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Photography session with a large dog named Buck

June 17, 2022 - Often when photographing rescue dogs, we don’t have much information about the dog(s) we are going to photograph. Someti...
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Dog friendly lakes, Western North Carolina

May 27, 2022 - Ah the joys of being able to go swimming in the water without fear of an alligator! Recently we spent a couple of weeks...
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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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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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Creating an easy and delicious dog treat

June 11, 2021 - This past week I asked for suggestions on what other pet owners give their dogs as a treat - I got some really interesti...
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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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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 - Theme Gift

December 04, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "Gift" - and as I write this blog post I think of a couple of ways to interpret thi...
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Pet Photography - Photographing your pet from above

October 16, 2020 - This week's pet photography theme is "shoot from above". For many of us (unless we have really big pets and are very sho...
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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 - 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 with texture

January 31, 2020 - Texture - it's all about the light on your subject, in this case Tracker - a black dog with golden eyes. The lighting in...
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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 - Monochrome - black and white

November 01, 2019 - This week has been busy - we photographed 9 dogs on Monday for the rescue (Maxx and Me Pet Rescue - www.maxxandme.org)....
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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 - Season Change

September 20, 2019 - This week the theme is Season Change for our Pet Photography blog - and well, since I live in central Florida, the only...
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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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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 with the color Yellow

May 31, 2019 - Wow, we have been busy doing a lot of dog photography lately as we head into the 'dog days of summer' when a lot of outd...
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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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 "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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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 'Brown'

August 31, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is 'brown'. At first I thought of a 'brown dog', then 'brown eyes', then 'brown backgr...
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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 '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 '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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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 "By a Nose"

July 06, 2018 - This week's theme is "By a Nose" as we have now crossed the halfway point for the year 2018! It's hard to believe that h...
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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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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 "Humor"

May 18, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is "Humor" and I find that there are several different types of humor within the canin...
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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 "Patterns"

April 27, 2018 - This week's Pet Photography theme is "Patterns". As I think about this particular theme, I think of cats - tabby cats wi...
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Pet Photography - Theme 'Head shots'

April 20, 2018 - As we enter the middle of April, we are showcasing 'head shots' of pets. I doubt they are using them to apply for an act...
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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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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 "favorite song"

March 16, 2018 - This week's pet photography theme is "favorite song". I've thought a lot about this and gone through lots of songs that...
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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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Pet Photography - Theme Wide Angle

March 02, 2018 - This week's theme is "wide angle" which allows the camera to capture a large amount of the overall scene. One factor to...
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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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Koala Bear at Lowry Park Zoo

February 11, 2018 - Over the years, I've gone back and forth different years with being a member of Lowry Park Zoo. I don't recall who, but...
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Pet Photography - Theme Depth of Field

February 02, 2018 - This week's theme for Pet Photography is "Depth of Field" - this is a concept that is used within photography to control...
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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 Rule of Thirds

January 12, 2018 - As we begin to get into the swing of the new year, our Pet Photography blog theme this week is "rule of thirds". Let's b...
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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 Relaxing

December 15, 2017 - This week's them for our "Project 52" Pet Photography is 'relaxing'. This particular theme brings thoughts of dogs layin...
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Pet Photography - Theme Architecture

December 08, 2017 - This week's Pet Photography theme is 'Architecture'. This particular photograph was taken a couple of years ago on our t...
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Pet Photography - Theme Emotion

December 01, 2017 - This week's Pet Photography theme is 'Emotion'. Dogs show emotion in many different ways from the ears, tail, mouth and...
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Pet Photography - Theme Birds View

November 24, 2017 - This week's theme is "Bird's Eye View" and I'll admit between pet sitting this week and having a holiday, I've been pret...
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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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