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Back in the day, I learned photography with black-and-white film. I developed my own negatives, printed my own prints, and even made a make-shift darkroom in the laundry room of one of my apartments while in college. Needless to say, black-and-white images hold a near and dear place in my heart.

However, typically with pet photography, the gorgeous sunlight and outdoor locations really scream for color. I typically only convert images to black-and-white when people are included in the shots. This allows the emotion and connection between subjects to shine through. Strangely, when I was editing Simone’s gallery, something just begged for black-and-white conversions. I don’t know if it was the indoor location, the beautiful “eyeliner” around her eyes, or the dynamics of a kitty-cat’s life. I grinned from ear to ear when I saw how lovely this feline subject became in a monochromatic image. Therefore, I’ve dedicated this entire post to Simone in black-and-white. :)

As a side note, I really approached this session as a day-in-the-life of a cat. I, of course, threw in some portraits, etc, but I really wanted to focus on capturing the essence of this little rescue kitty subject. So, naturally, we start off by sunbathing in the warm morning sunlight…

Study of Cat in black and white
Southeast US Cat Photographer
Then it is playtime.
Fun Cat Pictures
North Carolina Cat Photographer
A.D.D….is that a bird? or just a leaf falling?
Modern Images for Posh Pets
Just hanging out on her throne.
Modern Cat Portraits
Kitty Portraits
This has to be one of my favorites. It’s so quintessential cat overlooking her kingdom…
Cat Portraits
Charlotte NC Pet Photography
Nothing like a good chin rub and some exploring.
NoDa Pet Photographer
Charlotte NC Cat Photography
And the most adorable series of a kitty I’ve seen! ;)
Feline Pet Photography
After all the adventures, it’s time for a nap in the sunroom…
Charlotte NC Cat Photographer
I hope you enjoyed this black-and-white day-in-the-life of Simone. :) I can’t wait to see this story come together in her Coffee Table Album! Meow!

Stephanie Dempsey - Sarah, we are so happy with your photos. Simone loved spending time with you and strutting her stuff for the camera. You really made a connection with her and captured her essence. We are honored to have your artwork in our home. Also, Simone wants to know when you are coming over again to play with her.

Stephanie (Simone’s mama)


Some days are just made for the perfect photo shoot.

The day I met Fergie, the sun was out, there was a slightly cool breeze, and the colors of fall were starting to appear. We met in an abandoned field that was filled with gorgeous yellow flowers which complimented Fergie’s wavy fur. Her spunky personality was on full display as she bounced around, explored, and chewed on sticks.

Even though Fergie had a busy day of traveling (she’d been visiting rescues looking for a fur-buddy), she could keep going and going. Every once in a while her eyes would get a little heavy, but then the breeze would bring in a new smell and her face would perk right up again.

Man, I just love this happy little girl! Meet Fergie, the 10-month-old Cockapoo…

Playful and fun dog photography
Charlotte, NC Pet Photographer
Charlotte, NC Dog Photography
Charlotte, NC Pet Photography
Pet Portrait Photographer
Fergie’s beautiful parents even joined in for some pics. Isn’t that a lovely family?!?
Carolinas Dog Portrait Photography
Charlotte, NC Dog Photographer
Running Cockapoo in Grass
North Carolina Animal Pictures
Modern Animal Portraits
This session had definitely made me ready for the fall season! The colors throughout this shoot are going to be phenomenal in Fergie’s Coffee Table Album! Can’t wait!!!

Brittani Croft - Oh goodness I love this session! Fergie is so expressive and her color is so beautiful, and it pops so well from the amazing scenery. And what a good looking family she has! :)

Currents Magazine Pet Issue

I had so much fun photographing Ace, the 2014 winner of the Lake Norman Currents Magazine cover contest. He beat out 50+ other pups in a contest that would land the winner’s face on the October pet issue – all to benefit Friends of the Animals. When Ace isn’t workin’ his stuff in front of my camera, he’s a medical alert service dog who is specially trained to alert his mom of changes in her blood sugar.

And here are a couple of the fun shots we got while hanging out during our shoot…

Charlotte NC Pet Photographer
Lake Norman Poodle Portrait
Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
And here is the talented Ace on the cover. Now that’s a handsome boy…
2014 Lake Norman Currents Magazine Pet Issue

Mr. Banks

When you get the opportunity to photograph an unbelievably cute and scruffy dog for some large artwork for a vet’s office, you jump. Like ASAP. And, man, I tell ya, Mr. Banks didn’t disappoint. Here are just a few of the amazingly cute images this superstar knocked out in a matter of about 30 minutes. He didn’t waste any time hamming it up!

Charlotte NC Pet Photographer

Charlotte NC Pet Photographer
Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
Modern Animal Portraits
Cute Dog Pictures
West Ballantyne Animal Hospital Artwork
Dog Portrait Wall Art
And the final product? This 30×40 canvas is proudly hanging in the lobby of West Ballantyne Animal Hospital! Stop by to check it out! (Photo Credit: West Ballantyne Animal Hospital)
Canvas wall art