Maybe it's the country girl in me, but who else would love something like this hanging on their wall? You may be surprised that this farm scene was taken in the lush green midsummer. I love what the post-production editing process can do. As labour-intensive as it can be, results like this are very much worth the time to do and it's part of what I offer!
I am a bit sad to let go of summer, it's my favourite season, probably due in part to having the circulation of an ice cube. Though as the trees start their dormancy, our pets seem to come alive with the arrival of cool, fresh air. The backdrop of colour and the dimension crisp leaves add - it's not to be missed!
FUN FACT, apprently sheep can recognize up to fifty other sheep just by their faces, and remember ours as well.
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"Say cheese!!" 🧀
"Sit, stay, smile!" 😁
Yeah right, would be nice if it were that easy. Reality check: it rarely is when photographing animals, especially three furries at a time!
Whenever there is more than one dog, things can get... interesting. One dog might want to do it's own thing that day. Another could be more competitive with treats and move out of position. One might hold perfectly still, but the other prefers bouncing happily around like a giddy child because photos are FUN, right?
FEAR NOT, because despite any resistance, struggle, or outtake, the family portrait will come together in the end.
This happy trio are all in different stages of life, and the image was actually created with each pup seperately, moving them together in post-production where they will stay, on your wall, together forever.
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Sometimes a dog just steals your heart and there's nothing you can do to stop it. Okay, this happens more often than sometimes... all dog lovers know what this feels like. And I felt it with this guy! And pretty much every dog I meet for photos. But.. I have a special place in my heart for the "squish" breeds.
Arthur was the most fantastic model, even in the heat he was more than happy to share his modeling talents with us! Luckily we picked a nice park with shade and some water for him to cool down in. Brachycephalic dogs need some extra caution in the heat and he did just fine. We shared a lot of laughs, and Arthur received a lot of smiles and attention from kind people passing by.
Arthur is moving out of province soon and I'm so glad I was able to meet him and capture some beautiful moments for his momma.
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I am thrilled to be a part of the Open House event taking place at Happy Paws Dog Care Services in Mono, coming up in just two weeks time.
I will be there from 12-5 happily providing pet portraits on-site. Booking must be done in advance - please visit Happy Paws on Facebook or Instagram to choose your spot, there are only a few left.
This is a great dog-friendly and interactive event with plenty of activities and services, and I can't wait to see everyone there with their furry friends. The pet community is such a wonderful place to belong, so come meet myself and the other vendors, as well as Tanya and the trainers at Happy Paws!
Welcome to another edition of the blog. Just a quick look at what happens when a shoot doesn't go as expected!
The below image was from a winter day amongst weeks of extreme cold warnings that finally warmed up enough for me to try my new 70-200mm lens out in the field with our pug. However, my excitement to get out there was short lived, it was probably one of my most challenging situations. First reason being was I had a time limit. I avoid those in sessions for a reason, but continuing on, it seemed everywhere I wanted to use as a backdrop had knee-high snow that made it almost impossible to continue through. Every time I saw a nice spot, I ended up proceeding but then having to turn back around (time suck in an already limited morning). With time marching on, I finally had to just settle on the side of the path, in one of the more visually boring areas, where I could at least hunker down in the snow. Once I did that, my screen started fogging up due to condensation, so I had to shoot blindly at times, hoping my Nikon Z6 and Tamron lens combo was able to nail focus on it's own. Bear was running wild, making funny pug faces, and completely uninterested in paying attention (one reason I prefer using leashes to edit out!). My snowpants were a bit too tight (gained the Covid 15?) and coat a bit too long, which caused me not to be able to crawl around and follow him at the right angle for the shot. I milked all the seconds left, shrugged my shoulders, packed up and rushed home so I could make an appointment. When I finally got to check the back of my camera, I realized it wasn't a wash, and this is where editing really can make that wow factor in an image. Just look at the detail in Bear's face in the final. My zoom lens didn't let me down!
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