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Womack All Grown Up
21st October 2014 - 2 comments
I can't believe it. It has been a year since I met Womack at only 6 months old. At our most recent session the gorgeous brindle boxer boy was a year and a half old and an old pro at this point with two sessions under his belt from his six month old session and his ten month old session. Winston was also with us this time, and if you don't remember Winston, that's understandable since it has been over a year since his own session. If you want to check out the handsome boy as well as his sister that unfortunately passed away soon after our session (the gorgeous Lola), click this. Winston was unfortunately a little bit under the weather. Since the last time I had seen him, he had undergone surgery on his ACL in his left leg, and then right as he was about to get the all clear for being active again, he tore the ACL in his right leg. The weekend after our session he went in for surgery. I think our session was a good outing for him before he went back down into lockdown. He wasn't limping for nearly our entire session, but I think that was mainly due to the fact he was excited to be out, not because it didn't hurt. This session Winston and Womack's owners wanted to have some railroad tracks, so we headed up to Arlington and did some posing on some railroad tracks as well as some exploring to a cool place I had been wanting to take someone, but was just looking for the excuse to take them there. It was pretty hot, but we got some pretty fantastic photos if I do say so myself.

This is my proof that Womack is an old pro. We were playing on the tracks (seriously, don't do that) and I was going to ask Womack to stand up on the tracks like he is in this picture. With barely a lure, Womack placed his feet up, and despite Ashley trying to distract him with a treat and keep him looking up, he did the oh so wonderful "stare off into the distance, I'm a freaking super model." Which was even better. Pretty sure he got the treat. For ignoring the treat, and making the photo even better.

And then we of course had to get one last photo of his paws, which he appears to finally fit into. Not that they were crazy oversized at 6 months, but they fit the adult dog he is.

And one of my personal favorites because you can't not love that face!

This photo made me laugh when I took it. It made me laugh every time I looked at it while I was looking through all the photos and would accidentally stop on it. And it really made me laugh while I was editing it. We were in the middle of taking photos and Ashley announced that she wanted a photo of her holding Womack like a baby. Which made absolutely no sense to me because I was thinking "Womack is like 60 pounds." But I smiled and said okay. Ashley then just picks Womack up like you see here, and he put his paws on her shoulders. Apparently, Womack lets Ashley carry him around the house like this all the time. Like, it sounded like most of the time it was Womack's idea to be carried. Still laughing over it.

After the railroad track pictures, we moved on to literal greener pastures.

Which apparently bored Womack.

But I told him, that I wanted a few more photos, so he put up with me.

Putting up with me was worth it though, and his reward was getting to run around in a field.

As well as running around in circles around Jeff which led to one of the harder edits I've ever done (and am quite proud of).

Winston (who you are just now seeing) got to run around some as well, enjoying his freedom.

They even played together some, even though it was mainly Womack attacking Winston's face while Winston tried to get out of range of his Womack's leash. Apparently their normal play style is Womack chasing Winston and biting his back legs, but with Winston's legs currently not being all for a game of "attack from the boxer," I never saw that.

Once Womack was tired, he went back into professional model mode.

And then we went to where I was excited to go. It looks like desert, and I refer to it as the "little badlands." I've gone a few times with Brittany and Bello, but the reason I can't actually use it for sessions (besides Ultra Sessions or when I'm being excited and going above and beyond) is it is kind of boring. Besides the cool factor that it brings looking like a desert scene in Memphis, there really isn't any way to get a good selection of photos. Also, it might be private property (I'm not sure...). And it is actually like excess sand from building that is hard packed. They are slowly building the area up and I would be scared that when I scheduled a client to go out there, it would be built up. SO. For all those reasons, enjoy these photos because you probably won't see any other clients starring here.

Winston, who by the end of our session was a bit sore and we weren't sure if he would leave the car, was the first one out. He was determined he would not get left behind.

