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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!


Lola & Baxter, dog food so good even you would eat it

Have you ever made a positive change to your diet and noticed you start to look and feel better?  Your dog can also benefit from a healthier diet.  Today Iman is talking with us about Lola & Baxter, a business dedicated to providing the freshest nutrient-dense food for your dog!

Me:  How did Lola & Baxter get started?

Iman:  My mom, who loves cooking and feeding everyone, has been making food for our dogs for over 20 years.  It started when we lived abroad, where commercial dog food was not readily available.  More recently, our vet noticed how healthy our dogs were and asked what we were feeding them.  When the vet heard about the homemade human-grade recipes, they wanted to sell it to their other clients, and the idea for Lola & Baxter was born.

Mom, Iman, & Baxter  (photo credit: John Tran)

Mom, Iman, & Baxter  (photo credit: John Tran)

Me: Your company is named after your dogs Lola and Baxter.  Tell me about them!

Iman:  Lola is a sassy German Shepherd, who sometimes acts like an elegant princess and other times is a klutz.  I adopted her as a puppy, and she gallops in her sleep.  Baxter is a shiatzu with a zen Buddha personality.

Lola & Baxter (photo credit: John Tran)

Lola & Baxter (photo credit: John Tran)

Me:  What dog food recipes do you offer?

Iman: We currently have five different dog food recipes fit for dogs at all stages of life.  They are all made fresh from human-grade ingredients, and we work with a vet nutritionist to ensure the right mix of nutrients.  We are also working on our first cat food recipe and a line of dog treats.

(photo credit: John Tran)

(photo credit: John Tran)

Me:  Which recipe is your best seller?

Iman: Turkey is the most popular, and chicken is a close second.  We recommend rotating your dog’s food so that they get a variety of flavors and nutrients.  Plus who wants to eat the same thing every day?!

(photo credit: John Tran)

(photo credit: John Tran)

Me:  From someone who is addicted to the convenience of Amazon Prime, I think it’s great that you deliver.  Can you tell me more about this service?

Iman: For our subscribers, we offer delivery inside the loop, galleria, and memorial areas.  The food is delivered to your doorstep frozen – you can freeze it for up to 4 months or thaw it in the refrigerator and feed to your dogs within 7-10 days.  The temperature-controlled bags and containers are reusable, so when it’s time for the next delivery, simply put your empty containers and bag out, and we will swap for your next food delivery.

healthy dog food delivered straight to your doorstep (photo credit: Iman)

healthy dog food delivered straight to your doorstep (photo credit: Iman)

Me:  What’s your favorite thing about running Lola & Baxter?

Iman:  My favorite thing is connecting with fellow dog-lovers, their dogs, and other compassionate people we meet at the Farmer’s Market.  I also like the creative side of bringing our business vision to life.  For me, there is nothing quite like planting the business seed and watching it grow!

Me:  What tips would you give dog owners who want to improve their dog’s diet?

Iman:  Many dry kibble recipes contain preservatives and have lost valuable nutrients because of the high-temperature processing method used to cook the kibble.  We recommend introducing fresh vegetables for a more nutrient-dense diet.  Dogs are no different than people – we all look better, feel better, and perform better with the proper nutrition.  It's important to note that some people food is NOT good for your dog - refer to this ASPCA list of people foods to avoid feeding your pets.

Me:  What's in store for Lola & Baxter in 2018?

Iman:  We are finalizing our retail packaging, and soon the Lola & Baxter foods will come to a retail establishment near you!

Me:  Where can people get their hands (paws) on Lola & Baxter dog food?

Iman:  Come visit us at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market every Saturday morning, or order online at the Lola & Baxter website.

Lola & Baxter at the Urban Harvest Farmer's Market (photo credit: Iman)

Lola & Baxter at the Urban Harvest Farmer's Market (photo credit: Iman)

You can find Lola & Baxter at:

website:  http://lolaandbaxter.com/

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/lolaandbaxter/

instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/lolaandbaxter/

in person: Urban Harvest Farmers Market (3000 Richmond)



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!

