Sunny + Pede | Senior Sweeties

I love my senior sessions, and these two most certainly did not disappoint! Sunny is a gorgeous Rottie girl and Pede is a handsome Border Collie boy (and quite the comedian, I must add). Both are 11 years young and *super* sweet. Here are a few previews from their recent session. Happy Friday!

Aussies and Minis and a Border Collie – OH MY!

As promised, here are the rest of Pryce puppy’s lovely canine (and equine) family! I’m missing little Zoe, the papillon, but since she wasn’t feeling too great the morning of our session, I didn’t get too many images of her. Hopefully she forgives me. : )

First up are Owen (left) and Nike – both have awesome and highly contagious smiles, but I think Owen wins the “most likely to be a cartoon character” award.

Owen is also in charge of watching *his* two miniature horses.

Next up is Zeke. His expressions crack me up and I can’t help but to think that he knows something that I don’t…and he’s not telling!

This little guy (I forget his name) has a rockin’ hairdo!

And finally we have sweet Trace and his puppy friend, Pryce. I am so sad to report that Trace passed away the week following our session, just shy of 13 years old. I had the pleasure of knowing Trace for several years; he was a remarkable dog and I know his family is missing him terribly.

Pryce | German Shepherd Puppy

Meet Pryce, an adorable three month old German Shepherd puppy that I had the pleasure of playing with last weekend. He’s one very handsome boy and a LOT of fun!

Apparently his ears decided to take flight a few days before our session and they made for some very cute (and entertaining) images. Nothing like some big ‘ol puppy ears to make you smile!

Even though Pryce was the star of this session, I also got to play with the rest of his canine family *and* two miniature horses! I hope to share a few of those images soon.

Puppy + Pukai + Keiki

I always have the best intentions to keep this little blog up to date, but somehow I lost a week. How does that happen!? In any case, I have had some super fun sessions that will be shared here very soon (I promise!), but in the meantime, I’ve been keeping a few (very patient) Lab friends of mine waiting…

First up is Puppy, the honorary lab of the bunch. She’s actually a Flat-Coated Retriever, but don’t tell her that! Aside from being one gorgeous girl, Puppy is also an agility superstar. She’s earned 10 (yes, 10) MACHs. And for my non-agility friends, that’s 10 AKC agility championship titles…quite an accomplishment, to say the least! I just love-love this girl.

Pukui Lekos is a very handsome boy who was rescued around the same time as Poki (see previous post) following Hurricane Charlie. He thinks that photo shoots are rather boring…I didn’t take it personally. : )

And then there’s Keiki Lekos. Keiki is also a well known Florida agility dog. She doesn’t have any MACHs (yet!), but she is one of the fastest and most *entertaining* dogs to watch on course. Just check out those muscles!! And those ears! She reminds me of a cartoon character…all she needs is a superdog cape!

Big thanks to my lab friends (and Puppy!) for a wonderful session!

Buster + Barclay | Min Pins!

“Fearless animation, complete self-possession, and spirited presence” – that would be a Miniature Pincher, according to the breed standard. With BIG personalities, these guys clearly didn’t get the memo that they are “small” dogs!

I’ve always been found of Min Pins and so I was super excited to meet up with Buster and Barclay last week in Lakewood Ranch, one of my favorite local communities. These guys were a TON of fun! In addition to being very handsome and most definitely “spirited”, these two are also rising agility stars. They might not be famous *yet*, but one of these days…

Buster is 6 years young I’d have to say that he’s the sweet one. Not that he isn’t capable off showing a little attitude, of course, but it’s a little hard to take this face very seriously. *SO* sweet.

Barclay, on the other hand, SCREAMS “fearless animation” loud and clear. But here’s a little secret – he’s not as tough as he would like you to believe. Don’t tell him I told you!

It only took a few hours of walking around the woods and playing in the paw park, but look! A happy, semi-relaxed, smiling Barclay. He’s probably going to be really mad that I’m sharing this one – it totally ruins his tough boy persona!

A big thank you to Buster and Barclay (and their assistants) for a great session!

Allison + Alyssa | Little Pumpkins

This past weekend I headed out to the annual pumpkin festival at Hunsader Farms, where I had the pleasure of photographing two beautiful babies, Allison and Alyssa. The weather was perfect, and the pumpkins made for a really fun fall backdrop…especially with their gorgeous blue eyes!

Allison was not very impressed with the pumpkins, although she did seem to think that they tasted pretty good. This first image makes me laugh…what a face!

