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.

Here, you'll find my most recent adventures in pet photography, including but not limited to: photo sessions with families and pet businesses, custom product information, helpful How-To articles, special event highlights, model calls, contests, and other useful resources to help educate and entertain you.

Aug 24, 2017

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

If you’re into essential oils, you probably know all the wonderful benefits they have, and how to use them to reap those benefits. But, did you know that they can also significantly benefit your dog as well?! Using essential oils for dogs can offer a natural, holistic alternative to some of the most common and severe symptoms that dogs get.

In order to get a better understanding of exactly how to use essential oils for dogs, I teamed up with Orange County heath and wellness professional, Dr. Nikki Knight. Together, we determined the Top 10 Ways To Use Essential Oils For Dogs, based on the most common dog problems, such as anxiety, inflammation, fleas, and allergies. And here to help us demonstrate is her fluffy fur baby (and one of my best friends), Chewie!

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Dr. Nikki KnightDr. Nikki Knight is a family nurse practitioner with an expertise in essential oils. She has dedicated the past 5 years to essential oil research and implements them into her nursing practice as well as her home.

She currently works and lives in Southern California and is a mom to three (2 humans and a pup). Credentials: Nikki Knight, DNP, APRN, FNP.

Read her blog, and follow her on Instagram!


Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

What Are Essential Oils?

  • Natural aromatic compounds found in plants.

  • Extracted by steam distillation or cold-pressing.

  • Powerful and safe, without side effects.

  • 50-70x more powerful than herbs.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

Top 10 Ways To Use Essential Oils for Dogs

  1. Frankincense: Anxiety, Colitis, Inflammation, Infections, Insect/Snake Bites, Scarring, Tumors, Warts

  2. Lavender: Abscesses, Anxiety, Allergies, Burns, Conjunctivitis, Inflammation, Tumors, Vertigo, Wound Care

  3. Lemon: Anxiety, Electrolyte Balance, Immune Boost, Infections, Lymph Function, Claw Strength

  4. Oregano: Bronchitis, Colds, Infections, MRSA, Ringworm, Strep, Staph

  5. Peppermint: Asthma, Bronchitis, Diarrhea, Fever, Heatstroke, Inflammation, Muscle Pain, Ulcers

  6. Calming Blend: Anxiety, Burns, Inflammation, Wound Care

  7. Digestive Blend: Allergies, Diarrhea, Digestive parasites, Ulcers, Vomiting

  8. Protective Blend: Abscesses, Colds, Flu, Immune Support, MRSA, Oral health, parasites, Spider Bites

  9. Respiratory Blend: Asthma, Allergies, Colds, Heatstroke, Kennel Cough

  10. Flea Repellent – In a 16oz spray bottle, put 4-6 drops of Rosemary and 4-6 drops of Cleansing Blend; fill remainder of bottle with water. Lightly spray dog, avoiding the eyes. Reapply as needed for flea prevention.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

How To Apply Essentials Oils To Your Dog

  1. Aromatic – dilute in an oil diffuser for mood management, air purification, and/or opening airways.

  2. Topical – spray or massage on localized areas for immediate comfort and/or immune support.

  3. Internal –  Mix with food or dilute in water for digestive support, or problems with the mouth, throat, or liver.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

Tips For Using Essential Oils For Dogs

  1. Dogs tolerate oil well, but dogs vary greatly in size. Use tiny amounts of oil for sensitive skin, puppies, and toy breeds. Dilute with coconut oil if needed.

  2. Apply oils between toes and on the pad of the foot when doing foot application.

  3. The oils do not build up in systems like drugs do; reapply as needed.

  4. Avoid contact with eyes, flush with milk if needed.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Pet Family Photographer

As an essential oil expert, Dr. Knight recommends doTERRA brand oils. When you choose doTERRA, you are choosing essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy. Each doTERRA essential oil is also carefully and thoroughly tested using the strict CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® quality protocol. Check out their website at doTERRA.com.

To purchase essential oils for your dog, visit doTERRA.com or contact Dr. Nikki Knight directly.

Essential Oils For Dogs, Orange County Dr. Nikki Knight



Feb 16, 2017

Top List

10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Pet PhotographerHi friends!

My buddy, Utah, is here to help list his top 10 reasons to hire a professional pet photographer.

