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    I'm thrilled to have you visit my blog! I have specialized in Fine Art Pet Photography in the northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. area for the past 10 years.

    Most recently I've moved to Asheville, NC and am doing only limited client work. My recent path has me working on several photography projects, most of course, involve dogs.

    Please check back often for updated project work!

In Memory – Cooper

Little did I know when I met Lisa and Doug, and their two dogs Amelia and Cooper, for a fall session in 2007 that we were beginning a very long and wonderful relationship.  It was a lovely fall day. They met us out on a beautiful piece of property in Western Loudoun County for our “spirited” session with their young dogs. Lisa was pregnant with their first son, Carter at the time.  They knew it was the last time they’d have time to lavish this much attention on their pups.

This was to be only the beginning as I was honored to photograph Carter’s arrival. Then Oliver. Only stepping aside when #3 son Crosby was born as my niche, as you know, is NOT children! But what a glorious family I have come to know and love. And it is with the deepest of sympathy that I write this today in memory of Cooper – who passed this week. Cooper was the poster-dog for pit bulls throughout the land. A gentle, quiet soul. Always watching. Amelia, his counterpart and partner in crime, went before him – both adored. Both dedicated guardians of those 3 special boys.

Dog photography brings many people together. But this family and all the sessions they’ve honored me with, will remain in my heart forever.

My deepest sympathy to Doug, Lisa, Carter, Oliver and Crosby. RIP Cooper. I know you’re running with Amelia again.

With much love.

 

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In Memory – George

On a stunning fall day, back in 2009, I had the honor of photographing the dynamic duo known as George and Gracie.  This pair of spectacularly sweet and beautiful Goldens came to Tranquility Farm to romp and “pose” for us.

I learned yesterday that George passed this weekend. I’ve photographed SO many dogs in my career but the magic of George and Gracie has remained with me since that session. This pair exuded beauty and companionship and happiness.

This duo caught the attention of many and are even featured as the “face” of VetCor as we travel to veterinary conferences with our booth.

We know there are no words to help with the sadness of the loss of this dear sweet boy.  But we extend a healing hand and words of support to George’s family.

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In Memory – Winston 10/29/04-11/21/16

It is with great sadness that I have to follow a recent memorial from our Vest A Dog session with another from the same session. My friends Kevin and Neal, after a long struggle, had to say good-bye to their boy Winston this week.  Winston, a standard poodle, never bounced back from a very serious surgery. And though every Facebook friend was cheering, and his hospital team was giving their all, it simply wasn’t enough – and a very difficult decision had to be made.

With time, the heaviness will start to lift, and smiles will return when a memory of their sweet boy surfaces. But for now, while the pain and emptiness are so fresh, we all mourn the loss of Winston with Neal and Kevin.

As for me – I go back again to that wonderful day – when we all came together to do a good thing for dogs, with dogs – and there were so many smiles all around. RIP Sweet boy. You will be greatly missed.

 

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In Memory – Punx

When the news of the loss of a beloved dog I’ve photographed comes in I can’t help but relive the photo session. Such was the case when I saw the news that the world lost another amazing Aussie this weekend – Punx.  Punx came with his young buddy Cullen, and human Tammy, to participate in a fund raiser we did called “Vest A Dog” back in the fall of 2009.

Many people showed up that day to support this wonderful cause – and we did indeed “Vest A Dog.” That police dog was named Otto and we were so proud to “vest” him for the Leesburg Police Department.

So many dogs we photographed that day were young and vibrant and seemed to have so much time. Now, 7 years later, the time seems to have passed in an instant.  I hope, as Punx’s family wades through their many happy memories, they will remember the joy we shared that day – doing something WITH dogs to HELP dogs.

My sympathy to the family. Thank God for dogs.

aussie, australian shepherd

“Punx”

 

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In Memory – Tuff – 8·10·2000 – 9·16·2016

I’ve been wondering lately what the magic number is. That number, or rather age, of a dog – when you feel you’ve “won.”  The age that, once your beloved dog hits it, you feel you’ve won the lottery – anything extra is icing. On the flip side, it’s a number that if you don’t get there – somehow you feel cheated.

I think the number is 15. Whether I’m right isn’t the point. It’s “my” number. For those who have giant breeds – 10 may be your “magic” number. And for those toy breeds – admittedly some look at 15 and it remains in the rear view mirror as this sturdy group trudges on to 16, 18, – even 20.  The oldest dog I’ve ever personally met was a Jack Russell Terrier who, when I lost touch, was 22 years young!

My dear friend Tessa lost her beloved Tuff this weekend. He had just hit 16 a month back. I don’t know what Tessa’s “magic” number is but I do know Tuff had a magic life with her and his mates, Zoey and Jessie.  It’s hard to believe 6 years have passed since they trounced through the fields of Tranquility Farm – and had the energy for a studio session as well. It was a magical day and you can see that session here.

I hope Tuff made it to Tessa’s “magic” number. Somehow it seems to make the loss a tad more bearable. Meanwhile, I know Jessie and Zoey will struggle also as they adjust to the new “order” of things.  Tuff packed a LOT of personality in that tiny little body. He will be missed and loved forever. My sympathy, Tessa.

 

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