Red golden retriever Part II

Beautiful Harley, a red golden retriever, was featured in a previous blog post. She had SO many beautiful portraits I couldn't help but write another blog post just for her.

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Look at that gorgeous redhead lounging on the porch!


...and lounging by the flowers.


We hung around hoping for the sky to do something magical because there were zero clouds that evening. Finally we got some pink tones, which look nice with Harley's red hair.

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Harley is super lucky that she gets to go into the office five days a week! She and her owner are inseparable. As the sun set and we were packing up I said, "Wait! One last shot!" We got a handshake silhouette at the last second.

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Dax is a sweet boy who wanted *attention*! He had a good time running around the yard and having fun on a warm spring evening. When the camera came out, he turned on the charm.

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I only wish the sun had come out! It was cloudy and threatened rain all day long and then in the afternoon as I arrived the sun was shining for all of two minutes. It hid behind those clouds on the right of the picture and never came out again. Luckily I always bring lights to create a beautiful portrait in any kind of natural light. Dax looks so regal here, making this a favorite shot of him with his ears up and mouth smiling. Good boy!

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Red golden retriever

Harley is a big beautiful redhead. The runt of the litter, she's now a gorgeous healthy dog.

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Harley was a born model.


I love this photo in particular. Something about it reminds me of the Bush's baked beans commercials. Remember when the premise was that the baked beans company has this secret family recipe and the only one who's heard it is Duke, their dog, and the dog looks at the camera and says "Roll that beautiful bean footage." This scene with the beautiful tree draping down in the late afternoon light over the lake and Harley's slightly mischievous expression reminds me of that!

(After typing all that I looked up the Bush's baked beans commercial and the real Duke was camera-shy, so a professional dog model stepped in! Both were golden retrievers and the Duke in the commercials was a red golden retriever, so that's why Harley reminds me so much of that dog! Mystery solved.)


Harley carries her own leash. She loves having a stick in her mouth or toting her own lead on walks.


One last portrait of Harley. I love this dog. She's so sweet and her red hair really stood out against the green leaves of summer.

But that's not all! Stay tuned to see Part II of her beautiful photo shoot.

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Four rescue dogs

These four dogs had very rough starts to their lives. Their sweet souls endured circumstances no animal should ever face, but they've found a loving happy home with the nicest, most caring couple ever.

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We did their photo shoot in their own backyard. After the sun set, we moved inside and I set up a little studio in their living room. Meet Hiney, Tiny, Skamp, and Baby.


Their family has a huge yard with so much space for them to romp and play. Their pet parents wanted a shot of Skamp and Baby running across their property.


Baby is really apprehensive so she kept her distance from me. The fact that I got a quick pat in by the end of our time together meant she must have started to trust me. When we first met for our planning session, Baby was very skeptical of me but when she saw how nice I was to Skamp she started warming up to me. By the time our photo shoot rolled around she was back to being a bit leery of me and my camera, but she came around. I was particularly excited that she let me get this portrait and the group portrait on the black background.

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One more of Skamp running straight for me. He has a permanent smile on his face, and with this beautiful yard and a three furry siblings to play with and doting parents and a warm bed at night, it's no wonder he's a happy boy now.

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Yorkie in Autumn

Mira is a tiny senior Yorkshire terrier who loves to lick and be snuggly. Mira's mom decided to have autumn portraits taken in their favorite spot. They hike here often and it's a hidden gem for sure.

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Mira did a great job! She walked all over and listened when we called to her. She stayed nicely and perked up when we needed her to.


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There are so many words to describe Brixy. Just look at this first picture - one glance at her face will tell you everything you need to know about this character. That expression on her face is priceless!

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Brixy is a seven-month-old sweet, silly, curious, bouncy, animated, fun goldendoodle. If you can believe it, she's only about 30 pounds. She's all hair!


Her family made sure her bouffant was perfectly coiffed for her autumn portrait session with me.


In our planning session, we sat down and talked about wardrobe and clothing options. These two followed my advice to a tee. Long sleeves, layers, colors that complement each other, neutral tones. They did their homework and came prepared! I think this is one of the only photos where Brixy didn't have her tongue hanging out of her mouth. This is one happy-go-lucky puppy!


Oh there's that tongue again! She can't help but make people smile. Some people in the park were stopping to watch Brixy and asking to pet her. Brixy went to doggie daycare the day before our session and was worn out. I can't imagine her boundless energy without that daycare session in advance. She was a blast to photograph!

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Dog at the lake

For this week on the 52 week pet photography challenge, we're all doing backlit images, which means the main source of light is on the other side of the subject from the camera. What's the most powerful source of light possible? Yep, the sun!

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Tank is a handsome German Shepherd dog. His family booked me in November, patiently waiting for spring to get this type of portrait. The wait was worth it! We went out a few weeks ago to my super-secret lake location. They actually live only a couple miles from here and had no idea it exists. I've sworn them to secrecy so it stays a local hidden gem.

Tank had never been around water, so it was such a treat to see him react to the lake. He was pretty hesitant at first, then after a few minutes he started tentatively flicking at the water with his nose, and then he started bouncing and splashing! It was ADORABLE. What a special memory.

Tank's parents now have this image on a large piece of metal wall art to adore of Tank's perfect spring day forever. I love how he was so happy and how he looked right at me for that split second. My husband was my helper on this afternoon and had rolled the ball back into the shot, where it's lined up perfectly between Tank's legs. This has to be one of my favorite images I've ever taken. Thank you for being so handsome, Tanky!

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Stay tuned for more photographs from Tank's lakeside session. I have a lot to say about this amazing dog and the fun afternoon we shared. UPDATE: Click here to see more Tanky photos!

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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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