I wanted to do a few photos of side by side from all of Womack's sessions. Here he is sitting through the months. At 6 months his ear had to be flicked into place so it would hold in the position it used too when he was even younger. By 10 month and 18 months I don't think his ear was even capable of bending that way anymore.

Womack has turned into one handsome dude. Don't believe me? JUST LOOK AT HIM.

And one more side by side with a bunch of face shots. His face definitely got thicker from when he was only 6 months old.

And I couldn't leave Winston out of the face shot photos since he was determined to join us at all the locations we went too.

And now I leave you with one final photo of the Winston and Womack together! Womack is just as tall as Winston is, and has turned into an unbelievably handsome boxer.

P.S. In the event you are curious like I was about how Womack's collar has stayed in such perfect condition for over a year, it is because his owners bought a brand new collar and leash pair for both Winston and Womack for this session. I like to ask the hard hitting questions...
Cash at 6 Months
05th October 2014 - 0 comments
If you don't remember Cash from our first session, that's sad. If it is because you are new to Memphis Mutts Pet Photography, than it is understandable. To remind everyone that has forgotten who Cash is, here is his first blog post. He was only 8 weeks old then. And he was pretty freaking cute. Now, as the title clearly states, he is (well, was at this point) 6 months old. And he's STILL pretty freaking cute, but he's also shifting over to handsome, as well. For those too lazy to click the link to his first blog post (which is sad, because you won't be disappointed if you do!), Cash is a pure bred Rottweiler puppy that belongs to a friend. I decided to do three sessions with Cash as he grows up as a thank you to Whitney and Jesse (his owners) for taking in Jinx... Who's Jinx? Click that link above! I can't re-explain everything. Just summaries this time around. ;) So anyway...

We are going to start this show off with a photo of... not Cash? SAY HELLO TO JINX. This time he wasn't completely still terrified of me and I snagged a few photos of him looking not scared! After a little bit he changed his mind and decided he wanted back in the house, but I was still thrilled. And as I was leaving and walked back through the house with my 7 million treats and too many pounds of camera gear he did take a few treats from my hand. So, I was quite the happy camper when I left.

I was REALLY tempted to do an 8 weeks and 6 months comparison between EVERY photo I got that reminded me of one from the last time I saw him, but decided not to... One thing that has changed with Cash, besides his size, is his love of water. I don't know if he didn't like water at 8 weeks, but at 6 months it is definitely a love affair. As soon as Jesse filled up the bone shaped pool, Cash was in it.

I love this photo. Cash in his pool again. ;)

Cash also now is a tennis ball lover. I think he might actually love all toys... But here is one photo of him with his tennis ball... there are more. Plenty more. :)

He's also learning to catch them, he wasn't great at it at six months and missed quite a bit, but I have hopes that when I return when he's a year old, he'll be a catching fool. I won't mention if he caught the ball or not...

And here the handsome faced boy is posing with a tennis ball in his mouth... again.

Cash being all focused about playing fetch. Memphis, Cash's pit bull brother, was attempting to get Cash to play. This photo shows just how big Cash has gotten. Last time Cash didn't even reach Memphis's belly. Now he's the same height.

I asked Whitney if she still had the huge tennis ball from when I met Cash at 8 weeks. And she did! So here's your first of four side by side comparisons. He's gotten a tad bit bigger.

We kicked (because you can't throw it very easily, the thing's the size of a freaking soccer ball!) it around some and he had fun chasing it.

Sometimes Tyson, his rottie brother (as opposed to the pit bull one named Memphis, and the chow dude named Jinx) got to it first. Again, look how big Cash has gotten since we first saw him!

Other times Cash got to the toys first. And you aren't imagining things, there are three rotties in this photo. The rottie in the foreground is Venus, and was vacationing at Whitney's house. She belongs to Linda, who is the founder (? pretty sure) of Midsouth Animal Rescue League and if you are ever looking for a rottie, I promise her rescue will have a few available for you to adopt.

