Welcome to my pet photography blog - featuring the most adorable cats and dogs in Denver!
There's something magical about gardens at sunset. Washington Park is relaxing on a warm summer evening so it was the perfect spot for Lexi’s photos. I'm loving the informal, almost wild look of the annual flower beds.
Lexi's person adopted her from Colorado Puppy Rescue 12 years ago and they have an amazing bond. A proper portrait of the two of them was definitely in order!
In addition to Washington Park, we took photos at nearby South Gaylord Street. I love the urban look of this block. It has the feel of downtown but with much easier parking and less distractions.
Take a peek inside Chloe's album to get an idea of what a sweet and happy dog she is.
One of my favorite things to photograph is dogs playing. Chloe was a natural for action shots. She is so athletic and FAST! Her family said that she'd play with her Chuck It ball all day if they'd let her. It was very hot during Chloe's photo shoot so we didn't let her play too long but even a short time yielded fun results.
Chloe lives near a gorgeous open space so we took a walk there too. We kept her on leash because there were a lot of bunnies! For those of you who are curious about leash retouching, here are some before/after photos.
Ruby's photo shoot was a fun adventure because it was in the mountains! Her family is building a home on their property near Winter Park. In addition to capturing Ruby's athleticism and playfulness, the assignment was to document the pre-construction landscape. Ruby's photos will hang in the home when it's finished. I love this idea!
Ruby is a fitting name for this stunning labrador retriever because she has red fur. I learned that a "Red Fox Lab" is a essentially a very dark yellow lab. The American Kennel Club Labrador breed standard says: ‘Yellow (labs) may range in color from fox-red to light cream, with variations in shading on the ears, back, and underparts of the dog.’ Ruby's parents both had fox-red fur so it makes sense that Ruby inherited their coloring and good looks.
For those of you who are curious about leash retouching, here's a before/after photo.
As you can see from the behind-the-scene photo, my special photo shoot leash is really long!
My dog, Murphy, came from GRRR and I can't say enough nice things about this amazing group of dog lovers. If you're thinking about adding a dog to your family, do yourself a favor and check out Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies!
You can see all the GRRR gala photos at karenhoglundphotography.com/gala2018
My challenge for Archer and Atlanta's photo shoot was their differences in age, energy levels and size. Archer is a 3-year-old Australian Shepherd and Atlanta is a 13-year-old Chihuahua. Archer is an agility star with boundless energy and Atlanta is more of a laid-back cuddler. They are both absolutely wonderful but in entirely different ways. And, although they are both super friendly, I'm told they aren't normally chummy with each other. As you can see, we got a photo of them together, in spite of all that! Honestly, it was probably because they are so skilled at a relaxed "sit-stay" and "down-stay." It's a good reminder I need to keep working on my own dog's manners. These two put my pup to shame!
One of Archer's special skills is looking adorable while jumping over agility hurdles. Seriously, I think it's so cute how he holds his paws when he jumps! We took actions shots at a nearby park which was surprisingly empty for a Saturday evening. We didn't even see geese or bunnies. I think I may have found a new favorite location.
We also took lots of photos of Atlanta at home since that's where she's most comfortable. I fell in love with her the first time she sat in my lap! I wanted to put her in my camera bag and bring her home.