An Hour in the Life Of

After stuffing ourselves with turkey and all the fixins' and spending quality time with family visiting from Vegas over the Thanksgiving holiday, we met up a couple days later with the Rowe family to capture some family memories - or what I call OVER THE TOP fun!

Joelle and Steve adopted Stella (who will be 6 in January) from a little boy in Chino Valley, Arizona, who was raising money for a trip to Australia. She came into their lives during a difficult time, full of love from day one with lots of cuddles for Mom and Dad. Stella became Mom's instant companion and like any Lab with tons of energy, she loves frisbees and balls but water is her best friend! 

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Pete is the newest addition to the family, born in September of this year. Joelle wanted to rescue but patience is not a virtue when she has her heart and mind set on something. She and I are very much alike in this regard (just call us Veruca Salt, the "I want it and I want it now" Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory girl LOL) and after waiting 8 weeks with no puppy "hits" she gave up. The main goal is, after all, providing a loving and safe home to any four legger where all can grow old together as a family. She and Steve visited a reputable Lab breeder in Queen Creek where Steve spotted a tiny yellow Lab sitting in a corner all by himself and it was instant love for all involved! Pete enjoys being with his big sister, Stella, gets along with the kitties and rope toys are his favorite. Mom says he's camera shy but this little guy had no problem at all hamming it up for me during their session!

When she first contacted me, Joelle told me that she and Steve had their hearts set on including all their furries in a family photo but they weren't so sure we'd be able to "make it happen" and get everyone's attention. What do you think Pawz followers? :) And so we began the session in their backyard with a group shot - Stella, Pete, and their two cats, Billie and Fred. 

After finishing up with some candid and action shots, we took a short stroll to their gorgeous neighborhood park (talk about BEAUTIFUL hour-before-sunset light that day!!) where I sat back and let the fun with this family unfold - candids have always been my thing but lifestyle photos are fast becoming a favorite!

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Thank you Joelle and Steve for choosing us to capture your timeless memories and for allowing us to spend an hour with your beautiful and fun family.

And that my dear friends is what they call "a wrap"… until next time, stay safe and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!

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Leader of the Pack - Top 10 dog breeds

Do you think you know what 10 dog breeds are the most popular (according to the American Kennel Club in 2013)? I thought it would be fun to see how many of them I've had a chance to photograph and so I present you with the following eye candy :) Before you start scrolling, take a guess and then see how many you got right … enjoy!

#1 - Labrador Retriever (surprise, surprise - not!).

Pawnation.com states that the Lab "has been the most popular dog breed in America for 23 years".

Sam, 2012

Sam, 2012

#2 German Shepherd 

Gus posing for the Paws 2 Read calendar, 2013

Gus posing for the Paws 2 Read calendar, 2013

#3 Golden Retriever - I haven't photographed a full Golden (yet!) but I think this hunk of incredibly cute guy counts in two categories (see also Poodle) .. I give you Leroy the Goldendoodle, part Golden Retriever and part Poodle :)

Leroy

Leroy

#4 Beagle

Beaglefest 2013

Beaglefest 2013

#5 Bulldog

Zoey

Zoey

#6 Yorkshire Terrier

#7 Boxer

Smilin' Monty

Smilin' Monty

#8 Poodle - No full Poodle (yet!) but Leroy is halfway there - part Poodle, part Golden Retriever.

#9 Rottweiler

#10 Dachshund - Rounding out the top 10, this is Pawztography's #1 "most popular/photographed"!!!

Gorgeous George

Gorgeous George

Happy 2nd year as a Rotta, Gibby boy!

Around this time in 2012, Gibson came into our lives via Lucky Dog Rescue.  He was found  by a local musician (wanna guess how Gibson got his name?!) who owns his own recording studio and hangs out with/plays alongside some famous musicians from time to time - one in particular is known for his yearly Christmas show here in Phoenix :)  He kept him for a while and posted flyers in the area but received no response - knowing he couldn't keep him with his busy schedule and wanting him to have a great home, he called LDR and the rest, as they say, is history.

Gibby has brought us many smiles, belly laughter and incredible joy! I hope this glimpse into his life growing up over the past two years bring a smile to your face ...

Heading to Lucky Dog Rescue - I'm such a happy little guy!

Heading to Lucky Dog Rescue - I'm such a happy little guy!

Me and my big brother, Brimley - we all went to Show Low right after I was adopted for Dad's birthday weekend!

Me and my big brother, Brimley - we all went to Show Low right after I was adopted for Dad's birthday weekend!

I'm all about the lovin'!!

I'm all about the lovin'!!

Mom says I'm like Forrest Gump when I get wound up - I just run :)

Mom says I'm like Forrest Gump when I get wound up - I just run :)

Until next week Pawz fans ….

Behind The Scenes in Pittsburgh

Back in August, I traveled "home" to visit family and friends in Pittsburgh and to take part in a  4-day Hair of the Dog retreat/pet photography workshop with the extremely talented Nicole Begley. It was an awesome experience that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in pet photography, whether just starting out or already established!

We learned a TON, from shooting techniques to the not so fun business side of things (LOL, it's an evil necessity!) to having our own session where we were teamed up with a furry model and their human to practice what we had learned on the last day of the workshop at the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie Library in Oakland (see my previous blog titled "A Mini Schnauzer on the loose in Pittsburgh") .

I thought it would be fun to share some of my behind-the-scenes cell phone photos with you from the first full day of the workshop where we left our beloved cameras home to "shadow" Nicole and watch her in action, shooting a session from start to finish!

So here we go, off on our adventure to downtown Pittsburgh where we met up with Mona and her mom at the convention center...

Isn't Mona the cutest?!

Isn't Mona the cutest?!

Head tilt!

Head tilt!


I love the leading lines of the steps...

I love the leading lines of the steps...

who would have thought you could find grass and awesome nooks and crannies in the middle of the city?

who would have thought you could find grass and awesome nooks and crannies in the middle of the city?

Nicole is all about getting as low/close to the ground as possible - I do believe she's mastered it!

Nicole is all about getting as low/close to the ground as possible - I do believe she's mastered it!

I'd love to know what was running though Mona's mind :)

I'd love to know what was running though Mona's mind :)

p.s. Have I told you how much I LOVE the 'Burgh?! The last photo below is, of course, not from the workshop but a view of the skyline from PNC Park where I, the hubby, son and daughter in law got to catch a Pirates game a few nights later!

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