Bones, a Bluetick Coonhound

I met Bones and his mom and dad this past weekend to complete our photo session that had been gifted to Bones’ parents for Christmas. I was so happy they wanted the session to take place in downtown Charleston! Despite the cold, crisp weather, and Bones’ cheerful howling around every corner (which brought tons of smiles from all the passerby), we ended up finding lots of fun places for Bones to pose his gorgeous mug and were able to take a nice weekend stroll through the beautiful streets of Charleston. Thanks again Laura and Jeff for the opportunity to get Bones in front of my camera! (And of course, thanks to Debby for making it happen!)

January 25, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Beth |Daily Dog Tag - Oh my! Great portraits of a handsome dog!

January 25, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Annemarie Sipkes Donato - Beautiful pictures
You have a gift for showing the personality of the dog.
He sure has one!

March 12, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Esther Roetert - Prachtige foto’s maak je Els! 😀

March 12, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Els Sipkes - Dankjewel Esther! :)


Cassie is a little love bug wrapped in the body of a long-haired dachshund, and boy does she like barking at the camera! Or, it could have been the fact that we were using her tennis ball as a prop, and she just couldn’t wait to get it back in her possession. Either way, we had a great photo session around her home, and despite Cassie not sitting still for one tiny second, we did manage to get some nice images of her. If you happen to recognize Cassie, please don’t go shouting from the rooftops that you’ve seen her on this blog—this photo session is a Christmas gift for Cassie’s mom, who’s away at school and who won’t get to see these images until later this month! Enjoy!

January 2, 2013 - 8:43 pm

The Daily Dog Tag - She is so cute, her mom must have been thrilled with these photos!

Ghandi: a Himalayan cat

When Stephanie contacted me to set up a photo session of her 16-year-old cat, Irie, I couldn’t wait to meet him and catch his mug with my camera. Alas, a few days before our scheduled session, Stephanie let me know Irie had suddenly passed away. Despite her sorrow over losing her boy Irie, she wanted to keep our photo session so that I could capture her Himalayan cat, Ghandi. He’s not only a real looker, but a great hugger as well…as you’ll see at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!


June 26, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Mascha JansenopdeHaar - Can this cat be anymore gorgeous! Look at those blue eyes!

Dog Day at the Charleston RiverDogs

Whoever said everything’s better when you can bring along your dog (I think it was actually me who said it, just now) is right, as we found out yesterday when we took Cooper to watch the Charleston RiverDogs play the Rome Braves during Dog Day at the Joe in Charleston. We got there plenty early to get Cooper used to being in a crowd, and, so we could scope out all the cute dogs as they were arriving. Though it was my intention to get up close and personal with all the furry fans, Cooper had a bit of a meltdown when I left his side for 5 minutes, so, I ended up being more of a “puperazzi”, catching people and their pups off-guard from my seat in the bleachers, with Cooper close by my side.

Cooper settled in nicely once we got up high enough in the stands so that he could keep an eye on everything happening in the stadium and on the field:


Even people who were there rooting for the “wrong” team brought their dog to enjoy the game:


It was obvious some dogs couldn’t wait to get to their seats:


Man and his best friend:


Love the colors and the light on this pup. He kept us entertained for some time with his seat acrobatics while he was trying to reach Cooper:


“Hey! Whatcha got there? Water? Popcorn? YES YES YES!!!”


“I’m startin’ to get the hang of these seats…”


Even pups work up quite a thirst at the game:


This guy (or gal?) gets all the points for style:


Nothin’ better than watchin’ the game from your mom’s lap:


Some dogs were more interested in scoping out other dogs in the stands than watching the game:


Charlie the RiverDog making new friends and signing the back of a lucky fan’s shirt: (love the boys’ expressions)


It doesn’t get much more perfect than this:


Everything’s more fun when you can bring along your pooch:


“Hey, check me out! I got this cool RiverDogs shirt!”


“Did we enter through the wrong gate mom? I didn’t get a shirt…”


Actually, he was facing backwards checking out this cute little brother from another mother:


Oh yeah…meanwhile, there WAS actually a baseball game going on…in this case, runners on 1st and on 3rd, and RiverDog #24 Anderson Feliz hits a ground ball just to the pitcher’s right and towards the outfield:


The runner from third base is set to score, unless they throw Anderson out at first…the ball is in the air…the runner is almost at first base….


