This is Norm. He's a gorgeous, fun loving yellow lab. Sometimes though, the fun loving part gets away from him and he turns into a fun loving, wet and muddy yellow lab. ;O)
We hadn't yet made it to our second spot in the session when Norm found a shortcut that mother nature had made through the trees during the last storm. He knew there had to be a treasure worthy stick in there somewhere, and my goodness was he proud as he emerged from the water. No worries! There was a pond close by and Norm got to splash and swim until his cologne was no longer the most notable scent in the park.
Once Norm was satisfied with his evening swim we strolled around (away from the wet stuff), played some frisbee, ran in the fields, and posed with his dog mom and dad.
It was a full evening, and I think Norm had a great time playing with his humans and no doubt asked them where they were going next on the ride home.
Wishing you lots of water wherever appropriate, Norm!! ;O)
She's a border collie puppy who's ready for a lifetime of adventures!
What fun it is to photograph puppies and all their puppy-ness! Everything's a toy and every toy is their new best friend. This new friend doesn't have a name yet (that I know of), but they had a lot of fun together.
Bailey loved running around with her humans, but she was also very good and took a little breather once in a while; just enough time for me to grab a couple of posed puppy shots. Such a good girl!
Bailey is just starting out and she's already on to the next adventure... puppy classes! You'll learn so much, Bailey. Try to take it easy on your dog mom and dad. It's been a while since there was a puppy in the house.
Cash is a dog who in his golden years found his person... and it appears to be a perfect match.
Cash is a 14 year old German short haired pointer who's #1 goal in life is to be petted. And, I'm here to tell you, if you're around him for any amount of time you WILL pet him.
Annika tells me he's a young dog in an old body. He was a foster fail for her in September and after being around the two of them, I'm pretty sure he planned the whole thing.
Cash is the sweetest, kindest, most loyal dog, but he does have his goofy side, too. Annika says he is very "Eeyore" when mom is gone. (Can you picture it?! Just put that heart emoji right here.) Like all hunting breeds Cash points when he's located his target. The thing is, he points at the birds (and hamsters, ehem) in the pet store, too. ;O)
You've heard me say that I believe dogs have just as much say (if not more) in choosing their person. Yep, I'm convinced it was a set up from the beginning, Annika, but I think you did good. Wishing the two of you many stubby tail wagging adventures!!
Happy Dog Mom Day to all you dog moms! Hope you have a great weekend!
This year's Pawsitivity fundraiser raised $1880 for the Veterans Community Village being constructed in Sioux Falls! Sheets and bedding will be purchased with the money once the village tiny homes are completed.
I admit I went a little nuts with the props this year,ack! (and, trust me that will not happen again), but I felt like it was fitting for our purpose. I did love that we were able to let the humans be more involved this time. ;O)
There are always so many great images that come from these fundraisers and I wanted to share a few of my favorites from this time around with you.
You can see more in the Pawsitivity Sessions gallery.
Thank you to all who participated this year and I hope it makes you feel just a bit more pride when you watch the village come to life.
Are you interested in participating in upcoming Pawsitivty Fundraiser Sessions? You can join the list at the bottom of the website homepage, making sure you're one of the first to be notified.
The Pawsitivity fundraiser sessions are just around the corner!
This year we'll be raising money for sheets and bedding for the VCP Village that will be constructed here in Sioux Falls! I've been waiting almost 2 years and it's finally in the works!
I encourage you to take 11 minutes to watch this video about Veterans Community Project. It's the best video I've seen telling exactly what VCP does and why.
If you were on the VIP list for the Pawsitivity Sessions then I hope you were able to sign up to be a part of this year's fundraiser. If you'd like to make sure you're on the list for future Pawsitivity Sessions you can sign up at the bottom of the home page.
Hermes and Dash have been helping me work on the perfect set-up. ;O)
Like a lot of dogs, these three are very happy and love being with their humans. They love being part of the family and they like doing things together, but their personalities are still all their own.
Oliver is energetic and smart. He's one of those dogs who has taught himself to open doors. Only in emergencies please, Oliver. Not just when you're trying to impress the ladies.
Like most human kids, Odin wants your attention as soon as you get on the phone, but he's the most caring dog in the world. He loves everyone, and he doesn't even have a favorite between mom and dad!
Then there's Opie. Oh, Opie you're so dang cute! He runs around like a little rabbit with a huge smile on his face, and he has his favorite toy that he plays with before bed every night.
Kelsey said she wanted her images to show the "organized chaos" that is their family. So, we found a place out of the way where these three could play and be themselves.
They played and played, (and Opie barked a bit, ha) and then they played some more. But, we did manage to get them to stop for family pictures along the way.
Between all the running, jumping, chasing and posing I think it's fair to say they had a pretty good afternoon.
As a side note, I'd like to comment on how so very happy these dogs are. Kelsey and Donald adopted these pups one at a time and welcomed them into their family with patience and grace. They have found activities that let their dogs be their best doggie selves. Odin runs with mom, and Oliver and his dog dad are an amazing dock diving team. I love it when people are able to find something that their dog loves to do and then embraces it, letting their dog live their best life.
