Our Pack Rescue Dogs

Athena, Iris, and Jasper are rescue dogs looking for forever families while in the care of Our Pack Animal Rescue, Moncton, NB.

Athena, Iris, and Jasper are rescue dogs looking for forever families while in the care of Our Pack Animal Rescue, Moncton, NB.

Last week, I had the privilege of meeting and photographing these 3 lovely dogs for Our Pack Animal Rescue in Moncton, NB.

Athena is a 3 year old pitty mix who can be a little bit reactive with strangers and unfamiliar dogs at first. She was a little wary of us in the beginning, especially my partner Graham who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, but she warmed up quickly with treats! Athena would prefer to be the only pet in the home because she doesn’t like to share and will want her family all to herself. Once she knows you, she is a major cuddle bug.

Iris is a sweet and friend American Staffordshire mix. Not surprisingly, she can be a bit of a bull in a china shop, but she calms down nicely after a few minutes. Iris has some skin issues that are suspected to be caused by allergies, so she may require a special diet and ongoing veterinary care.

Jasper is a super handsome German Shepherd mix. He can be fearful when first meeting new people, but quickly transforms into a happy go lucky guy. His foster home has him involved in dog sports like flyball and canicross, and that is helping to build his confidence and socialization skills. He’d be a great dog for an active home that would like to continue participating in dog sports.

If you are interested in meeting any of these dogs, please contact Our Pack Animal Rescue for more info, and to see if they are still available. (These posts my not be updated when the dogs are adopted).

Photographic Artist of the Year

These are my cats, Stompin’ Tom and Trillian, which makes it extra special that this was one of the 4 photos that won me the Photographic Artist of The Year award.

These are my cats, Stompin’ Tom and Trillian, which makes it extra special that this was one of the 4 photos that won me the Photographic Artist of The Year award.

The Atlantic Region of Professional Photographers of Canada held their annual image competition recently, and I took home a bunch of awards, including Photographic Artist of the Year! I also won the Bruce Berry Award for Best Overall Print, Best Pictorial/Floral, Best Fine Art, and 2 Judge’s Choice awards. What a night to remember! (And I sure was glad I didn’t wear heels).

Here are my other winning images. Did you know that I photograph landscapes and wildlife, as well as pets? It is actually a big help in my pet photography - if I can get great photos of wild animals and birds, even the worst behaved, most untrained pets are comparably easy! You can see more of my nature photography on Instagram, @Focused_On_Canada or on my Facebook page.

Beach Dogs

A foggy, drizzly day at the beach can still be lots of fun when there are Golden Retrievers around!

A foggy, drizzly day at the beach can still be lots of fun when there are Golden Retrievers around!

Molly and Murphy are a pair of 8 year old Golden Retrievers who think they are still puppies. Their mom takes lots of photos of them, but really wanted to capture them in action, which is difficult without professional camera gear.

We took the dogs to Waterside Beach, on the Bay of Fundy (near Alma, NB and Fundy National Park). It was the perfect location, and even though the foggy, drizzly weather was a little disappointing at the time, the grey and sandy tones ended up being an ideal match for the neutral, beachy decor in the home! We even designed an (endlessly customizable) folio box to hold the mounted prints

I'm so in love with the memory box I created for the owner of these Golden Retrievers. The blue/grey and sandy tones of the beach on a foggy day were a perfect match for the neutral/beachy decor in the home.

I'm so in love with the memory box I created for the owner of these Golden Retrievers. The blue/grey and sandy tones of the beach on a foggy day were a perfect match for the neutral/beachy decor in the home.

Pro Tip: Don’t let overcast skies trick you into leaving the camera at home. Cloudy days make for softer, more even light that is much easier to work with than the harsh shadows you will get on sunny days.

Are you located in Southern New Brunswick and think a beach session would be perfect for your dog? Get in touch and we’ll make it happen!


Here's why your pet photos are blurry

Here's why your pet photos are blurry

It's because of light. You either don't have enough of it or you don't have the right kind.  That's it and it doesn't just apply to pet photos, it applies to photos of your kids, that landscape you thought would be so pretty but wasn't and basically any photo that leaves you disappointed compared to the reality of the scene and what you were trying to capture.