Davis + Dallas at Mount Falcon West

Davis + Dallas at Mount Falcon West

Hi friends! Today we wanted to tell you all about our recent doggy photo session with Davis + Dallas at Mount Falcon West. Mount Falcon West is easily one of our very favorite locations to shoot, for many reasons, including the stunning mountain views, lush evergreens and meadows it provides. But for Davis + Dallas’ session, the most important thing about this park was that it provides a really large area with tons of trails and secluded spots so that running into other dogs constantly really isn’t an issue. You see, Davis + Dallas – while amazing with each other – aren’t big fans of strange doggos. So, it was important for their mom that we choose a location that avoided other dogs as best as possible (unless we’re on private property, I can never guarantee no dogs whatsoever, it is Colorado after all!) I immediately thought of Mount Falcon West, and it ended up being the perfect location!

Here’s a little bit about these two cuties, in their momma’s own words:

Davis is an 11 year old black and tan male heeler mix. He is extremely loyal (read protective) and has kept a watchful eye over me his entire life. He loves being outdoors, running around, hiking, swimming, maneuvering his way in between myself and my partner, and trying to herd anything that moves too erratically (other dogs, small children, blowing leaves, etc). He is also extremely food motivated (like his mom) and will do anything for a treat. I adopted Davis from a rescue in TX when he was 8 weeks old. Had actually gone to pick up another dog, and came home with him instead.

Dallas is an almost 11 year old black and white female boxer/ bulldog/ pit mix. She loves and adores all people, but not so much other dogs. I adopted Dallas, who was a stray previously, when she was around 1 year old after being told she had been brought back three times to a shelter due to issues with aggression with other dogs. She and Davis worked it out very early, and she loves him like a brother and he protects her like a sister, however other dogs are still not her favorite. Dallas also loves hiking, running, being chased, swimming, climbing trees and scaling fences. Davis and Dallas have been together almost their entire lives.

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Manny, Auggie, Daisy + Szasz’s Golden Aspens Session at Guanella Pass

Manny, Auggie, Daisy + Szasz’s Golden Aspens Session at Guanella Pass

Hi friends! As we head into the glorious few weeks called Fall here in Colorado (sometimes it’s super short-lived!), I wanted to share a very special session we had last fall up at Guanella Pass with the amazing crew of Manny (16 yo), Auggie (9 yo), Daisy (10 yo) and kitty, Szasz! We chose Guanella Pass for the gorgeous Aspens and fall colors that come through along the pass in the fall. And boy oh boy, was it gorgeous! The stars of the event, however, were these three adorable pups + their stunning kitty brother. Here’s a little bit about them each, in their momma’s own words:

Manny: This magical beagle is 16 years old and still going strong. Manny met his soulmate (and fur dad) at a party 12 years ago. It was love at first sniff and they’ve been inseparable ever since! Manny has lived in 6 states, done numerous hikes, explored the Bad Lands, and even enjoyed a float down the Huron River on a pack raft! Nowadays, Manny enjoys a quieter lifestyle – waking up at 5:00 AM for breakfast, sunning himself in his large yard, taking long meandering walks around the neighborhood, and adorably howling for treats whenever he feels like it.

Daisy: Daisy is a gorgeous 10 year old spitfire! Adopted at only 3 months old, Daisy has been on many adventurous with her fur mom, including finishing college, moving 12 times in 3 different states, enduring heartbreaks, completing graduate school, and acquiring two beagle brothers and a cat brother! Daisy’s favorite activity to hiking off-leash to alpine lakes and wading in the cool water and she steadfastly remains by her dad’s side when he is trout fishing. Since moving to the mountains, Daisy has become an expert vole catcher!

Auggie: This snuggly pup had a rough start to life – he started out homeless, covered in unpleasant things, and picked up by Detroit Animal Control. Luckily, he big brown eyes captured the hearts of his fur mom and dad instantly! Auggie favorite activities include being adorable, charming any man/woman/child/animal he meets, and demanding snuggles by pushing his head under your arm. Like his brother Manny he has traveled to many states and enjoyed countless mountain adventures. One of his current favorite activities is helping his sister, Daisy, catch voles in his backyard.

