Reagan + Bentley | Dalmatian Duo

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!

Home Sweet Home

I just got back from my annual trip to Indiana and while I had a wonderful time as usual, it’s always nice to come back home. After spending time with some good friends and photographing a newborn, an (almost) four year old, a 9 month old, a mother-daughter duo, two adorable dalmatians and a few other four legged friends (all in 5 days), I think I might need a vacation from my vacation!

Of course I’m only kidding – I had a really fun trip and I can’t wait to share some of my favorite images here over the next few weeks. Oh, and don’t forget that you can become a fan (or “like”) Simply Spotted Photography on facebook, where I’ll definitely be posting some sneak peeks!

Little Bella here  has been very patient…I had planned on sharing this lovely photo before I left, but considering I was still packing at 2 am before my 7 am flight last week, that just didn’t happen. Isn’t she gorgeous? And those eyes…*melts*.

Florida Pet Photography | Road Trips!

As many of you know, my first love is photographing dogs. My second love is playing agility with them! While we are currently taking a little break due to the summer heat down here in Florida, I’m starting to plan my fall agility trial schedule. If you have been thinking about having a pet photography session with me, and live outside of the Southwest Florida area, there’s a good chance that I’ll soon be heading your way!

Here is my tentative travel schedule:

West Palm Beach: August 13-15
Ocala: September 24-26
Miami: October 21-24
Jacksonville: October 28-31
Vero Beach: November 19-21

If you live in or near one of these areas and are interested in a session with Simply Spotted Photography, please contact me so that I can add you to my interest list.

And for my Indiana friends and fans, I will likely be making my annual trip back to Indy sometime in September or October. I offer a limited number of sessions and last year they filled quickly, so please let me know if you are interested. As soon as I know my exact dates, I will post an update.

Poor Peyton thinks Florida summers are rather boring, and he can’t wait for his next road trip!

Florida Dog Photography

Mackey – In Memory

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of sweet Mackey’s passing following a long battle with cancer. I met Mackey during my trip to Indiana this summer and if you missed his story and pictures from our session, you can find them both here.

As a pet photographer, I am so fortunate that I get to meet a lot of wonderful dogs and have the chance to spend some time with them and capture their unique personalities. While I have fond memories of each dog I photograph, and each is very special in their own way, there are some dogs that really manage to pull on my heart strings. Mackey was definitely one of these dogs – even though we had never met, I felt like somehow he understood why I was there and just how important his photographs would be to his family. He was a star.

My heart goes out to Mackey’s mom, but I am grateful that I had the chance to meet him and see what a special dog he was. I know that only time will heal her heart, but I’m so glad that I was able to give her images that will help to forever keep his memory alive.

Goodbye, sweet Mackey.

In Memory of Mackey

Mackey - Indiana Pet Photography

Mackey Eyes

Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.
But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

– Author Unknown

Meet Mackey!

Mackey is an 11 year old Rottweiler/Bull Mastiff mix who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in September 2008 and was given just one month to live. Well, it’s been nearly a year and he’s still going strong! Other than a slight limp, I thought that he looked fantastic and I can only hope that he continues to enjoy life as long as possible. He certainly is a very special and happy guy. A big thank you to his mom for having me out while I was in Indiana – I really enjoyed my time with Mackey and his brother Yogi, who you’ll be meeting very soon.

Mackey’s story is such an inspiration and a reminder that our time with our furry friends is much too short. Every day is such a gift – now go hug your pups!

Mackey
Mackey Smiles

Mackey - Indiana Pet Photography

Mackey

Country Boy

Slobbers!