Early last month, I had the privilege of meeting Ellie, a beautiful 8 year old terrier/Maltese mix.  She was found in Modesto, California, wandering the streets by the ASPCA, and was transferred to a rescue before her mom adopted her at age 3.  Ellie is seriously one of the happiest, most well-mannered dog I’ve ever met… and I’ve met a LOT of dogs!  Not surprisingly, she has her license as a companion dog and she visits schools, churches, retirement homes, and is currently working on getting approval to visit MUSC hospital here in Charleston.  Just from the brief amount of time I spent with her, I know that Ellie was born to be a companion dog.  She really is just so sweet and gentle!

Last month, we spent an evening together in her backyard and in an abandoned field across the street from her home in Mount Pleasant.  It was a beautiful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Ellie and her fabulous mom!  Here are some of my favorite images from Ellie’s portrait session…

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When we were first chatting about Sully, Tucker + Buddy’s pet session, their mom mentioned that they had a family home on the Ashley River where the crew could run around the yard and have some fun.  As I pulled up to the location on a late January day, I was greeted by three energetic pups in the back seat of their parents’ SUV on a cul-de-sac – ready to get out and have some fun in the backyard!  We pulled into the driveway and walked through the gates to the most beautiful backyard I’ve ever seen!  Backing up to the river and fully fenced in, so the dogs could run + play, it was the more picturesque location!!  The sun was shining, the dogs were in their element, and it was just the perfect recipe for one of my favorite sessions to date.  Here are some of my favorites of Sully, Tucker + Buddy…

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When Heather, the owner of Crew La La, first contacted me about a year ago, I was so excited to meet her.  I’ve been a huge fan of her company for a long time and as a fellow small business owner here in Charleston, I really connected with her.  I LOVE collaborating with and supporting other local businesses!  We talked about building a long-term relationship together and I have to say… the idea of photographing dogs sporting Crew La La’s adorable collars + leashes was enough to sell me!  All four of my pups wear their Crew La La collars proudly, so it was a no-brainer for me.  I fully support them and love their products… so it was a win-win!

Throughout January + February, we did 5 different photo shoots with seven different doggy models.  It was such a blast collaborating with Heather and working closely to bring her vision to life.  I was originally nervous since I had never done anything like this before and I was worried that my vision and her vision wouldn’t line up.  I mean, art is so subjective after all.  However, everything turned out wonderfully and I couldn’t be more excited to see the finished product!  Here are some of my favorites from the first of many (I hope!) editorial shoots with Crew La La…

First up is Big Steve, an absolutely handsome + gentle 7 year old English Mastiff…

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Next up is gorgeous Luna the Golden Retriever!

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And this is Sully, an extremely dapper one year old French Bulldog.  This guy is a star in his own right and has quite the Instagram following!

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Then there are Louie + Jazzy, two adorable Shih Tzus who fit so well in that bike basket!

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Meet Logan, the most handsome Golden Retriever I’ve seen in a long, long time.  Just look at that face!!

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Last but not least, Bella – who just happens to be Heather’s current foster pup!  She is so cute and well-mannered.  I’m still kind of shocked that she hasn’t been adopted yet!!

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I had such a blast working with Heather and all of our amazing doggy models!  I can’t wait for the next editorial shoot we do together!

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  • March 24, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    Jenn Wakefield - I love it all but especially Bella! Adorable as always, Dana!ReplyCancel

  • April 6, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    Beth | Daily Dog Tag - Love those bow ties! I had never heard of Crew La La before, but it looks like they offer some great products! Bella is adorable, can’t believe she hasn’t been scooped up yet!ReplyCancel

Last month, Dublin + Pink came all the way to Charleston from Wisconsin to compete in the Dock Dogs competition at SEWE.  Their fabulous mom was thinking ahead and contacted me prior to their arrival, hoping to schedule a pet portrait session during their trip.  Luckily, the weather cooperated and we had a fantastic time in downtown Charleston the day before competition started!

Both Dublin + Pink are Flat Coated Retrievers and, although I’d seen photos of them before, I’d never met a Flat Coated Retriever in person until their session!  They were both extremely photogenic and well-behaved.  You’ve got to love retrievers… they’ll do just about anything for food, which makes my job just a little easier!!  Here are some of my favorite images from their session…

First up, handsome Dublin… just look at his gorgeous face!!

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And then there is stunning Pink (on the right), a gorgeous girl who is just a little smaller than her brother…

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