In mid-June, I had the opportunity to photograph a 10-week-old fox named Axel, who was rescued from a fur farm in Minnesota. His parents had to apply to the fox rescue in addition to going through a formal wildlife permit application with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Upon finishing all of the necessary paperwork, they brought Axel home to Michigan. How adorable is he!? You can follow his fox adventures on Instagram at @our_fox_axel.

Axel the Fox - Michigan Pet Photographer

There were definitely quite a few moments where I caught Axel being very fox-like, while other times he reminded me more of a kitten or puppy.

Axel the Fox - Michigan Pet Photographer

Axel the Fox - Michigan Pet Photographer

Naturally, I had to take some photos of Axel with his mom, Jenny. How perfect was the light behind them for these photos?

Axel the Fox - Michigan Pet Photographer

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Lillie Jane is a beautiful Weimaraner from Birmingham, Mich. Funny enough, her mom Susan is a teacher at my former high school. Small world! Anyways, we started our session off by the waterfall in Quarton Lake Park, which is a gorgeous park in Birmingham.

Across the lake from us was a stunning home that made the perfect backdrop to Lillie so we, of course, had to stop for some photos!

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My wonderful German Shepherd, Ripley, turned one today! Last year at this time, my husband and I had our first day back at work following our Kauai honeymoon. After the craziness of wedding planning, we decided that we were ready to welcome home a GSD puppy from a breeder or rescue a GSD/GSD mix from a Michigan shelter. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find a GSD mix to rescue during the timeframe we were looking (one GSD mix was adopted before our appointment to view him). At that time, we decided to look for a breeder. We went to visit Ripley when he was just 4-weeks-old before we placed the deposit. Look how tiny he was!

Little RipleyWhen Ripley easily fell asleep on Bret’s lap, we were sold! Four weeks later, Ripley came home with us on Labor Day weekend. We spent five days with our little munchkin, helping him adjust to his new home and the crate. He was an adorable little guy, as you can see below (don’t mind the patchy grass – we had a new construction home and our grass was slowly growing in).

1st Weekend with Ripley

After that first weekend, Ripley grew so quickly. We introduced him to his cousin, Bella the Border Collie, and his aunt and uncle who live on a farm in Mid-Michigan. He loved running around with Bella!

By the beginning of October at 12 weeks, Ripley was really starting to look older. He also began what would be a lifelong fascination with his ball.

Once Ripley received all of his vaccinations, we took him to the local cider mill as well as a pumpkin patch in Wisconsin while on vacation. In Michigan, cider mills are a rite of passage in the fall. Ripley went to a few of them!

The fall meant a time for exploring the beauty of Michigan and the stunning fall foliage, particularly in our own “neighborhood” as you see below.

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I had the absolute joy of photographing a very handsome pit bull named Gibbs (yes, he is named after the NCIS character). We went around the University of Michigan campus – my alma mater (Go Blue!) – for a fun evening session. To see more photos of Gibbs, you can check him out on Instagram at @gibbs_n_gunnar.

There are some cool walls with murals around campus so we made sure to stop by those for a few quick photos!

Gibbs

We found a fairly open spot on campus for photos where we could really show off Gibbs’ good looks and capture beautiful bokeh behind him.

Gibbs

One of the awesome aspects of doing a session on a college campus is the beautiful buildings, architecture and the cool doors! We found this spot near the Law Quad and made sure to capture a variety of photos in front of this door.

Gibbs

The Law Quad at the University of Michigan is absolutely gorgeous, but the courtyard was under construction this year. We went alongside one of the buildings that makes up the Law Quad and captured some stunning images of Gibbs.

Gibbs

Ingalls Mall is this beautiful, open space on campus where the Rackham Auditorium overlooks. You can see the Rackham in the background as Gibbs models quite majestically on Ingalls Mall.

Gibbs at Ingalls Mall

As part of Ingalls Mall, there is a cool looking water fountain that we had Gibbs pose in front of. Thankfully, he did not jump into the water!

We ended the session as we were leaving. We cut through the Nickels Arcade to get to our parking lot. Amazingly, I didn’t even have to Photoshop people out of the photo. We were able to time it so that it appears no one is in the space for our final shots of the session!

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Ozzie, his owner Lexei and I spent the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend exploring an area park in Northville, MI. Ozzie, an Australian Koolie, frequently goes hiking with his mom by parks near their house so it was only natural that we would try to photograph something that they love to do in their free time. I knew that it would be a fun session when the car pulled up with Ozzie’s head sticking out the window!

Ozzie

If I learned anything from this session, it is that you need to give Ozzie time to explore before trying to get him to pose for treats! 😉 He loved to run and scope out the next great spot.

Ozzie - Pet Photography Session

We finished his session out on an open field where we caught the sun going down behind Ozzie. It was a wonderful evening with a dog that reminded me a lot of our own German Shepherd, Ripley. To see more adventures of Ozzie, check out his Instagram account at @superkoolie.

Ozzie - Pet Photography Session

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