In honor of the holiday season, Voltaire Beach House is hosting a pet adoption/holiday pet photo event on Wednesday, December 13th with local all-breed rescue, The Animal Pad, and ME. Adopt a pet or bring one, then sign up for a holiday-themed photo shoot. Photo session proceeds will be donated to The Animal Pad. Time slots include: 6pm, 6:20pm, 6:40pm, 7:00pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, 8:00pm, 8:20pm, 8:40pm (subject to availability). Time slots may be reserved ahead of time by clicking here or contacting me directly.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Holiday Mini Photo Sessions are available for 1 night ONLY! Proceeds benefit The Animal Pad.
Join us for a fun-filled pet adoption event at Voltaire Beach House on Wednesday, Dec 13th @ 6pm – 9pm.
Available photo session time slots include: 6pm, 6:20pm, 6:40pm, 7:00pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, 8:00pm, 8:20pm, 8:40pm
Click HERE to reserve your spot!
How It Works:
- Bring your dog or adopt a new one at the event.
- Reserve a time slot – subject to availability, so call to reserve your spot ahead of time.
- Choose a Collection based on how much you’d like to donate to The Animal pad and which product you like best.
- Purchase additional products if you’d like – these make great holiday decor and gifts!
- Your products will be shipped to your home.
- Enjoy your holidays knowing that you contributed to a good cause 🙂
Click HERE to reserve your spot!
Based in San Diego, Gaucho Goods creates handmade dog collars and leashes with premium quality soft leather. Each accessory is uniquely designed and hand stitched with colorful wax threads, resulting in a beautiful look inspired by the southwest. To showcase their amazing products, I partnered up with the Gaucho Goods team along with a few of my VIPP models on a beautiful day at Kate Sessions Park for a commercial pet photography shoot.
Gaucho Goods recently added Extra Small collars to their product line-up, so we needed some extra small models to show them off. Toby was perfect! Although his long, fluffy hair often got in the way, he still did a fabulous job showing off the Pacific collar with its matching leash. He was so cute! Full of smiles like his day had finally come…it was his time to shine!
Toby’s sister, Sandy, had the honor of modeling the Small Yosemite collar and matching leash. From the very beginning of the photo shoot, she had that model attitude. She strut her stuff around that park like she was a celebrity. And rightfully so because she did an excellent job taking direction and showing off that collar like it was the latest fashion trend.
One thing I really loved about Gaucho Goods is the southwest design inspiration and how well certain colors look on certain dogs. Our Large dog model, Luna, looked absolutely stunning in the brown/green Palm Desert collar and matching leash. I seriously couldn’t get enough of her. The color of her fur, her striking eyes, and the collar/leash combo would have any other dog drooling! She also looked great in the Yosemite collar, which is a more colorful ensemble that had brighter colors like blue, red, and yellow. This added some personality and really popped out against her fur color in a fun and appealing way.
Luna’s sister, Weela, helped model the Extra large collar and leash. Her white fur was a perfect backdrop for ALL the color combos, making it somewhat difficult to choose. So, she got to model a couple different versions as well. The red/white/blue Patriot collar made for a patriotic look, while the magenta/pink Cali Girl option showed off her feminine side. Both looked absolutely gorgeous!
I absolutely LOVE working with fellow pet businesses, especially small local ones. Knowing that the images we create together will help take their business to the next level is one of my favorite parts of my job. If I can help other small pet businesses succeed, then I’ve served my purpose. Gaucho Goods not only creates beautiful handmade accessories for your dogs, but they’re also great people to work with. Which is why I’ve chosen to partner with them on an upcoming service I’ll be launching in 2018 (more details on that to come later…). For now, head on over to their website or visit their Etsy shop to browse their products. They also make accessories for humans 🙂
If you own a pet business and are looking to freshen up your marketing and take it to the next level, visit alipeterson.com for details. then, contact me to get started with our collaboration. I’d love to help your business succeed!
Come celebrate Small Business Saturday at the Hops and Shop Holiday Market on Saturday, Nov 25th at 32 North Brewing Co!
Help support and fundraise for local San Diego non-profit Cammies and Canines this holiday season. Come out and enjoy local shopping, food, beer, raffles and more at the WWII Canteen themed event. All are welcomed (dogs included). Support Cammies and Canines with your $3 entry donation and get a Small Business Saturday tote bag courtesy of American Express (while supplies last) and a raffle ticket.
Shop local San Diego vendors and check off your gift list while shopping small this holiday season. Bring your four legged friend to our K-9 Canteen area for dog beer and more. Enjoy beer specials courtesy of 32 North Brewing Co., coffee, hot chocolate, treats and sweets from Marcel Waffles San Diego and BBQ from Smoke n Aces BBQ who will be donating 15% of all sales to Cammies and Canines.
Sign a Christmas card for our San Diego veterans and let your kiddos draw them a picture with help from Tomorrow’s Heroes Today. Donate a pair of new socks for our homeless veterans and receive a free raffle ticket! Purchase $1 tickets for our WWII themed raffle filled with wonderful and coveted products and services. There will also be a gently used clothing, shoe and coat drive to benefit our local veterans and family shelters this holiday season. Bring your gently used clothing items to donate and receive a free raffle ticket.
There’ll be multiple vendors with all kinds of great holiday gifts like Christmas decor and ornaments, perfumes + colognes, art, accessories, coffee, clothing, home decor, jewelry, soap, candles, plants and more. Visit my booth to score a fun, unique gift for that pet lover in your life. I’ll be offering Gift Card Boxes, beautifully wrapped with gift card, Getting Started Guide, dental dog treat, and Ali Peterson Photography chapstick. Offer valid while supplies last so come early.
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