Girl & Her Horse

Living in California before college Anisha had horses she regularly rode English style. Not having a horse in Colorado for many years seemed a hole ready to fill.

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio


Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

As a now second year veterinary student at Colorado State University (CSU) Anisha couldn’t help but find a horse right?

After looking around for months she finally heard about Slick.

horse photographer, Fort Collins, Colorado

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

Ranchers on the plains had Slick and several other horses with no one to ride them after the children left for college. So while Slick roamed around pastures with the cattle all day he needed a person to give him individual attention.

During the photo session I asked Anisha how she chose Slick.

“While driving up to the ranch I spotted Slick in the field and knew he was the one.” Yup, just like that.

Ft. Collins horse photographer

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

Within minutes of my arrival at the barn I knew what she meant. Slick really likes to be around people. In a dog-like manner he stays where he’s asked, follows people eagerly, and loves treats.

In the few weeks since bringing Slick home Anisha is learning more Western riding techniques, is finding local riding trails, and is deepening her bond with Slick every day.

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio


equine photographer in Ft. Collins, CO

Anisha Horse Slick Silver Paw Studio

We plan to have sessions with Slick in each season so be sure to keep up with us to see Fall, Winter, and Spring photos.

Have a beloved horse you want photographed? Fort Collins has abundant beautiful locations for your horse portrait session, call me to plan yours this summer.



Jake’s Gift

Author Pam Wolf with Monique Rodriguez

Author Pam Wolf with Monique Rodriguez

How many cats get three chances in this world?
How many of those lucky cats is special enough to become a therapy cat?
One regal silver-grey Korat named Jake has this distinction.
After three unsuccessful adoptions, Fort Collins Cat Rescue didn’t give up on Jake. They saw his special skills and natural talents.
Local newspapers and magazines have written about Jake.
Animal Planet featured him on “Cats 101”.
Now an entire book tells his story!
Author Pam Wolfe spent countless hours collecting stories and photos for her book, “Jake’s Gift. The Story of a Cat Who Wouldn’t Quit.”  Told from Jake’s perspective she puts the reader inside the thoughts of a cat struggling to find his place in the world.

Find out Jake’s whole journey and raise funds for Fort Collins Cat Rescue and Spay / Neuter Clinic.
Books are available at FCCRSNC in Fort Collins or on



Hawk’s Cancer Update

Remember Hawk the Hero?

When Hawk helped Bill through cancer treatment Bill never suspected he would be doing the same for Hawk someday. I had the honor of meeting Bill and Lois and their German Shepherd, Hawk in December. The whole family drove to Fort Collins from Clinton, Iowa for specialized cancer treatment.

I am happy to report that he is recovering stunningly from his cancer treatment! Bill and Lois kindly send updates and photos of his progress.

In February I received this update:
“Just thought you’d like a quick update on Hawk. So far, all is going well! He is happy and active. He continues to do well at training and continues to take part in all of our civic and school programs. He’s been loving the weather and chasing his “brothers” through the snow! Hawk should have his final chemotherapy treatment next week along with a 2-month check-up. We will be back in Fort Collins the middle of April for his 5-month check. We are hoping for the best!”
My heart jumped for joy! Just a few shorts weeks earlier Bill & Lois sat with me in the coffee shop anxiously awaiting his first treatment appointment. Running through the snow was a dream come true.

Hawk February 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Hawk February 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

In April I received this update:
“Thanks for thinking of us and sending us the email… So far, things have been going pretty well so we are hoping for a good re-check for Hawk! Hope you had a good winter…we’re all looking forward to spring!”
This photo shows him back working, doing what he loves with Bill.

Hawk Training April 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Hawk Training April 2015-photo by Bill & Lois Hall

Finally on April 21st Hawk returned to CSU for his five month recheck appointment.
Sitting at the same coffee shop across the street from the hospital the tone couldn’t be more opposite from December. Hawk’s scan showed no new cancer growth and not only that the scan showed no cancer at all-full remission!

Hawk’s 5 Month CSU Recheck Silver Paw Studio

Monique and Hawk – 5 Month CSU Recheck – Silver Paw Studio

My talk with Bill and Lois revealed several new opportunities to serve since Hawks diagnosis.  The laser treatment left a distinct square patch of greying hair on his muzzle. On a recent therapy visit to the children’s hospital one patient compared the laser scar on her leg to Hawk’s. He now has a young boy pen pal who is undergoing cancer treatment also. And this spring Bill and Hawk will walk together as cancer survivors in their local cancer event.

I am so grateful they shared their journey with me and continue to keep me updated.

Want to share your extraordinary story? Call me, I am ready to meet and plan your session!



Basset Hound Buddies

Floppy ears trailing along the floor. Soft loose skin. Huge soulful eyes. Stubby legs capped with pudgy paws.

basset hound photography, Fort Collins

Deacon. Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio


Deacon May Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio-1854

Deacon and May. Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio


Deacon May Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio

Deacon May Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio

That’s right we are talking about the beloved Basset Hound!

Meet Deacon and May!

