Blog - Client Sessions

Wanting to know what it is like to have a session with Memphis Mutts Pet Photography? These are all the blog posts devoted to past clients, showing their session, and the photos they recieved from them! Check it out and use the contact page to set up a session today!
Winston and Dharma!
30th November 2013 - 0 comments
So over three weeks ago I had a session with the handsome Winston and gorgeous Dharma and their owner Liesl. Winston was a ten year old Corgi and Dharma is a Cairn Terrier (you know a "Toto dog.")

So there is a confession, Winston and Dharma's session was scheduled because Winston had a tumor in his stomach and Liesl wasn't sure how much longer Winston would be feeling his best. Luckily for our session he was feeling awesome and was willing to run around and have fun. Regrettfully, Liesl informed me last Friday that Winston had passed away. I was in shock when I found out. I was aware it was a possibility, but I was hoping Liesl would get to spend a lot more time with her beloved boy. I am just happy to have had the chance to meet him and even more thrilled to take pictures of him for Liesl to remember him.

We met down on Mud Island which is a place I had been wanting to have a session at for a while, but hadn't had a reason too. Luckily, Liesl and her duo lived down there so I finally had my excuse. We had perfect weather. It was cool enough to require long sleeves, but not so cold we were burdened down with jackets, there wasn't a cloud in the sky, and we got to have pictures as the sunset. And even more luckily we had pictures with the pyramid in the background of a few photos. Which should not have been considered lucky because I was hoping that would get to be all the time deal, in any future sessions, but when I went down there for another session (which will eventually have it's own blog post...) with Bodi, Penny, and their owners for an engagement session, a big ugly wooden privacy fence had been erected and now they are building over there. :( BUT, I had an awesome session with this awesome trio, and that's the most important thing, and I am thrilled to have such a wonderful session to remember Winston by. So with that, it is time to move on to the pictures so you all can get to see more of him and his lovely sister Dharma.

We started the session off by getting some shots of Winston and Dharma running around. Liesl told me that when Winston was younger she used to do agility with him to try and keep him worn out.

Dharma ended up doing most of the running, especially when she got to chase down toys. She was offleash the entire time, and let me tell you, this girl was brilliant. She never ran up to strangers or strange dogs and just naturally left everyone alone and when Liesl called her, she'd come back. Put my own pair to shame.

Winston was content to just stay by Liesl's side for the most part and was bored by Dharma.

We began to make our way towards the pyramid and stopped by the rocks leading down to the Mississippi.

Along the river is gorgeous, and since it was later in the day, the light became absolutely gorgeous. And Winston knew how to work it.

And so did Dharma.

They even worked it together.

And after quite a bit of walking, we made it to the area where the pyramid was most visible.

And after just a few pictures we began to head back. I love Dharma's square little body.

We took pictures along the way back and I got a picture of Winston's little non-tail.

And his gorgeous corgi smile.

I took a similar picture of Dharma, but she was focused on the ball in my hand which is a serious matter.

We finally got back to where our cars were parked, and went to the opposite side of them and got this posed picture on the stairs. I had Liesl hold Dharma's ball, and a treat for Winston. They were both paid for their hard work of posing.

We posed them briefly under this tree, and while originally I wasn't going to add this photo to Liesl's final gallery, as an owner of a scruffy dog, I understand the problems of keeping a dog's beard clean of leaves and everything else that WILL stick to it. So I added it, and kept in the leaves attached to her face.

Winston had some dog aggression (which reminded me of Brittany and actually made me like him more). Liesl pulled him to the side of the stairs as some dogs came by and distracted him with dog treats with the gorgeous Mud Island houses and the pink light.

For the most part, Dharma didn't understand posing and we left that to Winston who had an awesome down stay, but with this final photo of the blog post and near the end of our session, with this rock, she finally got it.

I hope you all enjoy these photos of Dharma and Winston as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Jazzee and Mayhem... AGAIN
04th November 2013 - 0 comments
The wonderful black and tan rottweiler duo are back! As well as their awesome owner, Kacee. I had the pleasure of photographing Jazzee and Mayhem again just last week, and brought my friend, Shellee, along with me to help out with Jazzee and Mayhem's photos. Last time Jazzee and Mayhem weren't immediately wanting to go explore and stuck around next to Kacee, but this time, I supoose they knew the drill so they were ready to have fun. We met at a different location, this time in Lakeland, and let them have fun.

