Author Archives: Shelley

Sarcazm checks out the Bluffs

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Richmond Green – {Richmond Hill Dog Photography}

Now that the weather is warming up and Spring is starting to arrive, the Richmond Green is a great place in the heart of Richmond Hill to take portraits! I brought Sniper out to see how the flowers and plants are looking, and it is nearly time for that wonderful burst of colour that happens this time of year.

Mini-sessions are available for this location! 30 minute or 1 hour time slots are available. Please e-mail shelley@shelleyvphotography.com for details and prices.

 Sniper checking out the smells at the waterfall.

The flowers are starting to come out!

Beautiful spring evening, for a while it felt like it would never happen!

I think purple suits him!

Sniper posing by the water, but all he wants is the Cuz toy I had in my hand!

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Hercules and Dixie

Barb was one of the winners of my contest in February, and it was wonderful to meet her and her two amazing dogs! Hercules is a Mastiff, a big boy, but also with the most perfect name ever! He was so gentle, and loved his ball!

Dixie is a gorgeous Blue Merle Australian Shepherd. In typical Aussie style, she adored to play frisbee and one of our main goals for the shoot was to get some of her both playing disc and agility (her next favorite activity!). Both Dixie and my own dog, Sniper, had their agility debut on the same weekend, but at different venues. I hope to see them at a trial in the near future, from what I heard Dixie was a super star getting two qualifying jumpers runs!

Dixie showing off her jumping skills! She makes it look easy.

We started out into the field, gorgeous blue skies, snow, and lots of wind! It made throwing the frisbee a challenge, but Dixie was more than happy to play. She put an awesome effort in, and still managed to beat the wind to get some great jumps and catches.

Hercules was not to be outdone though, he loves his ball and it made for some entertaining times!

Both of them were awesome at posing. They practically placed themselves in position. It is always a lot of fun to work with dogs who just work the camera.

One of the best things about dogs are the crazy faces they make when running with pure joy!

And the not so crazy, but happy expressions 🙂

Then the race was on! Herc took the lead, but Dixie soon zoomed past.

This duo were absolutely fantastic.

Thank-you Barb for a wonderful time and allowing me to capture some photos of your two incredible dogs!

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Winter Location Scout {North GTA Conservation Area}

Winter is often a difficult time of the year to find nice locations for photos. During one of my location scouts I came across a beautiful conservation area in the north GTA. It had a very nice forest backdrop with trails and an open field area. There is a pond and various trails throughout the park which I hope to explore in the Springtime. I have added this place to my list of dog friendly locations available for clients.

I brought Sniper along to be my stand-in model. He has come a long way since he was a puppy – he used to never stay still but has turned into my best model. He takes his job pretty seriously these days, but still keeps his goofy puppiness when it comes to action shots. Lying down on the ground to take them is not without it’s hazards! He comes flying at me full speed and jumps on my head and mauls me with kisses. It has become a game of getting up off the ground quickly before there is a dog on your head!

Enjoy the photos, Snipe is a real character!

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Kitty and Milly {Toronto Cat Photography}

We don’t just photograph dogs here! Meet Kitty (aka. Mrs. Mew), a beautiful tortoiseshell, and her room-mate Milly, a wonderful orange tabby. The focus of this session was on Milly, a surprise Christmas gift. Although, lets just say that Kitty did not take well to being left out! She got annoyed that Milly was receiving all the attention, toys, and treats… she looked at me as if to say, “what about me?”. When I finished photographing Milly, I quickly learned that she was not impressed! Cats always make you smile and laugh, and through patience Kitty slowly came around. Pet photography has a lot to do with patience, but also in learning about your subject in a short amount of time.

Thank-you for letting me visit these two wonderful cats, and I hope one day I can come back and give Mrs. Mew a session of her own! She is a diva, so I know she would enjoy having her own time in the spot light.

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