May 2016

Duke and Oliver - Houston Pet Photographer

OK ladies, don't get your hopes up - these two handsome boys are already taken!  Meet Duke and Oliver, a pair of sophisticated cavalier king charles spaniels.  And aren't those bowties dapper?!

cavalier king charles dogs in houston
cavalier king charles spaniels with bowties
cavalier king charles houston dog photographer
cavalier spaniel in houston texas
funny spaniel dog wearing bowtie

Now is a great time to have your dog photographed before it really heats up for the summer!  I only have limited spots available through May, so let's talk soon!

2016 Summer Camps for Houston's Animal-loving Kids

Ahhh, summer!  To be a kid again and have three glorious months of lazy days by the pool, hours for reading and watching TV, and summer camps!  Here is a list of Houston's best summer camps for kids who love animals.  

two dogs playing at the beach

Cats and Dogs

Horses

Wildlife

Have you or your kids participated in any of these camps?

Transforming ordinary into extraordinary - Houston Pet Photography

No, this post is not about ordinary dogs, because quite frankly, most dogs are already extraordinary.  This post is about seeing beauty in your normal everyday surroundings.

Since becoming a photographer, I see the world in a different way.  I am constantly on the lookout for things that could translate into a beautiful photograph, like unique viewpoints or sparkly light or interesting patterns, textures, colors, you name it!  Even when I don't have my camera with me, I notice and appreciate my environment with a new perspective.

Here's an example.  On a recent photo shoot, I ushered the doggie into a clump of long grass near this parking garage:

ordinary location parking garage

Nothing special, right?  A concrete sidewalk, some grass, some trees missing most of their leaves, and a standard parking garage.  I’m sure my client was thinking,  “Huh?!  What’s she doing?  This area isn’t that pretty.  My dog's not even paying attention.  But whatever, I’ll just go along with it…”

 

Then imagine her surprise a few weeks later when I showed her this image:

dog in grass at sunset west houston

Yes, that is from the same location!  And that’s what a professional photographer should do.  Turn something ordinary (maybe sometimes even downright ugly) into something extraordinary.

Gimme a shout if you're interested in having your own extraordinary dog photographed.

Things to do in Houston with dogs - May 2016

May... graduations and celebrations and everyone looking forward to summer vacations!  I've compiled a list of dog friendly events in Houston for the month of May.

boxer in discovery green downtown houston texas

Things to do with your dog in Houston (May 2016):

  • May 5: CAP Cinco de Mayo 5k Fun Run at Sugarland Memorial Park.  Dress up in your favorite Cinco de Mayo garb and enjoy Mexican food and drink following the run.  Proceeds benefit the Citizens for Animal Protection. 
  • May 5: Cinco de Mile Block Party in Midtown.  Five bars and clubs come together to throw a fun Latin party with live music, dog costume contest, and more.
  • May 6: Martinis for Mutts at Alliance Francaise de Houston in Midtown.  Dress up for an evening of martinis, wine, hors d’oeuvres, music, and silent auction.  Proceeds benefit Pup Squad Animal Rescue. 
  • May 14: Kirk Cushing's Dog Master Seminar at Kriser's in The Heights.  Meet a dog behaviorist / trainer and learn about fostering a better relationship with your dog.
  • May 15: Perro de Mayo at The Continental Club in Midtown.  A concert fundraiser benefiting Barrio Dogs.
  • May 15: Putts fore Mutts at Cypress Lakes Golf Club.  Calling all golfers!  Fun golf event benefiting Scout's Honor Rescue. 
  • May 21: Puppies for Breakfast at Market Square Park.  A morning dog festival in the heart of downtown, features pet vendors, live music, food trucks, a costume contest and more.
  • May 21: Pull for Puppies at City Centre.  A tug of war tournament and pet festival benefiting Forgotten Pet Advocates. 
  • May 27: Midtown Houston's Yappy Hour in Bagby Park.  Monthly pet-friendly happy hour features treats, contests, and prizes. 

Things to do with your dog in Houston any day:

Do you have an event to share with your fellow dog-loving Houstonians?  Send me a message, and I'll update the list!