Having your portrait, or dog's portrait for that matter, taken in the Texas bluebonnets is a right of passage for every true Texan as well as those transplants among us (me included). It can be a crazy time of the year, trying to find nice fields that are safe for dog photography (i.e. not too close to busy roadways where so many bluebonnets are planted) and have not yet been trampled by the hordes of folks you'll see either with their camera phones or professional photographers like myself in tow. The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas and the perfect match for the week 36 theme of the Pet Photography 52 Week Project which is blue!
We were very lucky this year in that it was one of the best years I've seen for bluebonnets even around the Dallas area and close to me in Carrollton. Everywhere were thick blankets of flowers that lasted for couple of weeks before they started petering out and I took full advantage of it! Here are a few images from a session with Emily Hurt of EmDogs, with her border collies and token retriever mix, Artie (her husband's dog). Emily is a very successful agility dog competitor and trainer and it's always a joy to photograph her pups. They're incredibly well trained and are trustworthy off leash, which means a little less retouching for me because I don't have to remove leashes! And just between you and me, Ollie is my dog crush. I adore him to pieces as does everyone who meets him.
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There are some updates since these portraits were taken in April; sweet Josie, everyone's favorite redhead, crossed the rainbow bridge in July at the age of 13. On a happier note, Lucy will soon be having a littler of puppies and I can't wait to photograph them! Nothing says action like a litter of 6 week old border collie puppies if you remember this post from last year!
Now over to Terri J Photography, capturing precious moments with your pets in Toronto and Southeast Florida to see what she has to offer for the topic of blue and then continue clicking on the link at the bottom of each page for an around-the-world tour of stunning pet photography. Tracy Allard of Penny Whistle Photography is a Certified Professional Photographer with the organization Professional Photographers of America; a designation held by fewer than 2,500 photographers nationwide and a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry and professionalism. Penny Whistle specializes in both on-location and studio photography providing pet, equine, family, couples & engagement and high school senior portraits as well as corporate headshots and commercial photography services in her studio located in historic downtown Carrollton as well as on location in Coppell, Grapevine, Southlake, Flower Mound and surrounding communities in Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas.