When Harper’s mom described her as a beagle/rottie mix, I couldn’t wait to meet her – I love photographing mixed breed dogs because they’re so unique. This adorable girl is the size of a beagle (and has the nose of one too!), but has the markings of a rottweiler. She’s five years old and was lucky enough to be born into a foster home, so she’s only known a life of love and comfort – the way it should be!

Harper is always on the go, whether that means sniffing every inch of the lawn, swimming across a lake, or chasing her toys across the yard. She loves everyone she meets, two-legged or four-legged. She is playful, affectionate, and goofy (look for the smirk on her face in one of my favorite photos below!) – when you see her you can’t help but smile. If we humans could learn to approach life with such enthusiasm and optimism, the world would surely be a better place!

This cracks me up – my dog Sienna does this too – when you scratch her in just the right spot, they make the funniest face!

Darcy, Bella, & Piper

You’ll have to forgive this unusually long blog post, but these three loved the camera so much, there are too many photos to choose from! Normally when I arrive at a session, we have a little introduction time where the dogs get their barks out, maybe a few growls if they’re Nervous Nellies (like one of mine!), and then have to sniff me and all my equipment. However, within minutes of walking in the door, Darcy grabbed a toy and started tossing it around in the exact part of the room where the best light was! So I took the cue and started immediately. 🙂

Darcy is the tiny Aussie-looking mix, Bella is the ridiculously long-legged black lab mix, and Piper is the teddy bear-like Cavalier King Charles spaniel. Darcy loves to play and has boundless energy since she’s only about two years old, and Piper loves to play as well but is also equally happy getting snuggles. Bella, about seven years old, is often game for fetch but is also very, very lazy. (I think she might have fallen asleep during the shoot a few times!) All three get along incredibly well, as the older girls are patient with Darcy’s energy and are very sweet about sharing their toys.

Without further ado, meet Darcy, Bella, and Piper:


Louie is a 12-week-old Braque Français, a French pointer, and already you can see how driven he is, even at this age. He wins the award for the only puppy I’ve photographed who never closed his eyes even once – usually puppies crash at some point after all the activity and attention, but this guy has some otherworldly stamina! Which is a good thing, because his mom and dad plan on competing with him in field trials – he’s going to be amazing.

He is a fearless adventurer, a confident boy who loves everyone and everything. It cooled down just in time for our session, and we had a wonderfully crisp morning enjoying Louie’s antics in his family’s beautiful garden.