When things go bump in the night.  

It’s been a strange and incredibly sad year for me on many levels and an even more wonderful year on other levels. I’ve spent much time, maybe too much time thinking about what I want to do.

I want my pet photography to go a whole new direction. I still love photographing pets more than anything and I still walk away from a session with a high that is completely indescribable. But, I want more. I want to step away from the traditional photo and create more of an artistic image. I want to step back and be more of an observer than an active participant. I want to tell stories.

I captured this image of Sage and Glory at the end of the day. They had been playing non-stop all day outside. These two have a bond that goes deeper than most and the two puppies are totally devoted to each other. Sage was resting and Glory wanted more play time. I just sat back and watched them. This moment in time was a magical connection.

Connections are so important. Sometimes it is not two pets, but the human and the pet connection that is so special, so strong, so devoted. Those are the things I want to capture.

Everyday I am reminded of how quickly our time with our pets goes by. I want to stop that momentum of time, even if it is just through one frame. That moment, the connection, the unconditional love that lasts forever in our hearts. That’s what I want.

 

The sugar princess in all her Glory   

It’s been far too long since I have set up the lights and spent some time photographing our dogs. Glory is our princess. She rules the roost amongst her three brothers and if truth be told, us too. Glory is petite and tiny, but when she climbs into bed with me, she takes up a ton of room. She and her brother Sage are bonded through. Where one is, the other follows.

Glory and sage are our third set of litter mates. I love having litter mates, but at the end of life, hard decisions have to be made. I’m glad these two are only coming up on their birthdays next month. They should have a long and healthy life chasing around on the acre together.

two borzoi

Timber and Zip.  

It’s time for me to change out the photos in my gallery and as I was searching for photos, I came across this one of Timber and Zip down at the Riverfront in Salem. I’m really missing my long days right now. I don’t mind the bareness of winter, but I really miss the longer days. The chickens miss the longer days.

We’ve passed the shortest day of the year and now I am looking forward to spring, summer and fall photos.

Borzoi with Santa Paws

Zip, Timber, Santa Paws, Sage and Glory.  

My final post with Santa Paws. We had the best time this year and I will always be so appreciative for Santa Paws making a trek from Arizona to Oregon for one more opportunity to do Santa Paws photos.

Here’s to a wonderful New Year and many thanks to everyone that supported us this year.

Santa Paws and our chickens

Santa Paws and our chickens.  

I can’t believe it almost time to quit playing with Santa Paws. This year was especially delightful because we got to do something different. Hosting him at our house was perfect because it gave us a chance to sit all of the chickens on lap.