Dog and Blue Jeans…In Black & White

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This dog was precious! I took this while 2nd shooter on an engagement shoot – this couple was adorable, but I couldn’t take my eyes off their pup. This was taken with my old Canon 30D, but edited using my new LR/PS CC subscription 🙂

JBeckendorf Dog and Jeans, Animals BW

Here’s another one – the lighting was harsh and the dog’s nose a little blurry, but I still like this photo:



An angel plotting an attack.

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There aren’t many people that would call Ralph an angel after meeting him. They’re wrong. He is incredibly sweet. To me, anyway.

In fact, that is one thing I agree with the haters about… Ralph loves only one human in this world: me. I am the lucky one that gets all of his sweetness.

In this photo, the little angel is watching birds… And plotting to kill them.

Taken with my Samsung Note 3 with no editing (read: LAZY).


PS:some of you might remember him from this gem:


Do you have a pet that only seems to like one person? Feel free to share your story in the comments.

Dog, contemplating.

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I couldn’t resist sharing another shot of this photogenic guy. He seems to be contemplating the meaning of Christmas, but really he is just trying to move his face away from the camera. This was taken with my Samsung Note 3 (again – I can’t wait until my new camera arrives!).


Time to clean ears

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Franky has such an amazing, expressive face. I love photographing him, but unfortunately he does not love cameras, so my photos of him typically consist of him looking away or off to the side.

In this photo, he is suspiciously eyeing the ear cleaning solution we are about to administer. The way he looks, you’d think we were about to torture him.

I hate ear - cleaning day!

Holiday traditions

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In the past, I have posted photos from the Christmas tree farm we visit, but for some reason this year was a bit more fun. Perhaps because I am moving on to a new job and life seems so full of possibilities I could burst.

Have you ever taken a step back from yourself to assess your life and suddenly realized how lucky you are? That happened to me this week.

The following photos aren’t particularly special works of art, but the strong sense of peace and love coming from my soul when I made them was very special.

Horse('s), Ass
Our two (yes, I said TWO) trees

Fur and Paws

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Whenever any furry critter is around, I will be the first person to focus in and attempt to cuddle, kiss, and of course take photos of them. I have 5 pets myself, so I have a lot of opportunity to practice. It can be very tricky, especially when they don’t trust the big metal contraption you keep trying to shove in front of their face. But, in the end, the reward of the perfect (or almost perfect… Or flawed-but-strangely-perfect) photo is enough.

Again, these photos were taken on my phone and filters were used. Not all of them turned out the way I hoped, but I still loved each one.

My precious Lou.
My host dog while on vacation in VA
An unintentionally freaky photo of a very sweet (and handsome) kitty
Leaping Lou.
Smile, you handsome devil!


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While I love to photograph just about anything, I really love taking photos of pets. This dog, Fifi, could be seen with his owner just about every night on the Piazza in Cagli, Italy. If you look closely, you will see my shape in his eyes as well as two of the buildings surrounding the piazza.