I guess that's it, they don't really need introductions... If you think I should have said more about them, or missed their photos from their last session you can check out their first blog post here:

Almost immediedately when we arrived, Mayhem went for the water. I had dreams of keeping him dry for at least a few pictures, but we didn't expect him to enter the water as quickly as he did and well, it made Mayhem happy so I suppose that is the most important thing. And the pictures turned out fantastically anyway, despite his coat harboring extra moisture.

Jazzee wasn't a secret water lover, but just in case we got a picture of her doing her famous hug right off the bat so that if she changed her mind we wouldn't have to deal with muddy paws. And they really are famous. At least from people that know her. She's a hugger.

But for this session, Mayhem had also learned to hug! Although not quite to the level that Jazzee can. We all need goals in life, and I suppose that is probably Mayhem's. -this picture was taken near the end of the session after giving Sir Mayhem time to dry-

And they even learned to hug each other! Or you know, body slam into each other and provide us with exactly ONE clash of the titans moment. Calling it a hug is a lie, but amusing, and fitting with my hugging theme. ;)

So now that we have detoured through the progression of the session (and my poetry skills are showing!), let's get back on track. So we made our way through the park, around the lake, and cut through a little patch of woods. Stopping to take a few pictures. Jazzee's inner model came out and she worked that dirt path like a runway, although I was trying to get her to run.

But she left Mayhem in the dust when Kacee called them back!

And then we headed towards this beautiful field, but Jazzee and Mayhem beat us there and came racing back to tell us how awesome it was. JUST OVER THIS HILL.

And we all finally made it, Jazzee, Mayhem, Kacee, Shellee, and I, (look at all those double e's, Mayhem and I feel left out!) where I sent Kacee running down the hill (in an attempt to recreate a photo I had loved from Jazzee and Mayhem's first session that had ended up blurry and I included in Kacee's gallery anyway) while Shellee held back Jazzee and Mayhem to give Kacee a head start. Even with the head start they quickly caught up.

And once the trio of a family returned we took a few photos in the grasses, Jazzee and Mayhem were willing to share who was in focus as long as they got to be in the photos together.

But we didn't stay there too long as Mayhem had other ideas and headed back towards the lake to continue out photographic journey around it. And here he is bolting out of the water towards Kacee. :)

Although we did force some posing out of them, and thanks to the magic of editing you would think they had set that up themselves. Don't worry, they were paid in dog treats for their effort. And do not worry, I did NOT pay Kacee and Shellee in dog treats for their effots...

We also managed to get Jazzee to pose on a picnic table to get this awesome photo of her.

While Mayhem was content with just posing on a bench instead.

And alas, we have reached the anti-climatic end of this particular blog post. Jazzee found a littered water bottle and decided to have fun with it and turn it into a toy.

Sorry it was so anti-climatic... I'll work on that...
Womack's Six Month Old Session
07th September 2013 - 0 comments
Tad bit of a weird title, why'd I title it like that? Normally the title is just the name of the awesome pet I got to photograph. But Womack is special. See, he's got the whole six months old in his title as well. Ashley contacted me wanting to do a session with Womack after getting her prints from her session with Winston and Lola. She couldn't decide if she wanted to do the session when he was full grown or at six months old while he was still exerting full puppy charm. I had been tossing around the idea of doing "puppy sessions" for a while now, but wasn't sure how to do it, how to price it, locations, how many photos, etc. I just knew I would like to do three session. The first shortly after the new member of your family comes home, a second a few months later, and the final one when your newest member is full grown. Unfortunately, I missed doing Womack's session when he was really young because the idea wasn't fully formed, just tinges here and there (I suppose it still isn't fully formed). But when Ashley contacted me with her dilemma, I proposed a solution that would benefit both of us. I get a fantastic boxer faced model to work with, and she gets both the sessions she was wanting to do, plus an additional one! So Womack is my experimental dude, as I try to figure out if I like the idea and how well I think it can work. Eventually I will get a price on it, but if you don't see it under my sessions list (a few tabs over), then shoot me an email letting me know you have a new family member, be it cat, dog, horse, etc. And we can work out doing a "puppy session" with your own pet, who knows, if you act now while I'm still in limbo, you could get the session done cheaper than you would otherwise. But for now, I just have Womack, the dude who will be on any advertising I do for this future session addition... I should be seeing him in about three and a half months when he is ten months old, so it's time for everyone's favorite part of blog posts (and the only reason I send you to my blog).

We met at Shelby Farms, and headed over to the pine trees first. You know, while he was dry. And look at that handsome dude!

And we slowly started heading back to the open.