Alyssa thought the pumpkins were positively drool worthy…I just love how the reflections created such a fun, sparkly effect in her eyes!

Big thanks to both of these sweet girls for being so good, and to their moms for having me out!

Cadyn + Riley | Sheltie Fun

Meet Cadyn and Riley, two of my good agility friends! These two handsome shelties train at SOTC and I’ve gotten to know them very well over the past few years.

First I have to say that they are both very, very sweet *and* they are therapy dogs which is of course, super awesome. But aside from their good natured temperaments, they have totally different personalities! Because they really do look very similar (especially in person), I was thinking that I might have trouble telling them apart in some of their photos, but that proved to be no issue because their expressions are so unique.

In these first two, Riley is on the left and Cadyn is on the right. Wanna take a guess as to which one is the “good boy” and which one is the “wild child”?

Cadyn, the “good boy”, is 5 years old and he’s one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever known. If he was a person, he would most definitely be a humanitarian and would do his part to help save the planet and end world hunger (starting with Shelties, of course). In agility, he’s a star – speedy yet very consistent. This isn’t to say that he’s never a little bit naughty, but when he is, you can’t help but laugh because he’s just so darn cute. Seriously, who could resist this face? And those big brown eyes!

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at an agility trial talking to Cadyn and Riley’s mom when I’ve felt something poking (or nibbling!) at my pockets and look down to see something like this…

Those long noses come in handy! Cadyn says “I love you. Please may I have a cookie?”

Now for a little comparison, here’s Riley…

“Give me the (bleep) cookie NOW!”

At 4 years old, Riley is the “wild child” and you might even say he’s a little bit of a hot head. In agility, he is wicked fast and has a lot of talent, but he doesn’t always have the patience needed for such trivial things as waiting for the teeter to drop or keeping the bars up. He is a lot of fun to watch though and has been making some really good progress!

We decided to have our session out at the club, which made for a lovely setting, but Riley didn’t seem to understand why we weren’t out playing agility.

To say that he was unimpressed might be an understatement.

However, he was a good sport and just like Cadyn, is very photogenic….when he gets excited, his little teeth chatter. So cute!

Super big thanks to Cadyn and Riley for being so darn cute and so much fun!

Goodbye Summer!

Even though we still have a few weeks before the official start of Autumn, Labor Day weekend is typically a time to celebrate (or mourn) the end of summer. Here in Florida, I’m definitely celebrating! As much as I enjoy the idea of summer, I am *so* ready for some cooler temperatures. The weather this past week has been almost pleasant, so it definitely has me thinking about fall.

First, my dates for my annual trip back to Indiana have been finalized! I will be in the Indianapolis area from September 22-27. While I’m still working on my exact schedule, it looks like I’ll have time for one or two more photography sessions. If you are interested, please feel free to contact me, and we’ll work out the details!

Next on my “things to think about” list is…are you ready…Christmas! I know, I know – it’s only September – BUT since I’ve already had a few inquiries, I thought it would be a good time to mention that if you’ve been thinking about the possibility of giving the gift of photography this year, now is the perfect time to schedule a session. This is especially the case if you are interested in custom designed holiday cards or other speciality items that may require a little more production time. I always try to be as accommodating as possible, but November and December are usually very crazy (in a good way!) months around here so it’s good to get an early start.

Speaking of great gift ideas – I’ll admit that I’m *very* behind on sharing some of my latest and greatest specialty products, but hope to have some new samples up very soon.

I thought I’d share our 2009 holiday card – while it makes me sad to think that my cards this year will be missing Pongo, this makes me smile and is a reminder of just how special our last Christmas was together.

Peyton, Indy, and I hope that you all have a wonderful (and safe) Labor Day weekend!

Brodie + Brahma | Summertime Fun

Florida weather in July tends to vary from miserable to even more miserable, with a strong chance of thunderstorms. It can make summer sessions a challenge, but fortunately my four legged clients tend to handle the heat and humidity surprisingly well – especially when there’s water involved!

Some of you may remember my Boxer friends, Brodie and Brahma. I recently took their family portraits and couldn’t resist taking a few fun pictures of them enjoying a break from the heat. Boxers are always entertaining, but when you add water to the mix…SO MUCH FUN!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer – can you believe that today is the last day of July!? Time sure flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

Bradenton Pet Photography


Cooling off!

Hot Boxer!

Brahma the Boxer

Water Break

Boxer Fun