Hi! I'm Ali, and welcome to my blog!

I'm an animal-loving, sun-worshipping photographer who specilaizes in FRESH photography for ACTIVE pet parents! I strive to help pet parents like YOU look good, feel good, and do good. To learn more about me, my services, products, and how I can help you, please visit my website at alipeterson.com.

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Sep 05, 2017
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You don’t have to own a Pit Bull to know that they get a bad rap. Any dog owner could tell you who Michael Vick is, and even if they’re not a fan of Pit Bulls, they wouldn’t agree with the practice of organized dog fighting. Having owned 3 Pit Bulls at one time (my middle child passed away in May 2017, you can read all about that here…warning: you may need a tissue), I know first-hand the negative Pit Bull stereotyping and judgments that are thrown in the faces of Pit Bull parents on a regular basis.

For those who don’t know…imagine walking your dog and seeing some one cross the street in front of traffic just to avoid walking passed you. Imagine being forced into a home you can’t afford or a town you don’t want to live in because they don’t allow your dog to be there. Imagine meeting a fellow dog lover who suddenly wants nothing to do with you because they discovered what breed of dog you have. This is the kind of treatment Pit Bull parents receive regularly. It’s just not fair to them, and it’s not fair to the dogs.

Think about it…it’s one thing to dislike a certain breed for whatever reasons (maybe you just aren’t fond of big dogs, or your need a dog that serves a specific purpose), but for those who are hating on Pit Bulls just because of their past are literally holding a grudge against some one who was forced to do something against their will. These dogs don’t WANT to fight, they’re being forced to. There’s dogs in China that are being forced to wear kid’s clothes and walk upright on their hind legs just for some viral video craze, but no one holds a grudge against them. They feel sorry for them. But because of what the Pitties were forced to do (kill other Pitties), suddenly they’re classified as horrible, vicious dogs.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, a significant amount of progress has been made in preventing dog fighting from existing, as well as educating the public on all the good qualities that Pit Bulls have. Take Gigi, for example…she spent her childhood unwillingly participating in the Missouri 500 dog fighting games. The organization was busted in 2009, freeing Gigi, along with over 350 other dogs who were brought into shelters in hopes of finding loving homes. Shortly after, Gigi met her soulmate parents who have since rehabilitated her and certified her as a therapy dog. Despite her brutal past, which is evident by her scarred appearance and one blind eye, she now happily volunteers at Love on a Leash Pet Therapy. Together with her mom, they visit veterans, seniors, and adults with mental disabilities to brighten their days with her wagging tail and infectious smile.

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With that said, we have a long way to go before Pit Bulls and their parents are “accepted” in society the way other breeds are…the way they deserve to be. And it’s up to us to do something about it. Trying to convince the public that Pit Bulls are sweet, loving animals will not be easy. They are, in fact, genetically dispositioned to attack and destroy. And they do, in fact, account for the majority of fatal dog bites in the U.S. BUT, I believe we can help minimize the chances of these types of incidences from occurring. With education and responsible pet ownership, we can help Pit Bulls become the dogs they’re meant to be. It’ll be a long journey to get there, but we have to start somewhere. So, to begin, there’s one simple thing you can do to help show the public how wonderfully beautiful these dogs are, inside and out.

What’s that one simple thing? Share pictures of your Pittie. Seriously! Show the world how loving they are by photographing them giving kisses to you and/or your family members. Nothing says “what a sweet pup” like a photo of a dog licking a baby’s face or the two of them getting along like best buds. Praise their skills by sharing pictures of them performing tricks and other talents.  These are dogs are eager to please which makes them fast learners. They’re smart! Make a commitment to teach them a new trick every other month, then share it. Get them certified and take them to visit hospitals, veterans, elderly homes, kids with special needs. Take pictures of them interacting with these people that benefit from having them in their lives.

Dozer may be a big Bull, but he’s not a bully. Having almost not survived his first few days of life, he was rescued and now lives happily with and his brother, Sawyer. And they are two peas in a pod. They sleep, play, and eat together. Dozer even lets Sawyer ride on his back like a horse!

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Hurley & Titan have a sister with Down Syndrome who they absolutely adore. And it goes without saying that she adores them back. Pit Bulls like Hurley & Titan are the epitome of “family dog,” showing nothing but unconditional love for their family members.

