Holiday Card Pet Photography Mini-Sessions available in Seattle October 2014!

Do you feel envy when you get your friends’ holiday cards in the mail containing high-quality professional images of themselves and their pets, in gorgeous designs? Have you been wishing you had the budget to get a full session and product collection with me but it has been out of your reach financially? Here is your chance to get your needs met at a fraction of the cost of a full session + collection with me! Book a holiday card pet photography mini session with me in Seattle. 

HOLIDAY CARD MINI SESSION: $450* (Value of $600. Total savings= $150/25% off!)

-45 minute session at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. We’ll take advantage of the *gorgeous* fall leaves and colors! (Other locations are not available for this session).

-Includes 50 pearl paper custom-designed 5×7 folded greeting cards (see fun designs below!) + 6 fully retouched, frame-worthy archival prints (any combination of 5×7 or 8×10 prints from any images). Additional prints and other products are available for purchase at a discount.

-Produces 25 images to select greeting cards and prints/products from in a shareable online gallery. Your friends and family can comment and give their thumbs-up to their favorites! Examples of Cowbelly photos: http://cowbelly.com/galleries/dogs/dogs-on-location/, http://cowbelly.com/galleries/pets-people/.

-Good for up to 2 pets and 2 people. (Additional pets and people can be added for an additional fee). Pets and people must be in the same immediate family.

Dates available:

  • Sunday October 26th 2:30pm-5:00pm (rescheduled from the 12th)
  • Monday October 27th 12pm-3:00pm (rescheduled from the 13th)

(Backup/rain dates will be in early November)

  • *Sessions must be booked in advance and full payment is due at the time of booking to secure your session time-slot. Please email me at info@cowbelly.com to book!
  • All major credit cards are accepted, as is PayPal.
  • 9.5% Washington State sales tax will be applied to all orders.
  • All clients are required to sign a model and property release prior to the session.
  • Fun holiday props will be available (holiday-themed scarves, reindeer antlers and bow-ties for the dogs!), but you are encouraged to bring your own as well and I can walk you through what to wear and how to best prep your dog(s).
  • Images will be available to view online within 7 days of the session, at which time you will have 7 days to select your images for prints and cards.
  • Holiday card designs must be selected prior to the session so I know what layout I’m shooting for.
  • Products will be shipped within 14 days following selection.
  • Total cancellations on Cowbelly’s part due to weather will receive a full refund; no-shows will forfeit 50% of their session fee.

Drop me a line at info@cowbelly.com asap to book if you’d like to get on the schedule!

Here is a small sampling of some of the many fun holiday card designs I have available. Designs are totally customized with your fully retouched photos, and can include special text as well. Please contact me at info@cowbelly.com to book and see the full selection of holiday card designs. Looking super forward to working with you and your dog(s) to get some great shots of all of you this holiday season!

seattle holiday pet photography christmas card designs by cowbelly

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Toby before-and-after editing example- Seattle pet photography services

Toby he beautiful Chocolate Dalmation, is a very shy dog, whose affect reminds me more of Eeyore than Pooh. His ‘normal’ look is downtrodden- head and ears down, no eye contact, and just sad looking. I think from having had a difficult past (he was rescued not that long ago). My goal for our session was to get at least one shot of him with his ears up and forward, engaging with me and my camera. This was one of the first shots I snapped of him. Did I care that his leash was visible, that the exposure and color were off and that the lighting was bad? Definitely not. I knew I had just seconds to get this shot, and it was the expression that matters the most. If I had moved or futzed with my camera settings, the moment would have passed, and sad Toby would have returned.

toby before-and-after

When you hire me to photograph your dog, I always strive to capture their ‘best side’, no matter how sad, shy, or fearful they are. I bring out the happiness and joy and them, and help you to feel connected to their precious happy face through the art I create of their images. All of that distracting stuff can be removed, and it’s included in my product rates. So you can rest assured that even if your pet will only briefly look at me, and have just a fraction of a second to get the desired ‘ears up and forward’ look, I will get the shot. As for any distracting stuff in the image? I promise to make them look fantastic. After all, our pets deserve it.:-)

And here’s another shot of Toby, proving that he really does know how to cut loose and have some fun sometimes. Awwww. I LOVE photographing dogs!

seattle dog photography

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September 9, 2014 - 6:20 am

Linka van As - perfect as usual! :)

San Diego Pet Photography Sessions this weekend!

