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Dusty and Ella – Dog Portraits

Endless sunshine. That’s what the weather forecasted for the day of Dusty’s and Ella’s photo shoot. However, come that afternoon, heavy cloud cover loomed above our heads and rain showers threatened to put a stop to our session. Luckily, the showers remained at bay and we got to squeeze in a dry afternoon with these two Shelties.

Dusty was the main focus of this session because his grandfather just thinks the world of him and his beautiful handsome coloring. Dusty is a sable merle – a pretty rare combination. I must say that I agree with Dusty’s grandfather. He sure is a sight for sore eyes.

We also got some images of Ella, a tri-color little lady and Dusty’s cousin. She is slightly disabled as she has 4 legs but only 3 paws. They both were a pleasure to work with and we had a blast in their backyard…

Ella has the most endearing eyes :)
Dusty takes his play time seriously!
I love Dusty’s hair blowing in the wind. He is just so gorgeous!
Ella is so inquisitive and loves to keep watch over the backyard. Squirrels and ducks better beware!
After hanging out in the backyard, Dusty headed off to Jetton Park – a great place for doggy pics! It actually started to rain on our way over but stopped just as we pulled into the park. Yay! 
Dusty started off with some posing…
But quickly went into play mode. I just love the way his hair flows as he jumps around!
And back to posing…
Dusty’s grandfather didn’t want to be in any of the pics, but I just love this one. Dusty loves him so much and follows him everywhere!
Lastly, we headed over to the beach area for some good stick throwing – one of Dusty’s favorite things…
Lovin’ the sandy nose!

Thank you, Dusty and Ella, for a DRY and fun session!

Amanda Smith - Sarah, these are wonderful pictures of our across the street neighbors!

Happy Tails: Dusty and Ella | The Daily Dog Tag - [...] I love this image so much!  You can see more of Dusty and Ella on Sarah’s blog. [...]

Bear, Jackson, and Brad

There’s nothing like the love between a dog and man. I mean, there’s a reason the saying goes “dog is a man’s best friend”. Well, after this shoot, I can say with 100% certainty that rule applies to little men too!

Bear (a brindle lab mix) and Jackson (a black lab) are totally infatuated with their human brother, Brad. And trust me, the feeling is mutual. Brad, at only 2 years old, has grown up with Bear, 8, and Jackson, 9. They are his personal playmates and they love to run together, play fetch, and just act like little boys together. Brad brings out the puppy in this four-legged duo and it was so awesome to watch first hand.

I introduce Bear and Jackson…

Bear wanted to say hi up close and personal.
And here is Brad! If this expression doesn’t capture the love and joy they have for each other, I don’t know what would.

Thank you to Bear and Jackson’s family for the fun and lovely session!

Sally Conner - I LOVE these! thank you so much for capturing EVERYONE’s personality so acurately! We all had such a blast working with you!!

V.Schweiss - Wow, these are wonderful! Great job.

Blaze – Dog Portraits

(If you recognize Blaze, shhhhhhh, keep it a secret! His dad will see these for the first time on Christmas!)

Blaze had a rough start to life. He was abandoned on the side of the road and was left cold and confused. Luckily, his current family’s dentist found him and passed him along to the wonderful home he has now. Blaze quickly worked his way to the “top dog” position in his dad’s heart and is perfectly content as his dad’s favorite.

Knowing this background made it so easy for me to understand why Blaze’s human brothers wanted to surprise their dad with the gift of photography. They were the lucky winners of a pet portrait session donated for a silent auction at a recent charity event. At 17 years old, Blaze’s human brothers handled setting up the shoot and were completely responsible for making it happen. They were great to work with and Blaze wasn’t too bad either! Haha! I mean, look at how cute he is!

I was so happy the sun was out during our session. Lately it’s been playing hide-and-go-seek with me. 
What a handsome boy…
His tongue looks like a heart <3!
These are for Blaze’s dad (a huge Auburn fan)!
I normally don’t pose my doggy models as much as I did with Blaze…he was just so good at it! After all his sitting and staying, Blaze cut loose, got to run, catch his favorite tennis ball, and even went on a quick swim in Lake Norman.

Merry Christmas to Blaze’s dad! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!

Charlotte Reeves - The one of him jumping up catching the ball with the backlighting is stupendously awesome! Love the one above it too with the gorgeous light. Another top shoot, Blaze’s dad is gonna love the photos.

Ellie, Jessie, and Dillon

I’m not going to lie. I want to dog-nap these 3 totally chill pups! Shhhhh…don’t tell their parents! I think I just have an affinity toward older doggies. Here are (from left to right) Jessie, Dillon, and Ellie…

Jessie is a sweet lady that loves her toys but loves wagging her tail even more (you’ll see what I mean later on). She has Addison’s disease but you would never know it by her contagious smile. She gets a shot every 5 weeks to keep her happy and healthy and so far, she hasn’t missed a trick!
Dillon is the youngest child at the ripe age of 10. He is a bona fide chipmunk hunter and cutie pie!
Dillon loves throwing his toys and while I didn’t get the perfect shot of the action, this pic still makes me giggle.
Next up we have Ellie. Ellie literally made me gasp when I saw her because she is just that gorgeous in person. This baby 13-year-old lost her hearing back at a young age and was my first deaf doggy client. She has a pretty bad case of arthritis and is a little wobbly on her feet. Nevertheless, she donned an irresistible smile and was a pleasure to photograph!
This is one of Ellie’s “looks”. Haha! I love how her wrinkles all fall forward!
After hanging out at the house, we headed out on the boat for a sunset cruise. The dogs all ran down the dock…
…and assumed their favorite positions.
You know how I said Jessie loves to wag her tail? Well, she wags so hard and so much that she has actually hurt her tail and it needs to stay wrapped in medical tape. I thought it looked super cute. On the left – one of the few opportunities you will see it sitting still. On the right – the happy tail in action!
 Ellie, Jessie and Dillon, I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek! :)

Nicole Glazier - i LOVE that last photo!! What a GREAT last photo!! The dogs are SO smiley and beautiful!! I’m still smiling because of them!! hahaha!! True story.

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