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:: i hate goodbyes ::

© Dana Cubbage Photography 2014

It is with a very heavy heart that I formally announce that I will no longer be accepting pet photography commissions.  For the past 2 years, my focus as been on building my wedding photography business and – unfortunately – that has meant that my pet photography business has suffered.  I simply do not have the time I want or need to continue building Dana Cubbage Pet Photography and I know that my amazing little dream – my very FIRST photography business and the foundation of everything I am – deserves so much more.  I’ve been struggling about what to do for a while now and, while it breaks my heart to “close my doors” for a little while, I know it’s for the best.  So thank you to everyone who has believed in me + my little business for so long.  This really was the catalyst for everything I’m doing in my life right now and it will always remain “my baby”:) If you’d like to keep up with my latest adventures in wedding photography, please do so using the links below.  THANK YOU!!

Dana Cubbage Weddings – www.danacubbageweddings.com

Dana Cubbage Weddings Blog – www.danacubbageweddings.com/blog

Facebook – www.facebook.com/danacubbageweddings

:: chaser the border collie ::

Last year, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and photograph Chaser, an amazing Border Collie who resides in Spartanburg SC.  The publishers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt found me online and contacted me, asking if I would be interested in shooting the cover for their upcoming book about Chaser.  To be honest, when I got that phone call, I was pretty speechless.  Me?  Shoot a book cover?  Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d have the opportunity to do that!  Of course, I was thrilled + honored to be asked and, after some research into commercial photography + how to handle all of that, we had a deal.

In January 2013, Brian + I made the trip upstate to meet Chaser + her entourage.  She is better known as the world’s smartest dog – she knows over one thousand words!  She was more than happy to show off her skills and she was such an awesome, well-behaved, and oh-so-photogenic model.  It was such a cool experience and one I’ll never forget.  Here are some of my favorites from our shoot…

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The image on the right is the one they chose for the book cover.  As soon as I took this shot, I knew we had a winner.  Want to know our secret?  To get her to look into the camera, Brian was crouched right above me, tossing her blue rubber ball up in the air as I was kneeling on the floor taking the photo.  Boom!  Secrets of a pet photographer.

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I love love love this shot of John + Chaser together.  They are such constant companions and their bond is so special.  It was very touching to see them together throughout the day.  You can tell there is a great mutual love between them.

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Oh Chaser.  You are such a beauty!  If you haven’t checked out the book yet, please do so!  It’s called Chaser : Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley.  It’s first on my list of beach reads this summer – I absolutely can’t wait to dig into it!

:: hagrid, myrtle, greta + felix | south carolina pet photographer ::

My last session of 2013 was probably one of my faves.  I got to spent the afternoon with not one, not two, not three… but FOUR pups!  Luckily, their fabulous grandma was on hand to help us wrangle the pups as we wandered the streets of downtown Charleston – and despite pre-session nervousness + concern expressed from their mom, all four pups did a FABULOUS job with the session!

Hagrid and Myrtle, the adorable Chinese Cresteds, are both named after Harry Potter characters.  Felix and Greta are both German names, since they are German Shepherds.  The two shepherds train for Schutzhund, a dog sport, so they were super obedient and oh-so-regal.  There’s just something about a German Shepherd… they truly are the most regal of dogs!  Hagrid + Myrtle obviously serve as the comic relief for the family.  They were both so much fun with such goofy personalities.  I love when a pack of dogs like this really bonds together.  It was magical to see.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorites from their session…

First off is Greta, a beautiful 4 year old black German Shepherd.  She was so sweet and those eyes… totally mesmerized me!

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Next up is hunky Felix, the baby of the bunch!  He’s a 3 year old black and tan German Shepherd and OH SO HANDSOME!!

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Then there is Hagrid, the gentleman of the pack.  He’s a 10 year old Chinese Crested and I just ADORE him!  The tufts of hair on his feet… I die!

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Last but not least, there’s Myrtle – she is a 9 year old Chinese Crested and probably the most rambunctious of the pack.  Love her and her crazy hair!

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I just love this next series of photos of Felix.  His facial expressions are amazing!

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Myrtle – are you sticking your tongue out at me?!

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I am smitten with the photo of Hagrid on the right.  I love how the wind is blowing through his hair!

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Hot Dog Pet Photography - March 11, 2014 - 6:12 pm

What a motley crew! Beautiful photos. :)

:: maggie, jack + tallulah | downtown charleston pet photography ::

Maggie, Jack, and Tallulah were so much FUN to photograph.  Talk about truly photogenic pups:) It’s so funny because every client tells me “my dogs aren’t very photogenic” but at the end of the day, I always manage to get some amazing expressions from them.  Just call me the freakin’ dog whisperer haha!!  I loved working with Maggie, Jack + Tallulah and the session itself was bittersweet because the whole family will be relocating from Charleston to the West Coast in the very near future.  I knew capturing them in downtown Charleston was important – so that they could always remember their time here.

So here are some of my favorites from their session in downtown Charleston…

First off is Tallulah, a 3 year old black lab who is described as “feisty and a little bit crazy, but a Southern Belle” by her mama.  She definitely lives up to that description!

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And then there is her brother, Jack, a 5 year old yellow lab… a shy, but devilishly handsome dude…  just look at that bowtie!

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And last but not least, there’s Maggie – an 11 year old lab mix who wasn’t a huge fan of the camera.  However, she was a complete rockstar and I just couldn’t help but cuddle with her.  I mean, look at those eyes!

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