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"Long ago it must be, I have a photograph. Preserve your memories. They're all that's left you." ~ Simon & Garfunkel

Shelter Pet Portraits

Great Photography Saves Lives Does that shelter photo really make a difference in adoptions? In 2014 the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science took a look at 468 photos of various dogs adopted via Petfinder across the US. The goal was to discover how much of a...

Richmond Family Portraits – Extended Family at Alvarado Park

I first met Barbara, the matriarch of the B family, when her grand-daughter, Xoxa, participated in my Tween 'Who I Am' Project.  At the time we were reviewing Xoxa's portrait, Barbara let me know she wanted a portrait of her entire family and she needed to do it soon,...

East Bay Pet Photography – Sunset at Albany Beach

One night last summer, while walking my dogs in the twilight, I was enjoying the gorgeous sunset and it occurred to me try shooting dogs along the shoreline as the sunset is creating this beautiful light against the skyline. This may sound easy, but it really isn't....

Oakland Family Portraits | The B Family

I head out early with my camera gear to Lake Temescal in Oakland on what is promising to be another scorching hot day in the SF Bay Area.  Summer is almost officially over and yet it has been blisteringly hot the past several days. I suggest to the B Family matriarch...

A Dog Portrait Fundraiser for Milo Foundation

As a pet photographer and lifelong animal lover, I'm always looking for ways I can help out rescue organizations. Since I started my business in 2009, I've been photographing dogs and cats to help them get adopted. That is why, when I saw a Facebook post back in May...

5 Easy Tips to Get a Good Pic of your Pup

Who doesn’t love taking pictures of their pups? But so often, the perfect photo ops happen without any planning and we don’t have a camera with us. So we whip out our cell phones and click away, hoping to get good results, usually with varying degrees of success....

Family Portraits – Strolling Around San Francisco

Meeting and photographing the W family was a whole lot of fun.  They wanted a portrait session walking around in their Sunset District neighborhood, as they were about to move.  We headed out along Noriega Street and strolled along visiting the shops and looking for...

Bay Area Family Portraits – Welcoming the New Baby Boy

When Sam first contacted me she was considering a newborn session, but that is not my specialty so she decided to wait a few months until her baby was old enough to smile and make it a family affair. And smile little D did. What a sweet and easy going baby and he was...

Five years of portraits and now Wyatt has a new puppy!

If you’ve read my blog before or scrolled through the galleries than you will have seen this handsome Bloodhound's face on my site.  Wyatt and I go back a ways….all the way back to 2011 and Baker beach where I met him for the first time.  His human, Josephine, has his...

Senior Sibling Pups Rescued in San Pablo

You know that I am a big proponent of adoption as the shelters are filled with amazing dogs looking for a good and loving home. This wonderful couple, while looking in various local shelters to adopt a dog, was approached one day by a neighbor who had decided to give...

Keep Your Dog Safe at Bay Area Beaches

Among the myriad health topics regarding dogs is one that's at the top of the list for SF Bay area residents - keeping your dog safe at the beach. Most dogs love going to the beach; they can take in new scents, experience the feel of sand beneath their paws, discover...

Family Fun and Portraits in Tiburon

The O Family is another wonderful repeat client that I have been privileged to work with for the third time. Well, twice for family portraits and once with the daughter for a BFF Tween session. They are sweet and loving family and mom believes in getting a formal...

A Sibling Holiday Portrait for Mom and Dad in our Richmond Studio

As anyone who scrolls through my galleries will notice, most of my siblings are kids, so it was a nice change of pace to photograph adult siblings. I met Mary last year when I did a headshot for her LinkedIn profile. She contacted me before Christmas because she and...

The Human Dog Bond is Amazing – Medical Alert Dogs

Historically, people and dogs have shared a special bond, a close relationship where each looks out for the well-being of the other. That special rapport coupled with dogs' extremely sensitive senses has raised the human-dog connection to a whole new level - training...

Safety and Etiquette at Off-Leash Dog Beaches

The SF Bay area boasts several wonderful off-leash dog beaches, which raises an important health and safety topic: dog beach etiquette. More than just consideration for others - although that's very important too - using good beach etiquette can help ensure the health...

Preteen Portraits – Who I Am Project

I hate the word “lanky”.  When I was 10 I was much taller than the other kids, my pants were frequently to short as a result and I was skinny as a string bean.  All the boys called me “lanky” (and not a few of the girls).  I don’t look back at the few pics of me then...

Dogs have always been man and woman’s best friend

Ask any dog owner if they have any children and you may get the response, "No, but I do have a fur baby." People who have dogs don't see them as pets, but more so as a part of the family. There are plenty of historical topics about people and dogs that may help the...

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