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Best of 2018 Houston Dog Photography

Happy New Year! Can I still say that this far into January?

Sheesh, I don’t know about you, but I had a jam-packed holiday season. Then my sister and I took a little hiking trip in Utah to relax and unwind after said jam-packed holiday season. And now I’m back and January is almost over! Before we get too far into 2019, let’s take a look back at the fun puppies I had the pleasure of meeting last year.

2018 was a year of growth for my business. I took a leap of faith to go “all in” and had my busiest fall season to date. Let's take a look at the highlights by the numbers:

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Let me tell you, it is NOT easy to narrow down your favorite images from an entire year!

Nonetheless, I did my best and came up with these personal favorites from 2018. You’ll notice a wide variety of locations, from clients’ backyards, parks, graffiti walls, the beach, an airport runway, and even the Eiffel Tower!

And dogs aren’t the only thing I photographed last year!

I adore capturing the bond between dogs and their people. Here are my favorites showing those special relationships:

Thank you for following along on my adventures, and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

Want more cute puppies?  Find out which images were my favorites from 2017 and 2016.

Are you ready to document your dog's story in 2019?  Send me a note and let's talk about creating a personalized session for you and your furbaby.


A Texas tradition: bluebonnet photos aren't just for people!

To be completely honest, my bluebonnet sessions almost didn't happen this year. 

My husband and I had a trip planned to Paris during the exact 2-week period when the bluebonnets typically peak in Houston, and I wasn't sure if the timing would work.  And for those of you with dogs and/or kids, you know how hectic it can be preparing for a big trip and making sure your babies are taken care of!

Luckily, Mother Nature cooperated with my travel schedule.

At the last minute, I opened an evening of sessions - it not only sold out, but I ended up opening up a second evening.  One sweet dog mom said she'd been stalking me on social media for the last year hoping to snag a bluebonnet session!

Thankful to keep this Texas tradition going (third year in a row!)

Without further ado, the sweet and spunky pups who joined me in the bluebonnets this year:

Sierra and Rocky

Sierra and Rocky

Munchkin

Munchkin

Brody

Brody

Bruiser

Bruiser

bluebonnet photo sessions for dogs by megan murray photography

And there's always one cheeseball in the group:

havanese dog smiling with texas bluebonnets and indian paintbrush

Do you enjoy bluebonnet pictures as much as I do?  See more sessions from 2017 and 2016.


Best of 2017 Houston Dog Photos

To say Houston had a memorable year would be an understatement... from hosting the Super Bowl, enduring the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, cheering on the Astros as they won the World Series, and then waking up to snow on the ground!

2017 was also a memorable year for my business - several "firsts" and big accomplishments.  Let's take a look at the highlights by the numbers:

2017 by the numbers

And to go along with those countless puppy kisses, none of this would have been possible without puppies!  84 to be exact.  Believe me, it wasn't easy to narrow down, but here are my top twelve personal favorite images taken in the last year...

My favorite images from 2017:

Maggie with her mama

Maggie with her mama

Bentley

Bentley

Brinkley

Brinkley

Sophie

Sophie

Riley

Riley

Ari and his mama

Ari and his mama

Lucy

Lucy

Truman

Truman

Roscoe, Daisy, & Rosie

Roscoe, Daisy, & Rosie

Maggie

Maggie

Jane

Jane

Floyd

Floyd

Thank you for being a special part of my year.  I am grateful for each of my clients, past, present, and future, and wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Want more cute puppies?  Find out which images were my favorites from 2016.

Interested in documenting your dog's story in 2018?  Send me a note and let's talk about creating a personalized session for you and your furbaby. 


Why your home is a great place for a photo session

Where should I hold my dog's photo session?

This is a common question, and there are many possibilities, your home being one.

I know what you might be thinking.  My house?  But it's small or messy or I have no yard.  Don't automatically reject the idea of having the session at your home because you think it has to look like something out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  It doesn't!

Recently I did a series of in-home sessions.  From townhomes with tiny yards to large custom-built homes with big yards, starter homes to forever homes, we can always find a few great backdrops to tell your dog's story.

There are several advantages to holding a photo session at your home:

  • you and your dog are comfortable there
  • it's more convenient for you - no driving or directions necessary!
  • for elderly or sick dogs, less walking required
  • images of your dog in all his favorite hang-out spots are meaningful.  You know the spots, whether it's a special chair, a window, a play area in the backyard, or just at your feet...
  • no leash required in a fenced-in yard
  • A/C in the Houston heat.  'nuff said.

Here are some of my favorite images from the latest in-home sessions:

houston dogs at home

If you'd love to book an in-home photo session with your dog, let's talk!


Ari's photo session adventure at Hermann Park

Have you ever gotten a bad haircut? 

One so bad you wish you could wear a hat every time you left the house?  I have.  When I was 21, a cost-conscious college student, I went to a chain salon and asked for a layered bob.  I left with a 80s hockey-player haircut.  Not quite a mullet, but definitely NOT what I had in mind.