Some of my most favorite images come from snow sessions. Dogs who love the snow seem to wear their personality full on for everyone to see. There's no holding back with them and because of that, dog parents tend to smile throughout the session without even realizing it and sometimes even find their inner kid.
When thinking about what to wear for your session, a few of things are the same for snow sessions as they are for fair weather... If you have a black dog, don't wear black. If you have a white dog, don't wear white. And, stay away from large logos or pictures on clothing as we want the first things you see in your images to be dogs and humans not an advertisement for your favorite team or Marvel character.
Because nature shows us lots of browns, tans, and whites during winter, we have the option of keeping things neutral for our taste, or dressing up our images with pops of color. Believe it or not, the farmhouse tans, grays, and creams actually look great in winter scenes, but if you're like me and tend to smile around lots of color, then winter is your season! We still need to stay away from neon colors, but this is the time for color-lovers to have some fun!
The following is a guideline for how to dress for your winter session:
First of all, think layers.
Dressing in layers will not only keep you warm, but will add visual contrast and fun to your images.
Visible layers look great in photographs!
- Think about a collared shirt or blouse under a cozy sweater.
- Winter vests, coats, scarves and boots are so fun visually, and they add a sense of warmth and coziness to your images.
- Ladies, when wearing a coat over bulky clothing, make sure it has a belt or seam line that accentuates your waist, and as an added note, coats with large furry hoods are striking in close-up images.
Hidden layers are pretty much a given during winter outdoor activities in SD.
- Layered socks add extra warmth in the snow.
- Cuddle Duds and Under Armour won't bulk up your outfit.
- Hand and foot warmers in your shoes, your pockets, or your mittens can be just what you need to stay comfortable.
Winter snow sessions are scheduled a little differently due to the fact that, well... it's cold and we need snow.
For snow sessions to be safe for our dogs as well as ourselves we need conditions as follows:
- Snow ;O)
- Temps in the double digits
- Wind chill (feels like temp) must be above 15
At this time of year I have a running list specifically or snow sessions. When the conditions are right I contact those on the list starting with the first person who signed up. If they can't do the session at that time then I go to the next on the list. If someone has to pass on a session for whatever reason, they don't loose their place, as I start at the top each time conditions are right.
If you've always wanted to do a snow session and you're able to make a short notice session work in your schedule, just call and I'll get you on the list. :O)
It was a freezing cold day with wind gusts up to 50 mph and she said, "I'll just put my hair in a braid." I love adventurous clients!
So, off I went to a farm in Iowa. That's where I met my clients and a VERY happy dog named Tucker.
Tucker is a lot like other two year old labs I've met, but he was having such fun playing my face was starting to hurt from smiling so much! He's a bit derpy, he loves to play hide and seek, and when he gets excited about something he tends to jump straight up in the air.
There's nothing better than watching a dog when they're having so much fun. Or at least I thought there wasn't... When the guns came out and his humans put his hunting vest on, Tucker was all business. I mean he was still very excited, but now it was all about the birds.
There was such a sense of respect for his job even when he was just practicing. Tucker knew he was part of a team and he was doing his part while his humans did theirs. If I'm being honest it was really quite emotional to watch. I could feel the pride that Tucker felt just watching him.
I love watching working dogs. But, at the end of the day the best part is that they're still the same derpy and fun loving dog.
Enjoy the hunt, Tucker! You've got a great team.
What a way to end the season! October is always a crazy time for photographers. The parks are full of family sessions often with photographers standing just feet from each other doing their best to stay out the background of other photographers' aim. Because of all the activity, it's a carefully choreographed dance trying to find just the right location for dogs during this time of the year, but somehow things always seem to work out.
Say hello to Mya! Her dog mom, Kelcey won a session from a silent auction put on by Wings of Valor. These sessions are always a win-win for me with the money going to a great cause AND me getting to meet great people and their pups. :O)
Mya is 9 years old and she's gorgeous! She loves humans and always wants to say hi (making her the perfect pup in my opinion). She loves being with her dog mom and after meeting Kelcey I think she found her perfect match.
Despite her age Mya can be quite the clown skipping and jumping when her inner puppy comes out. She's also one of those dogs who talks with her ears which makes her even more adorable.
Kelcey told me that Mya is her shadow and protector. Mya goes everywhere with her - walks, car rides, dog friendly places like Lowes and Hobby Lobby, camping... she said she'd even sit in an airplane seat if mom was there.
Mya's brindle coat looked beautiful with the reds of Fall, but the lucky girl looks just as good in gold don't you think?!
Remember I said that things always seem to work out? Well, not only did we find a great place that suited Mya's personality away from the crowds, at the end of our session this happened. The sky put on a show... so we played a little longer.
Thanks for a wonderful end to October, Mya. I hope Winter is just as good to you.
If you're looking for a fun, professional photographer for your business needs, head shots, branding, real estate, as well as senior and wedding photography, check out Kelcey's website at Kelcey Schroder Photography.