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!

 

Christmas dogs

I had a blast at PetPeople in Upper Arlington, Ohio, this past weekend. You can see my previous day here. These are not all the portraits we took but just a small portion of the fun dogs (and bunnies) who came to see us for Christmas portraits.

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The volunteers who helped us from Rescued Ohio made our day go so smoothly because it was really bustling! In fact one of the gals had her husband and kids bring in their two dogs and their foster pup. They look like a complete family. And they posted really well together. It took a little patience to get them all in one spot like this!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas sweaters. This couple was really into the holiday spirit and their dog had the best expression on his face.

The green backdrop is new this year and looks great! And the bows on the presents are a work of art. My mother-in-law has a Bowdabra contraption that makes bows easily. It worked like a charm for decorating this Christmas set.

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These ladies have their Christmas portrait with their dogs taken every year together. They're just friends and want to show off the dogs together. The puppy on the far right was so excited to see - and smell - all the other dogs and humans in the store. I couldn't believe we got everyone to look at the same spot all at once! We even got some nice happy expressions from each dog, too.

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Leroy was a huge hit as soon as he walked into the store. We saw him strut into the store with that expression and that bowtie and knew he was going to be a great model. He was dressed to the nines for his official holiday portrait.

Ollie was so inquisitive and energetic. One of the gals from Rescued Ohio brought holiday bandanas to dress up the naked dogs a little. I also brought a red and white Santa coat that's made for a little dog but most of the pups that came in were much bigger than my own. What a great idea to have the option for a little dressing up.

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Beautiful black Lena and her lovely human got in on the photos too. Lena was a rescue dog and the shelter had said she was a senior lab. It turns out she's about three years old and is part Great Dane. She's still wonderful and clearly loves her person.

Finn and Mudd came in to see us for their portraits in their favorite winter sweaters. Finn, the dog on the left, immediately walked over and created a fast friendship with my husband. He's a viszla - Finn, not my husband - and clearly is a lovebug. Mudd was a bit more energetic and excited by all the activity in the store. We were so glad to get this lovely portrait of them lying down so close together and both looking the same way.

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And I got to photograph my first bunnies! Henry was a bit skittish but his sister was hopping all over saying hello to us. I thought my dog was soft until I touched these two. Henry, on the left, was the softest creature I've ever touched. I hope more bunnies come to see me for portraits - they were such a fun treat to photograph.

Support local animal charities and have your dog's beautiful Christmas portrait taken at your nearest PetPeople location! Here is the rest of the schedule for photographs, all at local PetPeople stores.

Fri Dec 2 - Clintonville (5:30-8:30)      Sat Dec 3 - Grandview (11-2)     Sun Dec 4 - Powell (11-2);

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!