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New Site + New Blog

A couple weeks ago I shared the exciting news about the launch of my new website! Eeeek! I’m seriously still so excited about it. That being said, it’s now time to move the blog over to the new site as well. Yep, the blog and website will all be located in one neat and tidy place on the interwebs. How’s that for user friendly?!?

So it’s time to say goodbye to this site! Wow. Kinda weird. I mean, I’ve been posting here for 4 or 5 years. Not to fear though!!! All of the old posts can be found in the new blog…they just might not be formatted all pretty-like though. Things never navigate into a new site that easily do they? And this site will be up for quite a while too. At least until I learn how to do fancy redirects or something web-y like that.

Anyway, if you just landed on this page, WELCOME! Now I’m gonna send you somewhere else. Haha!

The new blog can be found HERE. Can’t wait to see you over there!!! :)

Blog Challenge #1

So before I jump right into the blog-share goodness that is to come,  I want to give everyone a quick update on the goings-on over here. It’s a little related to what’s below but anyway, here I go.

The winter is always a little slower in photoland just because of the not-fun temperatures and the generally nasty looking landscape. Boo. That doesn’t mean I’m not working behind the scenes! I’ve been busy with some commercial work, general business stuff (because, sadly, a photography business isn’t all about taking pictures), and some other exciting new things…


My site hosting was up for renewal and honestly, I was really bored with my site. There was no personality, it didn’t jazz me, and often times, the functionality just wasn’t there.

Enter Squarespace. Their sites are dynamic, eye-catching, and really, really easy to use. Often times I feel like photographers get stuck in this mindset that their sites have to be custom-made, one-of-a-kind works of art that will immediately put them in the red. And that’s all fine and good for those people. Just not for me. I’m all kinds of down for using a template.

See, another thing I’ve been working on over the past few months is simplification and minimalism in both my personal life and business. I’ll touch on that more at a later date, but one thing I could apply that to immediately was my website. The new site is more clear, easier to read and enjoy, and way easier to manage on the backend. Over the next month or two, I’ll also be integrating my blog into the site using the Squarespace blog platform provided. Way. more. simple.

So what else has been happening behind the scenes?

Well, I’ve started a fun little personal project that I’m going to be calling Wee Worlds. Basically, it’s a 360°x180° panoramic image stitched together using mapping software. Kinda complicated but the end result are fun little tiny planets!

This project came at a great time because a wonderful group of pet photographer friends decided to start a monthly blog challenge. Each month we have an assignment/theme and we have to go out and create something awesome. We then post our creation to our blog and then link to the next photog’s post. Kinda a cool idea to keep the creative juices flowing.

So this month’s theme is Photoshop. To be honest, my Wee World’s project uses very little Photoshop but there is certainly some in there. I had to clone out my tripod’s shadow, enhance/correct colors, and remove sensor dust. Pretty light editing but I had to make the theme work with my personal project. :) So as a head’s up, if this challenge continues, you’ll be seeing quite a few more of these Wee Worlds! :)

And without further ado, here is this month’s challenge piece. My very first completed Wee World named This is Eva’s World. We’re Just Living in It.

Eva sure would like to believe the world revolves around her. Haha!

Now on to the next photographer’s take on the Photoshop challenge. I introduce you to Holly Montgomery all the way from BrindleBerry Pet Photography in Calgary, Canada. Go check out her fun and amazing Photoshop composite here:

Isn’t funny how the internet indeed makes the Earth into a Wee World? ;)

Fun with Photoshop » BrindleBerry – Custom Pet Photography - […] we didn’t get much participation, but I am excited to share the awesome job that the talented Sarah McGraw did from McGraw […]

Teresa - Amazing and wonderful piece of artwork. I can’t stop looking at it! Just awesome!

Ruth - This turned out sooooo well. Can’t wait to see more :)

illona - LOVE it, Sarah. can’t wait to see more! - This is great work. I have a feeling you will have clients actually wanting you to turn your personal project into another service offering! :)


Oh my Dog! Emma could be the most sweet, sugar-coated, melt-in-your-mouth kinda pup I know. This little angel was a true gem during our session and she gave me some of my new favorite images.

Her session took place at one of my favorite locations and we were able to explore and enjoy the lovely Fall colors. The sun even came out (which would be great on a freezing day like today…brrrrrr!).

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Seriously. Those ears and that smile.

Yeah, you got me…

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Don’t you just want to give that nose a big smooooooooch!?!?
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Time for some fun!!!!
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And we finished off with a few with mom. I heart these. <3
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So, where would you rather be on a cold day like today?

Goodbye in 2014

This is the hardest post to write of the year even though there are few words. The longer I’m in business, the more pets I photograph, and, inevitably, the more I have to say goodbye to. The loss of a pet is the loss of a family member and this is my little way of memorializing each one of our furbabies that have crossed Rainbow Bridge. Each and every one of them is deeply missed but are now in a land full of tennis balls, frisbees, squeakies, catnip, and mice. May you all rest in peace. It was an honor to photograph your amazing spirits. xx.


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May your families find peace and comfort. Much love…

Barbara Sprague - Sarah,
You will be thrilled to know every cat you have photographed for us has found a home!!! Most of the dogs have also found their fur-ever families too!
Thank you for all that you do for the animals!