For Pet Owners

Now booking... 2018 Summer in the City sessions

Two weekends in July...

eight fun locations all around Houston...

an excuse to get out and explore with your dog...

resulting in a professional portrait that will make you smile every day

Introducing... Summer in the City limited edition sessions.  Think of it as a summer bucket list item for you and your dog!

Sessions are booking now.  Visit the registration page to see sample photographs from the eight locations, get answers to FAQs, and book your Summer in the City session.  Spots are limited.

Hope to see you there!


Now booking... 2018 Limited Edition Bluebonnet Sessions

Who else is enjoying this nice weather and new growth on the trees?  It's springtime in Texas, and that means one thing:

bluebonnets!

For one evening only, I'm offering limited edition bluebonnet sessions.  (Fun fact: one of the images I created during last year's bluebonnet sessions merited in the International Photographic Competition!)

These short sessions will take place March 21 within the Houston city limits.  Book your session here, and hurry!  Spots are extremely limited this year.

cavalier king charles spaniel in bluebonnet field

Most Popular Posts of 2017 - Houston Dog Photographer

One thing I love about this time of year is reflecting back on all the good things that happened and dreaming about what next year will bring.  Let's look back at the top posts from the past year.  Enjoy!

rescue dog plot hound mix houston texas brindle

1) #Goals

One of my 2017 goals was to enter print competition for the first time - I did, and you cheered me on as I earned 2/4 merits (one image will be published in a book!)  Check out the four images I submitted and the results.

2) Work hard, play hard

In February I traveled to Costa Rica for a pet photography retreat.  Spending a week learning from and bonding with other talented pet photographers from across the world was fantastic, not to mention the puppies, sunsets on the beach, monkeys on the rooftop deck, luxurious accommodations...  yeah, I definitely need to do this again SOON!

3) Every animal matters

Friends For Life is not your typical animal shelter.  They step up to help when others can't or won't.  I was so impressed by the work Friends For Life continues to do that I organized a fundraising event to benefit them, and it was a huge success!

4) Getting in the picture

I always encourage my clients to participate in the photo session, and I shared some examples of dogs with their people.  Believe me, you will treasure the photographs of you with your best friend.

5) Home is where the heart is

You might think your house is too small or too messy, but there are several reasons why your home is a great place for a photo session.

 

Hope you enjoyed the most popular posts from 2017!   Curious what was popular last year?  Here are the top 8 posts of 2016


Now booking... 2017 Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

I know it's crazy to talk about Christmas before Halloween, but...  the holidays will be here before you know it! 

By popular demand, I've opened up one afternoon of limited edition holiday sessions.  These short and sweet sessions are for you AND your dog, and will take place Sunday October 29 at a Christmas tree farm.  Spots are full, booking is now closed!

holiday photo sessions for houston dogs

Need help with your holiday cards?  No problem, I've got you covered... one less thing to worry about!

Holiday Card examples

Hope to see you at the tree farm! 


Salvaging water-damaged photographs

Watching the news and scrolling through social media has been hard this week - the number of Houston homes damaged by flooding is over 150,000 and counting.

What matters most is the safety of your family.  Stuff is just that... stuff.  But some stuff, like photographs, carries with it immense sentimental value.

rain puddles

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in photo restoration.  But I did round up a few helpful articles.

Tips for salvaging water-damaged photographs:

Local photo restoration companies

(and please note that some of these were also impacted by Hurricane Harvey):

Digital data recovery

If your photos live on your hard drive, here is a list of data recovery businesses:

For my clients

If any of your artwork was damaged in the storm, please get in touch so I can replace it.

megan murray photography photo album

Easy Frozen Popsicles for Dogs

A hot summer day, you're lounging poolside listening to your favorite jams, a novel in your hand, with the sweet smell of suncreen wafting in the air.  But wait... this scene just isn't complete without a cold fruity adult beverage!!

Now look at Fido, sprawled out in the sunshine - don't you think he wants a cold fruity treat too?!  You're in luck - I've got a super-easy recipe...

Frozen pumpkin popsicles for dogs:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used natural)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • Diced fruit like apples or bananas (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.  You can add water as needed to thin the mixture.
  2. Spoon mixture into ice cube trays, or cute silicone baking molds (mine available on Amazon).
  3. Freeze overnight or until ready to eat.
ready to freeze!

ready to freeze!

ready to eat!

ready to eat!

puppy-approved!

puppy-approved!