…but the ball is thrown wide, the runner at first is safe, and the RiverDogs SCORE!!!!


OK…back to the cute dogs:


Wonder how she’s going to carry back the food and drinks from the concession stand!?

The RiverDogs ended up winning the game 1-0 which made the whole evening perfect. We can’t wait to bring Cooper back again on April 22 for the Bark for your Brew dog-friendly craft beer tasting at the Joe, with a game between the RiverDogs and the West Virginia Power to follow. Hope to see you there!

April 10, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Paul Camphuijzen - Na lang beraad hebben wij onze keuze laten vallen op de hond genaamd “I’m startin’ to get the hang of these seats…”.
We denken aantrekkelijke gegadigden te zijn omdat we gelijksoortig meubilair als op de foto hebben, waardoor de gewenningsperiode minimaal zal zijn. Onze hond Einstein is reeds ingelicht en uiteraard zijn verzendkosten geheel voor ònze rekening…….(;-))

April 10, 2012 - 12:07 pm

Tonny - Cooper and his dark little brother are the most beautiful dogs.
Nice, a dog-day at baseball. I think we don’t have anything like that in Holland but we don’t have the River Dogs.

April 24, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Audrey - What great photos!!! My name is Audrey and I do public relations for Charleston Veterinary Referral Center. They are sponsoring the next Dog Days at the Riverdogs on June 10th–5:05p.m. game and we hope you’ll all come as well. It’s a fundraiser for The Boo Radley Foundation so we hope you’ll bring your furry friend and help us raise money for this good cause!Here is complete information..See you all there!

CVRC will be sponsoring the “Charleston Veterinary Referral Center supports the Boo Radley Foundation” Dog Day game night at the Charleston Riverdogs game the evening of June 10th. 3,000 baseball fans are welcome to bring their dogs to the park that night, learn more about the Boo Radley Foundation, meet CVRC staff and hopefully, donate to the foundation. Boo Radley is a charity that helps pet owners with dogs diagnosed with brain cancer and possible participation in research studies that may lead to better brain cancer treatments in humans. Donations that come from the Charleston region stay in Charleston for the allocation and benefit of local pet owners.

For more information and to buy tickets go to:

May 7, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Debbi - I do beleive this is the best pet photography I have ever seen! Seriously, you truly capture their personalities and their HEARTS!

Stumbled in by accident, enjoyed looking at all the gorgeous pet photos! You do a great job!

Come visit me at my blog sometime if you are so inclined–

keep up the great work!

May 8, 2012 - 2:42 pm

Alice G Patterson - So fun to see so many dog lovers hanging out at a game together!

Rest in Peace, Maggie

Last December I was contacted by a photographer in Ohio who inquired whether I was available to photograph her Charleston friend’s dog, Maggie, whose health was rapidly declining. We scheduled a shoot, and although I was able to capture some nice images at that time, it was clear from the look in Maggie’s eyes that she was not doing well at all; a spinal tap later that week revealed a recurrence of cancer. Maggie initially responded well to chemo treatments—though she had her share of struggles—but last week Maggie’s mom contacted me to share the sad news that Maggie was going to be put down, and asked if I could come as soon as possible for another photo session.

It’s incredibly heartbreaking to take what you know will be the last images of someone’s beloved four-legged family member, and to capture the bond between her and her human, all the while knowing these last moments are all the more precious because they are so fleeting. Somehow I think Maggie knew we were creating something special that day, because in some of these images she looks almost puppy-like, and you would never guess how sick she really was. I’m so thankful she was so aware and present that day, and I hope in some small way that these images bring her mom healing and comfort over the loss of her precious Maggie.

Six days after these images were taken Maggie crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in peace, sweet, beautiful girl.

April 4, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Beth - These are beautiful images and I know that Maggie’s owner will treasure them forever. Its obvious that Maggie was well loved and will be missed. I am glad you were able to photograph them.

April 15, 2012 - 11:12 am

Bill Dixon - Your work is superb…I know because I have an eye for the best photography. Absolutely beautiful. You capture the “love of living” in every dog.

May 8, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Alice G Patterson - Looks like Maggie was a lucky and loved girl. So great that you could capture these sweet portraits before her passing!

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