The article is about Hearts Speak, an organization that I am a member of that connects artists like photographers, videographers, painters, graphic designers, etc. to animal shelters to help get pets adopted, among other great projects.
This kind of organization needs this kind of well deserved praise and exposure. There is a lot to say about but I will say no more…….. just read the article and you will be thoroughly educated on why Hearts Speak exists and why they are making a difference in the animal rescue world.
Buster is a young, 140 pound Bullmastiff puppy! He often stays with a neighbor friend of mine in Boulder while his parents are out of town. Me and my dog Jackie have taken many walks with him since he was a 20 pound youngster. Buster is such a sweet, gentle giant and he loves hanging out with lots of dogs and people. He had a good time at his portrait session and ate lots of treats! Since he is young though, he didn’t want to sit for long so we kept his portrait session short and sweet.
Two senior bulldogs and their human parents, Amy and James, set out on a lovely afternoon in Boulder for their family portrait session. The light was beautiful, the grass green and big toothy smiles set the scene. Ludo, age 12 and his buddy Mara Jade, age 8 had fun sniffing the ground, being in the lime light and trying new poses to get the best shots. Ludo doesn’t walk so well anymore, so his dad would just pick him up and carry him throughout our session, from scene to scene. Mara Jade would waddle alongside to keep up. We got a ton of great images that their parents will have to commemorate the bond they have with their pups. Amy and James were the highest bidders and won this photo session at the silent auction for Homeward Bound, a benefit for the Longmont Humane Society that was held earlier this year. Each year I donate a session to the fundraiser along with a few prints.
Mango and Teagan visited with me at my Boulder Photography Studio to have their portraits done. Quite the playful pair, these two live together with their humans in Longmont. Mango has a special job. He is a therapy dog and he and his mom visit with patients at Longmont United Hospital to lift their spirits during difficult times. I really enjoyed playing them in the studio and giving them lots of treats in exchange for their fun and silly poses for the camera. They are both absolutely beautiful!
This was my third family portrait session with this Boulder family and as usual, there were lots of laughs, playing and tail wagging. One of the best things about family photography is seeing families time and again and seeing how quickly their children grow. We had a perfect fall day full of colorful leaves to play with and to use for a beautiful background.
These two pups created lots of laughs at their pet portrait session in Louisville. Both are seniors but had plenty of energy running around the yard, jumping for treats and Lady Bug, a Great Dane, especially liked showing off her “baby” stuffie. Boomer is a Beagle and is now 10 1/2 years old!
I had another action packed portrait session with this family recently in Boulder. Their twin boys are now over a year old and their oldest child is just over three. The dog Caribe is now eleven. The kids’ parents and I chased them around the front yard for an hour and a half capturing images of them at play. This was a good combination of a family portrait and a lifestyle session in which you photograph a family doing things together, rather than posing for photographs. I think these make great, memorable images to be enjoyed for years to come. Even if they just remind you of how tired you were after the photo session!
This family and pet portrait session shows that you can’t have too much love in the house! Dixie and Mike are parents to three lovely adult girls and eight dogs of all ages which means lots of dog walking and sloppy kisses. From small to large, shy to outgoing, the personalities among dogs was varied in great ways! I made lots of loud noises while my assistant danced behind me to get everyone’s attention for our group photo. We successfully created a large family portrait to be remembered forever. Note: Sadly, since this session, the two Yorkies, Portia and Lucy passed away. Hopefully the photos will help to bring some comfort.
On a recent pet portrait session, my goal was to capture the bond between Lyn and her best friend Lizzy and to also create an image in silhouette. The bond was obvious and could not be denied! I was also lucky enough to have an amazing sunset and was able to get a silhouette showing their bond.
Jackie and Jesse are of course, my favorite pet photography subjects. They are, or were always a little shy in my Boulder studio but they also had fun with the challenge of figuring out what I’m asking them to do while showering them with treats. (Jesse passed away almost two years ago). Then the decision.. color or black and white photos? Why not both?