Szasz: Named after his furmom’s favorite Hungarian Psychiatrist, Szasz stole his mom’s heart while she was completing her studies in psychology. Szasz has never met a stranger and enjoys cuddling with anyone he meets. If you’re lucky, he’ll sing to you with his unique purr. Other favorite activities include walking on his furparents heads in the middle of the middle of the night, banging cabinet doors at 4 AM to get mom and dad’s attention, and overall just being cute as hell.

We had so much fun capturing this squad among the Aspens, and we wish them all the best for the future!

A session at Guanella Pass definitely involves some traveling. It’s about 1.5 hours from Denver, give or take. But, we make it easy by meeting at the Georgetown Visitor Center right off of 70 and heading up the pass together. We can then stop along all the beautiful pull-offs along the pass to stop for beautifully golden Aspen backdrops, and if you’d like, drive all the way to the top or summit, where we can get some awesome shots with the mountains in the background, like Mt. Bierstadt (a 14er!). Because of the travel and additional time spent driving up the pass and stopping, etc., there is a travel fee that we add on to the regular session for a session at Guanella. But all in all, I think you’ll agree it’s worth it!

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Sonny, the Adorable Cavapoo Puppy

I hope you are doing well! We are finally getting some glorious summer days here in Colorado, and I hope you’re getting to enjoy some gorgeous weather where you are too. Today, I want to tell you a little bit about our gorgeous session with Sonny! 😃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Family is Love and Love is a Four-Legged Word

Family is Love and Love is a Four-Legged Word

Hi friends! I hope you are all doing well in these crazy times.  A few weekends ago, we celebrated National Dog Mom Day in addition to Mother’s Day. I am so glad this holiday was created for us furmoms, because let’s face it, we love and spoil our little furry kids with so much heart, soul + fervor that it only makes sense to celebrate us, too!   While Newton and Maya apparently needed to be reminded of the holiday, I know you are with me… the amount of love, laughter, joy and comfort these furkids give us on the daily is thanks enuff for being their mommas!

Today, I wanted to share with you the beautiful and very special dog photography session we had with Coconut (aka “Coco”), his two fursiblings, Charlie + Goku, and his hoomans. Coco’s mom reached out, because unfortunately Coco had been diagnosed with cancer and they weren’t sure how much time he had left. Understandably, she was hoping to capture some special photographs right away to celebrate the love they all have for Coco and each other. I was so excited to meet them for this very special session and couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful day shooting.

Charlie is an adorable 11 yo wire-haired Dachshund (Doxie) who was just 3 months old when his momma adopted him from a shelter in San Francisco. When Charlie was 3 yo, Coconut joined the fam, and he and Charlie started their doxie-bro journey together. When we met Coco (the star of the show), he was 11 years old, and as you’ll see in the first photo below, a stunning bi-eyed Doxie with one blue and one brown eye. This cutie-patootie was adopted during a Pride Parade in San Francisco at a “Kiss My Wiener Booth”! How amazing, right?! Coco, Charlie and their momma were the center of each other’s universe for many amazing years. Then, one fine day, Coco and Charlie’s family grew by 1 more pup and 2 more hoomans! They got a brand new fur-sibling named Goku, who is an equally adorable + handsome Lab mix who was also adopted.  

We met this gorgeous family on Mount Falcon on a glorious afternoon, not long after Coco’s mom reached out. While we had some unexpected snow the day prior and were worried about the conditions on the mountain, we were blessed by the weather gods with some lovely and warm golden sunlight. Sometimes, a session takes on a life of its own, and there’s hardly much direction I have to give. The connections and emotions flow through the lens like magic. This was one of those sessions.  

I can’t tell you how much this pet photography session meant to me, and I’m just so grateful to have had the chance to document this amazing family, and especially their sweet Coco. It’s true, “Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.” ~ Agnes Sligh Turnbull. But I know none of us would trade that short time loving dogs for the world. They live on in our hearts and make us better human beings. Thank you to Coco and his family for allowing me to document their love. I will cherish the memories furever.

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Three Westies + A Family Affair

Today, we are all about FAMILY!  While we are technically showcasing two separate sessions, everyone in these two sessions is family.  Please meet the cutiest Westies, Jasper (a/k/a Jazzy, Jazzbo, Jazzercise, Jab-a-saur, and…..The Maniac), Annabelle (aka Pippy for Pip Squeak) + Bianca (aka Roo). 

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