Puppy Love

Puppy LoveA portrait of a girl and her puppy at sunset.

This was a fabulously funny shoot.  The puppy, who for the past two days since arriving in his new home had spent a lot of time sleeping.  He found his energy during the shoot and we all experienced a lot of laughs and a lot of chasing!  To view this image in black and white please visit Monochromia for my Thursday post.

SS 1/125 f 3.2 ISO 400

Natural light, back lighting, at sunset.  I shot low to high to capture the summer haze.


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A Dog and Her Personality – Black and White Photography

Daisy Playing

Daisy Playing

Daisy Being Shy for the Camera

Daisy Being Shy for the Camera


Who is with me that dogs are part of the family?  This is our family dog, Daisy, aka Crazy Daisy or Daisy Duker Dog.  She is nothing shy of a challenge to photograph – constant motion and little sitting pretty.  And yes, that is a pomegranate she is playing with… The images above capture her personality though…

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras




Jack belongs to my in-laws.  He’s sitting in the bay window wondering why on earth we are all there distracting him from his usually peaceful, afternoon nap in the sun.

She Doesn’t Ask Why

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.”  – Author Unknown


Coco                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This sweet face is tried and true despite the fact that she drives my sister crazy with her antics.  I think there are many times my sister would like to keep her behind bars.  This time, however, she was just hiding from the chaos of 17 people and 5 dogs being in the house.  




Daisy Lounging

Originally purchased for John and me, or my friends and me to lounge and visit with a glass of iced tea, or perhaps a cocktail, the chaise lounge chair has quickly become Daisy’s favorite spot to relax poolside.  She thinks she is queen of the pool and patio.

Daisy Lounging

Queen Daisy

Uh, Mom, I’m trying to relax here…

Oh that face!

OK…I won’t eat any more of Gracie’s purple goggles.  Just let me take a nap.

Daisy is 3

Daisy, our  now three year old Goldendoodle, joined our family in May of 2009.  She has been a wonderful addition to our family despite the craziness she adds.  For the most part she is a good dog. Truly she only has one fault, well, two, no make that three.  She eats everything under the sun that she shouldn’t have.  How we have not had to have golf gloves, socks, rubber bracelets, shoes, etc. surgically removed from her gastrointestinal tract is nothing short of a miracle.  Her more recently developed fault is barking.  It took her about 2 and a half years to find her voice, but she has mastered it.  She scares us all half to death sometimes when she very suddenly sees something and begins her song of ferocity.  Those visiting our kitchen think she is madly in love with me because she never leaves my side.  What they don’t realize is that she knows who the chef is.  If I drop something she gets to it before I do.  If I happen to walk away after taking a pan of cookies out of the oven, she eats them.  Whatever is left unattended she believes is left there for her – she has devoured dinners, cakes, trays of cookies, and more when I’ve had to leave the room for just a moment.  She knows no boundaries in the kitchen despite our efforts to teach her.

We love her though and she is truly a member of our family.  She makes us laugh, and in fact, makes a lot of people smile.  When we take her in the car her favorite way to ride is with her two front paws on the console with her head sticking out of the sunroof.   She definitely makes heads turn and smiles beam when people notice her.

A Girl and Her Dog

“Alone we can do so little;  together we can do so much.”  – Hellen Keller


Man’s Best Friend – Day 8

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” – Ben Williams

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

I saved the best for last!

Meet My Dog Daisy

Man’s Best Friend – Day 7

“His ears were often the first thing to catch my tears.”  – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Meet Wilson