Dog portraits are great solo but sometimes it’s better together. Meaning if you have more than one dog and they get along why not get a portrait of the two (or three) of them together?
Now maybe you have more than one dog and you want to be in the portrait with them. That is very doable. Unless they’re super well trained and behaved and maybe a little tired it will take a bit of time to achieve this so have patience. Often times I find that the dogs are doing just fine but it’s the people that are super stressed about the process. They’ve overly worried that their dogs aren’t performing as they should. After all they think “they’re so well behaved at home!” Well they probably are but you’re now in a studio that they’ve maybe been in once before—hence the reason we stress a pre-session consultation with you and your dog(s) so they can get to know the place. Read More
There is a lot to think about when caring for your dog in summer--with the heat, keeping them hydrated and doing your walks in the morning or evening. Making sure your dog isn't in a car in the sun with windows up, even for a few moments. Dangers of bee stings, snakes and poisonous plants can keep you on your toes. Read More
Now with the fourth of July approaching be mindful of dogs reactions to loud noises. This goes for thunderstorms as well but many dogs react with fear to fireworks.
As a Colorado Springs dog photographer and owner of two dogs I’ve learned a lot from being around dog trainers as well as dogs and their owners. I see a lot of good behavior as well as bad in dogs and their owners.
Whether you are a new dog owner or have had dogs for years it’s still good to be reminded about tips for caring for your furry friend. In the past I’ve blogged about many of them including proper diet and exercise as well as over feeding your dog. Some of these are simply common sense but you’d be surprised by the number of dog owners who fail to do them and then are frustrated with their relationship with their dog.
I recently rescued another dog who is just two years old. This is my third rescue and I know a lot of the issues that can occur with a rescue dog however it had been years since I had to start over with training and dog proofing the house. I’d forgotten some things so this was a good refresher for me to read new information on dog handling. Read More
It's back--the 9th annual fundraiser for All Breed Rescue & Training. Once again we're gearing up to help ABRT and you can help us! This year we again have 2 ways to donate and get your dog's portrait taken: the mini session and the Calendar Competition. Mark your calendars- on Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 and March 2 & 3 you can take part in this fun fundraiser.
The mini session is a 15 minute photo session of you and your dog or just your dog. For a $40 donation to All Breed you get the mini session - which is followed by a 10 minute viewing session so you can pick out your 5x7 print and if you want order additional prints or products. There is no waiting in line with this fundraiser-you select your time slot and show up--that's it! Read More
Much has been said in this blog over the years about the importance of taking your dogs portrait before it’s too late. What do we mean by too late? Not necessarily before your dog has passed away but as your dog ages their eyesight and hearing can go and walking gets difficult.
You might not necessarily want to remember your dog old, blind, and hunched over so it’s best to get them in for a portrait before then if at all possible. The dog above at left is amazing- he is 18 years old and could still focus on the camera and noises in the room. He had difficulty walking but still had his wits about him. The owners friend wanted to surprise them with a portrait of his two dogs and we gladly agreed, especially since this is probably that dogs last good portrait. Read More
Have a puppy that you’re thinking of getting photographed? When is the right time? Well we’ve done puppies pretty early in life—think between 6 and 8 weeks old. They are cute little balls of fur at that age and they love to sleep. We did 9 bloodhound puppies for a breeder—18 pound puppies—and had to work pretty fast because like newborn babies they like to sleep a lot!
Ideally between 2-4 months is great for puppy pictures. You can do earlier and get some cute sleepy shots but to have a puppy “pose” you need a little older. And having some basic commands is very helpful. The couple above wanted a “family” portrait as well as individual shots of their new English Pointer puppy. This is great as I recommend at least at some point in a dogs life to get a great shot ofd family with their pet—whether it’s one person or the whole family. It’s a great way to remember all the great times you had with your furry friend. Read More
Dogs can easily be distracted and was mentioned in the first part of Outdoor Pet Portraits. Most clients we work with prefer the undistracted environment of the studio. There aren’t birds or cats or even squirrels to content with. Even having additional people in the area can be distracting for some dogs.
However some clients really prefer the outdoor look and we’re happy to accommodate them. For safety I always have the client leash the dog. Even if you have the best trained dog int he world you don’t need them dashing after an animal during the session and getting hit by a car or knocking people over. It’s just a good safety precaution to leash your dog. There are ways to pose to minimize the leash and we can also digitally remove it if necessary. Read More
Mark your calendars for Saturday October 28th for lots of fun and a Halloween Costume Contest. We’re teaming up with BamPaws Stay & Play and Bon Pet Supply to bring you a fun filled Halloween event for you and your dog (okay cats can come too!).
We’ll have food, fun and games as well as the big contest. Think your dog has what it take to walk away with the Grand Prize? Well get your creativity going as it’s sure to be a stiff competition. Need help with a costume? Check out Bon Pet Supply for their selection of dog costumes.
The event will be at BamPaws—a brand new dog daycare and boarding facility located just south of downtown (815 S. Sierra Madre ST). Get creative then bring your dog!
So mark your calendars: Saturday October 28 from 10-12. Read More
Most of us really love our dogs but do you know what to do for your dog in an emergency? I sure didn’t until recently.I knew of a few signs of dehydration and some low blood sugar indications as I have previously owned a diabetic dog. Beyond that I was basically clueless.
Not long ago I stumbled across an app for your smart phone developed by the American Red Cross. It’s free and once downloaded it provides an amazing amount of material for you to assist your canine buddy.
