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Breaux Vineyard Dogs!

We spent a lovely spring afternoon wandering the grounds of beautiful Breaux Vineyard. Set amongst the rolling foothills of Western Loudoun county’s Short Hill mountain, the 404 acre estate is breathtakingly beautiful.

Extremely dog friendly, it is the perfect destination if you’re looking to spend an afternoon sipping delicious wines and gazing at the spectacular scenery with your canine companion.

We were there for a session with the two vineyard dogs, Skipper and Cooper.  We were shooting specifically to add some dog/vineyard work to the Breaux Tasting Room. While the property is amazing – lest not forget the dogs!

Skipper, 13 years young is a Schipperke – Chow cross.  It is clear she takes her job seriously as she surveys the property while ambling about.  She prefers, I think, to spend a lot of time as well in Jen Breaux’s office, as an office assistant of course!

And then there is Cooper. Young, hilarious, Cooper.  Jen described Cooper as the dog version of Kramer from Seinfeld. There could not be a more apt description.  Cooper approaches everything with great enthusiasm and optimism.  And his body always seems just a beat behind his intentions.  It was a delight to watch his zestful approach to life.

Extremely well trained, once he figured out what we were up to he was the consummate host and model..

So, while Skipper trailed behind us, ever watchful, happy to be within range but a bit out of range…

Cooper flung open the doors and showed us his “place…”

And a lovely place it is!  Thanks to The Breaux’s for having us out. If you’ve never been, be sure to mark your calendar for May 15th and the Breaux Dog Day Event. Bev Hollis Photography will have a booth again this year and it is one of our favorites of the season.

We left with a lovely collection of wines. I immediately went home and opened the LaFayette to enjoy with a dark cherry and chili pepper chocolate which was also showered upon us.  (Sometimes when I think my job can’t get any better, it does!)

Thanks for a wonderful afternoon Skipper and Cooper!


May 6, 2010 - 4:34 pm

Stephanie - Bev, These are gorgeous. What an awesome background to have…..and even better. A place that allows you to have wine and dogs in the same place 🙂

May 6, 2010 - 5:35 pm

Sue Thomas - Wine and dogs – a winning combination!!!

May 6, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Teresa - This looks like heaven on earth…. I don’t know which is more beautiful –the dogs or the scenery!

May 6, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Maria - Stunning images..hell of a way to spend an afternoon!

May 6, 2010 - 6:45 pm

Debbie Z Dunne - I agree with Sue….wine and dogs…two wonderful things! Your images are absolutely beautiful Bev! I can not even begin to decide which is my favorite. You have definitely inspired me to look for a vineyard with dogs, wanting photographs.

May 6, 2010 - 7:49 pm

Kim Spears - Bev these are just amazing shots !! I love your descriptions of the doggies 🙂 The last two are my faves.

May 6, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Debbie Shook - BEAUTIFUL photos!!! What a lovely setting. I always wondered about winery dogs (especially after I got a book in Napa of winery dog photos)and want to know if they eat the grapes? They’re so dangerous for dogs, but wouldn’t they be tempted?!!

May 6, 2010 - 9:57 pm

angie W - You are so inspiring! I love how you took a challenging light head on!
Love the photos

May 6, 2010 - 11:14 pm

Judy - Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!

May 6, 2010 - 11:40 pm

Reba Messina - Wuf! I’m not going to cross that Skipper when I go to the Vineyards next week. He looks like he means bizniz! Aunt Bev sure caught both personalities beautifully. Skipper the Protector and Cooper the ever Happy Host. Can’t wait to meet them both.

May 7, 2010 - 1:06 am

Cheryl - Awesome shots. My favorite- walking down the steps. Great tail!

May 7, 2010 - 7:33 am

Tanya - Wow! Inspiring work and a fantastic location! Lovely.

May 7, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Ron - B&W in front of casks–my favorite

May 7, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Jen Breaux - Thank you so much for spending an afternoon with us and for taking these beautiful photos of our dogs. You really captured the spirit of both Cooper and Skipper and we appreciate the memory you have forever given us. Looking forward to seeing you on May 15!

May 7, 2010 - 9:10 pm

Barbara B - These are amazing! I know photographing black dogs has it’s challenges and your exposure was spot one.

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