Say hello to Belle! She is a Havanese doggy diva belonging to a wonderful family. When Belle’s mother contacted me to take her picture, I was informed that the 1.5 year old pup is very loved, very spoiled, and very much the center of the household… and indeed she is, and rightfully so. :) She is surrounded in these pictures by her identical twin bothers, John and Christian. Good luck telling them apart – inside their house are several portraits on their wall, and John and Christian can’t even identify themselves! :D The boys and Belle are super adorable, and I had a great time getting to know them. I send Belle’s mom this recommendation for her Halloween costume afterward as I think Belle would demand a costume that would highlight her assertive nature. ;)

You’ll see a lot of pets coming up on the blog. :) I’ve always wanted to get more heavily into pet photography, and with the help of clients past, present, and future, we arranged a bunch of mini pet portrait sessions for this spring with some adorable dogs and cats!

Meet Gracie+Gigi: the dogs of my very first wedding clients (who are two of the kindest and hilarious individuals I’ve ever met). Gracie is a Miniature Schnauzer (the larger, grey one) who enjoys being the protective older sister, treats, and being very well behaved. Gigi is a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix who likes following her mom around, being spoiled absolutely rotten, and dressing up in a bikini.

I knew this was going to be a great session when I was finalizing dates and times with Julie, their mom, and her first question was: “What should they wear?” ;)

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The below picture is 100% candid, and pretty much captures the hilarity of the household. I do believe Julie was criticizing Gigi for being spoiled and unappreciative of her array of toys as she stands there in a dress with a little bow in her hair. Oh, Gigi.

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Stay tuned for more Raleigh pets! :)

Jack is a German Shepherd/Lab mix who enjoys chasing sticks, eating pine cones, spending quality time outdoors, and his squeaky ball toy. Lola his a Rottweiler/Shepherd mix who likes me (apparently), following Jack around, cuddling, and treats. This is a regular day in the life of Jack and Lola, two adorable and feisty dogs living the good life in North Carolina. I spent most of the session time chasing them around the yard or trying to pry Lola away from my side so I could get some pictures of her too. Taking pet portraits is basically a good workout. :)
I pretty much fell in love with Lola who reminds me of the dog version of Buckles, the CSP Spokescat…kind of clumsy, runs right in front of you while you’re walking and stands there, and has that head-tilted-to-the-side face that screams, “HELLO! I LOVE YOUUUU!!!!!” Jack, who is slightly more reserved, occupies most of this blog post as he does most of their pictures, because he wasn’t as interested in me as Lola was, so my lens could actually focus on him. ;) They are super adorable pups and I had a great great time photographing them having a wonderful life with their fabulous owners!
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