PAWS Wagfest 2013 – Pet Photography on Bainbridge Island

Sunday, September 15 was the date for this year’s PAWS Wagfest at Battle Point Park on beautiful Bainbridge Island! It is one of my favorite events, so my enthusiasm was up, despite having attended ANOTHER of my faves, Harbor Hounds in Gig Harbor, just the day before, and logging 7 hours of driving time (mainly for childcare) in just over 24 hours. The weather was a bit dicey, and we ended up having some early thunder and rain, although the big nasties held off until later in the day. Huge shout out to my friend Jen Vroom, who attended both events with me, and brought coffee! I was so impressed with the stoic canines who were nonplussed by the thunder, and their human companions who came out to support PAWS of Bainbridge and all the good work they do for the animals. There was a terrific group of vendors and I saw several of my fave fourfoots – notably Dexter, Tucci and Casey, who were featured on my acrylic samples, and made some new friends, too! Super fun events included contests for best costume, waggiest tail, look-a-like, biscuit stacking (human), tricks, pie eating (canine), and the ever popular races. Voting was held and awards were also presented to winners of the fundraising Picture Your Pet contest, and those who raised the most for PAWS. Generally I am near my booth, photographing the attendees, but in this case was asked to document the events – I had only brought one lens, but the images will give you an idea of the fun that is had, and I hope to see you there next year!

Harbor Hounds 2013! Kitsap County Photographer ~ Four Foot Photography

OHMYGOODNESSSOMUCHFUN! Saturday, September 14, 2013 was Harbor Hounds, put on annually by Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary. It is a FANTASTIC event, and I so enjoy all the doggehs and their people. Bichons, Pugs, Frenchies, Danes, Newfies, Goldens, Bulldogs, Poodles, Spectacular “ComboPacks”, Shepherds (White, Australian, German), Chinese Crested, Boston Terriers, Yorkies, Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Shelties, Beagles, and even a Bedlington Terrier!  I loved all the stories of rescue and devotion. I will be posting some of the cuties on Facebook as well – please visit and like the page at www.FB.com/FourFootPhotography – feel free to tag yourself, share, like and use your dog’s image – please do not crop out the logo, or give photo credit to Four Foot Photography, this really helps me promote my {very small} business! Gig Harborites (and Pierce & Kitsap Counties in general!) ROCK! Here are some of the furry faces as they came by, thanks for coming out to support this terrific charity event!

Of course, if you would like to order a photographic print, I would be happy to remove leashes and enhance the image and pop it in the mail! info@FourFootPhotography.com

Zander the Magnificent

Sue, Zander’s mom, called me after seeing some of my work on display at Kitsap Veterinary Clinic. Zander is okay, but needed to see Dr Sarah Buck for an eye injury – check him out in his camo “Doggles” below, because you just can’t be too careful. Oh, and he has red ones, too.  Zander is getting older, and Sue wanted me to create a portrait of him that captures his fun-loving spirit, and celebrates the huge joy he has been to her and his dad, Harry, since they rescued him.  While he is as poised as a professional model and has the looks to be one, Zander is first and foremost a cherished member of the family. He is humble and well-mannered, great with the grandchildren, and enjoys the spectacular life he deserves, complete with RV vacations and his very own fire hydrant (no, really!!!) one of his human brothers installed for him when the back yard foliage had to be removed to protect him from damaging his eyes crashing through the bushes – is that not the coolest thing?  Sue always has a towel handy, but I managed to sneak a shot with a spit bubble, which is the image my kiddos ask to see the most. He is a big boy, but if I could have tucked him in my pocket and snuck him home, I sure would have. I like to think Zander is fond of me, but then I am the treat and attention lady. His devotion to Sue runs deep and true, and I am a better person for having witnessed it.

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Sue and Harry have invested plenty of time and training and love into Zander, and it has paid off richly, with many years of companionship and devotion. I love, love the people and pets I meet as a pet and portrait photographer in Kitsap County and beyond. *LOVE*