Zeus is definitely my most famous client. I first photographed him a few years ago. I had been following him on Instagram for a long time and then his mom Katrina posted in her stories asking if anyone knew a Long Island pet photographer. I messaged her and said I was, but I knew she was a little far from me, so I suggested a few dog-friendly photo spots for her to look into. Turns out she was ok traveling for photos of her beloved pup, so we met and had a double session at Blydenburgh Park and in my studio. We had so much fun! We have a lot in common because we're both utterly obsessed with our dogs!
When I first photographed him, he had around 10K followers on instagram. He has tons on TikTok too and he's gone viral on there for some of his adorable videos! Once Zeus reached about 22K followers on Instagram, their account was accessed and held hostage by a hacker who demanded tons of money to get it back! As disappointing as that was, Katrina made Zeus a new handle and he quickly gained most of his followers back. He's at 15K followers now. Go check out their account @handsome.zeus
if you want to see some serious cuteness in your feed!
We met again on the beach this time for our session and Zeus did such an amazing job. He's well used to being on camera, as his mom has become a great pet photographer in her own right by practicing on him so much! We did some fun action shots of him running, he modeled his flower crown, and we did some really special silhouettes of Katrina and Zeus together against the sunset. It's always great to see this sweet and beautiful boy and his awesome mom!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our beach session!
This was such a sweet and exciting session to photograph! Jackie and Caroline are friends of mine. My sister Lisa met Jackie years ago at the office they worked at and they've stayed super close even though they don't work together anymore. Caroline proposed to Jackie this year on her birthday and we were so happy for them! Jackie decided to book an engagement session with me for her, Caroline and their adorable pup Charli, and Jackie had a surprise up her sleeve....
She told me she wanted to surprise Caroline at the session with a ring of her own! We discussed beforehand what our code would be for when she decided to get down on one knee, so that I would be ready and waiting to capture the moment! We got some great shots of the surprise and tons of other beautiful portraits set against a gorgeous sunset at the beach. Thanks to my sister Lisa for tagging along to hold the prop bag and to keep a hand on Charli in between her close ups!
Congratulations Jackie and Caroline!!
Here are some of my favorite shots from their romantic session!
I've been following Brody on Instagram for a long time. Not only is he super cute but he and his mom Debbie are out there doing a lot of good. Brody is a registered therapy dog. He regularly visits the Stony Brook University Hospital to cheer up the patients there. The kids there especially get a lot of comfort from Brody.
Right now because of the pandemic, Brody and Debbie aren't able to visit the hospital to do their important work and I know that they're definitely missed by all their friends there. They can’t wait to be able to get back into the hospital and bring comfort to people who desperately need it. I really admire what they do and I hope they can get back to their very inspiring work soon!
We met at the Stony Brook duck pond to do these photos. The light was beautiful and my subjects were so sweet. We did some family photos, then some super cute shots of daughter Lauren and her boyfriend and their dog Augustus, all in adorable matching outfits! Then Brody joined in for some solo shots, some portraits with Mom and then a few photos with his dog nephew Auggie!
It was so nice get to know this family and their sweet pups. Check them out on Instagram: @adailydoseofbrody and @augustus_frenchieboy to follow along with these adorable boys!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our session!
Halloween is absolutely my favorite holiday. Even though I couldn't have my annual spooky party this year and the holiday looked a lot different than usual, it was still fun to dress up Seth and Gracey and take some photos. We didn't have even one trick or treater this year, so I'm going to be suffering from a sugar high for the next few weeks while I eat through all the candy!
I bought Gracey's costume waaaay back in May when I saw it on clearance at Target. I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid, so I was excited to dress her up as a little Triceratops. She actually cooperated very well for her photos. There were a good few treats involved! My favorite one is a shot I caught just as she was licking her lips. She looks like a fearsome little beast (which she is sometimes) haha!
Here's my little Gracey girl!
Seth's costume was thrown together a little quicker! My sister Lisa didn't want to spend a bunch of money on a costume he was going to wear once, since we weren't going to bring him trick or treating this year. So she decided to dress him as cousin Eddie from the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, one of her and my brother in law Will's favorite movies. She bought him a robe and a hat, figuring that he could wear both of those again after Halloween! We put him in a pair of rainboots and went up to my studio for a few photos! If you've ever tried to take photos of a toddler in a hat, you know that the first thing they usually want to do is rip it right off their head. But I've found through much trial and error that if you slip that hat on just as you give them something else to hold and take their mind off of it, you'll be able to keep it on a lot longer. We gave him a little cup to hold and it completely distracted him from the hat!
Happy Halloween everyone!
One of my favorite things about photographing babies is seeing them come back every year and watching them grow like weeds. I photographed Nathaniel and Caroline for the first time when they were teeny tiny week old newborns, then again for their 1st birthdays! Now they're 2 years old, running around with their big brother Benjamin Franklin the Airedale Terrier, who has been there every step of the way!
This time their parents joined in on the fun too and we got some super adorable family shots. Even though this year was a little different because we had to keep our distance, it was still so much fun for me to hang out with this awesome family! We decided to do the session in their backyard this year so we could all spread out and the twins and Benjamin could run around to their hearts' content! We started out doing some family photos, then the twins posed on their very cute little lounge set and in front of their playhouse. They also enjoyed some time on their tire swing pushing each other and giggling.
