Niagara Pet Photography: Muddy Paws Wine Festival

Niagara Pet Photography: Muddy Paws Wine Festival

Okay, so this might be a little like shutting the barn door after the horse has bolted, but the horse isn’t completely out of the barn just yet…

Whacha doing tomorrow? Need a little inspiration? hmmm, let’s see, it needs to be dog oriented (duh) and preferably it should involve a little wine and some nibbles. But we all know that isn’t likely going to happen…or IS IT? This is the inaugural year of The Muddy Paws Wine Festival! The creation of Featherstone Estate Winery and Vineland Estates Winery to fill a void in Niagara’s Wine Country. There is nothing dog friendly to do in Wine Country 🙁

That is until now!

The two wineries, located in the Twenty Valley and situated on the Twenty Mile Bench, are rolling out the red carpet to well behaved canines and their humans the weekend of July 25th and 26th. They’ve even signed a dog walking trail on the escarpment that links the two wineries together. Brilliant. Now you can have your wine and drink it too – cause your best friend will be at your side!

Come for wine, food, live music, walkies, demonstrations by Jane Book‘s agility dogs (amazing!) and meet the National Service Dog puppies (sweeeeet). There will be a small marketplace (I’ll be there) and 4 cool contests each day of the Festival. Indigo Pet Photography will be providing an AWESOME prize for the winners of the tallest/shortest dog contest! I’ll be raising money for the National Service Dogs through a raffle for an Indigo Experience photo session. And YES! I’ll have cameras on hand and I’ll be snapping some fun event pics and will post afterwards to my Indigo facebook page too!

Get all the info here and I sure hope we’ll see you there!

Don’t miss the cooling pool at Featherstone if you get too hot, just look for Jack:


Niagara Pet Photography: Lola + Louie

Niagara Pet Photography: Lola + Louie

Recently I was lucky enough to enjoy a play date with Lola and Louie. Lola is a spunky little mini dachshund with a charming overbite, a gleaming black coat and oodles of attitude. Louie… well your guess is as good as mine, I’m reckoning he’s part dachshund with some Catahoula leopard dog mixed in, so hard to tell. Whatever the DNA says, his resulting coat is simply stunning.

Louie – a rescue from Louisiana – was terrifically shy but he warmed up with a healthy dose of good treats and toys. Lola had no problem getting into the session, which she basically ran. Not surprising, this frisky diva dachsie runs the show at her house! We had a fabulous afternoon together indoors; running, playing and showing off for the camera. For me the best of all was the series of images I would have to title “Keep your eye on the ball (or the monkey)” – check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

Our session was booked to capture stunning images of Lola, who is the apple of her daddy’s eye, for Christmas. (Louie, being mom’s baby, had his fair share of camera time too.) My client Louise knew she wanted large wall art for her husband’s newly renovated office at Henry of Pelham Family Estate winery in Niagara, something that would greet him every day and make him smile. The first image below was printed as a 24″ x 36” gallery wrapped canvas piece. I ran into them over the weekend at the Winter WineFest in Jordan Village and by all accounts it was a huge success! Daniel was thrilled and while his office is still under construction, Lola is happily jogging on prime wall space in their home! Now that Christmas is behind us, we’ll be getting together over a glass of Henry of Pelham wine (Cuvée Catherine, perhaps!) to review the other images and choose more gorgeous artwork for their home.

Oh, and for the record…what I wouldn’t give for a studio with this light!

Photographer Karen Black is behind the lens at Indigo Pet Photography. I’m based in Niagara’s Wine Country in Ontario and specialize in natural light pet portraiture but will happily hit the road to capture your pet’s personality for posterity.

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