Besides all playing, we did get some posed photos. Jesse attempted to dry Cash off (this is not a posed photo, we are getting to those) and Cash couldn't resist playing tug with the towel... which made me laugh because he had done the same thing when Whitney attempted to clean him off at 8 weeks with a baby wipe.

Now for some posed photos! Cash in front of the cool bush lining the driveway in his backyard.

While Cash didn't play with pine cones when I visited him at 6 months, he did at 8 weeks and I was told he still plays with them and brings him into the house. So we found one for him and convinced him to pose where I had photos of him playing with them at 8 weeks. I realize this comparison doesn't have a pine cone in the 8 weeks, but his pose was nearly exactly the same here so... yeah. I do have a photo of him with a pine cone on the porch in his first blog post!

We also worked on a sit and stay with some tasty treats to convince Cash to pose while I got some photos of him with the gorgeous purple flowers behind him. When editing them, I couldn't get over how similar these photos looked, it wasn't on his first blog post (I rarely put ALL edited photos from a session on the blog) so consider this one a bonus.

And we are going to wrap up this session with my favorite photo from the session, and perhaps one of my favorite client photos ever. Cash was an adorable puppy, but I can't wait to see him as the handsome adult that is beginning to shine through more and more.

P.S. Cash totally didn't catch the ball...
Pepper the Puppy!
27th September 2014 - 0 comments
If you missed Pepper because you aren't on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page, that's a shame. BUT! Don't you worry because you will get all those Facebook photos and more here on the blog. Pepper is a purebred Weimaraner (and I had to look up how to spell that). She was 4 months old at the time of our session, and absolutely squee causing adorable. Originally I was supposed to have a session with Ellie Mae, another Weimaraner that belonged to April and Matt and who wasn't doing so well. I was unfortunately out of town and they soon realized that Ellie Mae was doing worse than they thought. They decided the best thing to do would be to put Ellie Mae to sleep. April told me she would contact me when they eventually got another puppy, but she didn't intend for that to be anytime soon. Life works in funny ways and a few short months later they had adopted Pepper through Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue. Arkansas Weimaraner Rescue had taken in six purebred puppies right before they were about to be surrendered to Memphis Animal Services (which is not a good shelter). She had apparently been from a litter of something like 15 puppies and when they couldn't find a home for everyone, they were just going to give them to the shelter. When April and Matt saw them, they couldn't help but feel like it was meant to be. And obviously it was since they were approved and chose a new little silver girl to join their lives!

She was a bit tired from spending a day at an event before her session, but she was still capable of throwing out some posing and a smile.

And like any good puppy she was curious about her environment.

LOOK AT THAT FACE! She was so cute. I loved her smile (and those ears! which you'll see more of in a little bit).

I was trying to get photos of her from above (which is like, one of my favorite things), but her tiredness briefly came out.

Or maybe she was just recharging her eyes because then she opened them and threw out another gorgeous little blue smile!

Okay, so this next photo might not seem special to you, but there was a deer during our session! And it is in this photo, just blurry. It was so chill. It stood there and watched us all for a few minutes and were maybe only a hundred feet away from it. And then it just slowly walked into the woods, all calm. Despite getting Pepper to run around in front of it, it just stood and watched us instead of leaving. You can BARELY see the blurry form behind the bent piece of grass in front of Pepper that isn't blurry.

Once the deer left we went and played in the longer grass. Pepper enjoyed running around, and look at those air plane ears!

And then they flew behind her because she hit supersonic puppy speed!

We then did some posing, which I already bragged about how cool Pepper was for this photo since a lot of dogs can't do it (stare off into the distance overlooking the lake) but Pepper could!

As we were walking around the lake, April couldn't resist giving Pepper a kiss.

And after a kiss, Pepper was off to catch up with Matt and make sure she didn't get left behind from anything fun.

