Love Your Pet Day
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by Kim Hollis
6d ago
Jeff having fun at the dog park This Tuesday February 20th is Love Your Pet Day. If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you are thinking to yourself, every day at your house is Love Your Pet Day. Am I right? I know I am. I would bet money that most everyone reading this had that thought. Every day at our house is Love Your Pet Day but what can you do to make your dog’s day? What really makes your dog happy? Whatever that is, do that with your dog. This day is all about giving your pet extra attention on this day. Giving him your undivided attention. Here are 5 things you can do to make the day ..read more
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How to Take Picture Perfect Valentine's Day Photos of your Dog
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by Kim Hollis
2w ago
This could be a “How To Take Picture Perfect Valentine’s Day Photos of your Dog” and also “What Not To Do!” My dog model is Jeff, our new dog. We adopted him in October. He’s still figuring out this model thing and I’m still figuring out how to best work with him. 5 Tips for Taking Photos of your Dog: Be ready. Have your camera or phone ready to snap the photo. If you’re lucky, your dog will hold his pose. A lot of dogs won’t so you need to be ready. You may only have a quick second when he’s looking directly at you and his ears are perked up. Use treats. If your dog is treat motivated ..read more
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Why are Toe Beans so Cute?
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
Why are Toe Beans so Cute? I never even knew they were called toe beans until I posted the photo at the top of the page on my Instagram back in 2019 with the caption: I can’t even. Someone commented about these cute toe beans and that’s how I learned that they actually have a name. The photo has almost 400 likes (for my account, that’s a lot.) Detail shots are some of my favorite types of images. At my photo sessions, I can get a lot of candid toe bean photos when dogs are running and playing. Here are some that I’ve taken recently. Puppy Toe BeansI mean, who doesn’t think puppy toe beans are ..read more
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Helping our Rescue Dog Jeff Settle In
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
In October we adopted a new dog. His name is Jeff. We know that it takes time for dogs to settle in when they’re newly adopted and we want to do everything we can to make this transition smooth for him. This is what we’ve done to help him. He is a work in progress and we are going to need to continue to work with him. LEARN ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND Because he’s a rescue, we don’t know much about his background. I always try to learn as much as I can. Here’s what we know: He was picked up in a rural part of North Carolina and taken to a high kill shelter. He was pulled by the Charlotte SPCA, a loc ..read more
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Snow Destination Recommendations
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
This traveling dog photographer needs snow destination recommendations. I love to travel. I love the look of photos taken in the snow and photographing dogs in the snow is fun. I have done it before but it’s been a long time because it doesn’t snow with any regularity in Charlotte NC. AND I don’t drive in the snow. The thought terrifies me. I also have a rear wheel drive car that I don’t want to crash. I attended a workshop in Breckenridge Colorado in 2017 in May and it snowed over a foot while we were there. It was awesome. We were in a beautiful house. We had dog models lined up to photogra ..read more
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2024 Top 10 Goals
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by Kim Hollis
1M ago
One of my 2024 goals is to photograph our new dog Jeff, adopted in October 2023. I am going to set some goals for myself for 2024. I’ve never been much of a goal setter but this year I am writing down the things I want to work on. 2024 Top 10 Goals Better Work Life Balance I am not good at this. I am a morning person so I’m usually up working at my computer every day, 7 days a week by 5am. I am also a creature of habit so this has become my routine. I need to break this one. Photograph My Own Dogs Molly is 10 years old. She doesn’t love being a model but I do want to take more photos of h ..read more
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2023 Pet Photography Year in Review
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by Kim Hollis
2M ago
Happy New Year! It’s time for my 2023 Pet Photography Year in Review. I started this tradition two years ago. I choose my favorite photos from each photo shoot I photographed during the year. As always, I am so grateful to all of my clients who entrust me to photograph their pets. I am 7 years into this career and I still can’t believe that this is my job! When I think back on 2023, here are the things that immediately come to my mind: Epic travel and fun adventures with my fellow dog photographer bff Audrey Cox of Sunsets Unleashed Sweet senior dogs Tiny, tiny puppies Dog moms and dog ..read more
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Merry Christmas from Jeff the Dog
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by Kim Hollis
2M ago
Merry Christmas from our new guy Jeff. We adopted Jeff back in October and I finally got him the studio yesterday. Yes, just yesterday! Yesterday was the first day my photography assistant and I could get our schedules coordinated and I definitely needed an assistant. I’ve been working on Jeff’s leash manners and a few other behaviors so I’ve not spent any time working on his stay command. A stay command would be really helpful. He did great though. I think he was a bit confused about what he was supposed to be doing. I think he thought it was going to be all fun and we did try to make it fun ..read more
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My Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Being a Pet Photographer
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by Kim Hollis
3M ago
Here are my top 10 reasons why I love being a pet photographer. My job means that I get to meet dogs and sometimes cats and horses all the time. All kinds of pets: little, big, young, old. I love them all. People who hire me love their pets. Getting to see that love makes my heart smile. I have the honor of creating memories for dog moms and dads that will last a lifetime. Knowing that my images will grace the homes of my clients is truly an honor. My photography knowledge means that I will have professional photos of my own dogs. Photos that I will treasure forever. I have traveled ..read more
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Nikon's Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena Lens Review
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by Kim Hollis
3M ago
Nikon’s new Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens and the gorgeous round bokeh it produces Why am I writing a review of Nikon’s newest lens, the Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena lens when I’m supposed to be writing about “bokeh?” Because the bokeh this lens creates is everything! According to google, bokeh is defined as “the out of focus areas of a photographic image as rendered by a particular lens.” I’ve used Nikon gear my entire career and I’ve used a variety of their camera bodies and lenses. As a dog photographer, my 70-200mm f/2.8 is the lens that is on my camera the most. However if I sort my photos based o ..read more
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