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A walk at dog-friendly Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, Florida

April 01, 2022 - One of our favorite places to take our dog(s) for a walk is a local county park called "Lettuce Lake Park". This park is...
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St. Patrick's day dress up for the dogs

March 11, 2022 - Well, soon it will be the middle of March - yep - St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. As a child, I always said...
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Photographing for local pet rescue

February 11, 2022 - This week is about giving back to the local pet rescues in our area. You would probably be surprised how many rescues th...
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Number one reason to have photographs taken with your pet

January 07, 2022 - Hi everyone! I want to share the single most important reason you should have photographs taken with your pet - it's ver...
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Dog Photography, People Photography, Wedding Photography - a look back at the year 2021

December 31, 2021 - Wow - the year has flown by and a lot of photography has happened for us here at VP Shoots Photography! While many of yo...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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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Operation War Dog at Advantage Pet Center, Largo, Florida

June 02, 2019 - On Saturday, Jim and I had the pleasure of photographing this event at a local pet center, Advantage Pet Center. We met...
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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 - 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 Portraits

March 22, 2019 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is 'portraits'. If I google the 'official' definition of the word portrait, this i...
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Pet Photography - No Place Like Home

March 01, 2019 - This week's Pet Photography is "No Place Like Home". Now, I personally believe it was Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who ma...
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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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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 - Theme "In a chair"

December 14, 2018 - As we get close to the end of the year, it's becoming a busy time - but the last month I have been working with some pho...
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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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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 '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 'Wide Open'

August 10, 2018 - This week's theme for pet photography is 'Wide Open'. At first you may wonder what exactly this means. In the world of p...
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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 "Head Tilt"

July 13, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is the 'head tilt' - you know when your pet gives you that curious? questioning? and i...
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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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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 - 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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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 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 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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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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Pet Photography - Theme Bold Colors

November 03, 2017 - This week’s pet theme is “Bold Colors” so I began my quest with a few google searches to get some ideas on what ‘bold co...
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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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Pet Photography - Theme Orange

October 06, 2017 - Week 40 of the Pet Photography Blog Circle - this week's theme is "Orange". I have to admit, my first thought was pumpki...
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Cat Photography - It's night time!

September 15, 2017 - This week’s Pet Photography theme is “Night” and I have a different perspective of this word after having lost electrica...
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Soft Focus Dog Portraits using the Lensbaby Velvet 56

June 23, 2017 - This week features a different type of dog portraits, soft portraits utilizing a lensbaby. The Lensbaby Velvet 56 is a g...
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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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Cats - those wonderful furry animals that own you!

January 08, 2017 - If you 'own' a cat or have ever owned a cat, then you know that often you're actually the one being owned. Over the holi...
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Saying good bye to Man's best friend (or Woman)

December 20, 2016 - For those of us that love animals and often treat our pets as members of the family, knowing the end is near for our dea...
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