This shot came together perfectly -- the shades of blue contrasting with this sweet boy's buff and white (and pink nose!), his intent expression, and the reflection in his eyes. Every time I look at this photo, it gives me a lovely feeling.
In her element
An 8-month old puppy usually looks gangly and maybe a little awkward, but water is a great equalizer. This darling girl had been having a blast in the James River, and came to rest for just a moment, looking like the adult she's about to become.
Penny had more energy than any puppy I've yet encountered. In fact, I had to up my lighting because she was moving too fast for me to snap her without blur! But this duck changed the game. One squeak had her throwing it around, play bowing to it, and having the time of her life.
Duchess, English Mastiff
Look at this young, regal beauty! Already she's the embodiment of the quintessential gentle giant: mellow, smart, and with a penchant for sitting on her tush like a little canine kid.
This shot makes me smile every time I see it. Initially, I thought it was an outtake, because Juneau had lost her cool and started kissing her mom instead of posing like a grown-up. But the smile and the kisses made this one of my favorite shots of the night.
William, looking particularly soft, sweet, and photogenic.
Sugar the Mini Aussie and Cherye
Sometimes the best shots are the most candid - I love how unstudied and genuine both of their expressions are. Add to that, the first time I met Sugar, she was much smaller and much more nervous about the world, in general. This time around, just look how relaxed she is! What a pleasure.
This is Salo's very successful "I'm so cute" pose -- and unlike most cats I know, he rolls, pauses, and waits for attention or pictures. It's kind of a photographer's dream.
Chippers, Yorkshire Terrier
Miss Chippers, already registered as a Canine Good Citizen and, more recently, as a therapy dog, is nothing short of precious. Her gaze is super soft, and she is so calm and happy to please.
You know those people who are extremely shy but 100% worth the effort to get to know? That's Lin all the way. Her tail constantly wags, and she has a special love of head scratches and tennis balls that made her a breeze (and a pleasure!) to snap.