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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Last month, I met up with the cutest little furry friends, who are behind the adorable @PeakePups on Instagram, in Livingston County at an area park. The dynamic duo consists of Delilah, a 10-year-old Maltese/Chihuahua mix, and Riley, a 3.5-year-old Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix. Together with their mom, Lauren, we ventured around the park to capture a variety of photos.

Delilah & Riley

We first went to the start of a hiking trail at the park where the light was hitting the trail perfectly. Their mom was worried that Riley would be skeptical of me and this process, but he ended up being quite the model! As you can see below, Riley perfected his head tilt throughout the evening and modeled his fluffy tail! Delilah was not to be outshone by her younger brother and, after investigating the trail, plopped down in the perfect pose.

Riley & Delilah

On our way back from the trail, we came across a picnic table where we perched both dogs for photos with the beautiful sun setting behind them.

Delilah & Riley

As the sun was getting lower in the sky, we moved the Peake Pups out to an open field that had this beautiful, dreamy lighting.

Delilah & Riley

We finished our evening together by Kent Lake to get a few shots with the beautiful water in the background where the dashing duo showed off their good looks!

Delilah & Riley

I was so sad to end our session, as it was the perfect evening with these two munchkins. It was tough to resist putting six-pound Delilah in my purse!

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