Near the end of the session, mom Sarah asked each of the twins to give Benjamin Franklin a kiss and of course they obliged. It reminded me of the sweet moment when they were tiny newborns and we were contemplating putting peanut butter on Nathaniel's head to get Benjamin to kiss him, but then he went ahead and did it all on his own. He has been the best dog brother right from the beginning!
Here are some more of my favorite photos from Caroline & Nathaniel's 2nd birthday session!
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When Tucker's mom Caitlin emailed me a few days after the new year, I was instantly sad to read what she had to say. She was getting in touch to get photos taken of her, her husband Joe and her dogs, which normally makes me very happy, but the reason she wanted photos was because their biggest pup, Tucker James was sick. I get these kinds of sessions a few times a year, and they're always very bittersweet. I'm so happy that the family is going to get great photos of their beloved pet, but it's also very difficult to know that our session will likely be the first and last time I meet a very special animal.
It was so great to meet Tucker and his family. He's a big beautiful dark shepherd. He has two smaller dog brothers. Keegan is a black and white terrier mix, and Tucker is a Maltipoo. Yes, you heard that right. Tucker has a brother named Tucker. I waited about 15 minutes into our session, when I finally said "Ok, so what's the deal with you guys having two dogs named Tucker?". Caitlin and Joe both laughed and told me how they both used to live down in North Carolina where they were neighbors. The two neighbors met one day and got to talking and they found out they both had a dog named Tucker. From there, they fell in love, got married, moved to Long Island, and voila...two Tuckers. That's why they distinguish them as Tucker James and little Tucker.
All three pups were incredibly sweet and photogenic, as were their parents! They braved a super icy cold day to meet for our session at Blydenburgh County Park and they did such a great job looking at the camera for me. It also helped that we had some well-timed passersby to walk right past me to get all three of them staring in the same direction without me having to make my incredibly stupid noises for their attention!
I'm sad to say that Tucker is no longer with us, but I'm so glad that I got to meet such a sweet and wonderful boy, and I hope these photos make his family smile whenever they miss him. I know how devastating it can be to lose a pet. The whole reason I began doing pet photography was because I lost my cat Duchess and my dog Basil within a few months of one another. I'm glad that I can provide at least some small comfort to my clients when they go through a loss like this. Hug your pets close!
Here are some of my favorite photos from our very special session.
Like I mentioned in my last blog post, I'm not taking sessions at the moment. Due to the pandemic, I'm not allowed to shoot sessions for clients right now. I miss my clients and their babies and furbabies so much! I have no idea when I'll be able to get back to shooting sessions, but I will update you here the minute I'm able to take clients again! That being said, I do have gift cards available. If you want to pay ahead of time for a session with me, feel free to purchase a gift card! You can purchase in any amount starting at $15.
I also want to give a shoutout to Tucker's mom Caitlin who is a nurse. Thank you to her and all our healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic, saving lives and risking their safety to do so. We appreciate what you do so much!
Stay safe and healthy everyone!
When people get in touch with me to photograph a first birthday session for them, it usually involves cake and a toddler. This session, however, was going to be a little different! Karen got in touch with me to photograph her dog Schatzie's first birthday! She wanted to get photographs taken with her and her daughter Kayli! We decided to hold our session in Port Jefferson because it's close to both of us and such a dog-friendly town. We started at the park on the harbor and worked our way down to the dog beach next door.
Schatzie is a beautiful German Shepherd and she was very well-behaved for a young pup! She had a ton of energy and was up for anything we asked of her. She even let her mom tie balloons onto her collar for some festive birthday photos. She was also happy to share the spotlight for some photos with her family on the beach at the end of our session.
Here are some of my favorite photos from Schatzie's big day!
This is the part of the blog post where I usually say "Book your session with me today! Email me blah blah!" BUT unfortunately I'm not taking sessions at the moment. Due to this crazy pandemic, I'm not allowed to shoot sessions for clients right now. It's been a really rough go not being able to work and I would love nothing more than to get back to serving my clients and photographing the babies and furbabies of Long Island. I really wish I could tell you when I could get back to booking sessions, but I have no idea. All I can say is I'm so looking forward to getting back out there and capturing memories for you. What I can tell you is I have gift cards available. If you've been wanting to book a session with me and you have that government stimulus check burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to purchase a gift card to use at your next session. You can purchase in any amount starting at $15.
I hope you're all staying safe and healthy out there!
Before I met Gil and Val, I had never heard of a Cockalier Spaniel before. They're a cross between Cocker Spaniels and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Oh my goodness, what a great mix because these two were so beautiful and super sweet! They also had such soft fur. I could have pet those gorgeous ears all day long.
Gil and Val's parents told me they'd had cats for a long time before adding a dog to their family. They finally got their dog Val and they loved her so much, that they were looking to get her a little brother within just a few months! That's when they got little Gil and he made the family complete! They were both born last year, so these two are really still puppies. For being such young dogs, they were so well-behaved during their session! They both did really well sitting and looking at the camera. We got through a bunch of different outfits and they even tolerated wearing my crown props I keep in the studio. Those are tough sell sometimes, so I'm so glad they were ok with wearing them! Of course, they got plenty of treats for a job well done!
If you want to follow along with Gil and Val's adventures, you can follow them on Instagram: @twocockalierspanielbuddies
Here are some of my favorite photos from Gil and Val's session!
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