I am so excited to introduce you all to Callie, a Dalmatian with brown spots (“liver” colored spots for all you fancy dog people)! I first met Callie and her mom a few years ago at a Blessing of the Animals event in Old Town San Diego. Her mom wasn’t really interested in photos at the time — a very talented set of studio photographers had just done some beautiful ones — but we chatted anyway. We stayed in touch and shortly after the event, I began doing graphic design work for the university she worked for (did you know I’m a graphic designer, too?).
Now, a few years later, Callie’s mom is at a new company and I am so lucky to be doing work for them, too! During one of our big projects together, I ran a completely unrelated contest on my Facebook page (if you’re not a fan, go “Like” me right now!). I told Callie’s mom about it and she entered. The entrants had to share a photo of their faithful companions and write a little something about why they are thankful for their furry friends. The person with the most “likes” on their photo won a session with me. Can you guess who won? Callie did! We were both so excited!
Callie is a total mama’s girl. She is always watching her mom, no matter what… well, unless there are birds… then she’s plotting their demise. Thankfully, no birds were harmed in the making of her photos, although some did wander dangerously close. With people, though, Callie is such love. I even got bathed in kisses — which you all know I adore!
We decided to have our session over at Petco Park in Downtown San Diego. We wandered around the outside and into the Park-in-the-Park. It was SO perfect! The grass was so green, the trees were blooming, and there were so many fun backgrounds to photograph Callie on. An added bonus is that there’s a firehouse directly across the street from the Park… of course I had to photograph her against the red door… she’s a Dalmatian, after all!
We had such a wonderful morning together and I am thrilled with how the photos came out… be sure to leave a comment below and tell me which one is your favorite!
You guys all know I have a soft spot for the senior pups, so you can imagine how excited I was when 13-year-old Jerome & 11-year-old Lucille’s mom booked a session for them with me! Jerome is a Rottweiler who was adopted from the Humane Society. Lucille is a Chocolate Labrador who was adopted from a family whose litter needed good homes. Well, let me tell you… these dogs could not have gotten any luckier. Their lives have been FILLED with love. I could tell the moment I walked into their home how happy and content they both are.
I have to get off track for a minute and tell you about Jerome & Lucille’s two human siblings. The youngest is a little boy who — ten seconds after meeting me — wanted to come hang out in my arms… and I was happy to oblige! He is such an easy-going kid, I couldn’t get over it! The oldest is a little girl who is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. She came right over to me and said, “I have hairspray just like yours! You know how I know?” “How?,” I asked curiously (since I wasn’t wearing any hairspray). “Because mine turns my hair PINK and your hair is RED!,” she replied in such a matter-of-fact manner, I simply couldn’t argue. So, we bonded instantly over our love of unusual hair colors. I didn’t tell her mine was dyed… I didn’t want to give her any big ideas. You’re welcome, parents. :)
In all the work I do with rescues, I often hear stories of when parents have “real” kids, the dogs just get pushed aside. It was so clear that this was NOT the case in this household. When mom asked for a special photo of “all the kids,” it just made my heart smile (you’ll see that photo a little later on). I love working with people who see their dogs as their furry kids and group them in with the human ones. I just had such a great time working with this family and capturing memories for them to treasure for many years to come!
And now on to the photos…
Bailey & Tucker are two rescue pups who are just full of personality! Bailey is a 12-year-old Collie/Australian Shepherd mix who was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina. She has traveled with her moms all around the country and has lived in North Carolina, Washington, and California! While in Washington, her moms decided she needed a friend… so, they adopted an Australian Cattledog/Doberman mix named Tucker who is now 6-years-old. Tucker reminds me so much of my Roxy — they have the same facial expressions and body (although Tucker is a bit larger than Roxy)!
We started our session at a little park on Coronado island, just across from the San Diego skyline. Both Bailey and Tucker were pretty distracted by the ducks quacking and swimming by, but we were able to keep their attention with the announcement of “biskies” — their word for treats! For a bisky, they would do anything!
After the posed shots, we headed over to Dog Beach for some fun in the sun, sand, and surf. Bailey and Tucker couldn’t wait! They took off running, sand flying behind them, as soon as their leashes came off. They were so full of joy on the beach; I’m not sure if there’s a happier place on earth. Their moms threw toys while Bailey and Tucker ran and ran and ran. I hunkered down on a towel on the sand and captured what transpired.
I just loved being able to capture the bond between these two pups and their moms. Together, they make up a family full of so much love and happiness!
Some of you may remember Emma, the adorable Border Collie I photographed in the summer of 2012. Well, she’s back… but this time she’s in the studio!
Emma has been through a lot this year — she ruptured the flexor tendon in one of her toes and had to have surgery. Being a young, energetic Border Collie, she just couldn’t want to get back to running around and she re-injured her toe, requiring an additional surgery! The poor girl (and poor parents)! Luckily, she’s feeling better now!
I was so excited to get an email from Emma’s mom about wanting some new photos of Emma and themselves for their Christmas card and around the house. We had an on-location shoot the last time, so they opted for the studio for this session. With Emma’s black & white coloring and her striking golden eyes, we just had to put her on the blue backdrop! I think it was a wise choice. :)
I absolutely adore this little girl. Emma is always so happy and she loves her mom and dad dearly… she never takes her eyes off her mom, who has done an incredible job teaching Emma good manners and lots of fun tricks (sit, wait, down, head down, wave hello!, and wave goodbye!). Plus, Emma gives me kisses… lots and lots and lots of kisses… so she occupies a big place in my heart.
Take a look at this goofball, then be sure to leave a comment below! And now, I give you… Emma!
Tomac & Dodge’s mom won a session with me through the Project Wildlife “We Like It Wild” silent auction… and I am so glad she did! These two are the scruffiest, goofiest, most lovable German Wirehaired Pointers around. When I rang the doorbell, I heard a huge commotion on the other side of the door. I think Tomac & Dodge knew that it was time for fun and treats — they even dropped their favorite chewies to greet me with sniffs and kisses. I greeted them with head pats and eventually belly rubs. Well, the belly rubs got them because soon I had two big dogs who wanted to sit in my lap. I loved it!
“Welcome, welcome, oh glorious treat lady!” –Dodge (left) & Tomac (right)
Once I convinced these two to hop off my lap and get started, they were happy to oblige… for cookies, of course. We shot indoors and out, letting each goofball really show off his personality. You might notice Tomac is rather wet in some of the shots — when we first went outside, he raced down the stairs and leapt into the pool. Hah!
After our outdoor excursion, we headed back inside to one of Tomac & Dodge’s favorite places: their mom and dad’s bed. They hopped right up and told me how this is their bed, but they let their parents sleep here at night. As you can tell from these shots, they weren’t fibbing: they definitely own the bed.
We wrapped up the session when Tomac & Dodge started to get tired and ready for dinner (don’t ask me how they were ready to eat after all the treats they got from me, though!). I really enjoyed photographing these two and truly appreciate the donation that was made to Project Wildlife’s silent auction to win the session with me.