Christmas Pet Portraits 2017-Tampa Orlando Pet Photography

Hello Everyone! I cannot believe how fast the month of December has flown by!
I have been super busy November and December taking a lot of photos of dogs with Santa Clause at Doggy Day Cares and a Veterinarian’s office as well as family portraits. Today I am showing off my favorites from two Christmas themed dog portrait shoots.

First we have Beau who I photographed both at his home in South Tampa and at the Picnic Island Park nearby


Beau was not too sure about me when I first arrived but after I gave him a few treats he decided I was a friend! I was SO happy to see that he was willing to hang out in front of the Christmas Tree for what turned out to be some of my favorite dog shots of the year!



So cute! I used these with my flash on camera aimed toward the white ceiling with at Flash Bender attached to it to bounce a bit of light towards him. It isn’t easy to get good portraits with Christmas trees because if you aim your flash at it you will get too much light on the tree and it looks horrible! I also love Beau’s reflection on the hard wood floor!


We then took Beau to Picnic Island park. We did this photos late morning and the light was crazy bright there! This does not matter as much when photographing dogs as it does people. We had a great time and I am hoping I may get to photograph Beau again in the future!


Next we have Champ and Chica! Somehow I have never done Christmas themed dog photos at the beach before! I was so happy when their mom Kelly contacting me requesting this theme! We found a non-touristy section near Indian Shores Beach and went there late afternoon on a weekday. It was largely overcast but a nice day.  We ended up taking most of the photos on a nearby picnic table as it seemed harder to get them to stay put in the sand but I managed to get this great shot with the Pier Behind them!

We then moved to the picnic table (the only one around!) and got a few shots of them both separate and together.


So adorable! It was almost time for sunset.  Kelly had an idea for me to photograph her with them from behind wearing her Santa hat. As soon as she sat down and I looked at the scene I knew I was going to be able to get an epic photo that would become one of my all time favorite photos! Here it is-


I have a back log of photos to share with you in the near future as well as posting my favorites from 2017. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas an amazing 2018!

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Central Bark Christmas Pet Portraits-Pet Photography Tampa Orlando

Hello Everyone! Today I am excited to share with you what I think are my best Christmas Pet Photos ever! These were taken at Central Bark Doggie Day Care in Tampa along with some photos of these dogs with Santa. A last-minute decision to use this beautiful textured red background really paid off-the color just popped like crazy! First are Watson and Percy


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Next is Shadow who I have photographed a few times and always does a great job! I posted another amazing Christmas shot of him in my last post that will be featured on the calendar I am creating.



Oh yes and I also used a fun Candy Cane squeaky I found in Home Goods. Shadow has the most amazing eyes! Next is Ben.



I love this one with the bow he looks like he is winking at me and laughing! So much fun! I have also photographed Coby a few times now.

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I changed the red bow to green in Photo Shop in this case. Buying some alternate colors for future shoots. Next we have Daisy and Diesel!




I especially love Diesel with the green scarf he looks so dignified and also how happy Daisy looks in this photo!  Next meet Ranger!



I really love the artificial snow balls! I used some at a beach family photo shoot last week and got some fun shots of children throwing them in the air. Will be sharing those photos here soon! A fun way to bring a little ‘snow’ here to sunny Florida! Ranger looks so amazing in these photos. They all do! Next is Buster and Bella.





Here we have some fun greet reindeer antlers! So much cuteness! An adorable duo! Next is Stella B.



People think it is really hard to photograph black dogs but I have never had a problem. When outside the important thing is that you have them out where the sun is falling on them in even lighting-if there is a super bright sky behind them you won’t get a good shot without a flash. I use 2 umbrellas for these indoor pet shoots which give off a nice soft even light. I do have to sometimes turn up the power for the darker dogs. Next is Cindy.

Another happy dog! They all have such a good time at Central Bark with all of their friends! Next is the super sweet Lily James!




I edit these individually so they don’t all have the same ‘look’ color wise. I like playing with vintage filters and they worked well with some of these. Sometimes it is hard to get dogs to lay down I am glad Lily James wanted to!  Finally here is Ellie May! She belongs to an employee at Central Bark and is very sweet.

That’s it! I also photographed 70+dogs with Santa at Central Bark and the South Tampa and Brandon Puppy Palaces that week! I really look forward to my Christmas pet photos every year! If you are interested in a pet shoot contact me at Check out my website for more of my pet, portrait and event work! I have some openings in December but my schedule is changing every day. I primarily do on-location outdoor pet portraits but if you like this look can bring my lights and background to your home to set up in a garage or large room. My next post will be something different, some adorable photos of a 1-year-old girl at Phillippe Park in Safety Harbor. Thank you for checking out this post!


