2021! The Year In review

Toby and leaves

While 2021 proved to be another challenging year with Covid continuing to persist in our lives, we began to learn to deal with it and still continue with our work and lives. The program at Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter had changed from housing the dogs at the kennel to relying heavily on volunteers to foster the dogs in their home. We managed to be able to have meet and greets at the shelter property on the weekends, which boosted everyones spirit. Greeting and sharing this outdoor time with the dogs running and playing and socializing made us feel a little bit normal again.

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Holiday Greetings

xmas card front 2021

Each Year I love to create a special Holiday card featuring my dog. While I do not have a studio, I can turn small spaces into a creative studio.

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Images and Ornaments to Celebrate the Season

The Holiday Season is upon us and it is time to celebrate some images of the season. When scheduling your holiday session, we will discuss your vision for the session during the consultation call. Would you like something to show off the green and red of the season, or a simple tree a few little glittery ornaments for your dog to enjoy.

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Pit Bull mixes that stole my heart

It is a shame how Pit Bull’s have a bad reputation. 95% of pit bull’s I have encountered are loving, affectionate and goofy. The other 5% came from unknown circumstances or were from abuse cases that affected them. Working with rescues we often encounter abandoned, loose pit bull mixes that are in need of homes. Here are a few that stole my heart.

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End of Life Pet Portrait Sessions to Keep Those Memories Close

paw in hand

One of my regrets is not having more pictures of him. Especially images of the two of us together, doing the things we always did together. I do have a couple selfies and a couple images my sister took, but they don’t truly show the bond we had with each other. At that time I said that I would not let that happen again, and decided that if I felt that way, other owners probably felt the same. Nancy Kieffer photography was born out of my own tragedy and that is why I want to capture your journey through life with your pet.

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3 Tips For Working With Reactive Dogs

black dog on black background

These tips are for those of you that would love to get a photo with your reactive dog, but don’t know how to achieve it. These are tips you can work on with your dog, but when scheduling our consultation, this is one of the important things to discuss with me as I can tailor the session specifically in ways that will lessen the chances of your dog being triggered.

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Tricks and treats of a Pet photographer

Basking in the fun play and cuddles from the dogs I photograph is certainly a treat for me, but capturing the dogs essence, much less his attention, requires a photographer to have a few tricks up her sleeve. Here are a couple of the tricks that I utilize throughout the photo session.

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The Creatures Great and small of Assateague Island

mare and foal

The belief is that the horses first came to the island when a Spanish galleon ship sank off the shore of Assateague. Assateague is an Island that is about 37 miles long and runs through both Maryland and Virginia. In order to manage the horses, the two states have divided them into two herds which they each manage separately. Virginia is well known for the pony swims in the spring which drive their herd a short distance from Assateague to Chincoteague where the pony’s are auctioned off to maintain control of the numbers in the herd. Maryland residents that I talked with are very proud that they don’t auction off their pony’s and they are kept wild. However, I later learned that they are able to maintain the numbers of the herd by using contraceptive darts on the females.

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