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Pet Photography Project 52, Week 26: Leading Lines

Leading lines are a valuable and effective compositional technique to incorporate into your photos. The great thing is that any photographer, whether professional or amateur, can utilize this tool; you just need to know where to find them. If you’re not familiar with leading lines,  Ann McKinnell’s article, “How to Use Leading Lines for Better Read More

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Sadie the Chocolate Lab – South Park Pet Photography

Sadie’s South Park session had everything I could have wished for on an early June evening: rich golden light, a rustic flair, and a truly charming chocolate lab, of course. You may recall that Sadie’s mom Allie was the recipient of a complimentary session and product credit during my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway winners. She contacted Read More

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Camera Club: Three Adorable Children & Location Scouting

Each month, Heather Lahtinen with Weddings by Heather and the Flourish Academy organizes a camera club meetup for local photographers throughout the Pittsburgh area. June’s camera club introduced us to three of the most adorable children, ranging in ages from two- to eight-years-old. They were among the most stylish little ones I’ve seen (Mom and Dad, Read More

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Sydney’s South Park Session – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

Sydney’s story is a remarkable one although one that did not come with an easy start, as her mom Julietta explains. “Sydney was found in the middle of the jungle in Puerto Rico. She was taken to a rescue where they did not have room for her so she was housed in an outdoor horse barn. She’s Read More

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Pet Photography Project 52, Week 24: Backlighting

As I sit here writing this week’s Pet Photography Project 52 blog post, there’s practically a full-blown monsoon going on outside my window. Torrential rain, ripping winds, rumbling thunder, dark skies, ponding, puddling–the works! It’s almost ironic considering that this week’s theme is backlighting. Backlighting? What’s that, you may be wondering. According to Michael Gabriel, Read More

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Ginger the Miniature Poodle – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

Memorial Day weekend kicked off the first of my 13 FurKid Rescue 2018 Calendar Contest sessions. Up first: Ginger, a 12-year-old miniature poodle, and her mom Rodlyn. Ginger’s entry raised $130 for the very rescue that rescued her, so I couldn’t think of a more fitting first session. You see, several years ago, FurKid Rescue saved Read More

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Q&A: What Makes a Good Space for a Backyard Session?

A backyard session is especially good for dogs who can’t leave their home due to health issues or who may be very fearful in new situations or locations, but how do you know if your yard is suitable for your pet’s session? There are a few elements to look for and considerations to keep in mind before asking Read More

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Henry the Pembroke Welsh Corgi – Mellon Park Pet Photography

When Shane contacted me to book a session for his and his wife Eleanor’s Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Henry, he really only had one  specific request: for Henry to look happy, and as cute in a photo as he looks in real life. The couple, however, was a little worried about finding the right location for Read More

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Pet Photography Project 52, Week 22: Colorful

As photographers, we are constantly searching:  for light, angles, texture, shapes, space, lines, patterns, and color. Often, we must create those elements; some days, they are so pronounced that picture-perfect photo just falls into place. On others, we compose (and recompose), expose, focus, frame, and shoot–and still aren’t quite satisfied. Then there are those occasional instances Read More