I made April, Matt, and Pepper all do a posed photo, partially so I could get a photo of how small Pepper's paws are. Matt was determined that his hand would be the one under Pepper's paw, which made me laugh while we were setting up the photo. Ellie Mae was April's dog, and Pepper is Matt's first dog from puppyhood (so he named her, and was pretty excited about raising the newest edition).

We then walked around the lake to my favorite picnic bench and had Pepper pose to get the fantastic leaves behind her. When we got over there Pepper played briefly with a young lab who was showing her how cool swimming is. Pepper was not convinced.

We also did some posing in front of the woods as some cool light hit the ground. Pepper rocked that light!

We wrapped up our session with a puppy who was pretty tired, but we got some fantastic photographs of her. Including this last one, which I love.

This isn't the last you've seen of Pepper, so be on the lookout for her next session!
Rylee and Peter
20th September 2014 - 0 comments
Okay, so it is time for another of my not really famous, famous blog posts! Guys, when I got an email about possibly photographing a pair of English Setters, I was beyond excited. I love all my clients, but I keep a mental list of dog breeds I haven't interacted with and get super happy when I get to check another one off. Most of you are lucky not to be on my personal Facebook page where I update occasionally with vast pride about how I saw some rarer breed like the time I saw a Puli when I was at one of the events I occasionally go to to get Memphis Mutts' name out there. So back to those English Setters, I was REALLY excited, and I asked about thirty thousand questions during our session. First thing you need to know, that pair of English Setters' names are Rylee and Peter. Rylee is the gorgeous black and white speckled girl at around 3 years old, and Peter is the handsome square-faced orange dude under a year old. They are both purebreds from breeders, and it took their owners awhile to find a reputable breeder who was willing to sell to them. They finally found a breeder that was willing to take a chance on the English Setter owning wannabes and purchased Rylee. Shortly after proving themselves as good owners, they ended up buying Peter because their breeder thought he would be a good match for them, and apparently in time for our session they had just recently brought home a third English setter puppy. Which if I had known that, I would have totally broken my "two dogs per mini session" rule and brought in a puppy. Because I'm a total sucker for puppies (but who isn't, don't judge).

I'll start us on an introductory picture. Pretty girl in front is Rylee. Handsome boy behind her is Peter.

Now that I went and got us off track, we started off by taking Rylee and Peter down to some tall grasses. When Rylee was let off leash she instantly went into hunting mode and started looking for pheasant (I think that was what she and her owner hunt, my lack of knowledge over hunting is showing). She was gone down the path searching. Peter stuck around (partially because he was on a drag line in the beginning) and enjoyed leaping through the grass after toys. One of the reasons why Rylee and Peter's owners had an easier time getting more English Setters after getting Rylee was because Rylee's owners hunted with her (respecting her working dog heritage!) as well as show her. And for good breeders, that is what they like to see happening with the puppies they brought into the world.

Rylee, as apparent by her disappearing act, is better in the hunting portion of her heritage. Peter on the other hand has his owner's hopeful about his show career. He's not in a perfect stack here, and obviously the mud wouldn't be on him in the show ring, but you can see he's a good looking boy! Even with the mud he picked up from the lake.

Peter couldn't help but run after Rylee as she was returning when her owner called her back.

And finally a picture of Rylee alone! Look at her pretty face. She's really a tricolor girl as noted by her brown eyebrows and bits of brown ticking on her feet.

We continued walking around the lake, and did some posing on the picnic bench to get the wonderful bokeh behind them.

The below photo is my favorite from our session. It is different from my normal style, but it represents how Rylee was for most of our session. She was constantly on the lookout and hunting. I personally love seeing a working dog in action. And while she might not have actually got to catch anything and retrieve, she was trying to find prey, none the less.

Two last images to leave you guys for the end of this blog post. I had a blast and learned a lot about a breed I didn't know much about beforehand (and I love learning). I hopefully didn't drive their owners TOO crazy with all the questions.

