Oh my Dog! Emma could be the most sweet, sugar-coated, melt-in-your-mouth kinda pup I know. This little angel was a true gem during our session and she gave me some of my new favorite images. Her session took place at one of my favorite locations and we were able to explore and enjoy the lovely Fall colors. The sun...
The fall colors popped a little later than usual this year so Abby's family lucked out during their session. We thought we'd miss prime leaf-changing but Mother Nature surprised us!
Dear Abby's session (get it? hehe!) turned out to have some of the best color of all my Fall sessions. And Abby's gorgeous coloring was just the icing on the gold and orange cake!
Our session took place at Jetton Park on the banks...
Back in the day, I learned photography with black-and-white film. I developed my own negatives, printed my own prints, and even made a make-shift darkroom in the laundry room of one of my apartments while in college. Needless to say, black-and-white images hold a near and dear place in my heart. However, typically with pet photography, the gorgeous sunlight and outdoor locations really scream for color. I typically only convert images to black-and-white when people are included in the shots. This allows the emotion and connection between subjects to shine through. Strangely, when I was editing Simone's gallery, something just begged for black-and-white conversions. I don't know if it was the indoor location, the beautiful "eyeliner" around her eyes, or the dynamics of a kitty-cat's life. I grinned from ear to ear when I saw how lovely this feline subject became in a monochromatic image. Therefore, I've dedicated this entire post to Simone in black-and-white. :)
As a side note, I really approached this session as a day-in-the-life of a cat. I, of course, threw in some portraits, etc, but I really wanted to focus on capturing the essence of this little rescue kitty subject. So, naturally, we start off by sunbathing in the warm morning sunlight...
Then it is playtime.A.D.D....is that a bird? or just a leaf falling?Just hanging out on her throne.This has to be one of my favorites. It's so quintessential cat overlooking her kingdom...Nothing like a good chin rub and some exploring.And the most adorable series of a kitty I've seen! ;)After all the adventures, it's time for a nap in the sunroom...I hope you enjoyed this black-and-white day-in-the-life of Simone. :) I can't wait to see this story come together in her Coffee Table Album! Meow!
Some days are just made for the perfect photo shoot. The day I met Fergie, the sun was out, there was a slightly cool breeze, and the colors of fall were starting to appear. We met in an abandoned field that was filled with gorgeous yellow flowers which complimented Fergie's wavy fur. Her spunky personality was on full display as she bounced around, explored, and chewed on sticks.
Even though Fergie had a busy day of traveling (she'd been visiting rescues looking for a fur-buddy), she could keep going and going. Every once in a while her eyes would get a little heavy, but then the breeze would bring in a new smell and her face would perk right up again.
Man, I just love this happy little girl! Meet Fergie, the 10-month-old Cockapoo...
Fergie's beautiful parents even joined in for some pics. Isn't that a lovely family?!?This session had definitely made me ready for the fall season! The colors throughout this shoot are going to be phenomenal in Fergie's Coffee Table Album! Can't wait!!!
When you get the opportunity to photograph an unbelievably cute and scruffy dog for some large artwork for a vet's office, you jump. Like ASAP. And, man, I tell ya, Mr. Banks didn't disappoint. Here are just a few of the amazingly cute images this superstar knocked out in a matter of about 30 minutes. He didn't waste any time hamming it up!
And the final product? This 30x40 canvas is proudly hanging in the lobby of West Ballantyne Animal Hospital! Stop by to check it out! (Photo Credit: West Ballantyne Animal Hospital)
Today I got to spend some time with a few of the pups from the Humane Society of Charlotte. This grouping of dogs have been at HSC for the longest and are really ready to find their fur-ever homes. Each of these pups were sooooo good and I haven't a clue as to why they are still at the shelter. Are one of these your new BFF? I personally have a thing for Peso and his uniquely lopsided head. :)
Oliver and Chicklet are an amazing little pair of Papillons. Although they greeted me with a bark-fest, they actually calmed down enough to show off their cute faces for the camera. Not fans of the grass and yard, Oliver and Chicklet decided to hang out with their people on the back deck. It was perfect! We hung out in the breeze of the fan which, not only kept the mosquitos at bay, but it made the pups' flowing hair that much more gorgeous! I introduce Chicklet (on the left) and Oliver (on the right)... Chicklet shows off those lovely ears!Meanwhile, Oliver gets some lovin' from mom. Doesn't he look like a little Panda bear?!? Chicklet is 11 years young but doesn't look a day older than 2!This is what Chicklet does all the time...chew on her chip...Oliver chooses to pass the time with his tongue out to the side looking as Ewok as can be! :)
When Edmund Fitzgerald's dad contacted me for his session, I'll admit that I didn't know what the Doxie's name was in reference to. It wasn't until after I talked to a friend of mine that I learned of the famed freighter and folk song. After reading up on the story, I was confident enough to go into the session knowing everything about the tragic events of the boat's wreck. Now I just needed to find out why this tiny little Dachshund was named after this freighter...Turns out that Edmund Fitzgerald's parents are big Gordon Lightfoot fans (this singer of the folk song) and have been to several of his concerts. In ironic fashion, they thought it would be funny to name such a tiny, little creature after a huge 728-foot boat. How hysterical!!!He is so cute and photogenic!Not to be overshadowed, Hershel is Edmund Fitzgerald's older brother. His gray face shows his age but he is wise beyond his years. :)He still has some craziness in him too! :)Doxies are so cute when they run!!! I love their flying ears!Hehe! Edmund Fitzgerald almost looks like a toy here...Well, if you didn't know about the Edmund Fitzgerald and/or the song, I hope you get the chance to look it up and get a little history lesson today! :) And if you don't, at least you got to look at some super-cute pups!