Central Bark Calendar Photos July-December-Tampa Orlando Pet Photography

Hello everyone! It has been too long again since I posted as I have been incredibly busy and should continue to be through Christmas! I finally have a few days without shoots to catch up on editing and hopefully decorating my home for Christmas and am going to do a few posts today!  A while back I posted my favorite photos for January-June from the calendar shoot I did at Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Tampa. I went back a few weeks later to do photos for July-December. We are doing their Dog of the Month Winners for August and a Tribute page for those that have passed for September so I was really just doing photos for 4 months. The best of July are here below! Love it!

Next comes the best of October!


December features my favorite photo from the entire calendar. This shot of Shadow makes me laugh every time I see it! He always takes great photos and will be featured again in my next post of photos from our Christmas Shoot at Central Bark.


I put a ton of work into this calendar. Over Thanksgiving weekend I finally ordered it and it should be arriving in about 2 weeks. I will do a post with the finished pages for all to see! Thanks so much to Lynda and everyone at Central Bark for all of their help! To see more of my photography visit my Website.  I still have some available dates in December if you are interested in a session email me at

Fun at Fort Desoto Dog Beach! Tampa St Petersburg Pet Photography


Hello!  My last post featured my favorite photos from my session with Darth Vader the Corgi at Fort Desoto beach. After my session was over I stayed there to photograph some of the other dogs having fun there. My favorite way of marketing myself is popping up at dog parks and dog beaches to hand out my card and get some impromptu photos. I got the names of some but not all of the dogs I will feature in this post. This first dog is Bella and she was so happy and full of energy!



It is so fun to watch the Dogs arrive at the beach-some are so filled with excitement and they are bursting with energy and happiness to arrive at their favorite place! Bella was overflowing with happiness!



I love how I caught Bella’s ears standing up in this shot!


I didn’t get the name of this puppy it was probably his first time there-so cute!


This is Stella. She stayed around where her dad was sitting back from the other dogs. I got a few super cute photos of her playing with a seashell-the first time I have seen a dog pay any attention to one!





I remarked to a friend recently that I haven’t had the chance to photograph any Dalmatians and then a few days later spot these two! One is actually mixed Dalmatian/Lab.

This is Harley-a Bassett Hound / Boxer mix! He was so awesome. He was at the beach with his sister Pepper.

It is so much fun to look around and just try to find and capture unique moments that otherwise would have passed without much notice. I will finish this post with a few of them.



I love this last image-two friends staying close!  If you would like to hire me for a pet photo shoot email me at  I work both the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas. Check out the Pet Photography Page of my website! Also check out the Gallery Of my Favorite Pet Images on my site.


A Corgi named Darth Vader!-Fort Desoto Park St Petersburg-Pet Photography Tampa


Hello! I have some super fun Pet Photography to share with you today! Yes this Corgi’s name really is Darth Vader and he lives in St Petersburg with his Dads Alan and Christian. The got him a Darth Vader costume to wear during part of this shoot and the results were adorable and amazing! This is the second shoot I have done with a Corgi at Fort Desoto Park this year! I have very good luck with Corgis-the first full dog portrait shoot I ever did was of a Corgi puppy that belonged to a fellow photography student when I was in school. They are all cute, fun and pretty patient!


Look at that face! I believe we wanted him to be sitting at this point but he wanted to come see me up close! We went to Fort Desoto 8am Sunday morning and there were only 1-2 other dogs there when we started. Seems to be the best time to do a pet session there!


Darth loves to chase tennis balls which made me very happy! It was pretty easy to get the fun action shots I love! Check out that tongue!


I moved around a few times so we would have a variety of different backgrounds for the running shots. It is amazing how much of a difference moving just a few feet can make!


There are a lot of pretty places in the Tampa Bay area but nowhere have I been able to find fields of wildflowers for my sessions. There are often Black Eyed Susans at many of the beaches though which worked great as a background for this, one of my favorite photos from our session.


Darth was willing to sit still on this bench just long enough for me to get a couple of cute images!


And now what you have all been waiting for-Darth Vader in his costume! Well it’s cute but would you know it is a Darth Vader costume if had not told you? There is print which is placed on his back that makes it more obvious but it was difficult to get a photo of it along with his adorable face! We were right along a dirt path and I had the idea of photographing him from the side as he ran after a tennis ball so the cape would fly out behind him. It worked and these are some of my favorite pet photos of all time!


Darth Vader is really flying here! We had him chase the ball 4-5 times to get a range of images and I am so happy I captured this moment with all 4 feet off of the ground!


Every time Darth ran back with the ball he looked my way as he ran past! SO cute!


I got on the other side of the path and this is an image that will go in my personal ‘Hall of Fame’ I LOVE it!


We finished up the session posing Darth on a huge old tree trunk near the pier area next to the dog park. He did a pretty great job of sitting still for us!


