Highbanks foliage

One of my favorite parks is Highbanks in Lewis Center. It's a huge park that's part of the Metro Park system and the trees in autumn look amazing.

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This couple and I met at Highbanks in the middle of the afternoon. Not ideal for photos, usually, but I knew that due to the foliage and the way the trees are set up in my favorite spots that the canopy of the trees provides a gorgeous backdrop and sunlight diffusion.

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My favorite park is always a surprise - this was a spot off the trail that I didn't know existed. This couple clearly knows the parks around town because they knew great photo locations. And they knew all about trees and the ecosystem. I learned so much from our short time together walking through the woods!

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One last sweet shot. Adorable!

I'm so glad they chose me to photograph them for their fall photos. Want lovely foliage pictures from Highbanks? Contact me now!

Worthington Boston terriers

Eight-year-old Ellie was still getting used to her new brother, seven-year-old Zeus, when I photographed them at their home and in Old Worthington. Zeus is the sweetest little boy and had been adopted about a month prior to our photo shoot. Ellie definitely has the bigger personality and has taken to bossing him around a little. At one point Ellie walked over and head-butted him. Poor Zeus! I absolutely love when I get to know dogs and see their personalities come out.

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Ellie just carries herself like an older sister. I love her attitude in this photo. Her family refers to her as Grumpy Cat. I can see that. That expression is priceless.

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Their family is Ohio State fans, so naturally the buckeye crate had to make an appearance. I also had this bowtie in scarlet and gray so it suited the two of them perfectly. Their family loved that Ellie is sitting in the box because she's (ahem) gained a little weight due to a dog sitter giving them lots of extra treats. She carries it well! I couldn't tell at all. But they say black is slimming, right?

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And now a family photo that includes the humans. The stone wall and greenery looks great as a backdrop. I had never photographed people in Old Worthington before, so this was a fun treat.

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After a bunch of photos all over Old Worthington, it was back to the house in Columbus where we did some indoor shots. One of my favorite angles is the "bird's eye view" - that's how I write it in my list of shots that I keep with me. It's just a cute way to memorialize exactly how the dogs look when they're looking up waiting (sometimes impatiently) for a treat. I had to watch myself with these two. Ellie is a jumper! I was in danger of being head-butted or getting puppy smudges on my lens if I didn't grab the shot and get out of the way. Treats were coming!

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And finally, a beautiful portrait of brother and sister. Ellie on the left, Zeus on the right. I love black and white anyway, so dramatic shots like this are my favorite.

Thanks for being such good dog models, Ellie and Zeus! I loved every minute of our time together.

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Casey the boxer

Casey is a boxer, which is a breed I am not too familiar with. I don't know why they aren't more popular, since I've been reading that they're great family dogs and are trained as guide dogs for the blind. Casey is SO friendly. We hit it off the moment we met.

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This is Casey sitting so calmly with the sunlight streaming behind her. You wouldn't know that a LOT of work went into capturing the perfect picture of her. I am thrilled with how this turned out!

Casey's owner told me how she had a boxer when she was growing up. That dog's name was Sugar. Later I mentioned this to my husband, who immediately said, "Oh, like Sugar Ray Leonard?" I asked, and sure enough, Sugar the boxer was named after Sugar Ray Leonard the boxer! And apparently my husband was one of the few people to make that connection. He's pretty sharp.

Here's Casey in the yard.

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She looks like she's smiling! What a happy face.

Casey isn't allowed on the furniture. Her owners said it was OK and made an exception for a special occasion like a photo shoot, but when they tried to get her up on the couch, she hopped on then hopped right off! She follows the rules very well.

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Look at that curiosity! She's a little intimidating at first glance, but this dog is pure marshmallow inside.

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Irish setter

Saydee is an Irish setter who was shown at the Dublin Irish Festival earlier on this day. She got a couple souvenirs too - check out the shamrock next to her dog tags. She also got a new green collar with shamrocks on it. I didn't know the Dublin Irish Festival had a dog show! Saydee's mom was telling me how there are all kinds of Irish breeds invited there. Other than Irish setters and Irish wolfhounds, I couldn't name any others off the top of my head. I was pretty proud just to think of those breeds quickly!

