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

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...

Enjoy Your Holiday Celebrations with Pets and Keep Them Safe too!

Tis' the season for fun, family, food, and festive decor. While you are preparing for that holiday gathering don't forget your four-legged friend. The holidays, while wonderful, can bring on some dangers for the family dog. Here are a few things to remember so that...

Why Chickpea Photography?

There are a number of questions that I am regularly asked, so I thought I would write a post that addresses them. How long have I been in business? How did I get started? Where did the name Chickpea come from? Let me start with that last one first.  When I started my...

Welcoming the Newest Boy to the Family – Concord Family Portraits

I had the pleasure of working with the H family (Desmond, Matt and Ale) last summer and you can see their first session here.  That time we met at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek on a beautiful sunny day.  This session I went to their home to meet the newest member...

Beautiful German Shepherds Looking for Love

I had the privilege recently to help out Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue by photographing a few of their amazing pups who are waiting for homes.  These dogs were full of energy, friendly, ready to play and pose and all very beautiful.  Please meet Zusi, Tarzan, Buddie...

The Great Work of Rocket Dog Rescue – Jack London Square Oakland

On the 18th I had the privilege to participate in the East Bay SPCA’s Adoptathon at Jack London Square. I was there to photograph the adoptable dogs from Rocket Dog Rescue. They had a range of pups for every lifestyle available. From cute little puppies, to calm and...

A Pug by Any Other Name is Still as Sweet!

When I am out and about I see a lot of Pugs here in the Bay Area, have several friends with Pugs, and I’ve photographed quite a few in my career. So I was surprised to learn that the breed doesn’t make it into the top 10 list of most popular dogs. Well, that just goes...

Confession Time – I’m a Portrait Print Pusher

We live in a digital age of instant gratification, we all know it and accept it.   Long gone are the days of hiring a portrait photographer and waiting weeks or months to receive prints.  Anyone of us today can run down to Target, purchase a point and shoot camera, or...

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