Dog Safety for the July 4th fireworks!

dog with fireworks

My sister’s dog’s seem to have a fear of noises and the fireworks tend to be near her house.  A fireworks show is probably the worst noise a fearful dog can face. Her dog Beau would back himself into the closet as best he could, or under the bed.   If you know a night of fireworks is coming up, here are some ways to help your dog stay a little more comfortable.

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My Dog Won’t Sit Still

One of the most frequent comments I get from people regarding my animal photography is “my dog won’t sit still. I could never have a photo session with him.” I promise you that I have worked with all different types of dogs. I have worked with shelter dogs for a more than 6 years and have encountered dogs that are rambunctious, hyper and untrained dogs all the time. In addition, I have worked with dogs that are fearful of the camera and had successful images with all.

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The Journey to pet photography

started to explore photography again to regain that balance. During this time of unbalance, I also lost my heart dog. He had only turned 4 when I lost him to lymphoma. I realized that although I had plenty of images of him, I had very few of us together. I did not have a recorded history of us together doing the things we loved in the places we loved. This business was born from the belief that you deserve to have images of the bond with your pet.

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Greeting Dogs at the Photo Session

brown and black dog

I find it best when greeting a dog to let them approach you in their own time. At a photo session, I will let your dog approach me when he is ready.  Dogs need time to sniff and assess that this person is not a threat.   I generally leave the camera to the side, as that big black box often appears threatening to dogs. 

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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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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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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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