McGraw Photography Blog » Charlotte, NC | Pet & Dog Photography

McGraw Photography Blog bio picture

Dog Fancy!

When I first started my photography business, one of my goals was to have an image published in a national magazine. At the time, my focus was architectural photography so my dreams revolved around being published in magazines such as Metropolitan Home, Dwell and Architectural Digest. As times have changed and my focus has solely become pet photography, my dream publications have also changed. Now I dream of being published in Dog Fancy, Bark Magazine, Modern Dog and others.

A couple months ago, one of my dreams became a reality. I got an email informing me that one of my submissions to Dog Fancy was accepted into the magazine and that it would be featured in the September issue. I was so excited when I received my copies in the mail! One of Boss’s pictures (see his blog post here) was the image they chose and I’m sure he is so proud to be featured on two pages in this national publication!

Boss’ mom even sent over a couple pictures of what the new-found fame has done to his self-image. I sure hope he can bounce back from this… BOL!

Karen - Wow, congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am an inspiring pet photographer myself (just starting out last month) as a way to put my love of dogs and photography together.

What an accomplishment, you must be so proud! :-)

Stephanie - congrats, you deserve it!


I am simply blown away! As of me writing this, out of the 45 pets that I have photographed in the short time I have been volunteering at the Humane Society of Charlotte, only 5 are still available at the shelter! That means 40 of the cats and dogs have found furever homes! I hope that streak continues as I welcome a new group of adoptees to the blog.

Thank you to everyone that shares these images on Facebook (this should take you to the FB album if you want to share) and via email. That’s what really gets these animals in front of potential new fur-parents. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

For more information about your favorites, please contact the Humane Society of Charlotte.

For those that follow me on Facebook or Instagram know that I fell in love with little Max today. I saw him from a mile away – I just have a soft spot for black lab mix puppies. They all remind me of my Sadie. Max has the biggest legs and paws and should grow up to be a nice-sized boy. I wish I got to do a proper shoot with him as I only got this images as I was leaving. Well, maybe not. I really might have taken him home.

On a related note, yes, there are tons of puppies up at the Humane Society. However, they are so much easier to adopt out so my time is best spent on the older pups that may not get the attention they deserve. I really would like to spend a day photographing the puppies though. Hmmm…I might have to arrange that just for the sake of cuteness! :)

Ollie and Otto – Morkie Overload!


Seriously. You may not want to continue on if you are in a place where you can’t giggle and say “aaaawwww”!

These two Morkies (Maltese/Yorkie mix) take the cake when it comes to cuteness! Ollie and Otto, a brother-sister pair who are not even half a year old yet, are the two smallest, fluffiest dogs I have ever photographed. To give you an idea of how small they are, Ollie just hit a big milestone of reaching 2 whole pounds!

We started off their photo shoot in their totally awesome Uptown condo where they got to know me and the camera. This is Otto, the brother and the fluffier of the pair…

And this is the sister, Ollie…
Time to pack up and head out to one of Uptown Charlotte’s prettiest parks! I love how these two fit right in their mom’s bag.
Once out in the park, these two went CRAZY!!! I fortunately took a ton of pics because 1) they are so adorable when they run, and 2) when you can’t see their faces, these guys tend to look like the unrecognizable fuzzy balls of fur that float out from under my couch (but WAY cuter and MUCH faster)! Ok, maybe not at all but you know what I mean! Haha! We had so much fun!!!
I love Otto’s dive for his ball here!
Between the running, ball throwing, and searching for dead birds, we managed to grab Ollie and Otto’s attention for 3-second intervals for some quick “posing”. Gotta love puppies!!! :)

And back to playing!

Bum-in-the-air alert!!!
Before we called it a night, I took a quick picture of Ollie and Otto’s new bling. Their collars are SO small and I love the name tags their mom found on Etsy (obviously I blurred out the phone #).

The pups were all packed up and ready to rest up for another day of high-energy play. Seriously love these two…

I hope you enjoyed these two Morkies’ sneak peak. They were a blast to photograph and I really CAN. NOT. wait to see them again! :)

Hilary Walls - Hudson says “Morkie’s Rock!”

Katrina Hutchins (come+together) - THANK YOU SO MUCH!! We LOVE them!! O+O had a BLAST with you!!!!

Julie - I just stumbled upon your blog & website, and I have to say that you are an exceptionally talented photographer. Absolutely stunning images!


Every day I volunteer at the Humane Society of Charlotte, things just get better and better. Want to know why? Because I’m introduced to more and more dogs and cats that I’ve never meet. Why is that a good thing? Well, because that means that these wonderful pets are being adopted, making room for other cats and dogs to be saved. Here is a new batch of sweethearts looking for their forever homes. For more information about your favorites, visit the Humane Society in Charlotte or check out their website!

I love Stripe’s little puppy nose!
Chime is the winner of the doggy head tilt for the visit!
Kanga’s kangaroo outtake is on the right. Such a goofball but I love it!
All of Sampson’s images were outtakes! Haha! This jovial boy has the floppiest jowls and ears! :)

And CATS!!! Yay!! I go to photograph all of the adult kitties. Love ‘em!!!

And Enchantress wins best head tilt for the kitty division…
Thanks to everyone that has shared these images. It really helps them find homes faster. XX!

Stephanie - OMG! Amazing! I want to take them ALL home!!! xo