Goodbye 2010; hello 2011!
What an amazing year it was; thank you to everyone who helped make 2010 such a memorable year for Simply Spotted Photography. It’s been an absolute pleasure to meet and photograph so many wonderful pets and people over the past year, and I’m looking forward to meeting many more new friends in 2011!
To kick off the new year, I thought I would share a few images of my Derby pup. He’s 16 weeks now and growing up much too fast!
Happy New Year!
Proofs from the 2010 Mid-Florida Dalmatian Club Specialty Show and Obedience Trial held December 16-17 in Orlando are now available! Please contact me for details on how to access them online. Thank you MFDC for inviting me to be your show photographer this year!
It’s been sooooo busy around here lately – I just realized that I haven’t introduced the newest addition to the Simply Spotted Photography team! You might recognize this little guy from a puppy session I had last month – he is now known as “Derby” and he is exactly 10 weeks old today.
Derby – 5 weeks
Derby – 8 weeks
Derby – 9 weeks
I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots more of this little guy – although he won’t be little for long! He’s such an awesome pup and we’re having so much fun with him!
It’s not a big surprise to anyone who knows me, or follows my blogs, that Dalmatians are my breed of choice. I don’t think that there’s much that makes me smile more than a Dalmatian puppy, and as you may have noticed, I’ve been suffering from a bad case of dalpuppyitis lately. So naturally, when I learned of a litter of EIGHT puppies (sired by one of my favorite Dalmatians) was here in Florida, I just had to meet and photograph them!
These little guys and gals (5 males/3 females) were exactly five weeks old when I met them on Friday and oh. my. goodness. they. are. SO. CUTE. For the record, they were not the easiest subjects I’ve ever photographed – at one point I think at least 6 of them were either under me (working on untying my shoelaces) or attempting to crawl in my lap. Absolutely no complaints here though!
Those little smooshy puppy noses, their little grunts and squeals, the way they stumble/waddle/run – ADORABLE. And of course, I can’t forget to mention the puppy breath! They are all so darn cute and so much fun; I don’t know that I could even pick a favorite – although I’ll admit to being slightly partial to the little blue-eyed boy.
Now for my little public service announcement: As with any breed, Dalmatians are not for everyone. If you are looking for a Dalmatian, please do your research first and make sure that you find a reputable breeder that stands for outstanding health and temperament in the breed -or- support your local Dalmatian rescue. Of course, this is true for *any* puppy, but since I occasionally receive comments from individuals wanting to breed to my (both spayed/neutered, rescued) spotty dogs, I thought it was worth stating here.
A super big thanks to the R family for letting me come up and get a much needed puppy fix!
Meet Reagan and Bentley – two super awesome spotty dogs that I met during my trip to Indiana. I was sooooo excited when their mom contacted me about doing a session while I was in town! I knew they would be a lot of fun, and they certainly did not disappoint…it was all I could do to *not* try to sneak them in my suitcase and bring them both home with me!
Reagan is 1 1/2 and little Bentley is only 5 months old. Two young Dalmatians…isn’t their mom brave!?
I just *adore* Reagan! She is so much fun, has an awesome smile, and is total momma’s girl. She is also an awesome big sister – it’s so cute to see how Bentley follows her lead. I’m trying to convince her mom that she would have a lot of fun doing agility…and of course she would be more than welcome to send her down to Florida for a little personal training!
Bentley is an absolute doll, but I didn’t get to see his usual crazy happy puppy self since on the morning of our session he decided that a rock would make a great snack. Thankfully he was fine, but had a bit of a belly ache. Silly spotty boy! Doesn’t he have the sweetest puppy face? Gah! Not helping my serious case of dal-puppy-want *at all*!
I had such a nice time with my new Indy spotty friends! I wish I lived closer, but hopefully we can visit next time I’m in town. Here’s a fun outtake I couldn’t resist sharing…thanks Reagan, Bentley, and Nicole for being so much fun!
One month ago today I lost my best friend. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been a whole month…it seems like just yesterday I held him in my arms while he took his last breath. Where does the time go?
Since Pongo’s passing, I’ve been working on a few special photography projects. When he first started having health problems early last fall, I found it difficult to do much with any of his images. I just couldn’t look at them without thinking that they might be some of the last photographs that I would ever have of him…and at the time, that was not something that I wanted to accept.
But now that he’s gone, I just can’t stop looking at his photographs. It’s not that I need a picture to help me remember him, but every image sparks a memory of our time together. Ah, the power of photography. It’s been so therapeutic to finally be able to go back and work on some of his images from the past several months.
I hope to share some of my projects soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some photos from Pongo’s trip to Venice dog beach last November. Pongo absolutely *loved* the beach…I remember he used to make the strangest noises on the car ride there – I think it was a cross between a whine/cry/moan, and it made us laugh every time! This was our last trip to the beach together and I’m so glad that I have these images to help remember such a happy time.
Love and miss you Pongo!
Let this be a warning for cute little spotty dogs that decide to steal my Colt’s hat and parade around the house with it…
If you want to play with my hat, that’s okay, but it’s going to end up on your head. And, of course, that means I’ll have to take pictures.
Poor Peyton. Lucky for him, he’s extremely cute (and very charming) – I’ve never met a Dalmatian that didn’t use both of those traits to their advantage! I will say, no matter how many thousands of pictures I take of Peyton, I will never tire of his expressions. I’m so lucky to have such fun and animated dogs – they are such a great source of inspiration for my work.