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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!

Holiday Card Sessions! The Good and the Bad (a bit ugly too.)

As predicted the Saturday skies poured rain for most of the day.  Folks were accommodating though and most were able to reschedule their holiday sessions.

Sunday dawned cool and sunny – we were off to a great morning start! We started with our good friends the Shaffers with their FOUR dogs, Marley, Emma, Jake (of puppy series Jake fame), and Jen.

This family of dogs is a joy to photograph and we love their humans too! Jen is a “silver” lab and is featured in the bottom image. Isn’t that color beautiful? I just loved the way light reflected off of her coat.

I can’t wait to make their holiday cards this year!

Later in the day we met Luke and his family of FIVE dogs! Just a sneak peek here of Luke with one. Believe it or not we got a couple great family shots with mom, dad, Luke and all FIVE dogs which will make lovely cards!

Well, that was the end of the fun for the day. We started our next shoot with Chloe and Riley – two beautiful Weimaraners.¬† We found a gorgeous setting along the creek bank and started shooting. Below is Riley, in one of my favorite images of the day…

And then, without warning, with nary an awkward sound I started seeing this in my LCD screen:

Death of a Nikon

Death of a Nikon

This my friends, is the dreaded ERR message. A jammed shutter. A long UPS trip to the Nikon service center.

So alas, we were forced to abandon that session and the last of the day (with 3 of our favorite Cockers) and reschedule for next week.

A rental is on its way. A backup camera has been purchased – OUCH! With any luck we’ll still have some decent shooting weather so I can make it up to those who had to reschedule.

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October 27, 2008 - 2:24 pm

Tracy - Ooooh… the silver lab IS gorgeous! I’ve never heard of that coloring on a lab before!!
Look at her eyes! Is she mixed with a weimie?

I can’t wait to see Luke with all five dogs! : )
And I thought *I* had a lot of animals!

Horrid, horrid news about your camera.
Hopefully the fix will be super quick!

October 27, 2008 - 2:47 pm

Brad Shaffer - Tracy …
Jen is a pure breed … silver (aka Charcoal) lab … from Ohio.
Her eyes are a light green, and her coat is like velour … brushed down
it is silver/charcoal … brushed up it is jet black. She’s the baby … just about
one year old … and 85 pounds. And she gives tons of kisses.

Bev … sorry about the camera … and the shots above are fabulous. Can’t wait to see
the set. We laughed about the camera shoot all day … you girls are the best!
p.s. … doggy wiplash is painful.
Brad & Polly

October 28, 2008 - 10:24 am

Vinnie - Beautiful photographic work!
What beautiful color on that silver lab – but all the dogs are stunning.
Sorry about your camera. 🙂

October 29, 2008 - 2:26 pm

Maria - Bev, I realize your entire day was tainted by the “nikon death”
but these images are stunning! Riley is gorgeous.

October 30, 2008 - 3:29 pm

Ron - So Bev,

what sort of white balance setting do you use to get that ‘black on black ink’ tone to your image???????
Glad you found a loaner to use in the meantime……….

on a serious note, the image of the weimer by the creek was great…..how did you get him to NOT go in wading??

RON

October 30, 2008 - 8:08 pm

Bev - HA.. very funny about the black on black image…
Thanks for loaning the camera and saving my Wednesday shoot!
Riley LOVES the water. Guess he was mesmerized by my malfunctioning camera!

Holiday Card Weekend!

This is the weekend of our holiday card limited edition sessions. We scouted some beautiful backdrops today and look forward to the weekend.

Of course, the weather needs to cooperate with rain predicted for Saturday. Sunday promises to be sunny and dry though so we’ll shoot in the barn tomorrow and hopefully venture outdoors on Sunday.

Maggie braved the dropping temps and gray skies to do a short model session for us this afternoon. Isn’t fall grand?

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October 25, 2008 - 9:16 pm

muttcab - I think this might be the best yet!! Love em!

October 26, 2008 - 5:38 am

pen* - the first card is {awesome}
LOVE the richness of all the colours together… beautiful!

October 28, 2008 - 12:08 am

Tamandra - Scrumptious!! Man, I love those colors, and I so dig a distressed ‘grungy’ look.

Secret Mission #2, Rocky #2!

Yesterday took us back to the farm for another secret session and our second Rocky this week!¬† Rocky’s mom Sheila is planning to surprise her husband (Rocky’s dad) with some photos for Christmas.

Rocky is a 10 month old yellow lab who is almost white.¬† He is filled with that youthful Labrador exuberance but has also earned his “Canine Good Citizen” rating.

