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Fall Pet Photographs with two special dogs looking for their forever home

October 29, 2021 - In recent weeks we have photographed a couple of dogs that have been looking for that special home that will become thei...
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Silhouettes in dog photography

October 15, 2021 - This week's blog post is about creating silhouettes of your dog (or any dog). It's all about the shape, form of the obje...
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Memories of your pet - whether it be when they are young or a senior

October 08, 2021 - Memory in its technical terminology refers to the processes that are used to acquire, store, retain and then later retri...
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A walk in Eureka Springs Park, Tampa, Florida

October 01, 2021 - Eureka Springs Park is located in a little known area of greater Tampa, Florida. I am sure it is well known by photograp...
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What to expect at your Pet Photography session

August 13, 2021 - What should you expect if you are doing a pet photography session with VP Shoots Photography? Well, for sure, it should...
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Thinking about professional pet photographs?

August 06, 2021 - This week's blog post discusses the early stages when you may be thinking "I'd like to get some great photographs of my...
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Photographing big mutts (those large mixed breed dogs we all love)

July 30, 2021 - I love all dogs, but I often find that the majority of the dogs I photograph are mixed breed (aka mutts). All of my dogs...
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How I pick a location to photograph dogs

July 23, 2021 - This week we explore some of the key points I use to pick a location for photographing dogs. As many of you know, a good...
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Dogs in the flower field

July 16, 2021 - Ah, a few weeks ago we heard about a wonderful flower field not far from our house through a family member on Facebook....
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Collars I recommend for your dog's photography session?

July 09, 2021 - This week let's talk about what your dog should be wearing for their photography session. There are so many different op...
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My dog won't look at the camera - how do I fix this?

July 02, 2021 - As a pet photographer and even more a ‘dog photographer’ I’ve heard a lot of various things from people about their dogs...
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My favorite neighborhood walk with my dog in Temple Terrace, Florida

June 25, 2021 - We are blessed here in our little residential city with a good number of parks. My favorite neighborhood park is actuall...
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Why I shoot in early to mid-morning - my favorite time for pet photography

June 18, 2021 - Here in Florida, the majority of the year - it's hot. No way around it. So, this leaves us with a few choices on when to...
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Top 3 must have photographs for your dog's portrait session

June 04, 2021 - This week I am sharing with you my top 3 must have photographs for your pet's photography session. Of course, I realize...
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Red Nose Pitbull, Blue Nose Pitbull - which one?

May 28, 2021 - In central Florida, a popular breed of dog is the American Pitbull Terrier also known as the Pitbull (Pit Bull). This br...
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Dog Parks near Temple Terrace, Florida

May 14, 2021 - If you have a dog, they like to play with other dogs - well, the area of Temple Terrace - or more broadly Tampa located...
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Rescue dogs of Tampa, Florida

May 07, 2021 - This week's blog post features rescue dogs of Tampa, Florida (and surrounding areas which includes all of Hillsborough a...
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Beau, a former racing greyhound here in Florida

April 30, 2021 - Meet Beau! Beau is an excellent example of how great a pet a former racing greyhound can be. Yes, Beau's previous life w...
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Using color in your pet photographs

April 16, 2021 - This week its all about color! Let's share some different types of color while featuring a dog within the photograph. We...
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It's not all about the face in dog photography

April 09, 2021 - Dog photography is not all about the face - think about the other possibilities for sharing beautiful photographs that w...
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Dog Friendly - Veterans Memorial Park, Tampa, FL

March 26, 2021 - This week the dogs, Jim and I decided to go explore the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, FL. Dogs are allowed providing...
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Self Portrait with Abby, my black and white mixed breed dog

March 19, 2021 - This week I am being presented a challenge to take a self portrait and include a dog - well, Abby being my oldest model...
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Pet Photography with cute props

February 26, 2021 - This week's blog post is all about the Photographer’s Choice (that's me!)– this week we are focusing on using props when...
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Using depth of field with Pet Photography

February 19, 2021 - Ever wonder why some photographs you can see everything in the background crystal clear and others it’s just a creamy bl...
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Pet Photography with puppy love

February 12, 2021 - Our last few weeks have been filled with puppies! Maxx and Me Pet Rescue has rescued several momma dogs and taken their...
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Using Symmetry in Pet Photography

February 05, 2021 - Symmetry - what is it? In simple terms, this is where the two sides of a photograph are equally balanced if you split it...
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Pet Photography - Using Lensbaby Sweet 50 for dog portraits

January 15, 2021 - This week our pet photography theme is "center" and as I thought about this - I thought, what better time to give the Le...
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Pet Photography - Action!

