Holiday puppy portraits

I've been going all over Columbus visiting PetPeople stores and doing holiday portraits of pets. We are halfway through our holiday mini sessions and loving how many dogs, a few cats, and even two bunnies have visited us.

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On to the pictures!

Petunia is such a head-turner. Lab puppies are so innocent and have the sweetest little faces. Those eyes just captivated me.

Petunia's dad brought her in and was getting photos for Petunia's mom. What a fun present! I recently did a photo session that was a birthday surprise for a wife that her husband arranged with me. I'd love that gift! We had so much fun, and how great to have sweet pictures of your dog to enjoy forever.

Petunia gave us a big head tilt. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to get some cute expressions. I can't resist a big head tilt on dogs! This shot below also shows off her festive Christmas sweater.


Petunia did exactly what my dog does - when a sweater or jacket goes on, Colby stands completely still. She's wiggly and rambunctious all day long but the second the sweater goes on, she doesn't know how to move. Colby has a navy argyle sweater that she wears in the coldest months and it's plenty comfortable and fits, but boy she acts like she's wearing a straitjacket when it goes on. We saw a lot of Christmas sweaters but Petunia's reaction reminded me of my own pup the most.


Speaking of head tilts? I LOVE that this dog's name is Twist. I am unsure of the origin but based on that head tilt I wouldn't be surprised if his inclination to turn toward noises was the basis for his name.

Freddie here is a senior dog who's in foster care with a wonderful volunteer from Rescued Ohio. He has heart problems and sees a cardiologist regularly. He's still hoping for a forever home. With a smile like that and sweet disposition I hope he finds his permanent family soon.


Last photo for now. We took so many adorable portraits that it's so hard to choose which ones to share. I have to choose this awesome big grin on this Dutch shepherd dog. His name is Rogue and I've never seen such neat brindle markings on a shepherd.

Love the bowtie! He looks so pleased to be with us.

Just a few more dates remaining.

Fri Dec 9 - Lewis Center (5:30-8:30)      Sat Dec 10 - Dublin (11-2)       Sun Dec 11 - Westerville (11-2)

Hope to see you there!


Pet People Christmas portraits

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This November and December I'm making the rounds to all nine of the Pet People stores in and around Columbus doing Christmas mini sessions. Each mini session date benefits a different local animal charity. Our first date was in Pickerington and we partnered with Canine Collective. Here is a beautiful service dog named Amara.

I made the wooden sign, which says "The North Paw" and "Santa's Woofshop." The third arrow is blank and points to the doggie subject of the portrait. In this case Amara is perfectly posed. She is a red tri Australian shepherd and only one year old. She amazed us because she went from happy playful pup (my husband got a BIG SLURP from his chin to his forehead from this one) to an all-business service dog.


Amara is ready for her close-up.

I almost forgot to mention my very favorite new prop - the bows! My mother-in-law is super talented at decorating and wrapping gifts. She came over to my house and brought her fancy contraption that makes bows quickly. We were furiously wrapping empty boxes and tying them with ribbon and making bows up until the last minute. Never in a million years would I have picked a gold deer print wrapping paper to go with a red polka-dotted ribbon, but boy it looks lovely. I think that combination is my favorite. We had such a good time coming up with these props. We're already planning our Christmas sets for next year, so stay tuned!