Welcome to Christy Schulte Photography! My name is Christy, and I’m a pet and family photographer serving Metro Detroit and Lansing.

Do you love your dog but struggle to get a quality photo? Are there mainly blurry photos of your dog on your phone? Do you even have any photos of you with your pet? I can capture beautiful images of your beloved pet(s) and create pieces that you can treasure for a lifetime.

Whether you are looking for portraits of just your dog or you want photos of your entire family, I would love the opportunity to work with you! To view samples of my work, please head to my Portfolio. To learn more about my dog-owning, cider and donut-loving self, check out the About Me page.

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To help you during this “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order here in Michigan, I’ve put together some enrichment activities for your dog(s), you and your little ones if you have any. All activities are dog focused!

Regardless what you decide to do, please be sure to get fresh air with your pup. It will do you a world of good!


Enrichment Activities for Your Dog(s)

Dogminded, a dog trainer based in Boston, created this graphic with tips on how to enrich your dog’s day. They have even more ideas on their website!

In addition to the ideas above, I wanted to share a few more:

  • Make one of these 17 DIY dog toys [Care.com]
  • Visit your local park and walk the trails, keeping a 6-foot distance
  • Make homemade dog treats [PuppyLeaks.com]
  • Order a puzzle toy on Amazon or see if your local pet store has curbside pickup (and grab more of their dog food while you’re there!) [Training by Jacqueline]
  • Stuff yummy snack (like peanut butter without xylitol) into a Kong and freeze it [Dogminded] or put peanut butter in and apple [Pretty Fluffy]
  • Watch YouTube videos on how to teach your dog a new trick [YouTube]
  • Make one of these Easter dog-friendly treats [Pretty Fluffy]
  • Order the Dog Activity Bundle for toys and treats [Bubs’ & Betty’s]

In-Home Activities for You

I wanted to provide a few at-home activities that a dog lover like you could enjoy:

  • Check out a dog-related audiobook from your library. My library has an app called Libby that allows me to listen to audiobooks for free. The app has books like Dog is Love and Inside of a Dog!
  • Watch a dog movie on Netflix [TheCinemaholic]
  • Watch a dog movie on Disney+ [CinemaBlend]
  • Order a dog book from your local book store. I purchased Wag by Zazie Todd online through 2 Dandelions Bookshop in downtown Brighton.
  • Order a shirt or sweatshirt for yourself. I highly recommend Milford-based Bub’s & Betty’s – their Dogaholic crewneck sweatshirt is super cute!
  • Make a paw print ornament for your Christmas tree later this year [Positively.com]
  • Book a pet and family photo session with Christy Schulte Photography to get excited about and start planning during this quiet time [Christy Schulte Photography]

In-Home Activities for Your Little Ones

Do you have young kids who just love their dog(s)? Here are some fun crafts and activities to help them pass the time at home!

  • Dog craft ideas [Childfun.com]
  • Print out one of these dog coloring pages [Google]
  • My 22-month-old daughter and my German Shepherd LOVE when I blow bubbles
  • If your child can read, encourage them to read to your dog!
  • Does your kid need to work on a stimulating project since they’re missing school right now? Ask them to do a book report on their favorite breed.
  • Check out these lesson plans for grades 4-6 [American Veterinary Medical Association] or Preschool – 12th grade [AKC]
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I don’t know about you, but sunflowers immediately make me smile. They bring so much beauty and joy into the world in August (at least here in Michigan).

We had three families take advantage of our sunflower mini sessions at a farm in Fowlerville and what fun we had, mesmerized by the beautiful sunflowers.

Be sure to follow our social media channels for information about 2020 sunflower mini sessions in either late July or early August!

Wilma, a doodle, in a Fowlerville, Michigan, sunflower field.
Wilma
Spud and Cashew, a pair of boxer mixes, posed for photos in a Fowlerville, Michigan, sunflower field.
Spud & Cashew
Marv posed for photos in a Fowlerville, Michigan, sunflower field.
Marv
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I personally know Stella’s mom, Kylie, so I had previously snapped a couple quick photos of Stella when she was an itty bitty puppy. Kyle saw how quickly Stella, an adorable Bernedoodle, was growing and booked a session with me to capture puppy photos at 17 weeks old. I love Linden Park in Birmingham, Mich., for photo sessions, as you can get photos in an open field, by a stone wall and on a trail. So much variety!

Stella, a bernedoodle, posed for photos with her parents at a Birmingham, Michigan, park
Stella, a bernedoodle, posed for photos with her parents at a Birmingham, Michigan, park
I love to take photos of your furry family in focus with the hoomans in the background!
Stella, a bernedoodle, posed for photos with her parents at a Birmingham, Michigan, park

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The McGillis family already had a Bernese Mountain Dog named Mia when they decided to add little Carlos to the mix. At the time of the session, Mia was not a fan of her new furry sibling and wanted nothing to do with his puppy antics. As such, we focused our attention on the adorable little pup that he was to capture his tiny, fluffy self in all his glory.

Puppy - Bernese Mountain Dog - Pet Photographer - Photo Session
Bernese Mountain Dog - Pet Photographer - Puppy - Photo Session

I then turned my attention to capturing some images of Mia, who did her best to move around the yard in the opposite direction of Carlos.

Bernese Mountain Dog - Pet Photographer - Photo Session

We then strategically took the family photo – placing the two dogs on opposite sides of the image. You would have no idea looking at these photos! I am happy to report that the two are great friends these days, especially as Carlos continues to outgrow his excited puppy tendencies.

Family Photo - Bernese Mountain Dog - Pet Photographer - Photo Session
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