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Lola, ChiChi and Ramesses

It sure has been sweater weather lately and repeat clients, Lola, ChiChi and Ramesses, were ready to take on the Fall! We met at a gorgeous barn named Joli Cheval in Mint Hill. The leaves were changing, there was a chill in the air, and the models were magical!

Lola and ChiChi, a couple pint-sized Chihuahuas, must have remembered me from our session last year. They went right into model zone and even pulled off this gem of an image… (and any of my clients with multiple dogs can attest to how hard it is to get them in a shot together!)

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Last year, we missed out on some of the gorgeous golden light. I’m so glad we got to capture that this season!
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Lola is such a love bug! She rode in the car with me to the second location and she sat on my lap the whole time!!! Now I want a lap dog!!! Oh, wait. I do have a lap dog. She’s just 63 pounds.
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ChiChi, who has a reputation as a diva, even took to me quickly. I think she only barked at me a couple times – if that. Her eyes and ears stayed perky and I love her images!!
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The pups weren’t the only ones in the session! No! Ramesses II was included as well. To be honest, I don’t know much about horses but he is one of the most striking animals I’ve ever seen!
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And those Fall colors only accent his gorgeousness (and his parents!!)!
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Is is cold where you are today? Do you want to borrow Lola and ChiChi’s sweaters?


I swear I have some of the cutest doggie clients ever. Period. Cooper is absolutely no exception. He seriously looks like a little stuffed animal! He had me squealing the whole session – and I’m not lying about that!

Cooper is an 8-year-old Poodle-mix that has the most adorable little fuzzy body ever! He had a blast exploring Fisher Farm and he hopped like a bunny rabbit as he checked out every corner of the park. I really don’t know what else to say about him other that “Eeeeeeeeekkkkkk!” Meet Mr. Cooper…

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I told you, right?!?! Now check out those ears!
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And his bunny hop as he ran around!
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So are you squealing yet? If not, does this work?!?
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I know this isn’t a picture that’s going to be big on the wall but I had to document this interesting moment. Cooper suddenly stopped and tried to bury his head in the grass. Not sure if he was planking? or doing an ostrich impression?
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Bust out some treats and he gets focused again!
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His mom better hold him tight! There’s already a list of people that told me they want me to steal him for them!
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One of Cooper’s mom’s favorite looks is when he holds just one ear up. Um, yeah. That’s not cute or anything. ;)
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This picture embodies the joy I feel when I look at Cooper’s sweet face. It makes me smile! :)
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I hope you enjoyed Cooper’s sneak peek as much as I *clearly* did! :) So, do you want to steal him too?

Alice G Patterson - Oh what fun! This dog is adorable, and I love every single one of these images. The face plant is hilarious- I’m sure I’ll be back to look at these again!

Beth - Oh my! Cooper is completely adorable! Gorgeous images!

Happy Tails: Cooper | Daily Dog Tag - […] can see more of Cooper on Sarah’s pet photography blog. Be sure to follow McGraw Photography on Facebook as well to see her lifestyle and studio pet […]

Before and After

A photographer’s job would be so much easier if the files were perfect and ready for print straight out of the camera. Well, just like in the film days, there is quite a bit of *digital* darkroom editing that needs to be done to each image afterward. Here is a great example…

This “before” image is straight-out-of-camera. Because I needed a fast shutter speed to stop the action, the image ended up being a couple stops underexposed. Because I shoot in RAW format, I knew I could up the exposure some in post-processing. A quick note on this – I don’t rely on “oh, I’ll just fix that in Photoshop”. In fact, I’d rather not. However, sometimes you don’t have a choice. I had to trade off a perfect exposure in order to have a crisp action image.

Along with increasing the exposure, I warmed up the color temperature, removed some distracting elements, increased contrast and sharpened it overall.

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This is a perfect example of how a photographer’s work continues way after the camera clicks. Edits like this occur with every final image. Often times, leashes have to be removed, eye goobers need to be cleaned up, shaved fur and/or tumors are asked to be covered, etc.

I love seeing this transformation happen and I think it’s important for clients to see all of the hours of work that go into each image that is presented in the final gallery. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do!

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valerie - oh my word, can i just say that i am in love with the eyebrows on that doxie! oh yeahhh! bam! the best!!! beautiful family portraits of the best beauties in the south!

Dewey and Frosty

Dewey and Frosty are a pair of super small (but large in cuteness!) Toy Aussies. Their weather-related names are part of a tradition in their household and they have/had other furry family members named Windy, Misty, Twister and Stormy. How fun is that?!?

I introduce Dew Drops and Frosty Paws…

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Frosty is a “forever puppy” or so it seems! He is 5 years old but doesn’t look over 5 months!
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Frosty is high energy and playful with a fun sparkle in his eyes…
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…has a face you can’t say no to…
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…and love to play ball!!!
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Dewey is a little more timid and wary of new people. He likes to bark at strangers but then will be your best friend 5 minutes later. :) He was crawling on my back by the end of the session!
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Dewey is fantastic at commands but if you don’t reward him (and preferably with my delicious liver treats) he will let you know. See the image on the right for his dramatic *GASP* face! ;)
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And he love to play ball like his brother.
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I know frost melts when the sun comes out, but Frosty straight-up melts ME in this glowing image…
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This dainty duo seriously stole my heart! I could have photographed them all day. I hope their parents plaster their images everywhere – I know I want to! :)
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Melissa - OMG Sarah you are THE BEST! I am blown away. I can not thank you enough :)

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