September 11, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Action" and I have decided to use Abby as our showcase model. Abby loves the water...
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Pet Photography - Rainbow Bridge Day

August 28, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is Rainbow Bridge Day. My fellow pet photographer's that are part of this pet photogra...
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Pet Photography - Filling the Frame

July 31, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Fill the Frame". One of the things that make photographs interesting and compellin...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Noses"

July 17, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Noses". We all know when we are walking our dogs and they catch a scent that they...
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Pet Photography - Theme Water

June 12, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'water' - as a family that has done boating, hiking to waterfalls and just hanging...
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Pet Photography - Landscape and your pets

June 05, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'landscape' and we are showing some of Florida's green summer weather (right before...
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Pet Photography - Photographer's Choice - Get those end of life portraits while you can

May 29, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Photographer's Choice" and I'm touching on a subject that many do not want to. Thu...
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Pet Photography - Black and white photographs

May 22, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is black and white - and most of the time when this kind of theme comes around, I'll l...
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Pet Photography - Early morning 'golden' hour

May 15, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Golden Hour" and I've noticed several things about Florida's "sunshine state" weat...
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Pet Photography - before and after photos

April 24, 2020 - This week's photography blog for pets is "before and after". There are many photographs that I just do very simple and m...
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Pet Photography - Senior, older dogs in wide open spaces

April 03, 2020 - Wow, I have got to say that I need to figure out how to find some 'normalcy' our of the crazy world that we are living i...
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Pet Photography using shallow depth of field

March 27, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'shallow depth of field'. As we continue to stay at home, and away from most all pe...
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Pet Photography - Theme Colorful - Abby in front of mural

March 20, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is colorful. Last year a local painter decided to paint the building where the restroo...
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Pet Photography - using the rule of thirds to create great images

March 06, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is about a basic guideline/rule of photography called "the rule of thirds". This is a...
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Shades of Gray - black and white pet photography

February 07, 2020 - This week's theme for pet photography is 'shades of gray' - I decided to use Abby for this week's photographs. What bett...
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Pet Photography in an urban setting

January 24, 2020 - This week's blog features Nana, a hound dog previously used for breeding who is now with the Maxx and Me Pet Rescue. She...
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Pet Photography - Light it up!

January 17, 2020 - This week it's all about light - 'get lit' is the theme! There are all different types of light that can be used for pet...
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Pet Photography - Telling a story, find a way around the obstacles, just follow me

January 10, 2020 - We recently have been blessed (at least my viewpoint) with some cooler weather! Yay - wearing pants and not sweating! Th...
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Pet Photography - Paint it black

October 18, 2019 - This week's pet photography blog theme is "Paint it black" - and for me, this is a look inside what happens when we go t...
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Pet Photography - Into the Woods

October 11, 2019 - This week's pet photography blog circle theme is "Into the Woods". For us, that's a wonderful way to spend our time - we...
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Poe Springs Park, High Springs, Florida

August 18, 2019 - Poe Springs Park is located in High Springs, Florida not to far from the well known Ginnie Springs on Highway 340 west o...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Wood"

August 16, 2019 - This week's photography blog has us joining our pack at Poe Springs Park located in High Springs, Florida. The dogs and...
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Pet Photography - Fill the Frame (with dog!)

