Blog - Client Sessions

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Jazzee and Mayhem
09th April 2013 - 0 comments
I hope you like black and tan because there is a whole lot of it coming your way. In this edition (because blogs now come in "editions") the Memphis Mutts blog is devoted to two gorgeous Rottweilers who go by the names of (take a moment to guess)... JAZZEE AND MAYHEM. It might have been a bit difficult to guess. The title did not give it away or anything. I met Jazzee and Mayhem on March 28th. We originally had to cancel because Miss Jazzee slightly injured her face, and her owner, Kacee, was worried about it not looking too great for the photos, and Jazzee wasn't feeling to well because of it either. A few days later, she was looking good and feeling great. So we met at the Atoka Ball Park (which I think has a different name, has an old train car in front of it, for you Atokans, that might know what I'm talking about), and went exploring through the woods taking pictures as we went. The cool thing about the woods is that it has two meadows (ish) in it, that make for a nice variety of pictures. So you get woods, the wheaty looking grass (that probably has a more scientific name then the aforementioned), and some green grass that may or may not be flowering. Jazzee and Mayhem had fun, although by the end of our session they were happy to get some water at the car. They were probably also harboring some dreams of a nice long nap as well.

So without further rambling (which if you are new to the blog, I do that to give the pictures time to load)... ON TO THE PICTURES!

First up is Mayhem:

We managed to convince Mayhem to jump over this log for our amusement and photo evidence. Jazzee did not think we humans had brilliant plans and decided under was better than over.

And then Mayhem, continuing on his braveness, stood on this bridge, which if I had a full picture of the state of this bridge, you would know why that made him brave. But I don't. So just trust me when I say he was brave, and that Kacee, Jazzee, and I refused to set foot on it.

Mayhem was quite hot at this point in our walk. It was the furthest point that we walked, and after this we got to turn around and head back. And that would be Jazzee making a guest appearance.

Jazzee and Mayhem are actually pretty close to each other and were constantly showing up in each other's pictures. Whoever was supposed to be in focus, in most cases the other happened to have a leg, butt, nose, head, paw, etc in the picture.

And here are their two cute butts together. For those on the Memphis Mutts Facebook page, I let you guess on who was who, for those curious of the answer (if you aren't on the Facebook page, have I mentioned yet that you should be?) Jazzee is on the left. She's got the longer tail of the two. ;)

Jazzee showing you another example of her tail for comparison.

And now for one of her pretty face.

On our way back to our vehicles, Jazzee was constantly turning around to make sure Kacee was still with us. She was on a 25 foot long line, but had to check and make sure her girl was still following. And in the event that she wasn't, then Jazzee would adjust herself accordingly so she was heading Kacee's direction.

And if her love isn't apparent in that picture, than the fact that Jazzee likes to seal her love with a Rottweiler sized hug should make it clear.

As we near the end of our photographic journey, I leave you with a before and after, Jazzee still being the star.

It was a pleasure to meet you Jazzee and Mayhem, and you too Kacee! Your pair are an awesome representative of the Rottweiler breed and could convert even the most hell bent breed specific legislation supporter. Seriously people should be jealous that I got to meet them and they haven't.

Memphis Mutts donates 10% of all purchases to a rescue of your choice. Mayhem was adopted from Midsouth Animal Rescue League, and that is who this sessions 10% will be going to once all purchases have been made. And don't forget to like their Facebook page! If this post has inspired you to get a Rottie of your own, check out Midsouth Animal Rescue League. They always seem to have a couple on hand who could use a good forever home.

P.S. Did anybody realize that Mayhem and Brittany have the same Lupine collars? Mayhem wears his much better. For one, he actually is quite peaceful, unlike a certain Jack Russell I own who thinks it is her mission in life to bark at every gust of wind about a hundred times before settling down. Mayhem would prefer to have his butt scratched.
Richy and Happy
30th March 2013 - 1 comment
It has been such a long time since I did a blog post. For those of you following the Memphis Mutts Pet Photography Facebook page (and you really should be following it, look, I even made that a direct link for you to click on and go to the page, so that you can like it and stay up to date on all the newest Memphis Mutts photos), you probably saw a few photos of Richy and Happy. Richy is a ten year old Greyhound and Happy is a 12 year old cattle dog mix; they share their home with three other greyhounds, whom I hope to eventually photograph. Until then Happy and Richy are here to tide you over. Richy and Happy's session was purchased as a Christmas present, by Richy and Happy's owner's son. Despite receiving their gift certificate a little before Christmas, Richy and Happy's owners decided to wait until the weather was a bit warmer. We first attempted to schedule our session in early March, but of course after a short stretch of warm weather, the day we had planned on was forecasted to be in the chilly thirties. So we rescheduled our session for March 17th. With full intentions of heading to a local park for our photos, the weather laughed at us and gave us some misty precipitation with a slight chill. After talking to Richy and Happy's owner, we decided to take the pictures at their house so Richy and Happy could easily go inside if they were getting cold. While it wasn't what I was planning for, I think the switch from park to home was a good one.

So I guess it is at this point that I say, ON TO THE PICTURES!

This first photo of Richy is a great example of why deciding to do the pictures at home was a good one. Richy doesn't typically do much running, but since he was in his backyard, and the weather was perfect "be frisky" weather, he started dashing around the yard and gave us a few laps.

This second photo is the other reason why it was great to have switched to photographing at home, Richy and his football. Which he has had for years and likes to use as a pillow.