San Diego is one of my favorite places to photograph dogs outdoors, due to the gorgeous sunshine and bright blue skies! This Seattle pet photographer just can’t get enough of the colorful scenery and warm weather.

I’ll be in San Diego this weekend (9/9/14-9/10/14)and have openings for pet photography sessions on Saturday August 9th. Give me a shout if you are interested in having me create some of my signature colorful, expressive and fun pet photography of your dog.

Click this link to visit my gallery for more images. Be prepared to laugh, ‘awww’, oooh and giggle!

If you miss me this time, drop me a line and I’ll let you know when I’m back in Southern California doing more San Diego pet photography sessions.

Looking forward to photographing more wonderful dogs in the beautiful sunshine!

san diego pet photography

san diego pet photography

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Fergie and I would *love* to stay with you on our road trip…. BUT…

I’ve started so many emails like this now that I just created a ‘copy and paste’ template that I use now for my answer.

We have had so many incredibly generous offers of places to stay from our fans and followers- total strangers who are willing and interested in opening up their homes to us. It warms my heart, and although people seem to think I may find the offers creepy, I absolutely don’t, and would take advantage of each and every one if the locations worked! (Um, did y’all see my post about how much lodging costs for full time road tripping? Lol.). I love meeting new people, I love making connections, I love seeing how people live, and I love meeting new dogs and cats. So yeah, I *want* to stay with my fans and virtual friends!

However, I have a potential deal-breaker with me on this trip, and her name is Ferguson. (Sigh…. damn Fergie, why you gotta ruin things for me??)

You see, Fergie has always been ‘intense’ with other dogs, since way back when I adopted her at six months old. She was always the one chasing the other dog and biting their neck, growling and play ‘tussling’. She was always quicker to break into an argument than other dogs, and always the one to get the squirt bottle first in obedience classes.

But she loved dogs, and she *loved* playing, and loved going to the dog park, which we did several times per week. For years and years I took her. To official off-leash parks and unofficial off-leash parks, and everywhere in between. This was a good 6-7 years of her life. (She is 8, going on 9 now).

For a long time I trusted her with other dogs, but problems started developing, slowly over time, until the point where these ‘problems’ did what I feel is irreparable damage.

You see, because of Fergie’s intense energy, she has often brought out the worst in other dogs. She has been bullied at parks more times than I can count. She has been chased, barked at, bitten, tackled, you name it. She has *always* been harassed by other dogs.

There once was a female black lab at a park we visited on Queen Anne that made it her duty to be as obnoxious to Fergie as doggedly possible (taking after her owner, who was, unsurprisingly, also obnoxious). After months of tolerating her bad behavior, Fergie finally unleashed fury on her, chasing her up a hill, barking and snarling in every attempt to attack the black lab, in spite of my screaming at her to “leave it”, which she was always very good at. They never made contact because the humans grabbed them first, but Fergie was never the same after that. I was furious at her for not listening to me, but I thought “can you blame her?”. It’s like the kid being bulled every day finally giving in and punching the bully in the face. What do you do?

Although I could still bring her around dogs after that, I had to watch her carefully. She was very sensitive to being chased (after being bitten on the rump while running), sensitive to feeling cornered, sensitive to feeling threatened. She became fearful, and that fear turned into reactivity. She has drawn blood on two friends’ dogs now. (Both very minor injuries from ‘tussles’ that we could easily end, but still).

That reactivity has grown so much over time, that she went from being ‘defensively reactive’ to ‘pre-emptively reactive’, and now borderline aggressive and seeking out fights, or at least being very receptive to one if it’s a potential possibility. I *know* it’s from fear, and I haven’t known what to do about it. I have met with dog trainers with limited (ok actually no) results.

