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.

Dec 03, 2017
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San Diego Pet Family Portraits, Ali Peterson Photography

One of my favorite things about being a professional pet photographer is discovering new locations to shoot at. Here in San Diego, we are so blessed to live in such a beautiful city with so many different types of areas that are perfect for taking photos. So, when Hudson & Nickel’s mom, Dorte, suggested we do her San Diego pet family portraits at UCSD, I couldn’t wait to see what the campus had in store for us (it had been about 15 years since I’d visited there). She specifically choose this location because she works there, which I thought was a perfect reason. One might assume she works as a teacher or other administrative position, but to my surprise (and probably yours as well), she’s actually responsible for taking care of the lab rats. Crazy, right?! Crazy cool! Imagine having a job where you get to take care of those little furry friends every day. I wonder if Hudson & Nickel are aware of their mom’s unique profession, and what they think about her playing with rats all day. Haha!

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As with any pet photo shoot, I arrived about an hour early so that I could scope out all the best spots to photograph. I quickly realized how beautiful the UCSD campus truly is. The students and faculty must love spending days there. We started the session in a quiet little nook that was adorned with bamboo. It was a must for Dorte, and not a bad backdrop if you ask me. It was also a great spot for the dogs to get acclimated to the situation. From there, we moved on to what ended up being my favorite spot…a cozy courtyard that had recently received a fresh fall of leaves. The colors of the trees was spectacular! I seriously could have photographed in that area all day.

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Because it was Sunday, the campus was virtually vacant. This really helped keep the distractions to a minimum and allowed Hudson & Nickel to focus on mom and me. They were so well behaved…sitting nicely, looking at the camera when instructed, listening carefully to mom, and just taking it all in. Dorte had cautioned me that Nickel can sometimes be weary of strangers, but she did a fantastic job and honestly never stopped smiling 😀 Hudson isn’t much of a smiler, as he portrays himself more to be the strong silent type. Typical behavior for a male surrounded by ladies. But don’t let that fool you…this guy is all about giving big, giant, slobbery kisses.

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The next spot we ventured to during our San Diego pet family portrait session at UCSD was a 2 story wall that was completely covered from top to bottom with luscious green ivy. I truly get amazed when I see nature interact with buildings in a way like this. Simply gorgeous!

San Diego Pet Family Portraits, Ali Peterson Photography

To wrap up the session, we decided to take a short stroll through the Eucalyptus woods. I was in love with the way the sun peered through the trees, while the dogs were in love with all the various smells. They were getting tired by this point, so we stopped to rest for a bit. I watched and photographed as this surreal family moment unfolded in front of me. Seeing those dogs show their appreciation for each other and for their mom was absolutely heart-warming. It’s these moments that make me love my job and the clients I get to work with.

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I had such a great time with these three! When Hudson & Nickel saw me again at their Show-n-Shop appointment, they were all about giving me kisses. They made me feel so special, like I truly bonded with them. Dorte loved all the photos and ended up getting a framed 3-image series for herself, along with some framed gift prints for her mom and sisters. What a great gift for the holidays!

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If you’re interested in booking a San Diego pet family portrait session, visit alipeterson.com for more details. Then, contact me to get started.

 

Oct 11, 2017
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Me and my girls, Skyy & Rain, embarked on our Mission MINT (Morning In New Territory) journey in September 2017 with the goal of exploring and photographing 10 dog-friendly locations in San Diego during the first few hours of the day. And with the purpose of: strengthening my photography skills by experimenting with unfamiliar lighting, equipment, and/or shooting techniques, as well as engaging the three of us in mental and physical activity. This month’s Mission MINT adventure took place at one of the few places in San Diego where you can enjoy a 360 degree view…Double Peak Park in San Marcos. As the highest peak in North County San Diego, Double Peak Park offers something for everyone to enjoy.

 

MISSION MINT 2 : Double Peak Park, San Marcos

San Diego Dog Friendly Hike, Double Peak Park, Ali Peterson Photography

I checked the weather report the night before to see if the sun would make an appearance that morning. It confirmed it would be cloudy, but I was determined to embark on our adventure anyways. I had heard about Double Peak Park and it’s magnificent 360 degree views from a few friends of mine, so my curiosity wouldn’t let me delay going any longer. Me and the girls woke up bright and early at 5:00am to ensure we got there in time to see the sunrise. What I thought would be a 45 minute drive only took 30 minutes…funny how there’s actually a time when there’s no traffic.

We arrived at 5:35am. Needless to say, we had a decent amount of time before the sun was expected to come up. While waiting for the sun, cars upon cars starting showing up. I was quite surprised to see at least 7 cars and a few people on foot eager and ready for their sunrise hikes. High school kids still wearing their pajamas, local home owners walking their dogs, and a few who preferred to relax in their warm car with their morning coffee.

The 200-acre area itself is pretty cool in that you can choose to hike around for hours or drive straight to the top to relax and enjoy the view. At the top of the hill is an amphitheater, restrooms, a playground, viewing areas, and picnic tables…perfect for a quick family trip, a romantic spot for couples, or an easily accessible location for seniors to enjoy. There’s 4.7 miles of trails that run up and down the hills, around the bends, and through secret brush areas. And there’s plenty of great little nooks to take a break and soak in the view.