July 19, 2019 - This week's theme is 'Fill the Frame' for our pet photography blog circle. We met Axle this week - he is a rescue that i...
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Pet Photography - Blue sky

June 21, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "Blue Sky" and it comes when we here in central Florida have had a ton of rain. No...
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Pet Photography - Play Time

April 26, 2019 - This week the theme is "play time" and with that said, these types of photographs are typically snapshots when I take th...
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Sugar Sand Festival - Clearwater Beach (Pier 60) 2019

April 21, 2019 - The Sugar Sand Festival is currently happening at Clearwater Beach! The sculptures created by a talented team of artists...
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Paying the model - Snack time in Pet Photography

April 19, 2019 - This week's theme is 'snack time' which can be rather fun at my household of four dogs. I've taught them all they must s...
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Pet Photography - Removing the Leash

April 12, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is about removing the leash from the final photograph. As a good portion of my dog pho...
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Pet Photography - Theme Bridge

April 05, 2019 - This week's post is a little late - we have been away in rural Florida where internet isn't very 'available'. Go figure...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Green'

March 15, 2019 - As we approach St. Patrick's Day, this week's Pet Photography theme is "Green". This weekend they will do the annual 'ri...
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Pet Photography - Depth of Field - to blur or not to blur the background

March 08, 2019 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Depth of Field". That's a photography term, not necessarily a term that everyone i...
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Caboose transformation

February 24, 2019 - While wondering around in rural towns near the Suwannee River, I came across this old caboose in Fort White. It was outs...
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Sunset at Shell Mound, Cedar Key

February 17, 2019 - While away from home, we decided to catch a sunset - the question was, where? Well, we did what everyone else does these...
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Pet Photography - Tale of Tails

February 15, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "Tale of Tails". Interesting things about those little dog tails (tales?) Jimbo, my...
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Kite Festival, Treasure Island, Florida - 2019

January 21, 2019 - This past weekend the annual Kite Festival was held behind the Thunder Bird Resort on Treasure Island. Saturday was beau...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Get Low"

November 30, 2018 - This week’s pet photography theme is “Get Low” – week 48 of the year 2018! Last week I got up on top of a slide and phot...
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Troy Spring State Park, Branford, Florida

November 11, 2018 - We went exploring some areas up on the Suwannee River and nearby for a week recently. The next several weeks will featur...
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Pet Photography - Rescue puppies from the Bahamas

October 27, 2018 - This week Jim and I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph and play with three really friendly and wonderful puppie...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Photographer's Choice"

October 19, 2018 - This week the Pet Photography theme is "Photographer's Choice". This week has been Jimbo's sixth anniversary - so we hav...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Under'

October 12, 2018 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Under" - and it presented it's own challenges. This week we have been sick, no...
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Pet Photography - Theme Isolation

October 05, 2018 - As we enter the last quarter of 2018, the beginning of October, our Pet Photography theme is "Isolation". My immediate t...
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Heritage Village, Largo, Florida

September 23, 2018 - This week we did a quick visit to Heritage Village in Largo, Florida - I did not get a chance to visit all the buildings...
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Hillsborough River State Park - River Rapids Trail

September 16, 2018 - Recently we visited the Hillsborough River State Park. It's been a rainy summer here and as I pulled up to the ranger st...
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Puppies go boating - who liked it the best?

September 02, 2018 - We took all of the dogs (and puppies) out on our boat for a short river cruise recently. The young ones I kept with harn...
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Manatee Village Historical Park, Bradenton, Florida

August 12, 2018 - This week I visited the Manatee Village Historical Park located in Brandenton, Florida. It was a rainy day, but I though...
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Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Ellenton, Florida

July 22, 2018 - This week I traveled down to Ellenton and visited the Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. The Gamble Plantation is lo...
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A dog photo session with Bailey

April 08, 2018 - This week's blog post is about a dog photograph session. Sometimes we arrive to photograph a pet aka dog and find that t...
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Beauty of trees...

March 25, 2018 - I recently read an article in one of my magazines that arrived - the article was about trees. Specifically, it was about...
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Circle of Life - Spring has sprung here early

March 04, 2018 - It's now the beginning of March - hard to believe that two months have gone by this year already and we will soon be on...
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Fog in the country

February 25, 2018 - This week, we go back to the country - rural counties up in the pan handle area of Florida where life seems to be slower...
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Pet Photography - Theme Silhouettes

February 23, 2018 - As February comes to a close, our pet photography theme this week is "silhouettes". This is a type of photography where...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Year of the Dog"

February 16, 2018 - This week's theme is "Year of the Dog" to coincide with the Chinese New Year...."The Dog is the eleventh of all zodiac a...
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Alafia River Rendezvous, 2018 - Florida Frontiersmen

