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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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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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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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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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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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Alarka Falls, Bryson City, North Carolina

June 06, 2021 - Looking for a beautiful trail to hike near Bryson City? Check this one out - Alarka Falls (or Alarka Creek Falls) locate...
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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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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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It's not all about the face in dog photography

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

March 26, 2021 - This week the dogs, Jim and I decided to go explore the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa, FL. Dogs are allowed providing...
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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 - 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 - 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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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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Rufus Morgan Trail, Franklin, North Carolina

July 12, 2020 - Rufus Morgan Trail is located in western Franklin, North Carolina. We drove about an hour to get to the trail head – man...
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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 - 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 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 - 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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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 - 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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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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Sunset at Shell Mound, Cedar Key

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

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

January 21, 2019 - This past weekend the annual Kite Festival was held behind the Thunder Bird Resort on Treasure Island. Saturday was beau...
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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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Hillsborough River State Park - River Rapids Trail

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

September 02, 2018 - We took all of the dogs (and puppies) out on our boat for a short river cruise recently. The young ones I kept with harn...
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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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Canoeing the Little Manatee River with Canoe Outpost

July 15, 2018 - This past week a girlfriend and I along with her two children (one teenager, one middle schooler) took a canoeing trip d...
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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 - 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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Beauty of trees...

March 25, 2018 - I recently read an article in one of my magazines that arrived - the article was about trees. Specifically, it was about...
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Lithia Springs Park on a cool spring day

March 18, 2018 - Continuing on our trek to do the Hillsborough County Hiking Spree, we headed over to Lithia Springs Park this week. Firs...
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Spring at Trout Creek, Wilderness Park

March 11, 2018 - We all loaded up in the car this week on a beautiful spring day and took our little family over to Trout Creek - one of...
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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 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 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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Dupont State Forest, High Falls and Triple Falls

November 19, 2017 - Our next stop was an afternoon hike at Dupont State Forest - a very popular place this particular weekday! We arrived at...
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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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Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, North Carolina

November 05, 2017 - Whenever I get a chance to go someplace that has waterfalls - I'm in! I love photographing them as well as just enjoying...
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Campbell's Covered Bridge, Landrum, South Carolina

October 29, 2017 - I've always loved covered bridges. It's from a time period long ago, but they are a favorite to photograph - so I'll see...
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Salt Marsh, Steinhatchee, Florida

September 10, 2017 - We went up to Steinhatchee, Florida to go scalloping for a few days. While we were there, I got a chance to take the 'ro...
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Philippe Park, Safety Harbor, Florida located in Pinellas County

August 20, 2017 - This week we got up early and braved the traffic to visit Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, Florida. This park is along th...
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Scary airport runway

August 06, 2017 - This past week I was going through some old images to see what I might want to create (warning - this is not a real phot...
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Shadows in Pet Photography

July 28, 2017 - This week's word for pet photography is 'shadows' and I've given this one a good bit of thought to see what I wanted to...
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Florida Aquarium - what to do when it rainy!

June 11, 2017 - The Florida Aquarium is indoors - and a lot of people had the same idea to go to the aquarium after having tons of rain...
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DeSoto Falls and DeSoto State Park, Mentone, Alabama

May 28, 2017 - As we continued our travels in north east Alabama, we visited DeSoto Falls. DeSoto Falls is about another 7 miles or so...
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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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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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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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Florida Aquarium - An afternoon with wildlife

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

November 17, 2016 - As the weather cools down just a bit and it becomes dry with no rain, lot of the plants are starting to look wilted. Str...
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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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Ft DeSoto Fishing Pier - Sunset and after.....

October 09, 2016 - Last week we went out to the fishing pier at Ft. DeSoto - it's been a long time since I have been to this park. It's bea...
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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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Steinhatchee - Scallop Season 2016 opened last weekend

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

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

May 22, 2016 - Last weekend we visited Astor, Florida along the St. John's River. A beautiful place for boating, but it's a small quiet...
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Anna Marie Island Historic Pier and Sea Fog

March 20, 2016 - On Tuesday evening, March 15th, Jim and I headed down to Anna Maria Island to photograph the historic pier, soon to be r...
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Lynx - Tall Ship in St. Petersburg

February 28, 2016 - Sunday morning we visited the Lynx, a 1812 tall ship replica. The ship was anchored in St. Petersburg at the Harborage M...
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Suwannee River in winter

January 24, 2016 - Five pictures....that was my goal. I often go to the Suwannee River with family and take pictures of us all having fun....
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Boy Scout Park - ELAPP

January 03, 2016 - Boy Scout Park resides in Temple Terrace, Florida and is adjacent to Riverhills Park. Many who come to enjoy Riverhills...
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Covered Bridge - Woodbury, Georgia

December 06, 2015 - I still remember years ago while Jim and I were treking in the truck to find various waterfalls in the mountains...as I...
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Crystal River - Three Sisters Springs

November 10, 2015 - Crystal River, Florida is known for it's beautiful springs, clear water and manatees. We visited with some friends last...
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Live Oak Trees - Black and White Infrared

October 04, 2015 - Florida has beautiful oak trees - especially the live oak which can live to over 100 years old, some as many as three or...
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Tampa Theatre

September 23, 2015 - A visit to the Tampa Theatre located in downtown Tampa is always a treat. Whether you are visiting to see a show they ma...
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Old Seven Mile Bridge, Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

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