I had a wonder time! After we finished I went back to the beach and by then a lot of other dogs had arrived. I photographed a bunch of them as well and will share my favorite photos of them in my next post later in the week. The dog beach is such a happy place! Thanks so much to Alan and Christian for hiring me to photograph the adorable Darth Vader!    If you are interested in a photo session for your dog in the Tampa Bay or Orlando area email me at Visit the Pet Photography Page on my website for more details! If you are interested in a session between now and Christmas you should schedule a date now! My calendar is filling quickly! Pets may also be included in family sessions.

Stella-1st Birthday Session-Tampa Orlando Child Portraits


Hello! Today I am bringing you my favorite photographs from my session with Stella to celebrate her turning 1! I photographed her for the first time last November when she was 2 months old and she is growing fast! I have photographed her mom’s wedding and cannot believe how fast the time has gone!


We planned to take some photos inside and some out but ended up doing most of them inside due to the humid and rainy September weather in Orlando. Stella did an amazing job posing for her portraits! I never know what to expect with children this age. Stella was great at sitting wherever we wanted her to so it was a pretty easy session. It was more difficult to get standing photos because she wanted to move then. I still got the super cute first shot of her leaning on the chair though!



Once we saw she would sit still for us it was a matter of me catching a variety of expressions and poses.


I especially love this portrait I was able to capture of Stella and her mom Nathalia!


I covered a cube they had in the house with purple background material I had with me. Mom hid behind it to make sure Stella stayed safe but she did a great job sitting still for us there! We had this floral 1 on the floor and she wanted to play with it. I am amazed I was able to hit the shutter at just the right moment to get this shot!



This is my favorite image from our session! I edited it to have a bit of a vintage look .


We tried another chair and Stella was happy to sit in it as well!



I also especially love this close up!


We did take a few photos outside at the beginning and at the end.


Stella with her Dad Tim.


I love doing the parent holding the baby up in the air shots-super cute!



Here we had a roof over us and it was raining in background.


Last shot of the day is another super cute one! Stella is a very happy little girl! I look forward to watching her grow, we have several ideas for photos with her over the next few years.

If you are interested in a Child Portrait session-or any kind of portrait session check out the Portrait Page of my website.

Central Bark Tampa Calendar Photos-January-June-Pet Photography Tampa

I have some really fun photos to share with you today! For the second year in a row I am creating a calendar for Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Tampa. Last year’s was a success and I am so happy to be doing another one! Lynda and the rest of the staff there do an amazing job taking care of the dogs. It is such a fun place to be and I look forward to taking portraits there a few times each year. We do two separate shoots for the calendar since there are so many dogs-more this year than last! These are some of my favorites from the January-June Sessions. I will be taking the July-December photos in October.

First was Suzie I have photographed her a few times before she is super happy.



Next is her brother Bear



Love those eyes! We also managed to get one of the two of them together!



Next was Rolf I love him on this purple background!


I love the St Patrick’s Day photos the most!


Prince Koda is another repeat client! The perfect shot in gorgeous colors.


We are doing Gasparilla them for January. I am not sure if pirates wore sunglasses but Kona looks very cool in them!


Paxton was on my calendar last year as well he is very sweet!



Maddox is so handsome! We had some fun with the Gasparilla beads!


So fun!


This is Margo she gets to be featured in April. All of these dogs look great with the new purple background I brought-my favorite color! She will also be featured in February.



This is Jake he looks he is thinking ‘I can’t believe you are making me do this!’


The perfect Leprechaun!


Zeus! Love his name! This may be my favorite shot.


Can you tell I love color?


Tucker is back again this year, what a handsome pirate!



Coby was also in last years Calendar. Very good model!


Love the tie!


Dakota is back and this year. Another cool pirate!


Love this shot!


Higgins-another great name! We went with purple and green for this St Patrick’s day shot I have always loved that color combination and he looks amazing.


More crazy colors!


Pretty Luna!


I love this profile shot.


Fred is yet another repeat client, love him!


Sometimes it is impossible to convince a dog to lay down, sometimes that’s all they want to do.


This dog is also named Luna. You can see she has a great personality-another great photo for March!


Love this one too what a great model Luna is!


Brindle -that face!



Again-that face!


Millie. I was only able to get one good shot of Millie she did not want to stay still! She looks so pretty with the purple flowers!


Sofie! Sofie is probably the dog I have had the hardest time photographing ever! We try every time but until this day she wanted no part of posing for her portrait. She is one of maybe 10% of dogs that are afraid of the strobe lights when they go off. But this time we were actually able to get her to stay still. She flinched when the lights went off but did not run! I was so happy and know her dad is too!


Her sister Lola was there and we even got good photos of them together!


Lola also posed on her own and did a great job!



Finally we have Murphy, yet anther repeat client-he was easy to photography and very sweet!



