Cockapoo running

Colby and I had such fun romping through the yard earlier this month that we did it again. This dog will do anything for treats.

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We ran out of treats and resorted to carrots. And when we ran out of carrots, we moved onto cucumbers. Who knew dogs could love cucumbers so much?

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Here's Colby flying through the air with the greatest of ease. We went inside and I gave her a bowl of fresh water and had the idea to put slices of cucumber in it. She LOVED it. I realized that I was giving my dog cold cucumber water like the receptionist gives guests at my hair salon. Colby has reached new levels of pampering!

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Outdoor dog portraits in Columbus, Ohio

Every Saturday night when I was growing up, watching The Golden Girls with my cousins and grandmother was a sacred tradition. The Golden Girls was absolutely revered in my family. My cousins and I would get excited when the showed played the full version of the opening credits, instead of the truncated version that sometimes got aired. I remember once being so confused when Blanche and Rose and Dorothy were sitting at the kitchen table starting to reminisce about days gone by and the show would play back that scene. And then it would happen again! My grandmother explained that this was a clip show that aired highlights of previous episodes so the writers could have a break. I was thoroughly disappointed because we were hoping for new antics each Saturday night.

What made me think of The Golden Girls? I was looking through some previous blog entries and started wistfully thinking back on warm summer days traipsing through Columbus parks and taking photographs in dogs' own backyards. I saw photos I hadn't seen in a long time and I became sentimental! I love each and every one of these pups and their families.

We had some amazing sessions and without further ado, here are some highlights of outdoor dog portraits I've taken in this area. I hope you enjoy revisiting some fun doggie photographs, too!

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Vizsla puppy

I had only met one vizsla in person before this pup, and he was an older dog, so I was very excited to see a puppy vizsla. Plus it's always great fun to see a puppy, no matter what breed! For those not familiar, vizslas are a hunting dog, part of the retrieving group. They are smaller than most of the breeds in their group, which consists of German short-haired pointers and Nova Scotia duck tolling retrievers. I was more familiar with those latter breeds so this was a great way to get familiar with the vizsla.

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Here is Kona at just 12 weeks of age. Sweet, floppy, happy, excitable, tired Kona. Her owners actually threw her a "pawty" to welcome her into their lives. They had over 50 people come and meet the pup as of way of introducing her and socializing her. I can't imagine how tired she was after that.

When I met her family at their home for a consultation, they walked me around the house to give me the lay of the land and I noticed they had a couple books on vizslas. Immediately I had this idea for a portrait of Kona reading their books on vizlas. I went to the library and grabbed all the books I could find on vizslas - which was one - and books that had "dog" or "puppy" in the title...hence the book "What the Dog Saw" by Malcolm Gladwell, which is a sociology book. In fact the librarian and I got to talking about vizslas and she knew exactly what they are since she said she has a weimaraner. Small world!

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This looks like a studio shot but I set up my backdrop roll of paper and the books in their living room. Kona did an awesome job. Just 12 weeks old and no collar and leash needed to get her to sit and look at me! The first shot I posted was just too cute - it was her impromptu gnawing of the book that adds so much character to the portrait.

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Disembodied puppy! It's not an illusion or trick of the eye - it's actually Kona lying in the little hammock at the bottom of a cat tower. The day before our photo shoot she climbed in on her own and looked so cute that it was a priority for her family to get a shot of her like that while she's still tiny and able to fit in there! A couple more days and she's probably going to outgrow the hammock. We had just finished a bunch of action shots and she was all tuckered out. She had fallen fast asleep curled up into a tight little ball and her owners said it would be the perfect time to set her in the hammock. Kona is so floppy and flexible that her body was facing the window and she turned her head to look at me at the sound of my squeaker.

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And speaking of action shots! Look at this pup on the move! The duck she's carrying is her favorite toy. It was a present from a guest at her "welcome home pawty." The duck is almost as big as she is! Kona is expected to grow to about 40 pounds. Right now she's putting on two to three pounds a week. Guess that's why she's so sleepy - it's a lot of work to do all that growing!

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Senior dogs at home

Maggie and Lulu are 9- and 10-year-old senior pups whose mom told me about her sweet chocolate lab and her Jack Russell-mix. We talked a few minutes and she booked a session on the spot. I couldn't wait to meet her two dogs. On to the photos!

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Christmas lights are a big challenge because it's difficult to keep the bulbs illuminated and glowing but still bring light onto the subject in front of the tree. Plus it's hard to keep pups interested when there's so much other stuff going on!

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Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you - those are paw prints coming off the Christmas tree. It's not the lights, but a little technique that I love doing to make Christmas lights a little more dog-specific for pet portraits.

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I had to do the same technique for Maggie's pawtrait - forgive the pun!

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Maggie is a doll. She's simply the sweetest most gentle little thing. She's only 45 pounds, which is so small for a full grown Labrador retriever. Chocolate labs just happen to be my husband's favorite breed (okay, along with yellow labs and doodles and German shepherds).

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I can't stop looking at her sweet, beautiful face. Maggie (as well as Lulu, actually) was a shelter dog and has obviously found the best home ever. Her family simply adores her.

Lulu is well-loved too but she's more of the joker of the pair. She kept us laughing with her fun little personality. At one point when we were taking Maggie's portrait Lulu went under the tree and just stared at us, completely photobombing Maggie's official holiday portrait.

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This was a special watercolor I created. I photographed Maggie and Lulu at different times and later created this art for the wall. Love how it turned out!

Clearly these are pampered pooches and I love spending a few hours getting to know them. This was a great indoor photo shoot and it let the dogs stay in the comfort of their own home surrounded by the familiar things they love most.

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Bella's Christmas tree

Bella only wanted to play but she paused for a second in front of the tree to let me take her holiday portrait. After that she was right back to important business - squeaky toys!

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Want your dog photographed in front of the tree? It's not as easy at it looks but I've been lucky to get some lovely holiday portraits of pups at home! Contact me right now!