Whether sunrise or sunset, you get them both at Double Peak Park. Even on a cloudy day like the one we had, the views are breathtaking and a must-see for any local San Diegan or tourist. We will definitely be returning to this cool spot, hopefully with some sunshine to play with 🙂

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FIELD NOTES:

  • Location: Double Peak Park, San Marcos
  • Location Type: Trail, Paved Road
  • Time: 6:00am – 7:45am
  • Lighting: Mostly Cloudy
  • Equipment: Canon 5D Mark lll, Canon 50m F1.4
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CONCLUSION: Despite the lack of an actual sunrise, you can still make the best of the adventure. Mother Nature will do whatever she wants, and just because she doesn’t give you exactly what you’re looking for, that’s no reason to not enjoy the moment and find other ways to achieve you’re goal.

Join the adventure…follow #MissionMINT on Instagram @alipetersonphoto

National Pit Bull Awareness Month, Ail Peterson Photography

What could be better than spending some quality bonding time outdoors with your Pittie, getting beautiful images for your home, AND supporting a local non-profit that supports Pit Bulls? Because we LOVE Pitties so much, we’re donating 50% of ALL session fees that are booked during National Pit Bull Awareness month to our friends at Passion For Pitties or San Diego Pittie Parents.

Here’s how it works:

  • Review the Experience, Session Details/Investment, and Products pages of this website (alipeterson.com) to learn more about how the photo session works and what kinds of products you can order.
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  • Call, email, or submit a contact form to let us know you’re interested.
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  • Schedule a complimentary in-home Consultation to decide if you’d like to book.
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  • Book your session (this is typically done during the Consultation).
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  • Enjoy your images, products, and the fact that you helped support the Pitties!

Here’s the fine print:

  • ONLY sessions that are booked during October 2017 qualify.
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  • The photo shoot itself does NOT have to take place during the month of October, however, the appointment MUST be booked (with payment made) before November 1st.
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  • This is NOT a mini session. A full session must be booked.
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  • You may choose which non-profit you’d like to donate to. Options include Passion For Pitties and San Diego Pittie Parents. If you do not wish to choose, the fee will be split 50/50.
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  • You do NOT have to own a Pit Bull to participate. We accept support from all breeds 🙂

National Pit Bull Awareness Month, Ail Peterson Photography

Call or email today. Availability is limited!

Aug 27, 2017
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Calling all Pit Bulls and their parents…we want YOU! I’m currently casting Pit Bull models for my next campaign in honor of Pit Bull Awareness month (in October). By participating in this model call, you will help promote my campaign to support two wonderful Pit Bull advocacy groups in San Diego, SD Pittie Parents and Passion For Pitties.

Send inquiries with a photo of your pet to ali@alipeterson.com by Thursday, 8/31/17.

Must be available to join us for the photo shoot at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve on Sunday, 9/3/17.

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Why submit your dog?

1. The photo shoot is FREE. Yep, it won’t cost you a thing. All you have to do is bring yourself and your dog.

2. Professional photo shoots are pure entertainment for you and your dog. It’s an experience like no other.

3. You won’t leave empty handed – You’ll receive a FREE 5×7 print, as well as a free custom mobile app featuring your dog’s images from the photo shoot. This is a fun and easy way to brag about your pet’s modeling skills on social media. And you’ll be able to purchase prints of any of the images from the session via an online gallery.

4. You’ll be contributing to a greater cause – helping to raise awareness and support for two of San Diego’s biggest Pit Bull advocacy groups, SD Pittie Parents and Passion For Pitties.

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What’s the catch?

There’s no catch – the only catch we believe in is the kind a dog does when playing fetch. With that said, there are some requirements:

1. Your dog does NOT need to be a purebred Pit Bull, but should at least have distinguishable Pit Bull traits.

2. You must be willing to be in at least a few of the photos with your dog.

3. Limit 2 dogs per person.

4. You must be available for 1 of the 7 time slots (8am, 9am, 10am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm) on Sunday 9/3/17 for the scheduled photo shoot at Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

5. You must submit a photo of your dog to ali@alipeterson.com by Thursday, 8/31/17.

6. No previous modeling experience required.

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Increase your chances of being selected by completing this survey now!

 

May 19, 2017
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Calling all big dogs (and I mean BIG)…we want YOU! I’m currently casting XL dog models in my next commercial photo shoot with our friends over at Big Dog Plaid. Send inquiries with a photo of your pet to ali@alipeterson.com by Wed 5/24. Must be available in San Diego on Wed 6/14 or Sat 6/17.

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Why submit your dog?

  1. The photo shoot is FREE. Yep, it won’t cost you a thing. All you have to do is bring yourself and your dog.
  2. Professional photo shoots are pure entertainment for you and your dog. It’s an experience like no other.
  3. You won’t leave empty handed – You’ll receive bonus swag from our partner, Big Dog Plaid, as well as a free custom mobile app featuring your dog’s images from the photo shoot. This is a fun and easy way to brag about your pet’s modeling skills on social media. And you’ll be able to purchase prints of any of the images from the session via an online gallery.

What’s the catch?

There’s no catch – the only catch we believe in is the kind a dog does when playing fetch. With that said, there are some requirements:

  1. Your dog must be 75 lbs or more.
  2. You must be available on either Wed 6/14 or Sat 6/17 for one of the scheduled photo shoot dates.
  3. You must submit a photo of your dog to ali@alipeterson.com by Wed 5/25.

Increase your chances of being selected by completing this survey now!