If you really want to spoil your pup, check out Claudia's handcrafted Pupsicles.  Hand-crafted frozen dog treats in a variety of natural flavors - pick up, delivery, or find her around town at a local Houston event!


Protecting your dog in the summer heat

One thing is certain about living in Houston:  the summers are hot and humid!  And when I'm sweating through my work clothes just walking the short distance to the car, I have to stop and remind myself that this humidity *should* keep my skin looking nice and young.  Optimism, y'all!

Just as we are affected by the heat, the high temps can be harmful to your dog too, especially breeds with short noses like bulldogs, pugs, and boxers. 

black lab houston hot summer

Tips for keeping your dog safe in the dog days of summer:

  1. Avoid or limit vigorous exercise outdoors, and schedule walks for morning or evening when it's cooler.  (Or take my approach: this is a great time of year to cuddle inside with the A/C!) 
  2. Keep those water bowls full, and take water with you when you leave the house.
  3. Use dog booties if the pavement is too hot.
  4. Ensure your yard has shade and water.  Or better yet, a kiddie pool!
  5. Never, ever, ever leave your dog in a car unattended.
  6. Use tick-repellent, and inspect your dog for ticks after being outdoors, especially in wooded areas.
  7. A shorter haircut will keep your pet cooler, but don't shave it down to the skin.  The hair helps prevent sunburn.
  8. Use caution when swimming in pools, lakes, rivers, or oceans.  Even strong swimmers can fatigue.  Get your dog a doggie life jacket.

How can you tell if your dog is experiencing heat exhaustion?  Excessive panting, dark red gums, drooling, unstability, vomiting, or collapse are all signs you should seek treatment/guidance from your vet.  If you can't get to the vet right away, bring your dog inside and cool down with cool water (not ice cold, as that could cause shock).

Hope you all have a safe and cool summer!

Photographing dogs with their people

"Do you take pictures of people with their dogs?"

I get this question a lot, and the answer is yes!  While I don't photograph people alone (think: weddings, engagements, newborns, family sessions without a dog, etc.), I always encourage my clients to participate in the photo session with their dog.  Believe me, one day you will be so happy to have a photograph of you and your dog together.

There are many ways you can be in the photographs, from a posed everyone-smiling-at-the-camera portrait, to a candid image of you and your dog playing or snuggling together, or perhaps an image where only your legs or arms are visible.

Here are a few examples of dogs with their people:

people and dogs in houston eleanor tinsley park
black lab with owner in houston memorial park
houston dog with owner in downtown park
couple with their dogs in houston midtown park
golden retriever with owner in houston memorial park
bichon frise with parents in clear lake texas
houston rescue dog looking at owner
houston heights goldendoodle
candid dog photography in houston texas
silhouette of dog with owner beach sunset

Your dog is part of your family, and it's important to have family portraits taken together!  Send me a message to start planning your own custom photography experience.


Now booking... 2017 Limited Edition Bluebonnet Sessions

I blinked and all of a sudden Houston is so green!  Spring is here, although we really didn't have a winter at all, unless you count that one freeze that wiped out nearly all our tropical plants in the backyard, but I digress...

Spring is here, and bluebonnets are already popping up around Texas.  It's time for limited edition bluebonnet sessions!  These short sessions will take place March 25 within the Houston city limits.  Book your session here, and hurry!  There are only a few spots left.

Beagle in bluebonnets

A tip for photographing black dogs

Do you have a black dog?  If you do, I'm willing to bet you have more than a few pictures of him/her looking like a big black blob.  Am I right?

So I'm going to tell you a little secret about photographing black dogs... are you ready?

You need light.

Whether it's natural or artificial light, you need it to avoid the big-black-blob syndrome.

This is Jack.  He is black as black can be - not one strand of hair any color but black!  During his session, we stepped into the narrow side yard, and I immediately paused and fist-pumped because of the beautiful late afternoon sun streaming in over the fence.  So I had Jack face the light, and look how it lit up his eyes and black fur!

photographing black dogs

And now a bonus tip: a simple, non-black background will help your dog stand out.  In the image above, the brown wooden fence and greenery are a nice contrast to Jack's fur.

So next time your dog mysteriously turns into a black blob in your camera, look for ways to get more light on him/her.