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Aspen is *the cutest* little American Eskimo, and he did a great job at his studio session this weekend. His mom was rescued after many years as a breeding dog, and she gifted her new family with a surprise litter of puppies! Aspen is a well-behaved little gentleman, and has play dates with his mom and one of his brothers.

Seriously guys, how adorable is he??
Aspen Aspen :: Studio Pet Photography in NE Minneapolis

I photographed a Joy Session® for Diesel back in March, and one of the (many) things that made this big boy special, was an amputated toe on his front foot. Diesel has since passed away, and I received a lovely card from his mom today, which included this print of his 3-toed signature :)

diesel paw Diesel :: Minneapolis Dog Photography + Paw Print

With our Giving Back program, we feature a different animal rescue or organization each month, and donate a portion of every session fee to them. In addition, if you’ve adopted from a Rescue of the Month, you can receive a $100 print credit if you book a session during their month! 

July’s feature is our good friends at Pet Project Rescue (PPR)! PPR is a 501(c)3, rescuing and rehoming animals since 2008. All of their cats and 85% of their dogs are rescued from local, high-kill shelters, and they’re focused on reducing the homeless animal population at its source. They dedicate much of their funds and volunteer efforts to provide spay / neuter services for our community, and in less fortunate communities in Mexico. Check out this blog post from 2011 when I traveled to Mexico with them to document a spay / neuter clinic.

We photographed 2 adorable adoptables for PPR, Petunia and Bevi.

Petunia is a sweet, tuxedo-colored girl (like my boy, Simon!) and she loves getting pets from her foster mom. She’s great with other cats and kids, and is ready for her forever home.

Petunia1 Pet Project :: July Rescue of the Month


Bevi is a mellow girl, who is very social with other dogs and cats. She is a little wary of new people, but it didn’t take her long to accept some treats from me in the studio, and once she gets to know you, she’ll be your best friend forever. She was rescued from Mexico, and her breed mix is unknown, but she’s believed to be a Boxer / Lab mix… I think she’s got some Dalmatian in there too!

Bevi1 Pet Project :: July Rescue of the Month

Check out PPR’s Facebook page for updates on their adoptable animals, and upcoming events. If you’re interested in volunteering or fostering, information can be found on their site here: http://www.petprojectrescue.com/volunteer

Thanks to a generous donor, we’re able to provide 2 families with Joy Sessions®! We’ve set up a “contest” on our Facebook page for you to enter, or to nominate someone else to win. Entries will be accepted through this Sunday, July 12th, and voting will begin on Monday the 13th. The two pets with the most votes by the end of the week will receive a Joy Session® with me, an 11×14 print, and a memorial candle by our friends at Nelli Designs. 


Something else I’m excited to announce, an idea that has been brewing for a few years: The Joy Session® Fund

Too often, I encounter pet owners who would greatly benefit from a Joy Session® – who would love to have these beautiful, tangible memories – but are financially unable to invest in the session and / or products. Many generous people have wanted to help provide sessions for such owners, and with this brand new Crowd Rise campaign, I finally have an avenue to accept those donations in an easy, transparent way.

So if you, or someone you know, has a terminally ill or elderly pet, be sure to enter the giveaway on Facebook. And if you feel compelled to contribute toward a family less fortunate to receive a Joy Session®, check out joysessionfund.com to learn how you can help.

And just to round out this blog post, here’s a fun image of Dino and his mom at his very own Joy Session® a few weeks ago!
Dino Were giving away Joy Sessions® to TWO lucky families!