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Tails of the East Bay – 2020 Edition

Tails of the East Bay – 2020 Edition

In July of last year, I kicked off the first phase of my ambitious effort to use my camera to raise funds for animal rescue and showcase our furry best friends in cities along the San Pablo Avenue corridor. I ended up photographing 60 dogs in 35 locations raising...

7 Tips for Taking Family Photos with Your Dog

7 Tips for Taking Family Photos with Your Dog

You’ve booked your family photo session, and you want to include your dog. After all, they’re part of your family! But you may be worried that your furry friend won’t behave or pay attention, and you’ll end up without a single decent photo.  Photographing dogs can be...

5 Ways to Capture Amazing Pet Photos

5 Ways to Capture Amazing Pet Photos

Our pets are a huge part of our lives and families, and they deserve to be documented. Who doesn’t see their pet sleeping adorably and want to take a photo? Fortunately, we all have phones handy, but sometimes it can be a challenge to capture a decent photo of your...

How to Prepare for Your Pet Photo Session

How to Prepare for Your Pet Photo Session

Photography is all about capturing the moments that matter most to you, holding onto memories for years to come. So, what better way to celebrate your love for your pet than with a professional pet photo session?  If you’ve never had professional photos taken of your...

What to Bring to Your Dog Photo Session

What to Bring to Your Dog Photo Session

Your dog photo session is almost here! You can’t wait to capture beautiful images of your furry best friend to hang on your wall, share on social media, and cherish for years to come.  But how do you prepare for your session to make sure you, your dog, and the...

5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Be Part of Your Family Photos

5 Reasons Why Your Pet Should Be Part of Your Family Photos

Having professional family photos taken is a big deal! It’s a great way to mark a change in your family or just keep track of how you and your children change over the years. These are memories you’ll cherish as your children grow older—images to look back on to...

4 Reasons Why You Need Photos of Your Pets

4 Reasons Why You Need Photos of Your Pets

If you’re like most pet owners, your phone is absolutely full of photos of your furry friend. Whether they’re sleeping, playing, or just sitting around, you can’t help snapping a picture of their cute little face!  Smartphones take amazing photos, and their cameras...

Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer

Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer

Chances are at some point you’ve run into a family member or friend trying to get a fledging photography business off the ground. Maybe they’ve even offered to take your images for free to build up their portfolio. The offer can definitely be tempting, but is it worth...

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

Parenting young children can be exhausting, but you still want to remember every moment, and photos are a great way to do that. However, any parent knows how difficult it can be to capture pictures of kids who are always in motion—and sometimes throwing a fit. Check...

Why You Should Take Yearly Family Portraits

Why You Should Take Yearly Family Portraits

How many times have you wanted to take a family photo, maybe for your Christmas cards, and then simply been too busy? Life gets hectic, and you find you don’t have time to wrangle all the kids and sit everyone down for a proper photo. Or maybe you have albums full of...

5 Questions to Ask a Potential Family Photographer

5 Questions to Ask a Potential Family Photographer

When it comes to photography, many people put a lot of effort into choosing a wedding photography but not as much consideration into who will capture their family photos. But these images of your family are just as important and will be something for your children,...

How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

How to Prepare for a Stress-Free Family Photo Session

Having a professional family photo session is a great way to create memories for a lifetime. A family session can be a fun and playful time for you and your kids, but it can also be stressful, especially when it comes to getting everyone dressed and ready to go. Check...

Tails of the East Bay – Outtakes Dogs 1 to 5

Tails of the East Bay – Outtakes Dogs 1 to 5

In July we officially launched our Pet Portrait Book Project benefitting Milo Foundation.  And boy have we've been busy since then.  Much of my time has been taken up with this project and as a result I've not got to blogging any of it.  So, let's correct that right...

WANTED: Kids and their Musical Instruments

For the of Love of MusicWhen a child discovers their passion for playing a musical instrument, they also discover their voice and the ability to give it expression.We are looking to photograph kids ages 6 to 16 with their musical instrument.  We want to capture that...

Our Charity Book Project Launches in July 2019

Our Charity Book Project Launches in July 2019

For years now I've been contemplating doing a book project where I could raise funds for a local animal rescue, but I got distracted by life, my former full-time job in Corporate America and not really knowing where to start a project like this so kept putting it on...

10 Ways to Improve Your Senior Dog’s Life

10 Ways to Improve Your Senior Dog’s Life

Whether you’ve raised your dog from a puppy or adopted them as an adult, I think we can all agree that caring for a senior dog is truly a joy. But older dogs have unique needs that will change and evolve as they age, and it’s important to be attentive to those needs...