Jess Nelson from Chocolate Moose Images has a knack for photographing dogs and cats. This Caturday I’m sharing Jess’ own cats, Digi and Tarra.
From Jess: “I may be considered by some to be a crazy cat lady. Or crazy cat mama, might be the better term. I’m close to being as enamored and proud of my girls as a pageant mom is about her little curly haired tot, just subtract the pageant. I was apart from them for 10 months when I lived and traveled around New Zealand and being away from them was one of the hardest parts of this adventure. I missed my friends and family, however I can keep in touch with them via email and the wonders of Skype. But the girls didn’t understand why my voice seemed to be coming from the computer screen, yet I’m not physically there. At the risk of sounding like I’m taking out a personal ad for the two of them, I’m going to tell you a little bit about each… Tarra [short for Tarrazu] is the loud and adventurous one of the two.
She was named after a variety of coffee bean and I think she’s taken that to heart – she is an amazing alarm clock when she thinks she should eat and she is a great escape artist when it comes to exploring the great wide open world of our teeny tiny backyard. She is also amazing at playing fetch with her favorite toy [a stuffed shrimp] and when she can’t contain her excitement or energy any longer, she will growl as she tears around the house.
On the other hand, Digi is quiet, reserved but also rather cunning. Digi [short for Digit] is named as such because she has 21 toes instead of the usual 18. Perhaps it’s these extra toes that helps her remain cool as a cucumber while being terrorized by Tarra’s overflowing excitement. She has made it clear she would prefer to sit on a pillow rather than fetch and that she would rather take a nap in the sun than explore the plants in the yard.
It was once described to me that Digi is like the graceful ballerina who floats around as if she were flying and Tarra is like an elephant trying to do the same. These little peanuts found their way into my home May of 2010 when they were just 6 weeks old. Ever since then they have tested my patience but loved me unconditionally. Scratch that – they have loved me rather conditionally, but so long as I keep their tummies full, the blankets plentiful and the sunshine shining, I know they will gladly stay by my side like good kitties do.”
Follow Chocolate Moose Images on Facebook to see some of the happiest dogs ever. You can read how Tarra and Digi reacted to seeing Jess when she returned from New Zealand on Jessica’s blog.
About Chocolate Moose Images: Based in Minneapolis, MN, Jess Nelson works closely with pets and people to create an event that will be treasured. Jess volunteers photographing animals at rescue shelters. She has two cats of her own.
Last spring I had the opportunity to assist my sister, Alice G Patterson photograph small business owner, Annie Taylor. Annie has two dogs and I’ve been wanting to share this photo of Annie and her awesome dog Satchel.
We refer to Satchel as ‘ Satchel the Wonder Dog’ and ‘The Sheriff’. As soon as we brought him home he became the protector. NO need for doorbells or alarm systems at our house! He is also the most calm and loving dog (to everyone!) you will ever meet. Everyone loves our Satch.”
One of things I love about Annie is that she chose a photo of her and Satchel to be used on her about page. If you are in Central New York and are need a new photo taken for your business needs, Alice is running a special on portraits.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, NY, Alice specializes in dog photography, high school senior portraits and business profile portraits.
DIY Treat Dispenser #PAW2014
September 17-21 Pet Appreciation Week at Tractor Supply Company, Tractor Supply Co.
September 19-22 Zoomies Pet Photography Workshop, Brisbane, QLD, AU
September 20 Bark In The Park, San Jose, CA
September 21 Woofstock 2014, Novato, CA
September 27 Tails On the Trails, Warminister, PA
October 11, 9th Annual Boston Tea Party, Temecula, CA
October 11 Bad Rap’s 15th Birthday Party, Oakland, CA
October 18 Wags to Wishes Benefit Kildeer, IL
November 1 Paws2Care Inaugural 5K Family Fun Run/Walk, Arlington, VA
It is a gray and rainy day here, but I have the perfect session to chase away the blues! Lindsay Hile from Sit! Stay Pet Photography has a happy and handsome Labradoodle. They recently celebrated their 3 month Pupaversary. To commemorate 3 months together Lindsay and Louie went to a 1000 acre dog park and had the time of their lives! I can’t put into words how much I love this session, but trust me it is a lot!
From Lindsay: “Louie is about 10 months old now, and is a Labradoodle. We were lucky enough to have him come into our world after his first owner died unexpectedly. A family friend took him in for about a month until she realized she couldn’t give him the life he needs. Enter the pet photographer who has been waiting for the perfect moment and perfect dog for years and years! I wouldn’t really call this a rescue situation, but he was bounced around quite a bit in his first few months. He has since settled in to our home, and we go on adventures all the time. He actually goes basically everywhere with me. He’s the sweetest, curliest, doodliest puppy the world has ever known! Louie makes me giggle every single day. So much.
You can see more photos of Louie and read all about their special day (and Louie’s awesome nicknames) on Lindsay’s pet photography blog. Like Sit! Stay Pet Photography on Facebook to see Lindsay’s latest pet photos. I hope you’ll take the time to celebrate your pup and get some great photos to make the memories last even longer.
About Sit! Stay Pet Photography: Sit! Stay Pet Photography is based in Portland, Oregon and specializes in making awesome photos of pets.
I’m a big fan of freckles, on people and on dogs. I love Kaya’s freckled belly and the fact that she was included in her humans’ engagement session with Ashley Kidder from Urban Safari Photography.
From Ashley: “Craig and Miriah are two avid outdoorspeople (I don’t think that’s a word but we’re going with it!) who are getting married up in the mountains of Colorado this August 23rd. They chose the AA Barn, which is a cute, rustic little barn smack dab in the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s situated next to the Colorado River which is perfect, seeing as how they both love to fish. They’re definitely planning on getting some wedding photos in their fancy wedding attire in the river, doing what they love.
For their engagement session, they chose Riverfront Park in Denver, which has a blend on natural scenery with a touch of urban spice. They brought along their super well-behaved Boxer, Kaya Jeanne, who is two-and-a-half years old. They found her from a family who raises boxers in Missouri, and the happy couple mentioned that she ‘is still all puppy at two-and-a-half years as she was at six months old.’
During the shoot, Kaya was calm and well-trained, and she sat well for tons of photos. At the end of the day, I realized it wasn’t so much an engagement session — it was a family session. Kaya is incredibly important to Craig + Miriah, and I’m glad we could capture some photos of the entire family together.”
From Miriah: “Kaya has been the best dog from day one! Everything from her love of cuddling under the blankets to her goofy wiggles. Her favorite activities are hide and seek, fishing and chasing squirrels.”
About Urban Safari Photography: Ashley Kidder is a Denver-based photographer specializing in weddings, engagements and portraits. Available worldwide!
Last week I shared a sneak peek of this handsome and adorable guy, Keno, along with the lovely ladies, Hayden and Diamond. I’m happy to report that Diamond was adopted! Jess Nelson from Chocolate Moose Images is a wonderful pet photographer who volunteers her time photographing pets who are up for adoption. One organization that Jess works closely with is Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue.
Handsome Keno is just over a year old and he gets along well with other dogs and people. Keno has a lot of energy and a smile that could light up a room.
As I’ve mentioned before Jess speaks dog and has translated for us: “My name is Keno and I’m a boisterous pup who has been available for adoption through the Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue (Page) for a few months now. I might appear to be all white in many of these photos but it’s just because I move so fast my brown spots move by in a blur! I only have one emotion which is happy and I’m pretty obsessed with my squeaky ball. I could chase that for ages!! … Unless there are other people or dogs around … Then I’d like to go say hi and share some of my happiness!! “
Eventually Keno wears himself out as evidenced by the yawning photograph. When he’s tired, he likes to nap on laps.
About Chocolate Moose Images: Based in Minneapolis, MN, Jess Nelson works closely with pets and people to create an event that will be treasured. Jess regularly volunteers photographing animals at rescue shelters. She has two cats of her own.
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