This app is very handy and is divided into sections that include understanding what is normal for your dog. Read More
We all love our dogs and sometimes it seems we love them a little too much! By that I mean a little too much food love.When you have a dog that either begs or sits right beside your table while eating it’s very tempting to toss them a little something from the table. But don’t get hooked on that!
A few scraps here or there isn’t so bad but they’ll develop a taste for people food and before you know it you’ll be cranking out the food to keep your dog happy. So what’s wrong with either too much people good or even dog food? You dog can rapidly gain weight and that becomes harder on their whole body—their legs and joints can go bad, they can develop diabetes and more. I know —I had a dog that I fed table scraps to, let him lick plates and gave him tons of treats. He soon developed diabetes. Not good. Two shots a day is hard enough but soon enough it can wear them down and their organs begin to fail. Really really not good. Read More
Once again it’s summer and the days are hot! If you feel hot just imagine wearing a heavy fur coat in this weather. High heat is hard on your dog so please take appropriate measures to make sure your dog is safe this summer.
Be sure to play with your dog and take your walks in the cooler parts of the day. I know I walk my dog extra in the early morning and then in the evening. If your dog has to be outside during the day please make sure that they have adequate shade that they can be in during the hottest parts of the day as well as plenty of water. Please don’t leave your dog in a hot car—if they need to be left make sure the car is in shade or the windows are down enough that fresh air can get inside the vehicle. In Colorado there is a law now that allows bystanders to break car windows to rescue children or pets left in a hot car. So if you don’t want your windows broken please protect your pet. Read More
Every now and then I get to work with really talented people on fun projects. That was the case recently working with the folks of the Downtown Partnership on their Dogs of Downtown 2017 Calendar project.
It all began with a sweet little French bulldog named Gurdy who visited the offices of the Downtown Partnership. They fell in love with her and decided there needed to be a Calendar celebrating the dogs of downtown—those dogs who hang out on a regular basis at the offices and shops in the downtown core. The ones known by the clients and customers who visit those places. Read More
We all like to keep our beloved animals healthy and safe. We protect them from eating foods with artificial sweeteners and away from foods like grapes and raisins that can cause renal failure. But sometimes we don’t think about the importance of the dog food that we are feeding them day in and day out. We often assume that if we can buy it at a specialty store —whether large chains like Pet Smart or your local pet store—that the food is okay. Often times we are unaware of what’s in that food we give them.
I know I’ve changed dog food to a grain free variety after the food I thought was good was subject to several recalls and lawsuits. Now I’m thinking further of a change after reading about the top foods and why they are good for your dog and why some I thought were good might not be so good after all.
The people at reviews.com have looked at over 2000 dog food varieties and analyzed them in terms of content and how safe they might be for your pet. After all a healthy dog is a happy dog. Here is an in depth look at what they found out. Read More
Have you ever thought about having a great portrait of you and your furry companion? Well this is the time to do it. We’re about to celebrate Mother’s Day in a big way at Springs Pet Portraits!
May is the month we celebrate moms. In honor of Mother’s Day for 2016 we are celebrating moms of “fur children.” During the month of May we are offering mini sessions for you and your furry companion. You will get a mini session and an 8x10 print for just $49. This offer is good for in studio mini session portraits only and only in May. Read More
Another year has flown by! Springs Pet Portraits continued to grow and participate in some fun events in 2015. Our year always gets a great start in February with PawPrints—our Annual Fundraiser for All Breed Rescue & Training. This was the second year we did the calendar and had a blast with the creativity of the participants. The 2016 Calendar is available for purchase still —it’s only $15 and all proceeds go to ABRT. You can pick one up at Our Family Vet, Bon Pet Supply, All Breed Rescue and of course here at the studio. The next fundraiser is coming up soon so stay tuned for details. If you’re not on our email list click the banner at the top of this website and sign up! You’ll be in the loop for all the fun adventures of Springs Pet Portraits. Read More
Sometimes you just need a funny Christmas card! And sometimes your dog will allow you to you to put them in funny Christmas scenes—like standing next to toys with a Santa hat on! Some dogs are so mellow they have no problems doing whatever their crazy owners want—even wearing a Santa hat. Other dogs..not so much.
The majority of our clients come to us when they have a brand new pet—sometimes a puppy but often one about a year old. Or they come to us as their pet is aging and they want a great portrait before it’s too late. There is a previous blog post here about photographing puppies.
But say you have a senior pet and you’d like to get a great portrait of them to enjoy now as well as to remember them after they’re gone. As our studio tag line says, a great portrait will make you laugh, cry and remember the good times you had together. Read More
Dangers to your pet lurk in your house. Many of us know that certain items are poisonous to dogs because they are poisonous to people as well. But there are many pet owners that are not aware of the dangers of other items commonly found in the average home.
While most people are aware that rat or even insect poison are bad for dogs they don’t stop to think about smaller dogs and cats getting into the those bait traps that we set behind appliances on the floor. These can be a danger to animals. So can household cleaners. Read More
Back in June we did a special session for Modern Dog Magazine. They hold an annual STAR Dog Contest. Well little Teddy from Colorado Springs won their hearts. Teddy came from the Mill Dog Rescue and has quite an interesting story (see attached). His mom Michele Burchfield came with Teddy for his big day. Teddy is such a star and was very easy to photograph-in fact he was pretty excited. He has tons of adoring fans and a massive social media presence so is used to lots of attention. He is a great “spokesdog” for the Mill Dog Rescue. Read More