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What’s this? A baby on my blog?!?!

Before you get too confused or wonder if I’m moving into baby photography, let me explain. :)

My sister came up for a visit on one of the most gorgeous days of the year and we just had to take advantage! She was wanting some pictures of her baby boy, Miller, and I was happy to be of some assistance. :) We literally just walked across the street from my condo and were able to capture some of the beautiful evening light in the newly budding landscape.

I hope you enjoy a quick peek of my sis with my new nephew. They are a lovely pair!!!

Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie
Miller and Carrie

Ansel, Izzy, and Zeke

This post is quite bittersweet. This trio’s eldest brother, Ansel, was diagnosed with cancer and was only given a few months to live. At 10 years old, for a Dane, Ansel had already had a long and fulfilling life. Rescued and adopted from Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love, Ansel spent the better years of his life in a loving family and even had the opportunity to see his 2-legged human brother born. Unfortunately, Ansel gained his angel wings on Sunday – just days after our session.

I don’t want this post to be all sad and bring you down (even though it’s making me tear up). Instead I want to honor Ansel and his sweet family.

Ansel’s family loves Uptown Charlotte so, even though we had our hands full, we went for it! Three people, three dogs, and a baby – haha! We were struggling! Luckily, some friends showed up to lend a helping hand and we were able to capture some fabulous images of Ansel and his sister, Izzy, and brother, Zeke.

This is by far my favorite image of Ansel…

Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
And Izzy (on the left) and Zeke (on the right)…
Charlotte NC Dog Photography
Zeke is an Italian Greyhound who was very interested in the other dogs walking by. However, I quickly discovered that a, “You wanna go on a walk?” or ” You wanna go on a car ride?” made him focus right on me!
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Izzy, on the other hand, was only interested in the tennis ball. Yep, she wasn’t going anywhere without that thing!
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And my boy, Ansel…
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Charlotte NC Pet Portraits
Ansel’s dad was especially close to his boy. Because Ansel’s tumor was putting pressure on his rectum, he was having to potty quite frequently. Dad was very patient with Ansel and did everything he could to clean up his accidents and to make him comfortable. I just had to sneak this picture in…
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Charlotte NC Pet Photography
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Lastly, we wanted an image to remember Ansel with his baby brother. And they look off into the landscape together… run free sweet boy… xx…
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Beth - I’m so sorry that Ansel is no longer in this world! He was a handsome and lucky boy. These are wonderful photos, I’m glad they got to you in time! I imagine Zeke and Izzy are helping to chase the blues away because they are just too cute to do anything else!

KELLI LORINI - I googled the top 5 pet photographers (I love my animals and a good image) it ended up giving me the top thirty. Theres little thumbnails and I skipped all and went straight to your blog. I am glad I did. The picture with Ansel and his dad gave me chills and tears and the last image with the baby and the dog. I cant. youre great!

Gus and Lucy

Spring is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! By far, Spring is my favorite time of year to shoot. I just can’t resist the green grass, the array of flowers, the birds chirping, and the warm sunshine. Ahhhhh…just thinking about it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside (especially on a cold, rainy day like today).

The only thing about this Spring is that it showed up a little late this year. Winter had too hard of a grip which proved challenging for Gus and Lucy’s session. Their mom reeeeeeally wanted to have a Spring-looking session but the options were limited. After hours and hours of searching for some green grass or blooming trees (not in a parking lot), I finally made my way down to Fort Mill, SC to check out the peach blossoms. They were on their way out but, luckily, they hung on just long enough for a great session.

The session was focused mostly on Gus, a 6-year-old Maltese/Bichon mix that is the light of his mom’s world. Although she never thought she would have a small, white, fluffy pup, Gus has stolen her heart…

Fort Mill, SC Pet photography
Lucy is Gus’s sister and she was happy to jump in for a few shots as well. :)
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As I mentioned, the pink blooms blew me away in the background. How creamy and buttery do they look?!?
Fort Mill SC Dog Photographer
Fort Mill, SC dog photographer
Who is the cutest dog? Oooh! Oooh! Me! Me!
Waving white fluffy dog
Lucy is so regal here. In fact, she just a big goofball. PS – I love goofballs!
Dogs photographed in peach trees
You, uh, got a treat?!?
Fort Mill, SC Pet photographer
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Purples and pinks and greens, oh my! Gus, you are too handsome, my friend!
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They may not be the best of friends, but Lucy and Gus cooperated long enough to get a few pictures together. ;)
Peach tree Pet Portraits
That was enough of that!
Charlotte NC Dog Photographer
Look out! Gus has the zoomies!!!!
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Charlotte NC Pet Photography
Charlotte NC Dog Photography

What a gorgeous location! I’m certainly going to keep this location in mind throughout the summer and into next spring. If you’d like to book a session here, just give me a shout. Although there are no longer blossoms on the trees, the beauty continues on.

A huge thanks to Gus and Lucy’s mom for making the journey to our special spot. :)

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