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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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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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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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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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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 - 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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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 - 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 - Out takes

December 20, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme gives a 'behind the scenes' look at what happens when rescue dogs have different ideas...
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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 - Theme "Orange"

October 04, 2019 - This week's pet photography theme is "orange" - oranges (hey, it's Florida!), Gators (hey, it's Florida), or perhaps a p...
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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 - 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 - Photographer's Choice

May 10, 2019 - This past week we hosted our first fundraiser for Maxx and Me Pet Rescue (https://www.maxxandme.org) at Advantage Pet Ce...
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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 - 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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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 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 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 '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 "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 - 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 '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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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 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 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 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 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 Blank Slate

January 05, 2018 - As we begin a new year (2018), our theme for Pet Photography this week is "Blank Slate". As many of you know, I voluntee...
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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 Unusual

October 27, 2017 - This week's pet photography theme is 'Unusual' and several ideas come to mind when I think about this but being able to...
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Celebrating 5 years with Jimbo, our potcake dog from the Voiceless Dogs of Nassau

October 15, 2017 - As October 16th rolls around, I recall the evening that Jim and I drove over to St. Petersburg to pick up Jimbo - he was...
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Dog Photography - using textures in your photographs

September 29, 2017 - Week 39 of the Pet Photography Blog Circle - this week's theme is "Textures". I can't believe that it is already the 39t...
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Dog Photography - it's all in the eyes

September 22, 2017 - This week’s Pet Photography theme is “Eyes” which in the world of dogs, are typically some shade of brown but there are...
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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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Gracie - Rescue dog portrait session

May 14, 2017 - This week I photographed several dogs that were rescued and are now within the care of Maxx and Me Pet Rescue. Each of t...
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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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Rescue Dogs for adoption

July 24, 2016 - Pet Photography is fast becoming one of my favorite types of photography. Jim and I volunteered to photograph these cute...
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Croc Encounters, Tampa, Florida

July 10, 2016 - Croc Encounters is a sanctuary dedicated to rescuing reptiles. I did not know it, but this place is literally 10 minutes...
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McGruff - Rescue dog finds a home!

September 20, 2015 - A week ago, one of our close friends asked if we could take some pictures of the dog she was currently fostering for a l...
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