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After a little scouting I found the perfect spot in Saydee's yard. I wanted the sun just peeking out between the tree branches and I wanted Saydee's lovely face framed by the blue sky and green plants. I love how it turned out! I also love that she has that shamrock on - a little nod to her Irish heritage.

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Lily the mini schnauzer

Lily is one of the most cooperative dogs I've ever photographed. She is also ridiculously photogenic, with those super long eyelashes framing her large deep brown eyes.

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Lily had the perfect perch in front of the fireplace. She was completely still for such a long time! At one point I asked her owner to remove her collar, fully expecting Lily to get up and run around. Nope. She stayed completely still staring at me and I resumed the photographs. If I hadn't seen her walk around when I first got to her house I'd have thought she was a mannequin dog.

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Usually I don't photograph animals in black and white but this one really suited the high contrast of black and white. The shadow behind her makes for a more dramatic look, and the dark blanket slung over the chaise lounge makes her ears really stand out. Tyra Banks would say "You're looking fierce!"

 

And finally, the Christmas card I designed. I made the first photograph on this page into a watercolor. It really suited that particular portrait. When this family mentioned they wanted Christmas cards, I knew the watercolor would add a special touch to the custom design. Love it!

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Baby sheep birth announcements

These birth announcement cards are new additions to the Browning Photo product lineup and I think they're adorable! Printed as 5x7 cards, these are a sweet way to share baby's big arrival with friends and family.

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It's Christmas time in Columbus

This is one of my favorite holiday photos. It's a picture from last year that I took of Carter, whose newborn picture is one of the most popular shots I've ever taken. Click HERE to see that.

Little Mr. Carter, what can I say? You're just so darn photogenic.

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This bucket was something I spotted at the Christmas Tree Shop in Dayton, Ohio, when I was visiting family. I eyeballed it for a few minutes trying to decide if a baby would fit inside - sure enough it was perfect! On a side note, I really wish we had a Christmas Tree Shop here in Columbus because it's filled with neat home decor and potential photo props.

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Carter's family is from Atlanta originally, so they told me about a Santa wonderland that is set up in Bass Pro Shops around the country. One is located in their former Georgia suburb. Of course it's just our luck that we don't have a Bass Pro near us! I'm off to Google the closest one because I want my own family to experience something really cool like that.

These photos look like a studio, but they're actually a portable white backdrop with strands of Christmas lights. I set this up in Carter's mother's living room using my backdrop system with a very long roll of white paper. The setting up took longer than the actual photos.

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Agility dogs

A few months ago I photographed a dock diving demonstration hosted by the Golden Retriever Club of Columbus. That club had another meeting that featured more active dogs a few nights ago - that was a demonstration for agility that took place at Darby Creek Kennels in Grove City. Although it's the Golden Retriever Club, Alyssa and Mike with Darby Creek have Australian shepherds on the farm, so that breed was the star of the evening.

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Handsome Rowdy jumps high! Rowdy had an injury to his Achilles tendon as a puppy and doesn't do conformation showings (which to lay people like me means Best in Show competitions). The injury affects his gait, so those dogs in conformation competitions must be perfect for the judging. That's the "down and back" trot we see on televised shows like Westminster. He looks perfect to me!

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So many fun obstacles on this farm!

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This is the weave. Alyssa and Mike showed us how they get dogs used to doing a weave by starting out with two bars very far apart and then gradually moving them together. Clicker training definitely helps. I'm sure the herding dog instinct in them makes them eager to work.

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Little Oakley mid-run peeks out as he rounds the curve of the tunnel.

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I found it fascinating that both Mike and Alyssa said that Shimmer takes agility very, very seriously. It's a job to her. Shimmer actually gets upset at Alyssa if she turns her shoulder a little early during the run, throwing Shimmer off her game.

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Clearly she's having a good time weaving!

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In addition to all those Australian shepherds, there's this handsome pup, Enzo, a border collie destined for agility someday!

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I was promised that Rowdy was very photogenic, and how true it is! I love his heart-shaped marking on his forehead and those lovely brown eyes.

Now I just wish my own dog would be willing to do agility!