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If we all show the world how big our little Pittie’s hearts really are, we’ll continue to make progress towards their acceptance. Pit Bulls deserve to be given a chance. With out help, they can be treated with the same love, respect, and kindness that other breeds receive. Like I said, it’s a long, tough journey ahead, but we’ve got to start somewhere. Every little step we take towards educating ourselves on responsible ownership, and educating the public on our progress helps. So join the cause, learn about the breed, practice safe ownership, strengthen their non-violent skills, help raise awareness, take some pictures of your Pittie and share them! If you’re not the best photographer and you feel you can’t do your dog justice, call or email me. I would LOVE to help you 🙂

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Want to help stop negative Pit Bull stereotyping in a bigger way? Donate to your local Pit Bull non-profit. Awareness groups and rescue organizations (like San Diego’s “SD Pittie Parents” and “Passion For Pitties“) are always looking for help. Also, keep an eye out for my special promotion that I’ll be having during National Pit Bull Awareness month (October)!

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Photos taken at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Aug 28, 2017
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San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Pets, Ali Peterson Photography

It may be a coincidence, but it often seems like whenever I go to photograph the San Diego Humane Society adoptable pets, they’re all napping! Even with the help of my lovely assistant, Dee, we often find it difficult to get the animals to wake up for us, let alone “model.” We must come right after their lunch is served. Haha! And although I totally understand having a serious case of “food coma,” it can be a bit of a bummer when we decide to move on to the next animal on the list without getting a decent shot, but we’d much rather let them be at peace with whatever they’re doing as opposed to forcing them to take a picture. Luckily, there’s always a handful of animals who are more than willing to take a mugshot for us…maybe they instinctively know it can help them get adopted faster. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s line-up of adoptable furry friends…

Spencer – 235730San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Van Halen – 255258San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Andrea – 253786San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Lancelot – 254058San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Puma Thurman – 254511San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Katherine – 250643San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat, Ali Peterson Photography

Carlos – 244189San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Bunny, Ail Peterson Photography

Little Bea – 248114San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Bunny, Ali Peterson Photography

Nibbles – 254498San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Bunny, Ali Peterson Photography

Marble – 253787San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Guinea Pig, Ali Peterson Photography

Don’t see a pet that would be a perfect match for you? Check out ALL the adoptable pets at the San Diego Humane Society that are currently looking for forever homes at sdhumane.org.

Aug 17, 2017
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San Diego Humane Society, Adoptable Cats, Ail Peterson Photography

Last month, I received a comment on my Facebook page from some one who actually went and adopted one of the cats I photographed. It made my heart fill with joy! To know that the photos I take of these shelter cats actually inspire people to go visit them and adopt is AMAZING! I wish that would happen every month! So, here’s the latest group of kitties that are still looking for homes. They are currently available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society Oceanside campus on Airport Rd. If your heart feels all warm and fuzzy inside after looking at these photos, go pay them a visit!  Even if you don’t end up adopting, I can tell you from experience that they’ll at least enjoy the company 🙂

CATELYN – 253694

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GRACIE – 228404

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MISSY – 253152

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KATSU – 252067

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PORTER – 210146

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MAI – 253550

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LECHE – 253414

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SOVA – 252044

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POPPY – 250829

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Jul 17, 2017
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San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

Well, Adopt-A-Cat-Month might be over but there is still plenty of San Diego Humane Society adoptable cats ready to find their forever homes. This last photo session was pretty entertaining as the majority of the cats I photographed were very friendly and playful. Sometimes I feel bad for waking them up from their naps, but they’re usually pretty cool about it once they realize they get to play for a few minutes. Check out the line-up below, and visit sdhumane.org to see more cats and other animals that are ready for adoption.

BEN – 247976San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

CADI – 249203San Diego Humane Society Adoptable cats

EMBER – 250390San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

FRECKLES – 248699San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

GABY – 200154San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

HARPER – 250258San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat

LILAC – 247272San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

LOKI – 242139San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

MARC ANTHONY – 250234San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

MAX – 243455San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

MISSY – 250488San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

PRECIOUS – 248083San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

RAIDER – 239650San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

SAGE – 209081San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

SULANIE – 250785San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

TRISTAN – 250785San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cats

VALENTINO – 250357San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Cat

Jun 03, 2017
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San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

Check out this week’s line-up of San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits!! I’ve never owned a rabbit before, but they crack me up. They’re so soft and friendly. Sure, they may not be as interactive or engaged as a dog, but they sure do make a great companion for a dog. Haha! If you’re looking for a furry friend with big ears and a puffy tail, then you my find one here. Visit sdhumane.org to learn more about each of these adorable little fur balls.

ABIGAIL – 247348San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

ALRIC – 247755San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

CANYON – 247756San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

CHIPMUNK – 247754San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

JUPITER – 24775San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits

TOTORO – 247752San Diego Humane Society Adoptable Rabbits