Pet Photography Blog_Baxter Sept 2017

Hello – Baxter here!

I am a 9-year-old golden retriever who lives with my Mom, Ardath.  I remember the special day when she picked me up and brought me home to live with her.  She had a golden retriever who passed away earlier that year so she found a breeder and had the first pick of the litter.  She would come and play with us every weekend.  Her eyes were on one of my siblings but the day she came to take her new puppy home was the day I made myself known to her. I ran right up to her, looked up at her, and wagged my tail.  She laughed, bent down to pick me up, and said “where did you come from?”.  And that is when I won her heart.  At 6 weeks old, I headed out with my new Mom – the Mom “I” picked.

Ardath took me to Puppy Kindergarten when I was 9 weeks old and I learned the 6 basic commands – sit, stay, lay, heel, come, and my not-so-favorite word – no.  I excelled at the class and would do anything for a treat.  Still do!  Later I passed the exam to become a therapy dog and still love learning new tricks.

Baxter and Ardath at Gulf Shores

I really enjoy it when we go on walks around the neighborhood or hiking on trails or walking downtown with a bunch of other dogs.  I get to sniff at everything, check out the latest pee spots, and eat tall grass.  Here we are vacationing at Gulf Shores.  We loved that beach because I could walk and run on it with her.

I spend most of my days keeping track of her and trying to get her attention when she is working from home.  Sometimes I’ll bring 4 tennis balls into her office hoping to get her attention but those conference calls are hard to interrupt.  And I love to spend time with her grandchildren – one is especially loving with me.

Baxter spending time with my granddaughter

Paw to hand

 

 

 

Ardath realized how much I liked the camera when she took me to a Christmas photo shoot her camera club was holding.  I loved all the attention and was included in other family photos that night!  So now she creates a new portrait photo of me every Christmas which is included on the Christmas cards I write to her family and friends.  Here is a photo the year she made me wear an ugly Christmas sweater and Christmas lights.

Baxter’s Christmas Card Photo

When my Mom is not working her day job, she is a Photographer.  Ardath has taken many pet photographs and has a special talent in getting even the most bashful of my 4-legged friends to pose for the camera.  This blog is a passion of hers as well.  She would love to meet other pets and learn their stories.  All pets have a special story that should be told.  Watch for her.  When she is out walking around with her camera, she is always on the lookout for a new 4-legged friend’s story.  She would love to hear your story and blog about it!

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Wynwood – Miami

Wynwood Art District – I headed to Miami recently for a 4-day weekend.  My good friend from Naples joined me and we decided to be the typical tourists by riding the big red bus around the highlights of Miami.  Our tour guides were great guys who loved to share their knowledge of the city they live in and love.

One area that caught our attention was the Wynwood Art District.  I had heard how Miami was a thriving art district but had not experienced it until this trip.  As we sat on the upper level of the double decker bus we were able to see wonderful presentations of various types of art on the sides of the old warehouse district.  Wynwood exhibits the art of some of the most renowned street artists.

Love the figure creeping up the steps on this building.

Eyes – I love eyes!

This red building caught my eye.  Love the design on it.

Rats!  Ugh!!  But very fitting next to a construction site. 🙂

A bunch of bad guys.

The next day we headed back to this wonderful district and walked around.  Art was on many walls.  This was an alley across where we hopped off the bus.

And there is a center with several pieces of art all together called Wynwood Walls.

This is in an entrance to a nice restaurant.

The people in this photo help to give perspective of how large the walls were.

Love these large fingers.

A view of the large fingers from afar.  The doors lead into galleries featuring particular artists.  (
And they were a nice air-conditioned break from the heat.)

A nice city scape in the midst of everything.

More of the Wynwood Walls.

Here is a photographer taking a photo of a cool looking guy sitting amongst the fans.

And more eyes!

I plan to go back sometime when it is much cooler when we can walk around leisurely.  Here is Jane and I during this awfully hot day.

 

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A Girl and her Dog

 

Charlie

Meet Charlie.  Charlie came to his photo shoot with several outfits but in the end he was only in the mood to pose in his winter sweater, Colts jersey, and Pacers scarf.  Charlie is itty bitty but has a wonderful huge personality!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie

Maggie was super excited for her photo shoot and was super excited Mom stayed in the photos with her!  Maggie is the most lovable little girl and definitely likes having her photo taken.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serena

Meet Serena!  Serena was at the Indianapolis Humane Shelter and was trained in the Paws and Think Youth-Canine program.  This program is an outstanding program for both the youth involved and the pets.  Please read more about it here:  http://pawsandthink.org/programs/ .  Serena was a bit nervous with the flashing lights but she ended up posing beautifully with her new Mom.  What a beautiful face!  🙂

      

 

Heidi

Heidi was so happy to sit for this photo shoot.  She loved moving around and checking out the studio.  But most of all she loved the treats and would do anything at all for them – including letting me take several photos to make sure we go the perfect one.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chance

This happy little guy found a new home this Christmas.  He was found in a storm gutter and then resided at the Indianapolis Humane Shelter until he became a member of his new family.  Looking at this face tells you how happy he is about that!  🙂

 

 

Christmas Marriage Proposal

I was lucky enough to photograph a surprise engagement proposal for an adorable couple on the Indianapolis Circle right before Christmas.  Fellow photographer, Doug Blackford, helped capture that special moment.  The night was very dark due to rain that was trying to damper the evening.  But there was a perfect rainless window for the perfect proposal.  Congratulations Sean and Madison!  Thank you for letting me record this special moment in time for you.  And may you have many many happy years together!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Family

Please excuse by bragging but I think I have a beautiful family. This is a Christmas session held in the studio recently. Enjoy!

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