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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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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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Happy dogs are the best kind of dog!

April 23, 2021 - This week's pet blog theme is 'happy'. Happy dogs are always the best kind of dog. If they are happy, then they are bett...
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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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Using composition guideline 'frames' with pet photography

April 02, 2021 - Frames – that’s the pet photography theme for this week’s blog circle. If we think of frames in the most common sense, p...
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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 - Shelter

November 06, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is 'shelter' and while I take a lot of photographs of dogs that are being sheltered by...
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Pet Photography - Reflections

September 25, 2020 - This week's pet photography blog theme is 'reflections'. As I thought about this over the course of the last several wee...
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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 - Theme "BFF" (Best Friends Forever)

August 21, 2020 - This week's theme is "BFF" and in this case, it means "Best Friends Forever" as I have noticed on google that this can h...
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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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Mingo Falls, near Cherokee, North Carolina

July 19, 2020 - Our first hike on our recent trip to North Carolina was to Mingo Falls located near Cherokee, North Carolina. Mingo Fall...
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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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Pet Photography - Water

September 13, 2019 - This week the theme for our pet photography blog circle is "water" so I went back into the archives to find one of the p...
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Pet Photography - Theme Soft

August 30, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "soft" - and our models this week are 'soft young girls' about 5 months of age - me...
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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 - Doors

June 28, 2019 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Doors" and I took a little different approach than I originally planned. While vis...
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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 - Dogs with People - behind the scenes of a photo shoot

May 03, 2019 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Dogs with People". In my blog this week, I took a different approach than many...
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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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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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Pet Photography - Road Warrior

February 22, 2019 - This week's theme, Road Warrior, features Abby who loves to hit the road (actually, all the dogs do). I'm blessed that a...
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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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Pet Photography - Composites

February 08, 2019 - This week's theme is "composites" - enter the wonderful world of digital photography and the software that makes composi...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'The Eyes have it'

January 25, 2019 - It's been a while since I have done the pet photography blog circle, but working to get back into the swing as 2019 is n...
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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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Royal Springs near Live Oak, Florida

November 25, 2018 - Royal Springs Park is one of many different parks featuring a spring in North Florida. This is a county park officially...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Get High" (so we went to the playground!)

November 23, 2018 - This week's theme is "Get High" - essentially get higher than your subject - look down at your subject. The dogs and I w...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Bokeh'

November 16, 2018 - This week’s Pet Photography theme is “Bokeh”. This term comes from the Japanese language, which literally translates as...
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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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Hillsborough River State Park - Early to rise, you see the deer!

October 21, 2018 - This past week Jimbo and I took off for a quiet morning just the two of us. As I drove north on Highway 301 the fog bega...
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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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Pet Photography - Theme 'Natural Light'

September 28, 2018 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Natural Light". I've been busy with a few other things the last few weeks and have...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Golden Hour'

August 24, 2018 - This week's pet photography blog is about the 'golden hour'. I guess technically, there are two golden hours each day. I...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Negative Space'

August 03, 2018 - As we begin the month of August, our weekly blog for pets is 'Negative Space'. I will have to say, this is not a concept...
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Getaway from it all....

July 29, 2018 - I've got to say that things have definitely changed over the years. I remember when I used to go to small out of the way...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Big Sky'

July 27, 2018 - Big Sky - well, to me this means something really nice in the sky whether that is a great sunrise, sunset or just a pret...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Doorway'

July 20, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is "Doorway". It's been so hot here (and I am hearing it is elsewhere in the United St...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Landmark'

June 29, 2018 - This week’s theme is “Landmarks” and I decided to return to a small memorial park that is a landmark in our city of Temp...
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Withlacoochee State Forest

June 24, 2018 - This past week I went up towards the Bushnell, Florida area - about an hour north of Temple Terrace up I-75. I will say,...
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Outdoor Kitty

June 22, 2018 - Our neighborhood has a great number of feral cats that I can only assume started because people dumped cats at the park...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Blue'

June 08, 2018 - It is interesting that this week's theme for pet photography is "Blue" and I've been down with a pretty good cold since...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Black and White'

June 01, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is black and white. I personally think pets (cats, dogs, etc) that have strong contras...
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Cherokee Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia

May 27, 2018 - I love to shoot waterfalls. Something about the variety of waterfalls, the fact that we don't have any in my area (there...
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Pet Photography - Meet Nina

May 25, 2018 - This week's pet photography blog features Nina who is looking for her forever home. She is a very sweet dog, loves her h...
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Cloudland Canyon State Park - West Rim Trail

May 13, 2018 - We just returned from several days up in the cooler weather of north west Georgia. The next few weeks will take you on a...
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Pet Photography - Theme Colorful

May 04, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is colorful. A google search indicates this word means "having much or varied color; b...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Get Close"

April 13, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is 'get close' so I decided to grab my macro lens and take some close up photographs s...
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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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Pet Photography - Theme Leading Lines....

April 06, 2018 - As we continue our weekly pet photography blog, this week is the 14th week of 2018! Can you believe how fast this year i...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Day in the Life"

March 30, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is "Day in the Life" of a pet. I'll have to say that there are days where I see our pe...
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Pet Photography - Theme "Re-Processing of older images"

March 23, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is looking back at older photographs and reprocess them using new and/or different tec...
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Pet Photography - Theme Minimalist

March 09, 2018 - This past weekend I noticed another photographer at our local park - it's two blocks from my house and just about every...
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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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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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Pet Photography - Theme Fantasy

February 09, 2018 - Wow, it's already week 6 of the new year, 2018! January flew by and we are well into February now. This week's theme is...
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Pet Photography - Theme Catch lights

January 26, 2018 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Catch lights". For those of you that might not be familiar with this term, tha...
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Pet Photography - Theme Fill the Frame!

January 19, 2018 - Pet Photography can be fun and rewarding and I love 'filling the frame' with the pet. I'm often getting really close to...
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Pet Photography - Theme Favorite Things!

December 29, 2017 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Favorite Things". As I thought about this for my pets, I realized that this topic...
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The Christmas Trail, Plant City, Florida - 2017

December 24, 2017 - This year we visited the "Christmas Trail" located on S. Frontage Street in Plant City, Florida. This is a free event he...
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Courthouse Falls, Brevard, North Carolina (back to the waterfalls)

December 10, 2017 - Courthouse Falls is probably one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. It's not visited by many judging on...
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Pet Photography - Theme Water

November 17, 2017 - This week's pet photography theme is water. As we are in Florida and surrounded by water, the challenge I faced was what...
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Pet Photography - Theme Sun Flare

November 10, 2017 - This week’s pet theme is “Sun Flare”, a unique technique where the subject has the sun behind them and the camera is poi...
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Watson Mill Bridge State Park - Comer, Georgia

October 22, 2017 - The next several weeks will feature places we visited on our most recent trip up to the mountains - I hope you enjoy our...
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Pet Photography - Theme High Contrast - Black and White

October 13, 2017 - This week's pet photography theme is 'High Contrast' and I decided to share black and white images of dogs. Our guest do...
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Dragonfly - up close

October 01, 2017 - While walking the dogs one evening, I noticed a green dragonfly sitting in the gutter being taken away by ants. I picked...
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Life cycle of the Gulf Fritillary butterfly

September 03, 2017 - This week's blog will share some of the backyard wonders we have here at home. While I haven't yet spotted one of these...
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The word is "Climb"

July 23, 2017 - This week's photographs feature stairs as a way of conveying the word 'climb'. Definitely something that many of us did...
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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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Pet Photography using beautiful bokeh - the blur behind your subject

July 07, 2017 - Pet Project 52 - while this is a 52 week project, I joined late - so perhaps I will cycle back around to the beginning o...
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Bear Creek Cabins, Fort Payne, Alabama

June 04, 2017 - Bear Creek Cabins is where we stayed during our trip to north east Alabama. It was everything we needed! It was relaxing...
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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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High Falls State Park, Jackson, Georgia

April 02, 2017 - Continuing on our journey from last week, we spent most of our time at High Falls State Park. This park is just over 1,0...
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Dogs Day in Dade City, 2017

March 19, 2017 - This morning the dogs and I went to Dade City to check out the "Dogs Day in Dade City" event happening at Agnes Lamb Par...
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White pelicans at Lake Morton, Lakeland, Florida

March 12, 2017 - It's been a few years since Jim and I went 'white pelican' hunting. I remember when Jim came home from work and he said...
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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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Sawgrass Lake Park, Pinellas County

October 30, 2016 - Recently we visited one of my favorite Pinellas County parks, Sawgrass Lake Park. This park is located on the west side...
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Kayaking Hillsborough River

October 23, 2016 - The last two weeks we have taken kayaks out on the Hillsborough River starting at the boat ramp located at Riverhills pa...
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Riverhills Park - sometimes you need to see what's close to home

September 25, 2016 - Riverhills Park is on the Florida birding trail and if one takes the time to enjoy the park, you'll know why. Over the y...
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"I will lift up my eyes to the hills..." - Pretty Place, South Carolina

September 18, 2016 - Pretty Place, South Carolina is beautiful. A friend of ours recommended we visit here while on vacation in South Carolin...
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Remembering 911

September 11, 2016 - As the sun rises today let us remember: those who were lost on 9/11 those that helped with the aftermath of this trage...
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Monarch Caterpillars

August 28, 2016 - Yesterday the garden club for our local elementary school started with the first day of a group of young eager gardeners...
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Emerson Point Preserve, Manatee County

August 21, 2016 - Emerson Point Preserve is located in Manatee County at 5801 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. It's on the Florida Birding T...
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Waterfall treking around Brevard, North Carolina

August 14, 2016 - Wow, we are getting up early today, it's still dark outside! Breakfast first, then loading up the truck - we are heading...
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Table Rock State Park, Pickens, South Carolina

July 31, 2016 - On the third day of our trip to South Carolina we ventured to Table Rock State Park. The brochure promised trails, a wat...
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Somewhere over the rainbow

July 24, 2016 - This past week we spent in the mountains of South and North Carolina. We covered a lot of ground while up there both in...
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Rainbow Falls Trail, Gorges State Park, Sapphire, North Carolina

July 17, 2016 - The joys of being outside with nature. We ventured off to the mountains to see waterfalls and other things not common in...
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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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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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Portrait session - young couple

April 10, 2016 - On Sunday afternoon Emily and Noah provided us an opportunity to create portraits of them. Our chosen location was River...
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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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Save our Monarchs

January 31, 2016 - More and more I hear of the lost of milkweed for our monarch butterflies. The population is decreasing at an alarming ra...
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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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