When I met Rocko this week it was love at first sight – I walked in the door, he greeted me with a quick sniff, then promptly rolled on his back on top of my feet for a belly rub. It was actually a little painful for me to start shooting because I wanted to sit with him there all day! But he was equally enthusiastic about the camera – as soon as we stepped into his backyard he was all business, selecting toys to tug and throw, play bowing left and right, and striking poses at random.

It was so funny to see a dog so goofy and dignified at the same time, so serene and affectionate in the house and so rambunctious in his backyard. He’s only about a year old and was found abandoned at Brook Run Park (which has one of the best dog parks in Atlanta!). He came to his mom already house trained and well-mannered, and plays well with other dogs and is obviously wonderful with people, which begs the question…how in WORLD does someone abandon a dog like this?!

The expression on Rocko’s face in the image on the right below CRACKS ME UP. What does he know that we don’t?

This is what he did the second he saw the camera come out:

March 1, 2011 - 8:54 pm

Kelley - I was there the day Rocko was abandoned and hardly recognize him from the scared dog he was then. These pictures are so beautiful and tell a great story that has a super happy ending! I actually teared up a little when I saw these. ๐Ÿ™‚

February 18, 2011 - 6:11 pm

Laine Sweezey - When this dog was discovered abandoned at our dog park, many of our visitors were distraught. Rocko was abandoned with another dog called Boots (who is still waiting for a family). On behalf of the hundreds of dog lovers at Brook Run Dog Park, THANK YOU for giving this dog a wonderful home!!
Laine Sweezey
President, Brook Run Dog Park Assocation, Inc.

February 18, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Beverly Cosmann - This is the cutest dog. I am in love. Rocko is definately a rock star!

February 18, 2011 - 1:59 pm

Melissa Irvin - What a sweet, beautiful boy! I know you had a great time with him – so many opportunities to get great shots!

February 18, 2011 - 1:35 am

Denver Pet Photographer - What a great face…. he looks like he’s always smiling.

February 17, 2011 - 11:21 pm

Joni Solis - Rescued dogs ROCK! And so does your talent! Thanks for sharing these great doggie pics.

February 17, 2011 - 3:06 pm

katie - Love it!!! So cute, you really captured his amazing personality!! Okay- I’m ready for you to come to DC already and take some pics of our girls!!! Great to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

February 17, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Brittany Graham - Oh my goodness, this session is just precious! I love, love, love it!

February 17, 2011 - 12:42 pm

Jami - What a Wonderful dog! Thanks, you brightened my morning!

February 17, 2011 - 12:21 pm

Liz - Awwww, he is beautiful! He reminds me of when KC was just a year old and he had that gorgeous, reflective coat. I’m so happy Rocko found true love!

February 17, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Brittani - His eyes, ears, facial expression…just everything…he is to die for cute! Who could ever walk away from a face like that? What a special guy. You really captured his personality, I feel like I know him ๐Ÿ™‚


Since many of my sessions these past couple weeks have been for Valentine’s Day surprises, I can’t share them on the blog. Which probably works out for the better because I have been battling a mean and relentless sinus infection and there is nothing but ringing and static in my head so I wouldn’t have anything coherent to say anyway. In fact, I feel a little like Cole:

(Don’t worry, Cole is actually a very sweet — not to mention gorgeous! — kitty I met last year during a session for his big brother.)

February 11, 2011 - 8:34 am

Dan - V1 for me, stunning cat and the shot isnt half bad either! Glad i found this blog.

February 8, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Rachel - Boy that cat looks like she is saying don’t you dare point that camera at me missy?!?!?! lol

February 8, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Deb - I just spewed Pepsi all over my desk cracking up- what a kitty!!!

February 8, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Nicole Mlakar - OMG!!! HAHA – This is awesome.

Jack & Luke

Jack and Luke are lab mixes both adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society seven years apart. Jack is a (mini!) black lab mix who is now seven years old, and his little brother Luke, a chocolate lab mix, just joined the family two weeks ago and is only 16 weeks old! Usually in sessions like these, it’s the puppy who steals the show, but Jack was quite the camera ham and had such a myriad of expressions that every time I turned the camera to Luke, Jack would do something new that I had to capture.

Jack knows any real lab must be OBSESSED with tennis balls, so other than his mom and dad, this is truly his passion. Anytime there’s a tennis ball in the room it’s all he has eyes for, and if you try to hide it he’ll just sniff it out! He fetches, jumps, and even plays a quiet game of nudging it with his nose and rolling it across the floor or bed to you if there’s not enough room for fetching and jumping.

And as Jack: The Tennis Ball, Luke: His Big Brother (haha, bet you haven’t seen that since the SAT!) — little Luke is totally enamored of Jack and follows him everywhere. When I first walked in the door, Luke barely registered a visitor because he was too busy trying to get Jack to play with him. He’s always watching him, following his lead, and wanting to be near him. They are going to be great buddies…

February 8, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Brandi - They are so adorable!

February 4, 2011 - 1:43 pm

Akila - Gorgeous shots, as always. Love those of Jack. Just beautiful eyes!

January 28, 2011 - 11:24 am

Joni Solis - I just love the looks Jack gives! What a ham he is. So nice to see people not only adopt one but going for a second rescued dog!