, I decided to spend a little time painting her last night in Photoshop, something I love to dabble with.

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A selfie with your pet

little girl and her dog
Terri and Muffin, ca. 1973

There aren’t many pictures of me and I remember when my mom took this one. It must have been before an orchestra concert. This was probably the only picture I had with a pet, and for that I am so thankful to have it. I had four pets growing up. Duffy was a siamese, Dutch was a schnauzer, Mittens was an orange tiger stripe kitty, and Muffin the poodle. I have this one and one other one of Muffin. I don’t have any photos of my other pets.

Christine and Bea

I’ve been doing portraits of Christine and her greyhounds for several years. I look forward to this portrait session every year. I really believe that lucky are the people that can look back year-after-year at their pictures with their pets.

I only wish I had started taking pictures with our pets a long time ago and not focus on how bad I looked. That is the only thing I regret, the one thing I wish I had done.

Anne and Phoenix

I love watching the connections between the two. The bond between the human and the pet is incredible and you can see it in everything.

Erin and Lola

Make 2020 the year you look forward to with a Selfie with your pet and for every year forward.

Timber and I

And if you want to know if I followed my own advice? I can honestly say yes. A few years ago I went up to Portland Pin-ups for an incredibly fun afternoon and photo session for myself. The big red dawg made a cameo appearance. I wished I could have been thinner, my hair longer and I knew how to play in front of the camera better, but I am so glad I had this experience and I’m even happier I have the photos.

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Clara the pocket wiemie

Portrait of a gray ghost Weimaraner
Clara, available for adoption through Oregon Weimaraner Rescue

It’s her eyes. Clara has the sweetest, softest blue green eyes I have ever seen. She didn’t know me from anyone. She was ever so shy and watched every move I made while still keeping a close eye on her foster family. Looking into her eyes, I see how longing she is for a family to call her own. Someone kind and gentle. Someone to love her as much as she promises to love them.

Meet Clara, she is approximately one year old and available for adoption through Oregon Weimaraner Rescue.

Portrait of a female Weimaraner
Tiny Clara, a pocket Weimaraner

Clara was picked up as a stray and found herself quite unhappy at the shelter. Her foster parents quickly retrieved her and it has been smooth sailing for Clara ever since.

She’s currently bunking up with another pair of weimies and is learning all about house life. Her new friends are teaching her to go outdoors to take care of business and most importantly, they are teaching her all about the joy of toys and the importance of couch snuggling.

She’s a tiny girl weighing in at 40 lbs.

Weimaraner in front of a barn quilt.
On the path to finding a forever home.

While my first inclination was to scoop this sweet girl up and give her a million smooches, she was shy and I was sure to respect her wishes. It won’t take her long to warm up to her new family though. She had already warmed up and was learning to trust her new foster family. She listened well and watched their every move. Fortunately for her, they never got very far away.

Portrait of a Weimaraner in front of a barn
Are you ready to share your coffee?

Clara was more than happy to do what I asked of her. I put her through a few gentle paces to get perfect adoption photos and she performed as if she belonged in front of the camera.

Clara is going to make someone an awesome family member. If you are thinking about adopting a Weimaraner, may I suggest Clara through Oregon Weimaraner Rescue

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