But we had to stop and get pictures of his puppy feet among the roots. He's of course not as out of balance at six months old as he would be at around four months, but still worth taking the picture to see how he changes within the next few months.

And then we attempted to get pictures of Womack's ear, which Ashley told me used to flop over adorably when he was younger, but had upsettingly decided to be normal. While we were in the process of faking it for a picture (which involved gently flicking it so it fell into its "proper" place), Womack decided he had better ideas.

But we succeeded despite his humor!

And Womack's normal boxer-y ears.

And then we gave Womack some free time to just let him have fun and be himself. Which he took full advantage of.

And then it was time for most dogs’ favorite portion of a trip to Shelby Farms, a trip into Pine Lake for some swimming, or in Womack's case, just wading.

Neither Ashley nor I had long enough arms to allow him to go swimming, but he managed to entertain himself (the last three pictures are unfortunately too blurry for print, but to humorous not to post anyway).

Once out, he went into a fit of zoomies and tried to get Ashley's shoe from her, which is when it was revealed to me he was bit of a shoe thief, and a master at hiding them once he has gotten them.

And before we go, here's a before and after of Womack with Ashley, his face was stolen from a different photo (where we were flipping his ears). Don't be fooled, the vast majority of photos do not require this much editing. Though typically there is at least one from every session.

I'LL SEE YOU AT TEN MONTHS OLD WOMACK. I can't wait to see you again. :)
B.B. and Lucy!
11th August 2013 - 0 comments
It's time for another blog post! But we just had a blog post you call, not sure if another so soon is a good or bad thing. "It's a good thing!" I call back in a reassuring tone. It's a good thing because I have two very beautiful dogs to introduce you to. And while I love Facebook, you just can't really get quite the rambling in like you can with a blog post. And I like to ramble. It's my thing.

So who are the special girls who this blog post is for? Well none other than B.B. and Lucy! What kinda dogs are B.B. and Lucy? For those on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page, you have already been introduced to them and their gorgeous faces. B.B. is a 13 years young black toy poodle and Lucy is a 5 year old chocolate Labrador.

We met at Shelby Farms and went for a short walk in the woods to take their first pictures under some pine trees next the appropriately named Pine Lake. Hint: B.B. is the little one in this picture.

Apparently B.B. isn't typically a big barker, but she decided that in the excitement of this cool place, she was going to tell the world.

As we began making our way back to the open, B.B. started showing the first signs of what an awesome poser she was, despite at the time not seeming like it. Seriously, almost every picture I got of her was this adorable.

Lucy also started showing the first signs of her lab heritage, complete attention when I squeaked a ball I had brought with me.

B.B. on the other hand almost always had her eyes on her dad. And we learned very quickly to strategically place him. ;)

Another sign of Lucy's lab heritage was her love of food. She was willing to take any and all of the treats I offered her and complete focus became a strong suit if I had a treat to wave around.

B.B. on the other hand was a bit less trusting of me. She had a refined sense of taste and I suppose "do not take candy from strangers." Had been imprinted firmly into her. She would take them from me and then spit them out. After a few tries of this pattern she finally decided that the treats I was offering were good enough to eat, and I managed a few pictures of her focused on me as opposed to her dad.

After B.B. and Lucy had posed like models, and we had gotten Lucy hot from playing fetch we released her into the wild blue yonder to go swimming... or at least into the nearby lake. And like any good lab, she hopped in and began playing fetch: swimming edition. And every time she had to come out and shake on land, making sure that the majority of the stray droplets would land on me since I had the most expensive stuff at the time, and I was sitting on the ground, and I was too dumb to move out of the way. But... I GOT THE PICTURE I WANTED. Which is what is important. The sun was just right and turned the droplets to gold.

B.B. and Lucy it was a blast photographing the both of you. Lucy, I tried to convince them to let you have the squeaky ball, but they knew you would squeak it like a fool and get your priveleges revoked! B.B. I'm sorry for continually calling you Lucy during our session. I don't know what was wrong with me! Mismatched neurons or something going wrong in my brain.
Winston and Lola
16th May 2013 - 0 comments
It has been a long couple of weeks recently, I'm a full time college student at the University of Memphis and with finals coming up I self imposed a ban of all things I enjoy, no updating the Memphis Mutts Facebook page, no reading my books, no training the dogs, and yet, somehow, I still managed to do very little studying. It is actually kind of amazing. But that's over with now, finals are done, and I'm free! During that two weeks or so, I opened Winston and Lola's gallery for viewing, so this blog post is a bit late in that regard as I try to use it as something of a teaser. Better late than never, I suppose, and Winston and Lola are definitely deserving of a blog post.

