It’s Gonna be a Beautiful Baby! (Winnipeg Maternity Photographers)

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I have enjoyed photographing my 3 maternity models in the last week. Lee-Ann was model number 3 and is glowing with her pregnancy;  joy  written all over her face.

The only glitch in this session was that my not so well-behaved dog, Zara, barked for most the session. She was upset that another dog was in her territory and with her mommy.

Thank you Lee-Ann for being so understanding.

Here’s a preview of last night’s session:

 

Gotta Love This Puppy! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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Last week we welcomed a new member to our family; an adorable puppy named Roo.

Roo looks like a miniature Zara but as far as we know, they are not related.

Here is the most adorable puppy I’ve seen in a long time with his new Mama!

What a Beautiful Dog! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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Dogs are very near and dear to my heart. My fiance and I have 3 dogs between us so it’s always a pleasure for me to photograph someone’s dog. This guy named Murphy was a gem. He listened and sat and is beautiful as well.

These are our 3 beasts:

And this is the amazing Murphy! Isn’t he a darling?

Another Adorable Couple of Dogs; and Kids! (Winnipeg pet photographers)

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These 2 huge dogs came to the studio last weekend. We are dog lovers here so I always welcome dogs into the studio. These 2 were a bit bigger than most of the dogs that come but they were great to photograph. I love those large eyes and big tongues!

When I had my first Westie we had a big picture printed and framed for above our fireplace. A friend of mine used to give me a hard time because she thought the dog picture was larger than any pictures of the kids. Well, when I look at this dog picture of these 2 adorable beasts, I see it above a fireplace or on a large wall.

And here are two adorably cute kids:

Photographing our dogs! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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This year I  thought it was be a great idea for my boyfriend John and myself to have a picture of our 3 dogs on our Christmas card.

I set up a holiday backdrop and started on our Christmas card photo session. My hopes were high. I thought I could get one dog at a time into the studio and then stitch together a composite image for the card.  If you have ever taken pictures of dogs, you know that they aren’t the most cooperative subjects, but they do respond nicely to treats, in much the same way that little children respond to Smarties.

I took one dog at a time down to the studio.  The dogs are never allowed in the studio and being there made them anxious. Their number 1 priority was to leave, as seen in this image of Fergus. I tried with Maddie and Zara but it was hopeless. I needed a new plan.

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I waited for John to get back to my house and enlisted his help. I took my best treats, some yummy bacon snacks and put all three dogs on leashes. John was in charge of giving them the treats and keeping them in line. It wasn’t easy as I also wanted them to look at the camera.

They look a lot happier in the thousands of pictures that I have of them running on the beach, which only goes to show how hard it is to pose a dog and make them smile for the camera.

But I did get something. The best ones are below.

 

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But those statically posed and somewhat puzzled dogs do not in any way represent the character of our dogs. And isn’t photography about capturing more than a replica of who the person is. Shouldn’t it be about that person/dog’s nature.

The images below capture who our happy, fun, joyful dogs are.

I think what I will do it cut and paste them from these images and use them in a card.

What do you think?

 

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And Doggie Makes Three! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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I was at a fantastic seminar on the weekend where the presenter, Marlene Fast, made us think about where our Happy Place was in photography. Well, I was in that Happy Place tonight with this wonderful couple and their fun doggie. This little guy is a bundle of energy at 8 months of age and as cute as can be.

Kildonan Park was a perfect location for this fall photography session (except for a few mosquitoes). The light was perfect; the couple was fun and the dog was cute. As I said; My Happy Place.

 

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Zara is Two!! (Winnipeg Pet Photography)

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My girl, Zara came in to my life when she was 4 months old and this month she turns 2. I’ve had a few dogs in my life and have written about Mac https://cmphotographyblog.com/2011/03/22/remembering-my-dog-mac/and Taylor https://cmphotographyblog.com/2014/10/21/my-dog-taylor/. I loved both of them but Zara is a totally different  dog from any that I’ve had before. Mac was fun but Zara is even more fun and she doesn’t have the evil twin side that Mac had. Taylor was affectionate like Zara but he didn’t like to play. Zara has the best of both of their personalities and is beautiful as well.

This is Zara at 4 months. 

 

 

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Zara loves her toys and she has tons of them. She especially likes ones that make a noise and will sit and make a toy squeak anytime I’m on the phone or not paying attention to her. Zara also loves bones and branches and sticks and almost anything she can get her mouth on, including 2 Fitbits, a friend’s shoes and one hearing aid. Yes, she can be destructive but that is getting a lot better.

She is the top dog among the 2 dogs that my boyfriend, John has. His 2 dogs are older and bigger but they let her push them around and she eats first. It’s is kind of amazing but she shows her teeth and growls at them if they overstep their bounds. Either one of them could take her on but they don’t. I’m not sure why.

John’s dog, Maddie is her best friend. It’s clear that the 2 of them love each other. Maddie will clean Zara’s ears and the 2 of them will play and romp around together. Maddie was quite sick with  Blastomycosis before Zara met her and she lost one eye. It affected her personality and she slowed down a lot. Zara has been very good for Maddie as she now is back to her old playful self.

This is Zara and Maddie:

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If you know dogs, you know that some are smarter than others. I don’t like to brag, but Zara is very smart. She is probably the smartest dog I’ve had. She aced the obedience class that I took her to and she knows a ton of words. Here are some of them:

  • cookie
  • treat
  • walk
  • car ride
  • time to get up
  • time for bed
  • beach
  • water
  • food
  • come
  • sit
  • shake a paw
  • down
  • stay
  • stop
  • Maddie
  • Fergus
  • Mommie
  • John
  • Go pee
  • Grandma’s house
  • hugs
  • cuddles
  • up
  • be a good girl
  • No
  • UH UH!

Since it was her birthday, I got her a special cookie and we did a photo session. Here are some of the pictures:

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