Deacon May Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio

Deacon May Basset Hounds Silver Paw Studio

Michi is the proud dog mom of two of these characters. Owner of Michi’s Dog Grooming on College Avenue she had her pups with her at the shop while her home had repair work finished.

Deacon, May, and Michi volunteered to display the canvas prints from my Animal House Spring Me portrait sessions. Between hanging each print I scooted on the floor around the shop gathering images of my new playful friends.

These prints are available to purchase with all proceeds going to Animal House. Call me to make arrangements at 970-286-3198.

Michi’s is the first stop on a gallery tour. Until the images are sold I will rotate the display to other locations throughout Fort Collins. Would you like to host the show for a month or two? Great! Call me to set it all up.

Thank you to Michi for supporting Animal House and to Deacon & May for keeping their watchful eyes on the art.


Spring Me Dog Flower Portraits

Sue told me that she hadn’t even been looking for a dog, but “once she saw the photo of Jumo with yellow flowers around his neck she had to meet him.”

Animal House Rescue and Grooming Spring-Me event

Jumo-Spring Me

Florist Ria from Nature’s Grace Designs called Animal House Rescue and Grooming and offered her skills to adorn adoptable dogs for a special photo shoot. The “Spring Me” portrait project was born.

Bath Garden Center, a long time supporter of Animal House, invited us to take over a corner of the nursery. My photography studio set up in the meeting room, waiting dogs roamed the gift center, and video interviews were recorded in the tropical plants.

Some of the pups at Animal House have unique medical or behavioral needs and were waiting several months for the right home.

Arnie has a condition called Labrador Myopathy which causes muscle fibers to not function properly. He is super sweet but a slow mover and not too steady on his feet.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming adoption event

Arnie – Spring Me

Annabelle is a rambunctious girl who is a bit of a diva. She needs a home where she is the center of attention with no other animals.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming adoption event

Annabelle – Spring Me

Lucy can be shy at first but is a fast learner. She is working hard at overcoming her insecurities.

Animal House Rescue and Grooming

Lucy – Spring Me

Collaborating with the nursery, Steve Finnestead Photography (videographer), Ria, Animal House staff and foster parents made this project a success! Two dogs were adopted immediately and another just last week!

Canvas art prints were auctioned at the Animal House Comedy Nite with some still available (call me for details).

I met with Jumo’s new mom, Sue, as she picked up her the canvas print. He now enjoys his days with her and her other dogs living the good life.

Steve and I are putting the final touches on a video highlighting the event. Be sure you are part of The Fam mailing list to be the first to view the movie!


Would you like a private flower crown session? Do you work with a rescue group who could use some sweet publicity? Email me to work out the details.


Project inspired by Sophie Gammond in New York City and Humane Society of Utah photographer Guinnevere Shuster.



Wanna liven up your Saturday night? Like comedy? Love animals?

Bark on the Boardwalk

Good news, you have been chosen! Click over to the Lincoln Center and get your hands on tickets to the funniest night of the year.

Choice City Comedy Nite presents Bark on the Boardwalk. Enjoy magic acts, yummy food, my super fun photo set and some great items up for auction.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Animal House Rescue and Grooming. 100% of the proceeds go straight to helping our four legged friends.

Tickets are limited to 300 and are on sale through tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th.

At the event be sure to upload all your fun photos and tag with #BarkOnTheBoardwalk.

See you there!



Pocket Pet Pictures

Guinea pet photographer, Fort Collins, Colorado

Apple the Guinea Pig Silver Paw Studio

Wouldn’t it be fun to look back in ten years of your little ones cradling their beloved pet? Or look up at your walls to see your furry family member smiling down at you?

Pets aren’t relegated to just dogs and cats! Do you have pocket pets? Guinea pigs, mice, rats, and gerbils are very common animal companions. These furry critters deserve their moment of fame too! We can schedule a session highlighting your pet and your pet with you or your children.

In grade school I had a black gerbil who loved to nibble at the world map hanging on the wall behind her cage. One time she bit me and I dropped her. Poor thing suffered a bloody nose and I worried all day that I had caused some kind of brain damage. We played very carefully after that.

As a teenager I had a pair of mice named Cecil & Beany. A friend named them after a cartoon show I had never seen but the names stayed anyway.

I never had guinea pigs but loved hearing their little squeals whenever I visited one.

Big, little, wavy hair, black & white, and red. These little guys sport quite a variety of looks.

Apple is the name of this little girl. She a seven month old Abyssinian guinea pig. Baby carrots kept her happy while I snapped away. After a few minutes her mom suggested using the toy piano I have for visiting kids. Apple stole the spotlight and should have a promising career on broadway! She even flashed her biggest gpig smile. So cute right?

Do you have a pocket pet? Or a bird? How about a reptile? Professional portraits of your pocket or exotic pets can be a keepsake and a stunning art piece. Call me for a session on your location or at my home studio.


Animal Control Ride Along

Do you know what Animal Control does every day?

Working in the veterinary field for nearly 15 years I thought I had a pretty good idea.