So what does a bad haircut have to do with this post?  Unfortunately Ari got a bad haircut right before our scheduled session in March.  We rescheduled his session to let his hair grow out, and I waited patiently for two whole months to meet this adorable ball of fluff and his fun mama.  Dood's gotta look good, am I right?

fluffy australian labradoodle in houston hermann park
houston dog in mcgovern centennial gardens
girl holding labradoodle in houston park
labradoodle high five on bridge
labradoodle catching a treat
dog with owner sunrise silhouette in houston

2017 Bluebonnet Recap - Houston Dog Photography

A gentle breeze.  The warm sun low in the sky.  Patches of bluebonnets along a neighborhood trail.  It was pretty much the perfect evening to spend outside with your dogs!  If you have lived in Texas more than a couple years, you know that pictures in the bluebonnets is a thing - almost a rite of passage – and I think you'll agree these five dogs look stunning among the wildflowers!

Some dogs love the camera, some do not, and some are indifferent.  I encountered all of the above that March evening in the bluebonnet field...

Vizslas Rusty and Lola are quite the pair!  Both happy and energetic, but can we talk about Lola's stink face?!  This is apparently fairly normal.  Resting bitch face, literally.  Don't worry, I got her to smile too...

Rusty and Lola
two dogs in bluebonnet field
texas hunting dogs in field of flowers

Bentley, a King Charles Cavalier, falls squarely into the category of loving the camera.  He is getting prepared to be the ring bearer at his mom and dad's wedding this summer, and well, he may or may not be stealing the show!

megan murray photography houston dogs
king charles cavalier in texas bluebonnets

You might recognize this dapper dachshund Floyd, as he participated in the Portraits For Life fundraiser earlier this year.  Floyd has an extensive collection of bowties, and I think it's pretty evident he is a camera-lover!

houston dog photography - dachshund in bluebonnets

Joining Floyd was his older and wiser sister Abby.  She may not see or hear very well anymore, but she did great! 

houston cavalier spaniel in bluebonnet field
dogs in bowties in bluebonnets - houston pet photography

If you've been thinking about having your dog photographed, let's talk!  I only have a couple dates available before the summer heat arrives.


2017 Portraits For Life Recap

Last month's Portraits For Life fundraising event was a huge success! 

I photographed 16 dogs and 1 cat all in one day, and together we raised $1000 for Friends For Life animal shelter in The Heights.  That's enough to spay/neuter and vaccinate 15 cats, or provide a year's supply of heartworm preventative medicine for 40 dogs. 

A huge thank you to all of you that participated!  Here are a handful of my favorite images:

houston pet portrait fundraiser for friends for life animal shelter

You can also see a short video with more photos from the event here.

If you missed out on this event but want to be the first to know if we do it again, scroll down to the footer and enter your email address.

Warrior and Chloe - Houston Midtown Pet Photography

Sometimes you find yourself in the right place at the right time for a reason.  Ten years ago in a random Piggly Wiggly parking lot in a small Alabama town, a lady was giving away free puppies.  Concerned by what might happen to this tiny little guy, Warrior's mama scooped him up, took him home, and started spoiling him rotten.

houston rescue dog in park

After moving to the big city a few years later, they found Chloe wandering around the neighborhood.  It didn't take long for their family to grow from three to four as Chloe worked her way into their hearts.

family photo session with dogs houston midtown park
houston couple with rescue dogs

Warrior was named after that Alabama town, but now has about twenty nicknames... and he lives for playing ball!

playing ball at elizabeth glover dog park houston

Chloe is a daddy's girl and likes to go for walks and snuggle on the couch.

large dog urban graffiti wall houston

I usually refer to my photo sessions as doggie play dates.  This last image was taken at the very end of my date with Warrior and Chloe... I just love their smiles, don't you?

east houston dog photographer

2017 is getting off to a busy start.  March sessions are already booking, and there are a few spots left for the Portraits For Life event on February 11, benefiting Friends For Life animal shelter in The Heights.

Portraits For Life registration is open!

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned I was working on a secret project?  Well, it's no longer a secret!  I'm proud to announce

Portraits For Life

a special one-day pet portrait event benefiting Friends For Life, the only no-kill LEED-certified animal shelter in Houston.  I recently visited with the director of Friends For Life, and their mission and dedication to saving lives is nothing short of incredible!

To get the full details and book your spot, visit the Portraits For Life sign-up page.

And hurry - we expect this event to fill up quickly!

teacup yorkie puppy in houston

Best of 2016 Houston Dog Photos

The end of the year would not be complete without reflecting on all the sweet dogs who made an impression on me this year.  Thank you for the fun play dates, slobbery kisses, and wagging tails!

My favorite photographs from 2016:

Rufus

Rufus

Nola

Nola

Lola

Lola

Lane & Macy

Lane & Macy

Cooper & Shay

Cooper & Shay

Teddy

Teddy

Mia

Mia

Spud

Spud

Beau

Beau

Warrior

Warrior

Chloe

Chloe

Sammy

Sammy

To my clients, thank you!  Thank you for inviting me into your lives and homes.  Thank you for letting me play with your pups.  And most of all, thank you for trusting me to capture your dog's story. 

2017 session are already booking!  Send me a note and let's talk about creating a personalized session for you and your furbaby.