Then there is Happy. Who I was told typically refuses to look at the camera. But with my amazing mind powers I hypnotized her into looking. And by "amazing mind powers" and "hypnotized" what I really mean is with some of her favorite treats that her owners had and some that I had brought with me. At one point during our session, after taking a few photos, Happy walked up to me, wagging her tail and looking up at me. I thought we had really bonded and were now besties, when her owner told me she was expecting a treat. I couldn't help but laugh. I handed her her treat and she, living up to her name, was quite happy to receive her payment.

But she wasn't so enthralled with the camera that she wasn't capable of doing what makes every photographer's dog great, the pensive into the distance stare.

Richy's owner wasn't sure if she wanted to be in any of the pictures, but I managed to sneak this one in, and it quickly turned into one of my favorites.

Richy for the most part kept his ears back, but the few times his ears were forward I was surprised. I never realized that greyhounds' ears stand up (or maybe Richy is just special). When I think of greyhounds and their ears, I guess I typically think of them as back. Here's a photo of Richy to demonstrate the upright greyhound ear position.

And then there is the greyhound nose. Which, until you are staring at it taking a picture, you probably don't think much about either (or until you are editing the picture). Yes, their face is long and narrow (everything about them is streamlined for racing at incredible speeds), but the actual NOSE sticks out from their face. It fascinated me because it doesn't cause an overbite.

Not to be out done by all this greyhound business, Happy needed to show off her tongue. Which is purple. But it isn't JUST purple. No. It has Jaguar spots and what not on it. Her tongue wasn't seen much in our session since it wasn't hot enough to warrant too much panting, but I did manage to snag this picture of her awesome tongue. And really, who CAN'T love a purple tongue?

Here is the before picture of one of Happy's poses against the brick wall. I really loved her pose, and after some debate on whether the hand should stay or go, it was decided it needed to go. Because without the hand, Happy goes from just looking at a treat, to seeming incredibly proud and almost super hero-esqu as if she is ready to take off in a moment. Happy is meant to be the main focus of the picture, no need to have a competition between looking at her owner's hand and Happy's beautiful face (and coat). The red wall of the brick really exaggerated her black and just made her pop.

So here is the after. Hand gone, red popping, and her smokey colored coat visible, awesome, and beautiful.

I really enjoyed my session with Richy and Happy and hope to one day post a blog for the other three resident greyhounds. When I first realized I was going to photograph a greyhound I was insanely excited (and was excited the entire time I was taking pictures and saying hello to the five dogs greeting me at the door). Happy managed to slip in through my greyhound excitement and steal a chunk of my heart as well. She was adorable and made me laugh, reminding me of Brittany and Bello in the fact she was willing to do just about anything for a treat, but could be pretty obstinate without one. For those curious -- and I'm always curious -- Happy was adopted from a shelter in Boca Raton, FL and all the greyhounds are adopted retired racing greyhounds. This family has opened their heart up to FIVE rescue dogs, and those are just the current dogs, not even counting those who have unfortunately passed away. Richy and Happy's owners do a lot of work with Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option, so if you have been considering a greyhound please check them out. Ten percent of all purchases from each session goes to the rescue of that person's choice, and of course Richy and Happy's owners chose Mid-South Greyhound Adoption Option.
Hegdehogs Gallore!
14th October 2012 - 0 comments
Hedgehogs. Lots and lots of hedgehogs. Eight of them to be exact. They all belong to my aunt and uncle. So you have 24 pictures headed your way as my blog loads. I would have also included some pictures of their two dogs, but it took SOOOO long to upload all of these photos (note, I need faster internet) so no pictures of the fantastic Sophie and Rosie. At least not on the blog. Though I will try to get them on the facebook page.

Anyway, onto the hedgies!

First up is Jubillee. She's a newer girl to the family, and doesn't qualify as an albino because she doesn't have pink eyes, so she has my aunt stumped on her color. She is appearently pretty shy, but being outside, made her forget. ;D

And you of course have to get a picture of them in their ball. ;D

And then we have Gambit, who came from the same breeder as Jubillee and is also new to the family.

I wish my brow ridge, folded over my eyes in an awesome layer of protection.

Next up is Nobody. He's outgoing. And was on the move a lot.

And then is my personal favorite Buffet. She had sores on her face for awhile that have finally healed (there was a reason for them, but I forgot...) and so she couldn't be sold while she was being healed back to health. So it doesn't help knowing that she liked me and they probably aren't going to keep her because I can hardly keep my hand from flying up and offering to buy her.
See, face is all purdy now. ;D

We pulled these leaves off of a bush so that we would have a pretty place for her. I told my aunt people would wonder why there was a small circle of random red leaves in her front yard. Sure enough when my cousin came home he immediately wanted to know. My uncle walked out the door and laughed while asking if it was for a photoshoot. :) Yes. Yes they were.

And then there is Foxy. Who may be pregnant. Unfortunately, there were no babies for yesterdays visit to photograph.

And then appearently when hedgehogs don't like the smell of something they annoint themselves (I think). Which was pretty entertaining to watch her do.

Indy was next and she got the pretty bricks as her location. I actually liked almost every single one of her photos, but I'm trying to keep it to three pure hedgehog, so watch facebook and you might see more of her. Indy is pinto in color. I like this one because it shows her spots for why she is pinto.

And next is Sookie, who is the oldest of everybody at 2 and a half. She was the only one that got to go to a couple different places, though she probably liked it the least because she couldn't explore like the others. She was first in a little wagon, but I didn't like any of those. In two of the below she's in a gutter, and on the third she's on a bowling bowl.

And miss albino, which in all honesty, slightly freaks me out, but she got to be held up to the bush we picked the leaves off of for Buffet's photo. Her real name is Jester.

She wanted out of her ball.

Feel free to check out Qute Quillz, which is my aunt's facebook page for all of her hedgehogs. :)