Dogs at sunset

Meet Samantha and Snoopy. Both lab-pit mixes, these two are the ultimate complementary siblings. Samantha is more independent and Snoopy is more of a love-bug couch-potato snuggler.

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We met up on a gorgeous fall evening for family photos. I couldn't help but take some dramatic photos of just the two of these dogs. Just look at them in front of this Ohio barn. I love the angle and how the bicentennial logo stretches across the barn.

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Boy these dogs are muscular. Not an ounce of fat on them, I don't think. Can you tell what's on my mind as my own dog tipped the scales at the vet last week? Colby needs more walks, fewer treats.

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One last photo in the field of purple flowers. I have an arsenal of squeaky toys and such to get that adorable head tilt at just the right second. This was the last photo we took because the light from sunset dropped of very quickly. Great job, Samantha and Snoopy!

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Cockapoo puppy

Tucker is a ball of energy. Oh my goodness, this dog's battery was fully charged and did not drain at all during our two hours together. He was celebrating his first birthday - what better way to commemorate the event than with a personalized photo shoot?

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Look at that happy face! I see more poodle than cocker spaniel in him.

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He's 100% adorable, that's for sure. Of course he dressed up for photos in his dress collar and necktie. LOVE IT!

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Dog movie poster

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I was sorting through photographs that I had finished editing for Toby and Gunner's family when I paused on this photo as I thought, wow that looks like it could be a movie poster! After the thought occurred to me, of course I couldn't do anything else until it was created.

The hardest part was that I shot this in landscape, so to get a portrait-oriented movie poster I had to add sky and grass and crop both sides. Then I added text, which took forever! I had to find the perfect font and decide what to put on the poster. The final touch was the critics' reviews on the side. Notice the reviews from the the Chicago Tribone and Entertainmutt Weekly. I can't help it - I'm a sucker for canine puns!

I created this at 16x20 size so it will look fantastic on the wall like a real movie poster. Their owners love it!

(The print doesn't have a watermark on it, just the digital I'm sharing here - you know never if this could go viral or Hollywood decides to make a real movie starring these two handsome boys! Actually now that I'm reflecting on it, if I do another movie poster in the future for different clients and different dogs I might make the director Barkin' Scorsese. HA!)

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Hilliard dog photography

One of my favorite expressions is, "It's a good problem to have." After a session like this, I need to repeat that like a mantra. Because these dogs were SO well-behaved and the weather was perfect and the settings were lovely, I wound up with way more beautiful photographs than I could handle. I always aim to get a lot of great photos that my clients will want to hang on their wall and admire for years to come, but the sheer number of "keepers" was almost overwhelming. It was a tough choice for this family because their dogs are clearly the most handsome boys ever.

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These handsome boys are Toby and Gunner. They act as greeters at the family vet office so they are used to lots of people and distractions and other dogs. The weather for our shoot was unreal, too. It was 76 and sunny on the last weekend of October. The two boys were so cooperative and calm as they waited for treats between shots.

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I had the pups and their humans get into position and Toby decided to show his personality. He flopped over and decided he was done, done, done. I like how he's still giving me a sneaky glance so technically he's a reluctant participant. By this point I'd asked a lot of the boys and he was clearly finished with me!

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Who's a good boy? Toby perked right up when his favorite human wanted to snuggle. Toby, AKA Tobias, and his brother Gunner have middle names. Toby's full name is Tobias Andrew. I love that! And speaking of love, look at the connection between these two. Clearly Tobias Andrew is a love bug.

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Guess who decided he wanted to model on the bridge? The sun fell perfectly behind him and backlit his lovely golden hair.

It was so hard to choose just a few images to share here. The family had lots to choose from and they love their portraits, which is the most important thing.

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One final image from these two goofs. I love how Gunner is holding Toby back from the leaf, like "Wait, it could be a trap!" They're both so transfixed on it.

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Wag Fest

I am thrilled to say that Browning Photo made its debut at Wag Fest in Hilliard!

After months of preparation for my first canine festival, I spent the past week watching the weather forecast. And by watching the weather, I mean hitting F5 (the refresh button) on my keyboard constantly to see the latest predictions. Within the same day the forecast would go from Scattered Thunderstorms, 80% chance of rain, to Partly Cloud, 20% chance of rain. My husband just laughed when it showed up at 50% of precipitation - "It may rain, it may not," he said helpfully. Well the rain rolled in with a torrential downpour at about 3pm, but since we'd been set up since 9am, that was a pretty long day with lots of face time with dogs and their humans. (Note: I included this video because 1) a dog is wearing an ice cream sundae costume and 2) the last two seconds of this clip must have tempted fate because the massive, massive thunderstorm cell rolled in soon after.)

I could not have asked for a better day with a great response. A lot of work went into getting the vendor booth just right, and we pulled it off. The tent and professional vendor display boards were loaned to me courtesy of an artist friend. I bought the signs and spent a small fortune on samples. Believe it or not, I had many, many samples that I didn't display! Even between the display boards and the table, we had more photos than we knew what to do with.

The numbers of attendees are hard to count, but I've seen it predicted that last year was about 12,000 people and this year the organizers were projecting 16,000 people. I hadn't been to Wag Fest in three years, so when I was last there just as a regular dog lover in 2013 there were thousands of dogs and owners.

One of the best things about Wag Fest is the ice bath. Our dog was not even a year old when we went, so she was still kind of skittish. There is always a HUGE swimming pool filled with ice that the dogs romp around in. In 2013 I took my video camera and recorded our dog hesitantly walking up to the ice bath, where probably fifty other dogs were playing, then pull away. Then she'd walk back up and put one paw in, testing the water, then backing up. Finally she did two paws, then at last she went all the way in. Suddenly she was romping and happy and didn't know why she was scared because clearly this was the greatest thing on earth. My husband and I have always talked about her in that ice bath and how we should do it at home on a really hot summer day. We could get three or four bags of ice at the store and let her go to town right in our own bathroom. Of course I'd have to film it!

I just adored that so many people let their dogs come give me sniffs, hugs, and even a few sloppy kisses. There was one bulldog who marched behind the table and wanted petted. When I was moving closer to pet him, he violently threw himself onto his back, knocking over a chair in the process, just so his belly was up and ready to be loved on! A bunch of the vendors and I laughed at his antics.

Overall it was a wonderful experience. Since it was our first event where we manned a booth, it was a learning experience and of course there were things we didn't think to do. For instance, when you're setting up a tent and table and lots of equipment in the grass in the early morning hours, there will be dew that will get your feet wet! We should have taken extra socks and a change of shoes - although it got so busy so quickly that I didn't even notice after a little time passed. I wish I had gotten a chance to visit the other vendors and see the disc catching competition. We had a great view of the dogs diving into the lake - I was very much missing my camera and zoom lens when we would turn and glimpse a big splash of a dog landing in the water.

Thank you to everyone involved with Wag Fest, and most of all thank you to the wonderful canine companions who make everything worth it.