Riding around town with Officer Quinn shed light on many more responsibilities.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

While patrolling the city and responding to dispatch calls I peppered Officer Quinn with my usual curiosity. Here are some cool things I learned.

Did you know the Animal Control team came up with the Call of Doody-Brown Ops campaign? There are posters in veterinary offices, signs on trails, and even this cute video.  As the video says, “An ounce of pet waste is home to about 23 million unhealthy bacteria.” Ew. Please answer the call of Doody.

My daughter once found an opossum hanging out in her garbage can, what a fright first thing in the morning! So, what about wild animals? The quick answer is “anything smaller than a coyote.” If it’s bigger then the call is passed on to another agency better equipped to handle it. It could be a national parks ranger or the state wildlife agency.

Are we on our own after hours? Our dedicated Animal Control officers are ready to help you 24 hours a day! Dispatch and trucks are manned from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Night hours are covered by the on-call officer. That’s service!

As most people know Animal Control enforces state and local animal laws and ordinances.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

We spent part of the morning patrolling local parks. For everyone’s safety please keep your dog on a leash! From my personal experience not everyone at a park or on a trail is comfortable around dogs, no matter how nice your dog is.

LHS Animal Control Silver Paw Studio

Larimer County Animal Control

Recent harsh winter weather can be dangerous for your pets. Gates can blow open letting curious noses sniff their way into the unknown. Animal Control officers will help find your pet’s way home. While on my ride-along a concerned citizen spied a little pug wandering around her neighborhood. She questioned the neighbors but couldn’t find her home. Upon arrival we immediately scanned her for a microchip and quickly checked her over all health. No microchip registered so we loaded her in the warm truck to take back to the humane society.

We checked-in on a woman who had been bitten by a dog while walking a local popular trail. She described the dog and the location so our next stop we patrolled that area in the hopes of finding the dog. Scanning the area for a while we decided to head to the next stop. Officer Quinn marked the trail with the dispatch crew and will patrol that area twice a day for the next two weeks.

Office Quinn warned me that our patrol would be pretty quiet with such cold winter weather.

Warm summer months find everyone and their dog outside enjoying our great state. That is when Animal Control receives the most calls. Active animals tend to wander off or get injured. Visitors may not know local ordinances. Small wildlife are out and about too and may need medical or safety intervention.

So my next ride-along adventure will be late spring, right before the busy time.

All of the staff were very welcoming to me. They are a fun crew who are serious about the humane treatment of our companion and wild animal population.

I look forward to volunteering and learning even more. If you want to know more about how Animal Control serves our community check out their webpage here.


Foster Dog Family Photos

Animal House Rescue and Grooming is a small facility doing big things for the dogs of our community and surrounding shelters. Volunteers are a huge reason Animal House is so successful in placing dogs in fur-ever homes.
One day this fall I met Steve Inman. He saw me photographing dogs at the shelter and mentioned scheduling his dog Jake for a photo session. Steve volunteers as a foster dog home and wanted me to photograph his foster dogs as part of his family too.
We picked a date for after the holidays and I came over with my full studio set up.

pet photography in Fort Collins, Colorado

Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

We started with images of just Steve and then added Jake his black Australian shepherd. When Jake looked up at Steve I could see the loving connection between the two. Jake has been Steve’s buddy through thick and thin and I could see it in their eyes.

Kiara and Kovu, Steve and Jake’s foster dogs, had their moment of fame too. They proved to be pretty squirmy and and fairly disinterested in anything but Steve.  But, we managed to bribe them into the set for several handsome images.

Wrangling everyone together for the grand finale really put Steve’s arm reach and balancing powers to the test! We managed to set Kiara & Kovu on one side and Jake on the the other with Steve trying to wrap his arms around everyone. The collage below tells the story pretty well.

dog photography Fort Collins, CO

Steve and Jake Silver Paw Studio

Steve’s dedication to his foster charges is exemplary. When he is on the road the first stop after the airport is to pick them up at the shelter. They have grown and learned so much by being in a loving home environment.
Just this week Kiara & Kovu were matched with a permanent home! I have to think that all the time they spent with Steve and Jake were a major contribution to their adoption.
It is such an honor to work with a passionate animal advocate. Thank you Steve & Jake for all you do for our furry community!


Awkward Christmas Card

Meany Family Silver Paw Studio

Meany Family Silver Paw Studio

Katie contacted me with an idea to create an Awkward Family Photo Christmas card.

So we met over coffee and planned our shenanigans. Floating heads, elf hats, ugly sweaters, and a laser light background were all on the list.

Katie scoured the city and found Cali, the border collie mix, and Mowgli her new kitty, colorful Christmas outfits for the occasion.

Everyone behaved well for the photo session at their house. Mowgli squirmed a bit and wandered away a couple of times but overall looked fabulous. Cali was eager to please for the whole session. We did manage to get one photo of the three of them together.

I created four different options for the Christmas cards. After some deliberation Katie decided on this card with the black background and cross stitch font.

As their Christmas card says, “Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal.”

Meany Family Christmas Card Front Silver Paw Studio

Meany Family Christmas Card

Merry Awkward Christmas everyone!