Winston and Lola belong to Ashley Howell, who won the Dogs 2nd Chance giveaway in December. We waited to do our session until the weather was warmer. We had our session at Shelby Farms. Winston and Lola are both pit bulls, with I'm sure something else mixed in as well. Lola was adopted from Dogs 2nd Chance and Winston is a rescue himself. They are around the same age. Lola didn't feel good and spent most of her time in a doggy stroller. She was in kidney failure and very upsettingly lost the fight the day after our session, April 2, 2013. I was so happy to have had the chance to photograph the gorgeous little blue girl, and in my shock at her loss, I have not paid as much attention to Winston when it came to posting them on the Facebook page. I hope to correct that in this blog post as well as pay Lola the tribute that she deserves. As always I'll talk about them along the way as I post pictures, and because while I feel rather solemn now, this blog post wouldn't be official without the "ON TO THE PICTURES!" excitement... ON TO THE PICTURES:

So here is the gorgeous Winston, who I think qualifies hands down as the world's fittest dog. If you think your dog can beat him, book a shoot today and we'll let the people of Facebook land decide. Winston wasn't too motivated by the treats I offered him (his tongue being out is just to trick you). Not eating everything in site is step 1 to being fit (I feel like I could learn something from him...).

There is also jumping over logs... which was not his idea. That was my idea. Winston was just willing to play my games because he's a big lovable handsome dude, and who puts of with people like me easily. ;)

We also pranced around in this long grass stuff (you know, like a horse), which I don't think Winston really saw the point in, but was like "okay" and pranced. Because he's an awesome dog like that.

And then... we busted out a cheap little Frisbee, which I had brought with me when Ashley told me that Winston was a fan of them... she wasn't kidding. Also, for those that care, that Frisbee lasted about 15 minutes or so... Winston enjoyed it and loved it tremendously in that short time frame... I mean he's the reason it is no longer around, let's be honest here, but none the less, watching how happy he was with it made me laugh and made me happy, so I feel the Frisbee was a necessary sacrifice. The Frisbee may or may not have agreed, but hey, let's not get off topic now.

After running around after the Frisbee, playing my silly games, and some posing, Ashley let him cool off in the lake, which before spying the Frisbee, had been on his list of things to do. He reminds me of a seal. His coat is perfect... he just doesn't have ya know... the flippers and stuff. He spied a duck while he was wading in the water and had a stare down competition with it (the duck was not aware that this was happening, in case anyone wants the duck's side of things) before splashing back to Ashley and I in happy bliss.

And behind the scenes during all this was Lola, and Ashley's mother-in-law who had come to help tend to Lola. She of course wasn't feeling well, but that didn't stop her from being super photogenic, giving me one of my all time favorite images.

Ashley clearly loved her, and while I was only around the pair for an hour it was evident. Ashley might have been walking Winston most of the time, but she was always aware of how far away Lola was and to make sure that she was comfortable and as content as she could be.

While we were playing Frisbee with Winston, Lola managed to jump out of her stroller and come running over to Winston. Wanting to be part of the fun, and certainly not wanting her brother to get all the attention from us. So we obliged her and held Winston back while taking her photograph a few more times.

Lola was actually the inspiration for a dog clothing line that Ashley and a friend operate called Dame I'm Beautiful. I personally love the name and it makes me chuckle. Here's their Facebook page as well. You should go like it! So while Lola wasn't feeling optimum, she was still capable of being a brilliant model.

While Winston got to swim, Lola couldn't and sat on shore in her stroller. We brought her out for a few more pictures where she pulled off the "staring off into the distance" look.

Some words about Lola according to her owner, Ashley:
"We adopted Lola in August and knew nothing was wrong with her other than she had an issue with her eye. I kept taking her back and forth to the doctor, because, like a mother, I knew something was not right with her despite the doctor's reassurance that she was fine. She was diagnosed with kidney failure in late September / early October and she was given 4-8 weeks to live. Despite the prognosis, we held out hope and she almost made it to her first Birthday, May 6, 2013. I do not mind if you blog about her as she is an inspiration to us all. She was not supposed to make it past November and we got to spend 7 and a half wonderful amazing months with her."

I can't not agree that Lola is a huge inspiration. She made people smile when they met her, and she broke stereotypes and estimates about what she could do. I hope everyone remembers to take this moment and cherish their pets.