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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


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!


Product Highlight: The Classic Album

Who else loves ice cream?  Have you ever stopped by the ice cream shop for a sweet treat, only to walk up to the counter and you CAN NOT decide which flavor to get?  So you get a scoop of this and a scoop of that?  And then if your significant other is with you, you try to talk him into ordering the other flavors you also want?

Yep, me too.  Luckily for my clients, I don't bring ice cream, but sometimes choosing their favorite images from the session is just as hard.  Enter photo albums - the perfect way to display your favorite images when you can't pick just one!

I offer two styles of photo albums, the Classic Album which features 10 images on beautiful thick press paper, and the Heirloom Album which features all your images on luxurious matte photo paper.  Both include custom designs.

This video shows a recent Classic Album I designed featuring Napoleon, Dolly, and Beans:

If you're ready to create a gorgeous photo album of your pet, 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?

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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:

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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
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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.


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.

Top 8 Posts of 2016 - Houston Pet Photography

Who else is busy decorating, crafting, baking, shopping, and holiday partying? 

Each year, I look forward to the quiet time between Christmas and New Years when the world seems to slow down and we spend quality time with friends and family - even taking a few naps if we're lucky!  But in order to get to that nice, relaxing week, we first have to cross the hurdle which is the first half of the December.  And I don't know about you, but these few weeks are bustling with activity...

So while I am getting into the holiday spirit, here's a look back at the top 8 most popular posts from the past year.  Enjoy!

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1) Model behavior

Most people think their dog would never behave well enough to get a good picture.  I shared my secret for creating a great pet portrait while keeping your dog safe on a leash.

2) Deck the walls

When’s the last time you printed a picture to display in your house?  Here are ideas for getting your pictures off a CD and into your home where you can enjoy them every day.

3) Different perspective

Photographers see the world a little different.  See how I turned an ordinary sidewalk location into a beautiful pet portrait.

4) Alien eyes be gone

Does your dog have scary glowing eyes?  Of course not.  And neither should pictures of your dog!  This tip for photographing your dog should eliminate the alien eyes.

5) Location, location, location

No, this is not a lesson in real estate.  I shared 6 tips and example photographs for choosing a location for your photo session.

6) iPhoneography

I have so many pictures on my iPhone that I’ve had to start deleting old ones to make room for the new, and I know I’m not the only one!  Stop wasting storage space with mediocre pictures, and check out these tips for making the most out of your iPhone camera.

7)  Across the pond

This fall I traveled to London and met some lovely British dogs.

8) Naughty or nice?

And if you're still looking for the perfect gift for your dog or dog-loving friend, I created a holiday gift guide to help you out!

 

Hope you enjoyed the top posts from 2016!  Later this month I'll share my favorite photographs from the year.

Pippin and Nola - Magnolia Texas Dog Photography

It's a Tuesday morning... normally you're sitting at your desk replying to emails and preparing a powerpoint presentation.  But this Tuesday, you treated yourself to a vacation day - a workout, an impromptu brunch with your mom, a pedicure, and a good book. Not that you don't normally visit with your mom or take a few minutes to read, but the fact that today is a departure from your normal routine makes the day feel exhilarating.

That's exactly what Pippin and Nola experienced during our photo session.  These brittany spaniels are no strangers to running along the golf course or swimming in the river.  But usually Sunday mornings are a little more quiet around their house - imagine their delight when I showed up for our play date near the pond!   

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We ran....

two brittanys running near water

...we jumped...

brittany spaniel jumping

... we got wet then shook the water off...

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two brittany spaniels in a field

... and had a great time in the morning sunshine.  Their mom reported that they slept the rest of the day!

Want to plan a "vacation day" for your dog and create lasting memories?  Let's discuss what your dog's ideal day would be!