Portland & Salem Oregon

Pet Photography





Fluffy is as fluffy does

Portrait of a sheepadoodle
Mandu, a sheepadoodle

I miss my sessions

March 15. 42 days. That was last pet session and I really miss them. I am doing fine working from home and I realize how lucky we are.

I can honestly say, I have used my time wisely. I am photographing one of our pets nearly every day and tinkering with a different editing style. I have ideas and plans for when we can do pet sessions again.

This little beauty is Mandu. I met her Albany and was so excited for her to come to the studio in Salem.

What do sessions look like?

Portrait of a sheepadoodle
Look over your shoulder

In the studio

I like to start my sessions in the studio. Somedays I love the glamour portrait. I love the simplicity, the elegance and the peaceful setting of a studio. The creative options are endless and the lighting is nearly 100% predictable. My little rustic studio is in the garage and it’s perfect.

  • Accident? No problem, let me take a minute to clean up.
  • Timid and scared? No worries, we have the time (I will rarely do more than one session a day) and little one, there’s lot’s of room, just have your human sit with your for a few minutes.
  • Can’t be off leash? This is even better, once that garage door goes down and we leave the garage, we go out to 6 foot fenced acre.

The glorious outdoor studio

Sheepadoodle running
An acre to run on

This is really where the fun begins. I also really love the look of animals in an outdoor setting. It’s natural, it’s always beautiful, and nearly every dog that has been to visit the studio loves it the best. We have pet-friendly gardens everywhere.

The first order of business for every dog that comes to the studio is sniff and race patrol. It’s a smorgasbord for the sniffer and even the shyest of dogs can’t contain their delight as they check out every inch of the fence line. I like to think of this as a model break. They worked hard in the studio to master the right poses and even though we try to pay them well, the romp on the acre is a well-deserved break.

The family portrait

Family portrait with sheepadoodle
The family, perhaps one of the most important photos of the session

I always encourage the family to have a portrait with their pet. When it’s time to pick out your package, you don’t have to purchase any particular photo, but if we don’t take a family portrait, we don’t have one. And, I think it’s a loss. We did a big family portrait a few years ago with all of our pets and it is one of my favorite images. I will never regret taking the time and trust me when I tell you it took a long time for me to agree to do it. Now, I’m planning the next one.

The session bonus

Sheepadoodle sitting in a lawn chair
Modeling can be exhausting

When a session is done, nearly every dog needs a long nap. My favorite report is when I hear that the dogs slept all the way home.

That almost always means they had as much fun with their session as I did.

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  • Pat SolomonApril 25, 2020 - 10:06 pm

    What a wonderful snapshot of a session. You are so talented, positive, and you capture the personalities so well. We cherish our session with sassy gal, Tessa LaRue Solomon, the Pug Princess. ReplyCancel

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My little rustic studio is located in the heart of the Willamette Valley. Nestled in NE Salem each session begins in the studio with lighting and ends with a romp in our pet-friendly acre of gardens.





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