Caribbean Dog by dogbreathphotography

I’m baaaaaaack!!! 🙂
I’m breaking the superduper crazy bananapants silence thats floated in over here these past few weeks! The reason for my disappearance?! Photographing in the sparkling, impossibly crystal blue waters of the Caribbean!! I just returned back to the contiguous United States after an unbelievably magical adventure down in the Virgin Islands. Boy oh boy do I ever have stories for you! I cant even pull enough words out of my heart right now to describe what an absolutely incredible experience it all was.

I’m taking these first few days back on US soil to unpack, get my studio/workspace back up and running and to answer all the messages and emails I missed while I was away.

But in the meantime, I just had to quickly pop in and share one of my favorite images of the trip with you. This gorgeous girl is Penny. Penny is a rescued Border Collie/Corgi mix who makes it her full time job to gallivant across the sandy beaches of St. Croix. This girl was absolutely cuckoo for the water – she had us all absolutely cracking up at her playtime antics. Penny was quite proud to show me her turquoise ocean, we swam together as she paddled in relentless happy little circles underneath the tropical sun above us. From time to time, she would swim back to the beach to do a joyful, proper little roll in the sand (hence that fabulous sandy nose!!), and then she’d gleefully bounce right back in the water with me to do it all over again!

If there’s one thing I know from having the opportunity to visit unbelievable places like this – it’s that magic really does exist. And man oh man, I cant describe the gratitude that fills my heart for how incredibly lucky we are to call a planet so beautiful home.

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To Dream by dogbreathphotography

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
-Roald Dahl

This particular evening on this particular beach with this particular, magic little dog was easily one of my very favorite moments in recent history.

We had an unbelievable day on the beach together, splashing and playing and giggling until our sides hurt. But soon the day turned into afternoon, and the afternoon shifted into evening.

As the sun dipped it’s fiery head towards the horizon, it sent rays of yellow light pouring across the earth. I think we all stood there in awe for just a minute – Jessa too. We paused – staring, mouths agape, trying to grasp all of the perfection in that tiny moment. How lucky we were to be alive under that fairytale sky. It was like the whole world was awash in flecks of gold, glittering and sparkling as we spun and spun on it’s axis.

And just at that moment, Jessa lifted her head to dream. I put my eye to my camera and knew at that moment, all was perfectly, completely right with the world.

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Licks at Sunset by dogbreathphotography

This has been the Summer of sunsets. I’m telling ya, Ive seen more beauty painted across twilight skies over these past 3 months than I can ever remember seeing throughout the whole of my life. It’s been an amazing, amazing season. We’ve gotten the opportunity over here in Dog Breath land to meet, adventure with and love on more gorgeous dogs than I can count! I am so grateful for each and every moment that I was lucky enough to be able to spend under the Summer sun, running amuck and creating all kinds of perfect chaos with happy, bouncing four-leggers of all shapes and sizes by my side. As we wave goodbye to the purples and pinks of Summer – I’m looking forward to the golden oranges and fiery reds of Autumn. With a double booked Fall season coming right up, there are sure to be about a gazillion more absolutely stunning pups coming through your feeds and into your hearts. 🙂

This gorgeous, lick-happy girl right here is sweet Cassidy. Cassidy and her two perfect Pit Bull siblings absolutely rocked their recent session — one of my very favorite shoots of this past Summer! The colors in the sky that night almost brought me to my knees. As the sparkling colors of sunset danced in the air all around us, I couldn’t have been more overwhelmed with happiness, joy and gratitude. Cassidy splashed and played in that golden water in front of me as I held my camera to my eye – only pausing for this one moment to look right at me and lick her sweet little snout – as if to say ‘hey lady. less camera. more treats.’ 😛

Farewell to you, gorgeous Summer. Let’s meet again next year, same time, same place! 🙂

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High Five! by dogbreathphotography

Boy oh boy does little miss Dazzle ever live up to her name!!

She is the sparkliest, twinkliest, most joyful ray of sunshine. She simply shines – radiating silliness and happiness outward in every direction as she wags her way across the world. Yes, I do think that Dazzle is the most fitting name possible for this girl and her glittering spirit.

This past weekend, we spent the most perfect sunshine afternoon together – Dazzle and I. The late July summer air was sweeping all around – rustling Dazzle’s fur gently as it would breeze past us. The city was bustling – full of life and love – people passing on every side – all enjoying this perfect fairytale Summer. The sailboats and windsurfers were out in full force on the Charles River and we sat on this dock to watch them a while as the hot sun spilled it’s yellow rays across the water and onto our shoulders. Dazzle was feeling quite silly and playful – and as we laughed and laughed until our stomachs hurt there on the dock, she would show off all her tricks with an impossible enthusiasm. Dazzle liked to reach in for my lens – coming closer and closer with every move – tongue out with an exuberance and comedy that made my sides hurt from giggling. This is my absolute favorite moment of the day – it’s Dazzle in a nutshell – her silliness and sweetness summarized in one perfect, tiny fraction of a second.


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Splash! by dogbreathphotography

We just wrapped up another week/weekend of 5 straight shoots in a row over here in Dog Breath land, and my oh my was it ever glorious!!! 🙂 My days were spent chasing impossibly cute little four legged maniacs and wiping puppy snots off my lenses, and my nights were spent with my eyes glued to my iMac, unloading memory card after memory card of photographic joy while squealing with delight.

To start off our puppy extravaganza weekend, we met this gorgeous little soft-coated Wheaten man named Petey! When I heard that Petey loved the water, I knew we had to choose a location where he could let loose to splash and play! 🙂

We had our photo session on Boston’s south shore, at a perfect pebble beach that overlooks the city from across the bay. We spent the first half of our session being proper and dry – but deep down inside, we were all counting down the seconds until the moment that Petey’s little velvet paws hit that glorious water. Just as the sun began to sink toward the horizon and the brilliant colors of sunset began to twinkle across the sky – we knew it was time! Petey was unleashed in an explosion of silliness and joy as he bounded off in a happy frenzy toward his favorite place in the world – the water! I threw off my shoes and made a mad dash right behind him – determined to capture those tiny moments of whimsy that Petey was so proud to share with us. Petey stopped, looked right at me with a silly little grin, and then pushed his paw straight down into the water to create a furry induced tidal wave as he watched the water splash all around him with fascinated golden eyes.

Lucky for me and very fast shutter speeds, I was blessed to be able to capture this perfect moment of Petey’s proud silliness as the water danced like crystals all around him in the sunset air.

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