February 04, 2018 - Last weekend the Florida Frontiersmen completed their annual "Alafia River Rendezvous" just south of Bartow, Florida. We...
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Christmas in the Wild, Lowry Park Zoo 2017

December 17, 2017 - It's the holiday season and many different Christmas events are occurring in the Tampa Bay area. Last night we joined a...
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Festival of Trees, 2017

November 26, 2017 - As we complete the celebration of Thanksgiving and head on to Christmas (I noticed some stores skipped Thanksgiving!), w...
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Nature's Classroom

September 24, 2017 - It's been many years since I was a 6th grader, but I still remember our week at Nature's Classroom. It is a really cool...
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Salt Marsh, Steinhatchee, Florida

September 10, 2017 - We went up to Steinhatchee, Florida to go scalloping for a few days. While we were there, I got a chance to take the 'ro...
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Oak Trees in Florida - rural Dade City

August 13, 2017 - It was a rainy, overcast, stormy day as I recently drove out to the country areas of Dade City, Florida about an hour no...
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Dog Photography with the universal 'toy' a wooden stick

August 04, 2017 - This week's word for our Pet Photography blog is "Wood". I asked several different people what comes to mind when you th...
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Dead River Park, Hillsborough County, Florida

July 09, 2017 - The last two weeks we have been on the road showing beautiful scenes where roads are oak lined. We have something close,...
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Florida Aquarium - what to do when it rainy!

June 11, 2017 - The Florida Aquarium is indoors - and a lot of people had the same idea to go to the aquarium after having tons of rain...
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What do these buildings have in common? (Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida)

May 08, 2017 - Over the last few weeks we have traveled over to St. Petersburg and stopped over in the downtown area. We walked down Ce...
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Eureka Springs Park, Hillsborough County

April 30, 2017 - I love this place! It's quiet most days, has a beautiful boardwalk among the trees (almost all shaded, but that also mea...
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Frogs, Geckos, and Snakes

April 09, 2017 - I have always wanted to photograph one of these little red eyed frogs - perhaps that's a silly thing, but every since I...
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Disc golf at 22nd Street Park nestled among the live oak trees along the river

February 05, 2017 - This week we ventured off to play a round of disc golf. My first time, I can't say that I am very good, but I got to thr...
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Little Manatee River State Park - Florida Trail

January 29, 2017 - This past week I decided to check out the Little Manatee River State Park. I've driven by it so many times over the last...
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Upper Tampa Bay Park

January 15, 2017 - We stopped in this park for a brief visit last week and returned this week to actually spend some time enjoying the trai...
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Owls - Great Horned Owl at Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

December 11, 2016 - This past weekend after completing a family shoot with a young couple and their dogs we were packing up to leave when a...
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Capital Theatre, Clearwater, Florida

November 27, 2016 - This past week one of our photography meetup groups visited the Capital Theatre in downtown Clearwater, Florida. The Cap...
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Florida Aquarium - An afternoon with wildlife

November 20, 2016 - Have you been to the Florida Aquarium? It's a wonderful place to spend a few hours and it's air conditioned! Yes, it's a...
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Gone to the dogs....

September 11, 2016 - Just over a week ago, we were being pounded with rain and lots of it too. Then we got the joy of no electricity for a da...
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Pet Photography - Rescue Dog

September 04, 2016 - This past weekend, Jim and I traveled over to Winter Garden, Florida to photograph a young male pit bull dog (Earl) curr...
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Steinhatchee - Scallop Season 2016 opened last weekend

July 03, 2016 - Wow, we spent last weekend in Steinhatchee, Florida and the scallops are very good this year. It seems that FWC (Florida...
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Historic Spanish Point, Osprey, Florida

June 23, 2016 - Recently, Jim, Jimbo and I visited a unique place in the city of Osprey called "Historic Spanish Point". This particular...
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Boating on the St John's River, Astor, Florida

May 22, 2016 - Last weekend we visited Astor, Florida along the St. John's River. A beautiful place for boating, but it's a small quiet...
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Rustic Steel Creations - "Ironworks"

May 15, 2016 - This past week we visited a local business called Rustic Steel Creations that builds art work from scrap metal. It's ama...
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Monticello Opera House

