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And the 2012 Puppy Love 5K photo contest winner is…

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the blog and voted! It was really a fun contest to watch. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. I wanted to give everyone a little something for participating, so here’s how I’ve added to the original contest:

• FIRST PLACE: Free pet portrait photo session with me to be scheduled within 3 months

• SECOND PLACE: $100 toward prints and products when a session is scheduled within 1 month

• THIRD PLACE: $75 toward prints and products when a session is scheduled within 1 month

• ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS: $50 toward prints and products when a session is scheduled within 1 month

And now, without further ado, with 333 “likes,” the winner of the 2012 Puppy Love 5K Pet Portrait Photo Contest is…
2012 Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk Pet Portrait Photo Contest Winner

In second place, with 212 “likes” is…
2012 Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk Pet Portrait Photo Contest 2nd Place

In third place, with 157 “likes” is…
2012 Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk Pet Portrait Photo Contest 3rd Place

If you’re ready to book your session, check out the details and then give me a call or shoot me an email.

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by!

52 on Friday (Week 8): Reflections

This week’s theme is “reflections.” While I’m sure the idea was supposed to be about physical reflections in mirrors, puddles and so forth, this week I had the opportunity to do some personal reflecting…

Being a one-person business working out of her home, it’s hard to take a break. I feel guilty telling my clients that I’m not going to be around. And even when I do take a vacation, I find that I can’t leave my computer at home and I make myself available to take care of projects.

About a month ago, Greg (the hubby) decided he needed a vacation and I know he could tell that I did, too. He booked us a cabin in Big Bear at Cienaga Creek Ranch — without asking me, of course, because he knew my answer would be, “I can’t!” Our cabin sat in the woods on 10 acres all by itself. It was pet-friendly and leash-free. It had a wood-burning stove. There was no cable, no land-line phone, no cell phone coverage, and certainly no internet. In other words, it was PERFECT.

Greg, Roxy, and I headed up there this past Sunday and returned on Wednesday. Being “forced” to disconnect from technology allowed me to unwind, to relax, and reflect on what’s important. I love my work and I love my clients, but I often forget that I need to take some time away from it all to lighten up, play, and recharge that internal battery of mine. I need to take the time to relax. I need to take time to throw a stick or a ball for Roxy. I need to take time to do the things that make me happiest… and I need to do them more often.

This was the great cabin we stayed in. When we arrived, we found a personalized note welcoming us along with fresh baked cinnamon rolls smothered in frosting. The owners delivered a different fresh baked goody each day. Oh, do they know the way to my heart.

Our cabin complete with fresh baked goodies © Westway Studio

Our first night there, Greg, Roxy, and I went outside to look at the stars. There was no ambient light from nearby houses and we couldn’t get over just how many stars there are in the sky. This was a key moment of personal reflection for me: with as big as the universe is, I think tiny-little-me can take a break sometimes without the world coming to a screeching halt.

Starry Nights © Westway Studio

On Tuesday, we went hiking. It was a gorgeous day and being out in the crisp mountain air did me good. We even saw a bear track in the snow!

Hiking © Westway Studio

But out of all the memories from this trip, Roxy playing in the snow was by far the best. She is happiest outside, hiking, chasing sticks, and running after small critters. I believe she is a true reflection of me: I love being outside in nature, I love hiking, I love listening to the birds, and I love the warmth of the sun on a crisp day… but most of all, I love doing all those things with my puppy by my side.

Snow Puppy © Westway Studio

Snow Puppy © Westway Studio

Snow Puppy © Westway Studio

Now it’s time to head on over to Cynthia Wood’s blog and see what she came up with for the “reflections” theme! Don’t forget to follow the blog ring all the way around until you end up back here!

52 on Friday (Week 7): Mood

This week’s 52 Project theme is “mood.” It was Valentine’s Day and, therefore, my girl had to live it up in style. She had a pet-i-cure by the lovely, wonderful Tess and she was was in a “chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool” mood (10 points to whoever names that song!). Who’s loved and pampered? Roxy is, for sure.

Roxy having a peticure

Now head on over to Karla Ogilvie’s blog to see what “mood” she was in this week… then be sure to follow the blog ring through these links ’till you end up back here!

2012 HWAC Puppy Love 5K Photo Contest

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Helen Woodward Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk this past Sunday! I had a great time meeting so many people and their adorable pooches!

Westway Studio booth at the 2012 Helen Woodward Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk


• You can “like” as many photos as you want, but you can only “like” it once.

Technical note: To keep things fair, there’s only one “like” per IP address. If, for example, you have a network set up where multiple computers access the internet through a router, you may only get one vote for the entire household/workplace. If this happens, please don’t worry! Others outside your network will still be able to vote!

• Voting closes Friday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.

There are 74 entries in this contest so put your game faces on… and if you really want to win, you’re going to need to share this page with every friend and family member you can think of!

• The dog with the most “likes” will win a FREE pet portrait photo sitting with me.

The session is valued at $190 and includes up to two pets living in the same household, travel within 30 minutes of the Sorrento Valley area, approximately 2 hours of my time and talent to photograph your pet, the processing of approximately 30 images, a casual ordering session at Westway Studio, and all edited photos posted online for 30 days for viewing and sharing after your ordering session. As with all regular sessions, there is a $300 minimum print product order requirement and all prints and digital files are purchased separately.


All of the images you see are copyrighted and are the sole property of Westway Studio. Please do not copy them. I pay my bills through my art; it is my livelihood. If you love your pet’s photo so much that you would like a print or digital copy, please email me or give me a call.


52 on Friday (Week 6): Noses

This week’s theme is “noses.” Ooh, how I love noses! Puppy noses, kitty noses, horse noses… I love them all. I have so many favorite nose shots that I couldn’t pick just one, so here are a few from recent sessions.

First up is Roxy, my sweet little Snooty McSnootikins… we were at The Ranch and she was oh-so-happy!

Next up is Maggie the Bassador. Can you even take the cuteness of those wispy hairs around her mouth?

And Lesa the English Bulldog. Look at that little nose and that smile! Love!

And Lucci the Missouri Fox Trotter… Food? Is that a piece of food? What’s in your hand? Food? Mmm, must be food.

Now head on over to Tiffany Haulton’s blog to see some more cute noses, then follow the blog ring all the way around ’till you end up back here.