Happy New Year! Incredible that it’s already the beginning of another year. 2015 went by so quickly, yikes!

I think that 2016 is going to be a big year for Indigo Pet Photography. I’m off to Istanbul in February for 10 days, while there I hope to photograph street dogs and cats. With luck, I’ll also find a rescue that I can help by photographing some of their charges that are available for adoption.

This year, I’ll be adding a calendar of events to my website so that you will have plenty of notice for upcoming mini sessions and special dog events that Indigo will be a part of. I plan to join the Professional Photographers of Canada in 2016 and will aim to achieve my accreditation this year, a lofty goal… but you have to start somewhere! Also, if the dollar would only cooperate, I would like to take my photography to a new level and participate in a pet photography workshop in the States.

So I’ve been through last year’s sessions and I’ve selected 10 of my favourites images! It was tough as there were quite a few I would have liked to include, but I decided to keep it to 10.

If you are interested in booking a pet photography session, please contact me at 905.932.1042 or send me an email and I’ll get in touch with you directly. I’m happy to travel and frequently do! Hope to work with you and your best friend in this shiny, bright new year!

NuisanceMeet Nuisance, she was found hanging around at Sue Ann Staff Estate Winery in Jordan and basically muscled her way in. It was a lovely warm light that she basked in and from her perch on the stool, she watch me work with the dog… with visible disdain. To me it’s like she’s channeling her inner Jimmy Cagney and her “cat”-itude was off the charts.

Matthew BenjaminMatthew Benjamin stole my heart when I was photographing JRTRO foster dogs at his home north of Toronto. He was 17 at the time and unfortunately he crossed the Rainbow Bridge later last year. He was a great mentor to many foster dogs and is deeply missed by his mom and dad.

Paikea's Life well lived sessionOf all the photos that I took in 2015 this one is hands down my favourite. It was a Life Well Lived session with Paikea, a 15 year old rescue. Her early life was an exceptionally sad story but once she met up with Shannon everything turned around. She even travelled across Canada three times. The love that Shannon and Alex felt for her was palpable and I shed more than a few tears while I edited her session. She was a little fragile on the day of the shoot, but she rallied and seemed to enjoy the attention. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge a couple of months after her session. Paikea will live on in their hearts and the memories created at her session were a fitting tribute that will be cherished forever. 

Lucy the Niagara TerrierLucy the Niagara Terrier’s session took place on a very humid day. We took it easy, had a brief romp and then she decided to recline on the veranda, as one does. I love the textures and lines as well as Lucy’s sweet expression here.

MacyMacy is a Toronto diva. Like most Havanese I’ve met, she has a lovely disposition. I love the colouring on her ears, her pink heart tag and her sweet little face. Makes me want to pinch those cheeks… or ruffle her ears anyway!

Lucy the doodleBlondes really do have more fun…this session with Lucy, a Golden Doodle, was in Beamer Park, Grimsby in the Fall. The colours were amazing and she was such a poser. The sun burst and gorgeous lighting really set this shot apart for me.

Hello Kitty and IslaBlonde ambition. Isla was 8-weeks old when I met up with her in Toronto. We ended up in a parkette across the street and when I found the graffiti I knew that a potential great shot was in the cards. I loved the way she just stomped over Hello Kitty’s face on her quest to get to me.

BismarkLove this nightfall with moon silhouette shot of Bismark, the German Short-haired Pointer at Hidden Bench Estate Winery. This was shot late afternoon and I love the way the exposure and time of day allowed me to create a mood evocative of nightfall.

JasmineJasmine is one of my favourite girlies. Her dad is the winemaker at Angels Gate Winery so we used that as our backdrop. She became very distracted when a bee appeared to want to steal the limelight. This was my favourite of the bee shots, it makes me smile whenever I see it.

My boy LuccaLast but not least is this photo of the newest member of my pack, Lucca. He was meant to be a foster and ended up as Indy’s permanent wing man. This photo is how I see him everyday. In my face, big clownish mug, Scruffy McMuffy always ready for a game of chase, tug or fetch followed by a bowl of any one’s food that he can lay his paws on. He’s named for a place where I spent many happy years and I know that he’ll bring the same kind of happiness for many more.

So there you have it… my 10 favourite shots from 2015. I know, I know, I said that I’d just do ten, but I can’t resist one bonus – because you can’t beat a good bum shot, and helloooo…these paws… ♥️

Lucy the Niagara Terrier's frog pose