Puppy love

Some of my favorite pictures to take are the ones of animals.

Whether it’s John’s cats, McKenzie’s alpacas, or the sweet donkey named Mike who lives over by the bike trail, nothing excites me more than the perfect shot of a photogenic (and energetic) animal. Ever since I got my new camera, I’ve reveled in the fact that I can take tons of shots without worrying about the cost of each one, like I do with film. So the subject of my first photoshoot with the Nikon D3200? Our puppy-at-heart, Iris.


You’ve met my dogs before. They’re stinky. Loud. They bark incessantly at the door 30 seconds after letting them out if it’s below 60 degrees. And I love them. Iris, as it turns out, is a natural when it comes to being photographed. It can be pretty tough to get most dogs to look anywhere near the camera when you’re shooting them. But not Iris. All it took was a little cooing (and lots of complimenting) on my end to get her to look my way. The results? A plus-sized modeling career in the making.

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Maddy didn’t have much interest in the photoshoot—she’s camera shy—but I still managed to catch some candid shots of her in her natural state.

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Nothing like pictures of puppies to get your week started off right. I’m dreaming of a new career—pet photography, perhaps? I love animals, and I love photography. It’s a win-win, if you don’t count the inevitable turds that come with the job. Could make for some shitty sessions. I’ll have to think more on that one. Until then…


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  1. Awwww, wittle puppies…look at those doggy eyes! Iris really is the perfect model. I want a dog…

    • Sometimes I’ll tell John we really should get a dog. And then I remember we don’t actually live together and I already have two. But still…

  2. Oh, these are wonderful. They’re so sweet. And Iris’s eyes look amaaaazing!

    • She really does have the sweetest eyes, I must say. I didn’t capture her “I’m-pitiful-feed-me” look, but those eyes’ll REALLY break your heart.

  3. Hah, brilliant photos. Our family dog goes absolutely mental when the flash goes off when taking a picture… makes for some funny shots!

    • HAH I bet. Dogs freak out over the weirdest things. Mine actually watches TV… and barks at dogs, other animals, and babies.

  4. Thank god this was one of my first reads this morning. I think after staring into Iris’ eyes for an uncomfortable 3 minutes I will search for some pictures of fat babies or chocolate baked anything.

    • As you already well know, the puppy pictures you sent me made an otherwise shitty morning glorious. I thank you, and hope fat babies/chocolate goods did the trick for you, too.

  5. Your puppies are so precious! And your house! Holy crow, I love it! You should seriously get into photography. If I had the guts, I would start investing my time and money into it. I think I do pretty well with framing shots, and could be better with some classes, I’m just afraid to spend the money on something I’m not 100% sure about. But I absolutely love taking pictures, and when I see people who have natural skill and talent like you do, I always say, “Go for it!” 🙂

  6. I love these pictures. Your dogs are adorable and I can’t even say how much I love your wallpaper.

  7. what adorable little faces! so well-captured!


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