Mutt Dog Show

2018 Mutt Dog Show at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House although a bit chilly had an impressive turnout. 

Two dozen dogs paraded across the lawn in costumes, did special tricks or showed off excellent obedience skills.

Kids throughout the audience held their scores high on little chalkboards. We packed the outdoor gathering area with humans and pups having a grand time at this annual low-key event. 


This is one of many off-beat happenings at Wolverine Farm in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado. As the Letterpress name implies they of course have regular writing classes, poetry workshops, book sales, study hall and more. They also host The Prettiest Chicken Contest, craft classes, bike in movie nights, and the pop-up petting zoo. Their gift shop is full of note cards, books, and fun trinkets. The cafe serves coffee to wine and yummy pastries. And add Wolverine to your art walk as their upstairs meeting room is lined with fine art. 


Furtographer Files

New design for your weekly Pack Bulletin and Facebook Live Show: The Furtographer Files!

Each Wednesday morning you will receive a brief email bulletin with the following 3 segements that I will also discuss more in depth on Facebook Live at 9:00 am mst Fridays.

Three Fun Filled Segments for your entertainment, education and involvement each week:

1. Tip of the Week. Educational insight that I love to share. Cell phone photography tips, working with shelters, post processing and more in bite sized servings.

2. Pets of the Week. Featuring a client pet/family of the week AND an adoptable pet of the week. Maybe you will be featured or find your next furbaby!

3. Events & Projects. Heads up about local fun animal related events like pet expos, open houses, classes and more. Also spotlight on cool projects I am working on. Sometimes I will even ask for your help!

Monthly Interview, Once a month we will chat with a pet professional. Groomers, trainers, behaviorists and more. These interviews will help you prepare for a portrait session, give you behind the scenes workings of pet businesses, share tips about services and causes you may not know about, and more. If you would like to be interviewed or you have someone you would like me to interview, please send me email and let me know.

Be sure you are part of The Pack here!




Puppies Interrupt Tax Season

Best way to distract yourself during tax season? Play with puppies! That’s exactly what I did. While Jenny slaved away on my annual tax return I played with these two cutie pies. Great trade off if you ask me. While my favorite activity is not juggling numbers it is for Jenny! She is sharp as a tack and well educated on tax returns as well as bookkeeping, payroll, financial advising and all those money tasks that small businesses and individuals need! Here’s her info Jennifer Untied, Accountant.



Larimer Humane Society Demolition

This month the old shelter came tumbling down. Demolition crews were on-site for 2 weeks at the former Larimer Humane Society. The demo is a bitter-sweet moment for long time supporters of LHS. Many, many memories were born in that building over the years. New families were formed, pets were reunited with their people, Critter Camps were enjoyed, medical needs were met, and animal well being was patrolled from this one story concrete building. Did you adopt a pet at the old site? Did your kids attend camp? Were you reunited? I would love to hear the story!


Colorado Mountain Mushers

Leadville, Colorado hosts the Colorado Mountain Mushers every year for the Mount Massive big race. Photographing this event is one of the highlights of life in Colorado. Tromping in the snow, watching happy pups, amazing mountain views, and a fun group of people make a fun winter weekend. The last day I even had the privilege of taking a ride on the sled of an 8 dog team. We flew around one corner and within the blink of an eye me and my camera were planted face first in a snow bank! What an exciting moment, I felt like it was a complete sled dog experience to return to the finish line covered in snow with a huge smile on my face. Thank you everyone for inviting me to this event!


Coffee & Canvas’

Silver Paw Studio Display

Silver Paw Studio Display

Have you seen cute animal canvas prints at a local business? Hey that could be a display from Silver Paw Studio!

Several coffee shops and business have graciously offered their wall spaces as a gallery space for canvas prints from my studio.

At the time of publication you can find displays at 13 locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, Colorado. From pet boutiques to coffee shops to groomers to veterinary hospitals.

Have you seen a display? Super! Any portrait session booked and completed who mentions where they saw my display will receive a gift certificate back to that business!

I would mention the businesses but want to hear from you. Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! Tag Silver Paw Studio in a selfie on Facebook or Instagram at the business with my display and get an extra bonus.

Can you find all 13 locations?

Would you like to display cute animals at your business? Do you have an idea for a display location? I would love to hear about it! Coffee on me-call me at 970-286-3198.



HeArtsSpeak Guest Post

As a proud artist contributor to HeArtsSpeak I had the honor of being invited to write a blog post.

HeARTs Speak is a nationally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization that’s uniting art and advocacy to increase the visibility of shelter animals.

As a prolific livestreamer they asked if I could help teach other volunteers some tricks. The focus of the blog post is to help animal causes learn live streaming to increase adoptions, fundraising and education.

Follow me to the post Live, Authentic, and Imperfect: The Power of the Live Stream. Where you will learn the before, during, and after steps in creating live streaming content.

If you are running a non-profit, a blog or social media channel or a business you will find golden nuggets of info you can implement this week. Pinky-promise!




Spring Me Flower Portraits

Saturday, March 18th
Bath Garden Center

Animal House Rescue & Grooming Pups will be photographed at the 3rd Annual Spring Me from the Shelter Portrait Event.

Last year people asked if their family pup could be photographed too.
Happy to say that we opened up 4 sessions this year!
Your pup will have the honor of wearing a flower collar from the Animal House portraits! Sessions will be at Bath Garden Center starting at about noon. 

Once a year and only 4 sessions available!

This once a year opportunity will also benefit Animal House!
Each session is $500 and includes:
 Unique flower collar
Portrait session in the greenhouse with Monique
11×14 Canvas Gallery Wrap Print 
2-8×10 Mounted Prints
Set of 20 Greeting Cards 
$100 donated to Animal House Rescue & Grooming

Grab your session now!



Cat Photography 101 Sale

Cat Photography 101 SaleDrum roll please….Cat Photography 101 is now available!

15 page e-book

60 minutes of video instruction

only $49!

This course is perfect for Bloggers, cat rescues and fosters, and cat lovers everywhere.

Even if you are an experience photographer you will learn my tricks for the unique subject of our feline friends. Cats have specific challenges and needs that differ widely from photographing anything or anyone else.

Topics covered:

  1. Top 3 Pet Photography Tips Before Ever Picking Up a Camera
  2. Choosing Cameras. dSLR vs cellphone
  3. Backgrounds. Environment vs “studio”
  4. Lighing. Natural, continuous, and speedlight
  5. Camera settings
  6. Attention Grabbers. Taste/Smell, Visual, Audio
  7. 5 Go-To Images to build your portfolio
  8. Post Production tips and apps
  9. Extras

Have your notepads ready, this course is jam packed with tips, resources and examples!