I’ve been on a long break as I recover from surgery. Sometimes I have a hard time going out for a fun time, feeling like I must bring my big camera and equipment and aim for perfection. Luckily I was able to just bring my little point and shoot to capture our puppy’s first day at the beach. We didn’t stay too long because it was windy and damp and chilly at the dog beach, but I got a few fun shots. One downfall of point and shoots is that you can’t see the screen very well in bright sunlight which means sometimes you just have to aim and shoot and hope you captured something worth keeping. Chill, our almost 6 month old puppy had a blast. I would have to call him fearless, fassst and a fan of trying to chase seagulls flying overhead. I didn’t get many shots of our other fur babies, but I had to shoot Jimi with a face covered with sand. He doesn’t care, he is such a ball chasing maniac! On the way to Morro Bay the dogs were full of anticipation – on the way home they were blissful with memories of sand, sea and chasing balls and seagulls (only flying overhead.) p.s.: Can you guess which photo I photoshopped?
My latest doggie subject, Paolo the dappled dachshund. Since it’s the holiday season, I’ve added some word overlays to some of the photos. You can click on each individual picture to see it enlarged. Also, if you visit my Donna Johnson Photography facebook page, you will find a great mini-session special going on.
I tagged along with Rex to the dog beach in Morro Bay, and luckily had brought my camera along. Soon after we arrived we saw this para-glider getting ready to take off. I asked him if I could take pictures of him and he was all for it. We watched him get ready for the take off. He circled around and then headed north toward Cayucos. Rex played ball with our doggies and eventually we saw our guy in the sky heading back from west, over the ocean. I had heard there were whales out that way and found out after he landed that he had seen a big group of them. Can you imagine gliding through the sky and looking down way out over the ocean and seeing this!!
Teri and Justy Garcin live on hundreds of acres east of Santa Maria, Ca. where they raise cattle, horses, and herding dogs – mcnabs and mcnab/border collies. I recently spent some time there to take pictures of the latest litter of puppies and to try and capture some of the dogs doing what they are good at: herding, working and playing. It was a joy to ride along with Teri in her ATV through their gorgeous property and snap away with my camera. As well as raising great dogs, Teri also takes in rescues and works to re-home them. You can check out the website here – Hidden Highlands Ranch
Shasta, Kerin’s best friend ever, is now 10. I had taken their photos a few years ago and was taken with the bond between the two. I recently got a call from Kerin with some very sad news – Shasta had been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. Thankfully, I was able to capture more special photos while Shasta is still faring well. It was a bittersweet session. My husband and I had lost our 14 year old Zoe in January and our dogs are part of our family like Kerin and Shasta . . . Also included, Kristen, Kerin’s daughter and Pierre, Shasta’s buddy.