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Charlie and Cooper

Gorgeous young pups + a fantastic waterfront yard + perfect weather =  this session!

Seriously, Charlie and Cooper rocked this one out!

Cooper is a 4-month-old Golden with the most beautiful white fur and goofy long legs. Any puppy will steal your heart but Cooper is really, really good at it. Watching this clumsy sweetheart bounce around his yard was way too much for my dog-loving heart to handle. Yeah, I wanted to steal him.

Not to be outdone, Charlie, a one-year-old Yorkie-mix, worked his cute little face for the camera. This momma’s boy happily showed me around his incredible backyard while keeping me on my toes.

What a lucky, lucky family these two have!!!

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Sunset on the dock simply was too magical to comprehend. Love…
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Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
These two. My heart is like butter. It was a pleasure working with you…
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Brutus, Caesar and Diesel

It’s a horrible feeling thinking something is going to happen to your beloved pet. Trust me…I just went through a scare with my cat, Teton. Over Thanksgiving weekend, I was pretty sure he was heading down the road to Rainbow Bridge. Thankfully, with the help of the AMAZING staff at Independence Veterinary Clinic, Teton was better and back to his old self by Monday. Wow. It was a really long and tear-filled weekend.

That same relief is, I’m sure, what Brutus’ mom felt after he got the all-clear from his liver shunt surgery. You see, Brutus was born with a congenital birth defect which allows some blood coming from his stomach to bypass the liver. Those nasty toxins go straight into his bloodstream which is a recipe for disaster. This condition is very rare in cats and it manifested itself as blindness after Brutus was neutered (the blindness thankfully went away).

Brutus had surgery on August 26th. It was very risky with not a ton of success in cats. We, of course, immediately scheduled a session should the unthinkable occur. Brutus also had his Abyssinian brother, Caesar, join in.

Thankfully, after much observation and many tests, Brutus has gotten the all-clear and the liver shunt has been corrected. I couldn’t be more happy for this seriously sweet and wonderful family. What a huge sigh of relief we all felt. With the good news, they even added on a third kitten after our original session! The little guy is named Diesel and we decided to have a fun little session with him in the studio!

I hope you enjoy some of the images from these kitty sessions. Virtual hugs to this entire family!!!!

Because these guys are hard to tell apart, I’ll start off with the main focus of the shoot…Brutus! I’m head over heals about these kitties on this animal print goodness!!!

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Charlotte NC Cat Photographer
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This curious guy is Caesar. He definitely did his best to steal the spotlight. He kinda did. ;)
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Charlotte NC Pet Photography
Love between mom and Brutus…
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On to the crazy boy Diesel!!! I mean, he’s an adorable kitten let loose in a studio full of toys. This is awesomeness!
Charlotte NC Abyssinian Kitten
Abyssinian Cat Photos
His jig…
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Charlotte NC Cat Photography
Cute Kitten Photos
Charlotte NC Kitten Photographer
The absolute favorite pastime of Diesel’s is to attack the cowhide rug. So of course we had to include that!
Abyssinian Kitten Photos
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North Carolina Kitten Photography
North Carolina Kitten Portrait
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Thanks again to this fab kitty family. I’m so glad everyone is happy and healthy! I hope you enjoy your wall art and album for years and years!!!! :)

jennifer - Love love these the images and cats are stunning! So glad brutus is doing well

Beth - These cats are gorgeous! I’m glad Brutus is doing well and what fun it must be with 3 cats now. Beautiful photos!

Serta Pet Beds

I couldn’t be more excited to share some of the fun images we got during a commercial shoot for Serta Pet Beds! Their new and jazzy website is now live! I for one know just how great these beds look and feel. I spent hours and hours stuffing them, setting them up, photographing them, and yes, lying down in them (they are super-comfy…I’d rather sleep in them than my bed!). Without further ado, here are the stunning models showing off their favorite beds…

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Serta Pet Beds Photo Shoot
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I really love the True Timber line. Camo is so hot right now!
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Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
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US Commercial Pet Photography
And a few screen shots from the new site. Go and check it out for yourself!
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And of course I had to include this last screen shot. See that little black paw down there? Yep, that’s my little Sadie’s paw. She was so patient while we got her leg at just the right angle. I’m so proud! :)
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If your pup has what it takes for commercial work (VERY well-trained, fit, etc), stay tuned to my Facebook page because I have model calls on a regular basis. :)

Elin - Lovely pictures! I was wondering how you do with commercial work, do you pay the dog owner or do they for example get the pictures? :)

Svennie and Willow

Puppy mills are a huge problem in North Carolina and Svennie was one of the many, many dogs that have to suffer the consequences of our lack of laws and punishments.

A year ago, Svennie was rescued during a puppy mill raid. She was only 6 months old but she was already left with the everlasting health effects…including meningitis. Her parents gave her all the medical care, love, and feeling of home that she was denied for the first part of her life. Despite all of their efforts, the balancing act between Svennie’s prednisone and meningitis became too much for her delicate body to handle. Sadly, we scheduled her Angel Session as she was being weaned off her last round of meds.

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Charlotte North Carolina Pet Photography
Willow, Svennie’s sister, joined in on the session too. She provided some comic relief for what was a very heartbreaking session.
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Some of my favorite images were of Svennie with her mom. Although they only got to share 1 year together, their love was like no other.
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Rest in peace, sweet Svennie. We will do all we can in your honor to make this puppy mill problem a thing of the past.

Crystal Vineyard - Sarah…..There aren’t words to accurately describe what having these images of Svennie means to me. They are truly priceless and I look at them each and every day. Thank you for being so accommodating and caring during a very difficult time.