10 reasons to hire a professional pet photographer

All great reasons! Let’s break it down a bit…

  1. Gives you the opportunity to have a unique and enjoyable experience with your pet – What’s your favorite activity to do with your pet? Go to the beach? Your daily walk? Snuggling before bedtime?  There’s so many joyous moments we experience as pet parents, and the reason they’re so great is because our pets are enjoying our company.  If your pets are anything like my buddy, Utah, they don’t care what they’re doing as long as it’s with you. Can you imagine how much fun they’d have playing with a professional pet photographer while you encouraging them to “model” for the camera?! Once they know that I provide treats as payment for their hard work, they’ll be pursuing a professional modeling career before you know it!
  2. Provides you with meaningful and beautiful art to decorate your home – How does it make you feel when your pet does that one thing or gives that one look that makes you just want to squeeze them super tight and kiss them all over? Now imagine you can get that feeling every time you walk by the group of photos on your wall from the photography session you had together. Photographs are the ultimate way to evoke emotion. By displaying the images from your session on the walls of your home, you’re giving yourself countless opportunities to relive some of the best moments you’ve ever had with your pet.
    .10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Pet Photographer
  3. Gives you an excuse to show off how cute/awesome/smart your pet is – When I photograph a pet, it is my goal to capture what makes them unique and special. Is your pet a skilled athlete? Can they perform numerous tricks at your command? Have they mastered the kinked-head look? When you have professional images that show your pet’s greatest assets, it’s hard NOT to share with everyone you know! In fact, I LOVE when people share their pet photos SO much that I provide all my clients with a custom Mobile App that includes all the images from their session so they can easily share at the push of a button (learn more about that here).
  4. Requires mental and physical stimulation from your pet, helping them to feel relaxed and fulfilled – Pets are healthiest when they are mentally and physically active. A professional pet photography session is a unique and fun way to challenge and excite your pet. Being a new experience for most pets, they get introduced to new people, smells, commands, and noises, which promotes engagement and learning. And because I specialize in lifestyle portraits, your pet won’t be forced to sit and pose for 1.5 hours. We’ll be walking, playing, jumping, swimming, chasing, cuddling…Needless to say, they’ll most likely be ready for a nap when we’re done.
    .10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Pet Photographer
  5. Your pet won’t be around forever – it’s sad, but true. Pets lives just aren’t anywhere near as long as ours. So we need to really cherish the few years we have with them. The best thing you can do to preserve your pet’s memory is to hire a professional pet photographer who will provide you with images that you will appreciate and hold dear for many years to come. Book your session while your pet is young, healthy, and how you want to remember them, not when it’s clear they won’t be around much longer.
  6. You’ll never have buyer’s remorse – I believe that price is what you pay, value is what you get. It goes without saying that a pet’s love is priceless. So how do we put a price on pet photography? My sessions and products are priced in a way that allows me to provide my clients with a one-of-a-kind experience, premium service, and high quality goods.
  7. All the work is done for you – YOU and YOUR PET are my top priority during the entire session. From the Consultation to the Product Delivery/Installation, you are guided and taken care of every step of the way. The few things required by you have been made to be hassle-free and easy as possible. This is YOUR time to have some FUN with your pet!
    .10 reasons to hire a professional pet photographer
  8. You can enjoy the entire experience in the comfort and convenience of your home – Every meeting that’s part of the session can take place in your home. In fact, it’s recommended for most of them. The purpose of the Consultation is to get to know each other and discuss the details of the session. What better place to get to know you and your pet than where you are your most comfortable selves? The Photo Shoot can be anywhere you’d like, but many clients choose to have it at their home as well. This allows your pet to be their true self because they’re in their natural, everyday environment. The Show-n-Shop appointment is most beneficial when done in your home. This allows me to accurately guide you on where and how to decorate your home with your images.
  9. It makes a great gift for yourself or others – You spoil your pet; now it’s time to spoil yourself. Treat yourself by indulging in this one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy the luxury of custom art featuring your pet. Then pass it on to a fellow pet lover you know. A professional pet photography session is the most unique and appreciated gift for pet lovers like you (inquire about a gifting a session here).
  10. Because your pet is worth it – Let’s face it…you’d do just about anything for your pet. Book them a photo session, and they’ll be forever grateful 🙂10 reasons to hire a professional pet photographer

Do you agree with Utah’s top 10 reasons to hire a professional pet photographer? Like and share with fellow pet lovers you know!