May 11, 2016 - Recently Jim and I visited the Monticello Opera house while travelling in the pan handle areas of Florida. The exact add...
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Blast from the past....old Gulf gas station

May 01, 2016 - Recently we took a road trip up to the areas near our state capital, Tallahassee. Our goal was to see small towns, drive...
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Portraits of Denisa

April 17, 2016 - Last week I had the opportunity to take pictures of my niece and her friend, Denisa. Here's some portraits of Denisa fro...
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church, downtown Tampa, Florida

April 03, 2016 - The St. Petersburg Photography meet up group met at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church located in downtown Tampa, Florida.
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Gallopsville - Vintage Motorcycles - On1 Software

March 30, 2016 - Recently we did a photo shoot at Gallopsville, located here in Tampa near the USF campus. Gallopsville is a wonderful tr...
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Strawberry Festival - 2016

March 13, 2016 - The annual Strawberry Festival held in Plant City, Florida comes to an end in a few hours - today was the last day. This...
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Lowry Park Zoo - Zooper Pass for 2016

March 06, 2016 - Hi Everyone! This past week we went to Lowry Park Zoo located in Tampa, Florida and photographed some of the animals. Lo...
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Lynx - Tall Ship in St. Petersburg

February 28, 2016 - Sunday morning we visited the Lynx, a 1812 tall ship replica. The ship was anchored in St. Petersburg at the Harborage M...
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Native Indian Festival, Brooksville, Florida

February 14, 2016 - On February 6th and 7th in Brooksville, Florida the 3rd Native Indian Festival was held at Florida Classic Park. Differe...
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Raptor Fest - Owls, Hawks - Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

February 08, 2016 - Saturday, February 6th, the third annual Raptor Fest was held at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in south St. Petersburg (Pine...
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Suwannee River in winter

January 24, 2016 - Five pictures....that was my goal. I often go to the Suwannee River with family and take pictures of us all having fun....
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Lighting makes a big difference!

January 17, 2016 - A few weeks back I posted a picture that was taken at Boy Scout Park and was selected to be a 'month' on the ELAPP calen...
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For the love of guitars - Armadillo Enterprises - Dean and Luna Guitars

January 10, 2016 - This week the St. Petersburg Photography Club meetup group took a tour of a local business that makes guitars. The wareh...
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Boy Scout Park - ELAPP

January 03, 2016 - Boy Scout Park resides in Temple Terrace, Florida and is adjacent to Riverhills Park. Many who come to enjoy Riverhills...
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Henry B. Plant Museum - Victorian Stroll - University of Tampa

December 20, 2015 - The Henry B. Plant Museum is located on the University of Tampa grounds in downtown Tampa. The museum is decorated for t...
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Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs

November 10, 2015 - Crystal River, Florida is known for it's beautiful springs, clear water and manatees. We visited with some friends last...
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Old Seven Mile Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

September 16, 2015 - The old seven mile bridge down in the Florida Keys is an interesting site to see. Jim and I visited the Bahia Honda Stat...
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Heritage Village Log Home

July 19, 2015 - Heritage Village located in Largo, Florida. Pioneer homes were moved to this location to preserve the heritage of Florid...
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Happy Fourth Of July

July 01, 2015 - It's that time again when many of us go out to watch July 4th fireworks and hope to get some pictures of the fireworks....
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Crystal Springs Preserve, Crystal Springs, Florida

January 20, 2015 - Crystal Springs Preserve is located in Pasco County, Florida a short distance north of Hillsborough River State Park. Cr...
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Can you see me NOW?!!

January 08, 2015 - One of my favorite places to take a stroll is on the boardwalk at Riverhills Park on the Hillsborough river in Temple T...
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24 Shoot Challenge

December 11, 2014 - Are you familiar with the 'Meetup' Groups? Jim and I joined the local Tampa Bay Photography Group headed up by Raymond B...
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Black and White Infrared

October 21, 2014 - Curiosity finally caught up with me as I have always been wondering about this 'other world' of infrared and how all thi...
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Festival Of Flight 2014

September 22, 2014 - The Festival of Flight was held September 19th through 21st at North Tampa Aero Park in Wesley Chapel, Florida. The weat...
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