Goldendoodle at Highbanks

Sparty is a playful, very obedient two-year-old goldendoodle. He recently moved to Ohio with his family from Florida. He had just a couple cold months up north so this was his first autumn living here. We found a nice spot beside the Scioto River to take a sunset portrait before playtime.

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His people had never been to Highbanks, so this was a fun adventure for his family and Sparty himself.

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They found lots of new spots to let him run, play, and do his favorite activity of all... chasing Frisbees! Notice I didn't write catch Frisbees, but he sure tries his best at chasing them then retrieving them after they've landed. He's such a happy, goofy, active boy. I'm glad his family has a new place to explore with him. I was happy to introduce them to such a nice park like Highbanks!

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Look at those big paws.

One more - his family loves this black and white shot.

Winnie the Old English Sheepdog

Back in the day, on Saturday nights The Wonderful World of Disney would play a movie introduced by Michael Eisner and featuring that iconic Disney opening. The TV movie that I recorded on our VCR and watched over and over was The Shaggy Dog. I can't recall much of it now, but I do remember that the family's father turned into an Old English Sheepdog. I would imagine it was like Freaky Friday, the canine version, but I just don't remember anything besides that gorgeous Old English Sheepdog.

So of course I was psyched to photograph this sheepdog puppy! This is Winnie, who is a year old. She is excited about EVERYTHING in life, especially people. She's deceptively big, too. She's 60 pounds but looks much larger. It's all that awesome sheepdog hair. Her family swears she is tiny under her big fur coat. Winnie supposedly has chicken legs and looks completely different when she's wet. I'd love to see that! My own dog looks like a rat when she's getting bathed, so I believe it.

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Winnie had been suffering from an upset stomach so she didn't get any treats. We had to make do with a favorite ball and squeak toy to keep her attention. She did great! Winnie is a little camera-shy, if you can believe it from these photographs.

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Every dog has a 'spot' - that special place that you rub and it makes them stop and savor the moment. My dog's spot is her shoulder blades. She leans into it until she's practically falling over. Winnie cracks me up because she loves getting her bottom scratched. I was rubbing her shoulders and her people told me she loves her back - and her backside - scratched. I was loving on her back and sure enough she turned her rear end right into me. What a funny girl!

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Here's Winnie getting a reassuring hug from mom. I normally don't do black and white photographs of dogs, but this candid sweet moment when we were taking a break lends itself to a documentary feel.

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And here's this silly puppy at sunset. Winnie, my eight-year-old self thanks you for being everything I hoped an Old English sheepdog would be. You are funny and floppy and just as adorable as any dog I've ever seen. I love that you broke free from a pose to run over and give me big wet doggy kisses.

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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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Columbus golden retriever

This morning I came across this photograph I took last summer of 6-year-old Drummer. It was so hot that evening that every single portrait of this handsome golden retriever featured his tongue hanging out - he couldn't stop panting! We kept it pretty quick and luckily he was very cooperative that we were in and out of the park quickly. Drummer got a big burst of refreshing air conditioning in the car on the way home!

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We met at the Park of Roses, part of Whetstone Park in Columbus. It's too bad more of the roses were not in bloom in late summer. The fountain with the sun setting still made for a lovely scene.

Drummer's family takes him dock diving, which is how I became acquainted with them. I hope to see him in action someday! Jumping into a lake or pool would have felt great on this hot evening.

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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My uncooperative puppy

Technically she's an adult dog, but boy she acts like a puppy the majority of the time.

Sometimes people tell me, "Oh I could never have my dog photographed, she's too stubborn." Let me tell you, none is more hard-headed than my little Colby. It just takes patience and bribery.

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If I can get this photo out of her without any treats or peanut butter while the sweet scent of bunny rabbits beckons her to look any way but toward the camera, then there's hope for any dog.

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Czar the German Shepherd

I've photographed German Shepherds before, but none as totally focused and alert and ready to model as Czar. He is still a puppy too! Well technically he's an adult at one and a half years old, and his ears are up so he has reached adulthood, but other than his ears he still looks like a sweet pup to me.

I find it fascinating that German Shepherds' ears are floppy and the ends folded down until they are toward the end of their puppyhood or when they are finished teething. The way my poodle chews, I think she still may be teething at age three - but her ears are always floppy so there's no way of telling with poodles. I like the GSD for their unparalleled focus on getting the job done, whether that's searching for someone to rescue, finding contraband, or just plain modeling for a camera.

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Here is Czar looking awesome at sunset. I pointed where I wanted him and he trotted over, got into place, and all I needed was one shot. Perfect! I never get that lucky. It was the German Shepherd in him. My husband saw this portrait and wanted to hear all about Czar and then proceeded to tell me how much he loves GSDs and wants one. I might want one after working with this good boy!