What this meant for us was a dog who would strike some gorgeous poses when asked….

… but lest you think it was all serious posing for Rocky… This is what he spent time between shots doing..!

We had a fun afternoon with this youthful, energetic guy.

When we shoot at the farm it’s an “outing” of sorts.¬† We cover some hilly territory and yesterday I even had Rocky’s mom Sheila standing in a creek bed with Rocky.. I think I need to start having people do a stress test before coming to the farm!

Thanks for a great day Rocky!

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October 26, 2008 - 1:58 pm

Haley - I love these shots- ALL of them are beautiful! Your use of light is really phenomenal… someday I hope to be able to do that! Keep the wonderful blog entries coming (please)!

October 27, 2008 - 5:05 am

nick - Looks like it was a really fun shoot indeed 😀

November 5, 2008 - 11:44 am

Jody - I really liked the action shots with the tree branches. Fantastic shots!

Rocky, Rosie & Mia – A secret session in northern Virginia!

Yesterday, amidst blue skies and shimmery gold leaves, we went on a secret mission to photograph 3 beloved dogs.

One of the dog’s humans has decided to surprise the other with a dog photo book for Christmas.¬† What a lovely and thoughtful gift!

So we followed these canines around their property and gathered our images.  As usual, personalities came forth and were consistent throughout the shoot.

Mia, the German Shepherd, does not¬† know she’s a geriatric.¬† She is over a year post-op from back surgery and going strong.¬† We even caught her running with Rocky’s ball on occasion. (Don’t tell Rocky!) She did grow weary after a bit but she was just too curious (and too much a shepherd) to leave us out there with the others.

Mia

Mia

Rosie, the collie, suffers from collie eye anomaly – a disorder that can render collies completely blind. Rosie still has some vision. It seems she could see well enough to know we were there but not well enough to figure out we weren’t strange space aliens coming to do some damage to her territory. So Rosie danced on the fringes for most of the session.¬† We managed to snag a few of her because we know her human will want to see her in that book!

And then there was ROCKY! I must capitalize ROCKY because that better describes him. Big, bold, boisterous ROCKY… A bit of an attention seeker and happy to have some afternoon playmates.

Lovely dogs all.¬† We can’t wait to make their surprise book!

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October 23, 2008 - 7:09 am

Maria - Gorgeous photos. In particular I like the one of Mia lying on the grass. She is stunning.
I can only imagine how incredible that book will be. Have a ball working on it!

October 24, 2008 - 5:38 pm

Angie W - Bev I am such a fan of your work! I love the image with eyes in focus and blurred nose. It take some skill to do it. Gorgeous!

December 25, 2008 - 10:46 am

Doc - I am the human who was wonderfully surprised on Christmas morning. As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I want to thank you Bev, and you two ar SO sneaky.

Transitions – Fall in northern Virginia

Just as our seasons transition to fall, our photography sessions are transitioning as well.  While we thrill to shoot amongst the golds of autumn sunlight, we have begun to spend a bit of time indoors as well.  Positioning and readying for the winter ahead.

Yesterday we shot two dachshunds and a Portuguese Water Dog – Riley, Maggie and Chloe.

Riley, a young & energetic pup. Maggie, full of spirit but watchful of her unsteady back, and Chloe – happy to strike a pose and hold it, as long as her human was nearby for confidence.

As always, it is an adventure to watch a shoot unfold.

Chloe, the PWD, gave me a work out. Just finding  her eyes was a challenge!

This is my favorite image of Chloe. We worked very hard to get her in this light. I love the drama!

We can’t forget the little dogs! I said Riley was aptly named as he was quite “riled” up!

This last one is another favorite. I just love the fall colors.

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October 20, 2008 - 5:52 pm

Tracy - Ooooh… I love the fall colors too! I wish we got some of that here…
I think we always want what we can’t have… someone recently commented on how great it was that the grass is still so lush and green where I am. I want some of those oranges and yellows!! Looks to me like you have both! : P

October 21, 2008 - 5:56 am

Ron - Wow those little Doxies are so cute……..and you are right, the colors are great……..wonderful job, Bev,

Ron

October 21, 2008 - 11:09 pm

Maria - Bev, these are beautiful. I love that shot of Chloe and what a great name for her…she looks like a Chloe

October 22, 2008 - 9:15 am

Grace - These are all so beautiful! I’m really loving that green chair too.

October 22, 2008 - 10:11 am

Jill - I’m loving these! The green chair really works and the colors are just awesome!

October 22, 2008 - 11:57 am

leesia - wow, i am so insanely jealous of all your gorgeous fall colors! just gorgeous.

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