The perfect Valentine card!   I will of course be sharing the best photos from our July-December shoot sometime in October. Special thanks to my friend Lynda from Central Bark for assisting me on this shoot! If you need a day care in the North Tampa area they are the place to go!  To learn more about my pet sessions check out the Pet Photography Page on my website!  I do most of my pet photography outside but can bring my mobile studio to you as well!


Bently-Tampa Pet Photography Fort Desoto Park St Petersburg


I love Corgis! I love all dogs of course but Corgi’s rank near the top of my favorite breeds along with Dachshunds and Australian Shepherds. I think my first full length dog portrait shoot was with a fellow student’s new Corgi puppy when I was about to graduate from photography school and it made me realize that I wanted pet photography to be one of the main parts of my business! The name ‘Corgi’ is Welsh ‘Cor’ means dwarf and Gi means Dog so they are ‘Dwarf Dogs’.

I met Bently and his mom Mary at the beautiful Fort Desoto Park, one of my most favorite places to go in the area. This first photo was taken next to the dog beach area where we had this beautiful pier as a back drop!


It was a very  hot and humid day but we shot the last 2 hours before sunset and there was a breeze. Bently was very good and patient with us he is a very sweet dog!


The Fort Desoto Dog Beach is truly one of the happiest places on earth but it is a difficult place to try to photograph just one dog as there are usually so many distractions and ‘photo bombers’! We went on a weekday evening so it was not as busy and I was able to get several photos that make it look like we were the only ones there!


We drove to another part of the park for some fresh backdrops and Bently put on this beautiful bandanna .


So cute! We then had another wardrobe change.



Mary posed for some beautiful portraits with Bently! I loved the slanted and layered concrete ’tiles’. There are a lot of amazing spots to take photos at this park.


We wanted to get some nice photos of Bently at sunset and here are the results!


I had a wonderful time on this shoot, my mom and Mary’s husband George who gave her this photo shoot as a gift were also there and everyone and it was so much fun! If you are interested in a Pet Portrait shoot in the Tampa Bay or Orlando areas check out the Pet Page on my Website. NOW is the time to schedule if you want one before Christmas as I get very busy October-December.



Anitra-Tampa Orlando Child Portraits-Philippe Park Safety Harbor Florida


Hello Everyone!  Today I am sharing my favorite photos from my session with 6 month old Anitra and her parents.  I have worked with her mom before a few times and was very happy to photograph the new addition to the family! We chose Philippe Park in Safety Harbor to take the photos. It was a hot and humid day but little Anitra didn’t seem to notice she did a fantastic job and is a very happy little girl with a great personality!

I found this beautiful spot with vines and little orange flowers to take a few images of her in this crate. I love how they turned out!

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And how cute is this? Pink and red are great colors to use outside and they contrast nicely against all of the green.




She is so adorable!  Here are a few photos of Anitra with her mom and dad.


I took an engagement photo of her parents in front of this same tree so it was nice to use it again!


We had planned to take some photos on the small beach at the park but it was high tide-REALLY high tide and no sand to stand on! I still got some cute shots of Anitra in her swim suit though.



As well behaved as she was I think in this last photo Anitra was wondering just how many more photos I was going to take!  I hope to take some beach portraits the next time we have a session.

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The Frog in the Flower-Personal Work


Every once in a while I get really lucky.  Often when I am not expecting to. I come upon a moment in time which will result in a unique photo that becomes an all time favorite. I didn’t actually even have my camera with me when I spotted this little frog. I was on what I like to call a ‘mindfulness walk’ around the lake in my community. Often I do have my camera with me but this time I was just walking and looking at the various tropical plants and flowers that grow here. There are also many ducks, squirrels and lizards to observe. There is so much we miss much of the time, staring at our phones, focusing on other things and places than where we are in the moment.


I wish I knew what this plant was called! It is actually quite large and shoots out these pods from which multiple flowers bloom. This one was actually quite high in the air-taller than me! I had not stopped to look at it in a long time the path around the lake actually goes to the right of it but I decided to make a detour and I am so glad I did. I am fascinated by this particular plant and probably made an excited squeal when to my surprise I spotted this tiny frog perched inside!  I walked back to my apartment to grab my camera and he was luckily still there when I got back. All summer I have been hoping so spot some of these tiny frogs. Some years they are all over the place and I have taken some fantastic photos of them but this year I haven’t seen any in my community-until now!

I will be including both the photos I take professionally and for fun in this blog from now on. Any of the wildlife photos you see here are available for purchase as prints, canvas wraps etc just email me at if you are interested!

In a world that focuses so much on the negative do not forget we are also surrounded by beauty and ‘magic’.  The phrase ‘awe not anger’ popped into my head the other day. I am trying to spend as many moments in awe of the amazing things in this world rather than in anger!


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