Dropping to my knees, slithering on my belly, running here and there in zig-zag fashion, all the while making strange noises, does draw a few strange looks from passerby.  I’m used to it:  I’m a pet photographer.

One of the difficulties of being a photographer is trying to carve out time to photograph my own loved ones.  Almost weekly, I find myself encouraging someone not to wait, yet I myself find it all too easy to say “Next week when I’m not so busy…”  But “next week” is always busy.   So on a recent trip from Placerville to San Francisco to meet with a dog training client, I decided to bring my own dogs, and my camera, and visit our old stomping grounds, and the best place on the planet:  Fort Funston.  I let the dogs simply romp and have fun, and didn’t try to pose them or control things in any way.  I watched, enjoying their enjoyment, and let the right moments, photographically speaking, find me.

Luna had to stop and rest many times, and watching her was a bittersweet:  a reminder of how precious our time together is, and how important it is to live in the moment with her, but also to preserve those moments regularly with photographs.  Vesta is in the prime of life, and can run forever, then still strike a pose like doggie supermodel!

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I’m feverishly working on the final details for the Horse Photography & Business workshop I will be co-teaching with Suzon Murray of Fuzzywunkle, September 18-20, 2015 in Castro Valley, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area).   We will be covering business & marketing skills and information, editing & post-processing fundamentals, portfolio development and review, and of course we have lined up some great horses and models for multiple photoshoots.  Cost for this 3-day intensive workshop will be $1495, but if you sign up before June 15th, you will receive the Earlybird price of $1195.

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Stay tuned for updates….  In the meantime, I leave you with this image I took last year at Return to Freedom wild horse sanctuary.   🙂

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A beautiful horse in the Shelton Herd at Return to Freedom wild horse sanctuary.

Whether it’s a purple toy, an enormous stick, or a treat in between poses, Ernie prefers to have something in his mouth most of the time.  Ernie is the quintessential labrador retriever puppy.  Our fun photography session involved playing games, fetching, training, hiking, and basically doing everything lab puppies like to do.  I was able to spend lots of time creating the perfect images from Ernie’s session which was an add-on to his 4-week Puppy Training Camp stay at Sierra Dogs in Placerville, California (Ernie lives in San Jose, California, but it’s not uncommon to have puppies from all over the San Francisco Bay Area come here for training and for photographs).  For more about session pricing, including boarding/training add-on specials, visit our photography pricing page.

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At the viewing session, the owner and I put together a package of products including a custom designed photo book, two large framed prints, a video slideshow, and a custom image sharing app to share with friends and family.  Here are a couple of the page spreads from his photo book:

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Sample page spread from Ernie’s custom photo book

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Sample page spread from Ernie’s custom photo book


And here is Ernie’s custom video slideshow documenting his photography session:

Bringing joy and healing to others is powerful and important, and we need to see more examples of that in action.  Which is why I’m very excited to announce a new volunteer relationship I formed with a wonderful equine therapy program in Auburn, California called Horses for Healing.  I have been photographing program participants, volunteers, and employees as they interact; the images will be used in a website redesign, and in other educational and promotional materials.  I feel so privileged to capture the work they do, and the joy it brings.   horsesforhealing_blog1 horsesforhealing_blog2 horsesforhealing_blog3 horsesforhealing_blog4 horsesforhealing_blog5 horsesforhealing_blog6 horsesforhealing_blog7

Sniffing among the leaves, romping along wooded trails — what a perfect winter day for a smiling bernese mountain dog puppy named Shasta!  Her owner requested a dog-only photography session for Shasta as an add-on to her boarding stay at Sierra Dogs, and he planned to give the photographs to his wife as a Christmas gift.  So I took Shasta for an enjoyable afternoon in a nearby woods, knowing that allowing Shasta to explore and enjoy herself would help me create images which really reveal her happy, sweet, and fun nature.  When the owner saw the photos, it was impossible for him to pick just one, so I created a beautiful book of all session images, plus a large canvas, prints, and a small accordion-style brag book.  I got an email this morning letting me know the gift, and the images, were a big hit, so now I’m free to share a few of the photographs.  This is why I love being a pet photographer!  Enjoy!

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