Keeping your Dog Safe

dog and leaves

you have seen lots of my images of dogs without a leash. You are probably thinking, well my dog can’t be off a leash, that wouldn’t be safe. I have a little secret to share. All of my dogs are on leash. I can remove the leash during the editing process on the images you choose for your artwork. The only way to ensure the safety of your pet is to keep a leash on him. I may have you hold the leash in a certain way to ensure that it can be edited.

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Keeping Memories Close

pet portrait album

Before your photo session we will have a consultation regarding your goals for the session and how you wish to keep the memories of your pet close to you. You have many choices to choose from including wall galleries, album blocks, and albums. I think the most popular product customers include with their purchase is the album.

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Lucky Dog

dog and autumn leaves

This past autumn I was so lucky to meet up with Norman (Now named Toby) again. His mom won a contest for a photo session. It was so great to see how well he is doing. He continues to have a happy smile and is ready to run and play. His skin has all healed up and his fur is healthy. We started our session just with a little walk up a hill where he stood among the golden leaves. He then showed just how much he loved his mom with an adoring gaze.

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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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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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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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