P.S. If you have a rarer purebred dog and plan to book a session, expect the same treatment. Millions of questions. :)
Tucker and Bug
11th September 2014 - 0 comments
It is time for the blog post in honor of some of my favorite clients ever. Today you will be saying hello to Tucker and Bug. I briefly introduced Tucker and Bug on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page back in May (May!). That was the first time you guys had met this lovely duo of greyhounds, but it was NOT my first time meeting them. I had the pleasure of meeting Tucker and Bug (as well as Darren, which I'm probably spelling wrong) all the way back in March of 2013 when I had a session with another greyhound and a fantastic mutt. THAT fantastic duo would be Richie and Happy. Happy unfortunately passed away in October of 2013 so I didn't get to see her smiling treat loving face when I showed up for my session with Bug and Tucker. I did get to see where her photos are hanging though for her owner to see her face every day. :) I was also excited to see the lovely tan greyhound named Richie when I showed up at his house for this year's session. When I walked in the door I was greeted by five greyhounds, but this session was devoted for Tucker and Bug. Bug was just how I remembered her last year, loving and wanting to be the center of attention. She wasn't happy with last year's arrangement of NOT being the center of attention. Tucker on the other hand was still shy and not a huge fan of me. I still ended up with some great photos of him since pet photography can be hands off if that is what is required to make the dog comfortable (even if I want to pet the dogs! I have to respect what they would prefer to make them comfortable). But enough rambling, I can do more of that with some pictures to break it up...

I thought I would start us off with a photo of both Tucker and Bug, AND a before and after. Because I'm nice! Tucker is the guy in the play bow. He was nervous with me, but as long as I left him alone, he and Bug went into speed demon mode, dashing around the yard. Which for a greyhound is probably considered "leisurely jog around yard," but both dogs are wicked fast despite being older rescue dogs. Breed before age, I suppose. Also, I used the power of the force to move Bug, that gorgeous brindle girl, in midleap in the after photo.

I have various "favorite" breeds of dogs for particular reasons. The greyhound is my favorite in the running category. They are so incredibly fast. Bug was just running around having fun, but she was lapping me so quick that my camera had trouble keeping up. AND I HAVE A FAST CAMERA. Here is Bug wanting me to eat her dust.

And here's Tucker, all tuckered out from dashing around.

As I mentioned, Tucker was nervous around me. He didn't want me petting him, and didn't want to take treats, so I respected that and let him do his thing out in the yard. I used a longer lens so he could be away from me and not have to worry about getting close and stress him out. He was pretty happy with that arrangement. And even gave me an alert expression with both ears up.

I was pretty excited to get both ears up, since I always want alert photos like that, but apparently the "one up, one down" look is Tucker's look. A few seconds later he dropped an ear, and I had the photo for Typical Tucker.

I messed around with getting a few other backgrounds for Tucker. Particularly the lovely brick walls behind him.

And then we went inside for a break since it was hot, and the greyhounds were tired from their running. Bug sprawled out on the carpet, while Tucker went and took a blanket for himself.

After cooling off and chatting for a little while, we headed back outside to get some more photos of the gorgeous Bug, who had kind of missed out while I focused on Tucker. We tortured her by putting some flowers on her. She put up with us quite well.

We convinced Bug to stand in front of the brick wall to mimic the one of Happy from last year. She looked good in front of it. Although, I'm pretty sure Bug looks good in front of anything.

The last shot I'm showing you is of her pretty smile!

Who's Darren you ask? Wondering if I'm going to leave you with a cliff hanger like that? Have no fear, for this blog post that won't be happening. I should get to see Tucker and Bug (and Richie) next year when I -hopefully- go photograph the two remaining greyhounds in the pack, Darren and, the newest edition, Dee. So there's your answer. But to see their pretty mugs, you'll have to meet me back on this website in 2015. ;)