Dog days of Christmas

We had a very very busy December, as we traveled to all nine PetPeople stores taking photos of dogs. We partnered with a different local rescue organization at each store so it was great to help dogs all over central Ohio and meet the folks from all those animal charities. Plus we got to meet the sweetest and funniest and most rambunctious dogs in Columbus. We encountered dogs and cats (and bunnies) from every part of Ohio and other states who came in for their holiday portraits.

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Sweet, tiny little Charlie was a rescue dog who came in with his adoring human. He has a sad history and is scared of men. He was even a bit timid around me, so I took extra care to be cautious, take my time, and let him come over to me. Charlie opened up at a bit as he got more comfortable, but boy his eyes didn't leave his mom! I told everyone that I have no personal bubbles, so come get close to me so their dog's eyes follow them and look as closely as possible at the camera. We got a really good one of Charlie here! I can't stop gazing at his sweet little face. I love this dog. (I probably say that about every dog, but Charlie stands out in my mind due to his backstory and the attachment he had to his mom.)

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Speaking of headshots, how awesome is Paige? She has such a ladylike, grown-up name.

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Regis! He's a black goldendoodle and a total ham. This dog was all personality. He's 100% curious loving floppy silly puppy.

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These huskies came to the Westerville PetPeople store when there were SO MANY dogs waiting in line. They were good boys but the sheer volume of people and dogs was too much for them. I was so glad that their family brought them back at the end of the day and we got some special photos made for them. This one makes me laugh because of the ears and the tongues and the big grins on their faces.

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And speaking of ears being perked up - look at these three pups! They clearly know how to pose and how to work their angles like pro models. Love the elf ears on their Santa hats. Their person left them in the car for a second to see how many dogs we had in the store. She brought them back in at the tail end (excuse the pun!) of our last day. They were a little antsy on their leashes waiting to get started, so I had no way of knowing they'd be AMAZING at posing. Clearly their doting mom works with them. She lined them up then moved away and we just starting snapping photos. I wouldn't have guessed the little guy in the middle was new to the family. What an obedient pack!

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This was a funny pack, too. All dressed in complementary plaid doggie sweaters, these pups were great. This is a good one of them. Luke looks so sweet and happy. Kimber is licking his nose wanting to be finished. Ellie looks intrigued by her family off-camera, distancing herself a little from her brothers, like "I don't claim these two."

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Some dogs were so talkative when they were posing! Huskies especially. Not a full bark like my dog does when she's impatient for treats, but rather a whiny screech to let me know to hurry up. I can't recall if Nova did that, but I remember wondering if it was definitely huskies' signature bark.

One last close-up. I love the tongue lick. The little sweater and the scarf on Jasper is perfect for this little gentleman.

I have some holiday portraits of dogs and kids that are too sweet for words, so pictures will have to do! Look for those in an upcoming blog post.

We're finished with PetPeople holiday portraits for the year and it was a wild ride. Thanks to everyone who came out for their dogs' and cats' and rabbits' portraits. PetPeople was wonderful to us, and of course a special thanks to Canine Collective, Pet Promise, Rescued Ohio, and Pets without Parents. We are happy to partner with everyone and hope the holidays are brighter for homeless pets.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!