Category Archives: Dogs

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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Happy New Year!

On Sunday I got my three dogs out for a fun afternoon out in the snow. I still find it hard to believe that this group walk was our last one in 2012! This year has gone by fast with unexpected challenges, and surprising rewards. I had my share of happiness, sadness, tough times, and wonderful times. I thank everyone who has supported me and been a great friend this past year. With my injuries behind me, I truly look forward to 2013 and kicking it off on a good note! So much has happened this year, I can’t wait for the new one and everything that will come with it.

Have a Great New Year, and enjoy these cloudy winter day photos!

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Opal the Poodle Mix – Ontario Dog Photography

Opal was a challenge to photograph! Not interested in toys or treats, and nearly impossible to move away from your legs – it made for a great learning experience. With patience and time any pet can have great photos of them! What most people do not understand is how much time you really need to take photographs. Along with time to get to the know them, you need patience and understanding of the pets personalities – and tailoring your approach to them is of utmost importance.

With Opal, we started the day off on a group dog hike. She hardly would move away from the legs of my friend, who was walking her while her owner was away on vacation. When we got back, we gave her some individual time in the yard to get to know me better. For Opal, we had the added challenge that her mom was not around to help. She was in a new place with new people, and you could tell she was more of a shy and anxious dog. Far different from the other rambunctious and energetic dogs on the walk.

Once she got to know me, she would once in a while look in my direction. For the most part, she would sit and smell the air. Just getting her far enough away from me to take a photo was the first feat. In the end, we got some great portraits of this girls smile! With quick timing and patience, I managed to get the shots I was aiming for.

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Digital Paintings

Long before I began to take photographs I have been drawing and painting. I’m not sure why I stopped drawing a few years back, but it definitely coincided with being busy with work and the accident that broke my drawing hand. I am very happy to announce that I am now bringing back my custom artwork and portraits, in addition to offering pet photography. I really look forward to what the future will bring! Pricing and details will be available shortly, in the mean time, here are two example pieces.

The first is Maverick, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier drawn to be printed at 8×10 or 11×14. The second is Cody, my Australian Shepherd painted to be printed on canvas at 16″x20″. I included a closer detail of the face to give an idea of how much time is spent working on the little things. Pricing starts at $50 and up, with prints or canvas available for purchase.

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