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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!

Return to the Blog! 2 Dogs 2000 Miles

I look forward to each January.  After a flurry of activity during the holiday season it is always a welcome respite to scale back, take inventory of the year past, and make plans for the upcoming year.

Business-wise, 2008 was phenomenal for me.  I continue to be lucky enough to photograph so many wonderful animals.  Of course, those animals always come with some pretty special humans as well.

Most of my work is light and fun and playful. Sometimes though I’m asked to document a pet who is at the end of his or her life.¬† Lately, most of my calls for sessions with ill pets have been pets diagnosed with cancer.

Did you know that 1 in 4 pets will be diagnosed with cancer? It shouldn’t surprise me, since our pets are living longer,¬† that we will see an increase in cancer diagnoses among our animal friends.

Last fall we lost our beloved Princess Daisy of Everything and The Dog. She was a famous blogging dog who passed her blogging pen on to her cousin Bob.

My assistant, Michelle’s dog Peaches, was diagnosed with an insulinoma. She underwent surgery and has had some extra healthy, happy months.

Just this week I’ve had two calls for pet sessions for dogs with cancer. One dog is only 4 1/2 years old.

I’m not trying to depress you with this information. I’m only trying to shed some light on a really large issue in animal health.¬† Research is only starting to match the rate of cancer diagnoses.

Someone who is doing a lot to further canine cancer research is Luke Robinson with 2Dogs2000Miles. After losing his own pet, Malcolm, three years ago to cancer, Luke and his two dogs Murphy and Hudson, are walking a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to canine cancer.

Please check out his site. Educate yourself. Donate if you can. Support Luke on the road with messages.

We owe it to our animal family members to do all that we can to extend their time with us.

To end on a happier note – here is a shot of my own beloved Ms. Lily – dog model, lighting assistant, treat eater!

Lily

Lily

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January 15, 2009 - 10:43 am

Beth - How cute is your dog? Oh my gosh!! Glad to see her:)

January 18, 2009 - 1:24 am

Haley - Lily’s little chin is very kissable, you know! Please kiss it and tell her it’s from Haley in Washington!

Thank you for the educational post… I think you, as a photographer, and like anyone who works closely with animals must do, have to deal with a substantial amount of grief as you see your subjects cross the Rainbow Bridge. Thinking of you, and of all pet owners who are struggling to make tough decisions,

Haley

January 21, 2009 - 2:03 am

Jamie - Thanks so much for reminding us all how precious doggie life is and how common canine cancer. I knew it was common but not that common. Just one more reason to keep them healthy and love them to pieces every chance we get. Lily is adorable.

Commanche

Sadly, I just received word that Commanche, the 16 year old horse of Jana Okonski, was euthanized last Friday after a tough battle with laminitis.¬† We met Commanche last spring when Jana asked us out to do a birthday session for Jana’s husband and his horse Apollo.

Towards the end of the session, as the last of the light dimmed, I caught this one of Commanche who had been romping just earlier with his pal Apollo.

I remember laughing at the many horse stories Jana and her husband told me during their ordering session. They have a long horse history.  I know that when a bit of time passes and the pain eases, those stories will be a wonderful source of happy memories of times with Commanche.  My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.

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December 22, 2008 - 8:32 pm

Tracy - Awwww…. what a beautiful horse. I’m sorry to hear the sad news : (

January 3, 2009 - 12:34 pm

Pammy - I am sorry to hear about this. Such a gallant lovely portrait.

January 10, 2009 - 2:08 am

Angie W - I just do not like to think that the animals pass away, it is so hard, it has always been for me..

Willow 9 Months – Winter Farm Session

We got out for a late afternoon romp at the farm with our favorite pug, Willow. Hard to believe she’s 9 months old already. Her human, Sonja, has been training Willow since she was just a wee one – the farm and it’s stumps and logs were nothing for this active pup!

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January 21, 2009 - 2:04 am

Jamie - LOVE!!!! 🙂

Honoring Those Who Have Served

On a frosty early morning we took time from our hectic holiday season to honor those who have served their country.

Thousands of people braved the frigid temps and icy winds to help place holiday wreaths on the graves in Section 12 of Arlington National Cemetery. It is estimated that 10,000 wreaths were placed this morning thanks to the organization that started it all.

For some it was a somber day, for others a festive one.  For all it will be memorable.

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December 13, 2008 - 2:41 pm

Maria - Inspirational, emotional, gorgeous.
What a fabulous way to have spent this morning. I am envious; I wish I could have been there as well.
Truly special photos of this event, Bev!

December 13, 2008 - 2:49 pm

Glen - Hey Bev,

Great Seeing you and Don this morning. Your photo’s look great as usual. I am still thawing out.

Glen

December 13, 2008 - 5:50 pm
December 13, 2008 - 6:26 pm

Ron - Bev,

As usual, your work is beautiful and inspiring.

RON

December 31, 2008 - 10:15 pm

Julie - Beautiful shots. Tugs at the heart strings a bit.

Tis The Season

As I scurry to stay ahead of holiday deadlines at my labs I find myself at the computer for hours on end.¬† Niles and Lily, always my companions, are fairly patient most of the time.¬† Today however, despite the gloomy skies, they said, “Let’s get out for a bit.”

So we took a break and romped and walked and barked and smelled.  Ahhh.

To be a dog on a cool fall day.

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November 21, 2008 - 7:27 am

Maria - Bev, These are stunning. Beautiful sweet pups.
BTW, your templates are gorgeous…very powerful

December 1, 2008 - 6:36 pm

Jill Beninato - I love your PP here…very soft and dreamy…

December 10, 2008 - 12:50 pm

Vinita - Checked out your website long ago..but never got a chance to leave a comment on your blog!just wanted to stop by to say you do lovely work!gorgeous images!

December 20, 2008 - 11:41 pm

Jamie - Love these shots. And I do love the processing. Look forward to seeing more in the new year! 🙂

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