Now because of Fergie’s back and spine problems and osteoarthritis and chronic skeletal pain, there is a new wrench thrown into the mix, and that is of her being even more protective of her body. We met with a trainer before leaving Seattle that told me that even if I was able to get her comfortable around another dog, I couldn’t be sure of how she would react if the other dog jumped on her back and caused pain. The trainer explained that if this happened and Fergie lashed out aggressively, that behavior would be completely out of her control because she would be acting out of pain.

At this point I don’t know what to do. I want her to be able to trust other dogs again. I want her to romp and play and have fun (which she *loves* to do with the right dog. She’ll play for hours!). I want her to have that socialization. But as it stands now, I can’t in good conscience, trust her with another canine.

Since nearly all of my followers have dogs, this precludes us staying with them. SNIFF….

THAT SAID….

Fergie is often very good with dogs smaller than her, specifically dogs under 30 pounds, I think because she knows they can’t hurt her. We have walked by many many snarling, barking, freaking out smaller dogs and Fergie can go by very close to them and not exhibit even a sign of aggression. She also generally is very good with Frenchies and Pugs, both of whom she has spent a good chunk of time with. She is much better with males than females (dominant females her size are a disaster waiting to happen), she instantly hates any dog that resembles her in size and color (some sort of weird complex?), is usually great with puppies, if not a little bossy at first, and if she gets past that initial 10-minute ‘getting to know you’ period and trusts the other dog, she is pretty much golden forever after that. If you are a dog and she likes you and feels safe with you, you will be buddies for life.

She also LOVES cats, having spent the first six months of her life with one. She does try to play with them, doing a play bow to get them engaged. She doesn’t chase and is never aggressive, but definitely sets herself up for being scratched in the face and freaking poor kitty out. So it would take a special dog-friendly cat to put her in her place and be confident enough to do it.

Fergie has proven to be a fantastic road-tripping companion. She doesn’t bark, she is great left in motel rooms alone for hours at a time, is totally potty trained, isn’t destructive, and gets into a routine everywhere we go. She is actually a very good girl and more obedient than your average dog. I love sharing my experiences with my best buddy. It’s just the whole dog issue that makes it extra challenging.

SO, if you are one of the kind people who has so generously offered up your home for us for a place to stay on our trip, and you live within a 20-30-minute drive of one of our scheduled cities, and you have a dog or dogs or cat(s) that you think would be ‘Fergie-compatible’, we’d love to stay with you! LOL! (If not, well, um, thanks anyway! ::sheepish shrug::)

ALSO, if you are a dog trainer or know a great trainer that you think can help Fergie with her issues (rehabilitate my dog!), please let me know. I can’t give up the hope that I can help her get better with other dogs, and I’m certainly willing to try.

Thanks everyone!

Fergie and Jamie

This little girl mean? Nawwwww.... ;-)

This little girl mean? Nawwwww…. ;-)

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June 4, 2014 - 1:09 am

Lori Douglas - You write such thoughtful and entertaining entries into your blog. I grew up with dogs but my current furrrrkid is a kitty and she would kill me if I got a pup heehee. Maybe one of these day, with some training, she would tolerate a dog – who knows?!?! Anyhow, it is fun to follow the adventure you & Fergie are on together, keep it up!!!

June 5, 2014 - 2:50 am

Heather Robertson - Hi Jamie! It has been so fun to follow your trip. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to Fergie at the park. We have worked with the local shelter foster program and through this we were introduced to an amazing woman who can work magic with dog aggression. I have seen her take dogs well past Fergies point and bring them back to being social with other dogs. Her name is Gretchen and she is up in Arlington Washington and her company is called Packworks. http://www.packworks.org. I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your fun adventure!

July 31, 2014 - 8:00 am

Tamandra Michaels - Hey Jamie LTNS! See this is why I don’t do dog parks with Justice True lol. Putting it out there, his breeder that you met? GREAT trainer that helps dogs with this very thing, and in very creative ways. Especially for our intense, high energy dogs :) <3 to you and Fergie!