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kittens + goats :: minnesota northwoods farm photography

I was at my mom’s place for a couple days this past week, where she’s got a pair of elderly goats and a bunch of kittens. I can’t believe how dreamy and wonderful the light is in that barn! It makes me want to find a great natural-light studio here and incorporate that into my repertoire….. maybe someday  :)
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  • MoM - Thanks for the pictures Sarah. I love my barn. I have fond memories of when it used to be filled with all kinds of animals and feathered friends. You used to spend a lot of time down there :). Love ya gal!August 7, 2011 – 9:04 pm

  • Ben Henning - Sarah, I grew up on a goat farm in Iowa so I absolutely love these pics!! Thank you so much.August 8, 2011 – 1:02 pm

  • Gen - I’m slightly obsessed with the photo of the goat who is missing an ear. I want to know what his/her name is! :)August 10, 2011 – 2:31 pm

  • admin - Gen, both her ears are like that, I think it’s just a type of breed? Also I don’t remember her name….. I’m not much help, am I? ;)August 10, 2011 – 4:27 pm

  • Ben Henning - Gen, the breed is LaMancha and they are born like that :) The other goat is a Nubian and I am so happy that I get to use this knowledge for something. I usually never get to talk “goat” LOL!!August 11, 2011 – 12:12 am

  • Dana Cubbage - Sarah, I LOVE the image of the kittens on the hay bales. SO awesome! I love photographing on farms too – they are just filled with unique photo ops. Thanks for sharing!August 11, 2011 – 7:47 am

bubbly paws next top dog model :: twin cities pet photography

So I like to work with other local businesses on collaborations and projects throughout the year, and when our good friends at Bubbly Paws (and PPP) had this idea, I couldn’t pass it up! For just a $3 donation to The Pet Project, (an amazing organization that helps people keep their pets through food and veterinary assistance) you can enter your dog to be the Bubbly Paws Next Top Dog Model. If your pooch makes the first cut, he’ll be voted on by his adoring fans and could be the big winner. One lucky dog will be chosen for a fancy spa day at Bubbly Paws, a special photo shoot with yours truly, and if all goes swimmingly, he’ll be the new face of Bubbly Paws! We’re talking marketing materials: the website, postcards, banners, and who knows what else! To enter, just go to the Bubbly Paws website by clicking this link, fill out the quick and easy form, and your little buddy could be well on his way to stardom! (you know you’ve always secretly wanted to be a pageant mom)

  • Ben Henning - Balthazar is in!August 11, 2011 – 12:19 am

safe hands :: august rescue of the month

I’m very happy to promote Safe Hands Animal Rescue as our August Rescue of the Month, part of our Giving Back program. (and we’re getting back on track with Rescue of the Month posts actually posting at the beginning of the month!) Since its founding in 2006, Safe Hands has rescued and re-homed over 1,000 dogs. They are dedicated to saving lives and finding forever homes for stray, abandoned and surrendered dogs in high kill shelters. They’re advocates for reducing the stray population and reducing euthanasia of healthy animals through their spay/neuter programs and education. They promote respect for the furry creatures that share our lives. Like many local rescue organizations, they are all volunteer-run and rely on foster homes to take in and place animals. A big advantage to fostering, is that the families get to know the dogs’ personalities very well, which helps match the animal to an appropriate home. The two dogs we’re featuring have both lived through some crazy, terrible situations. First up is Pax, and I feel like they could make a movie about his life. Here’s what Safe Hands told me: “He was a stray dog that carried a bucket around with him and folks would feed him. He would periodically show up in a neighborhood where this mom and kids cared for him, and one day he showed up with an arrow clean through his chest. They contacted the shelter we work with who contacted us and we got a volunteer to get him to the vet. The kids broke open their piggy banks to help pay for his medical care!! He came to our rescue and turned out he has a bad hip – previously broken and also full of pellets (as is much of his body). He had FHO surgery and is recovering now. He is a very soulful guy and he can use all the help he can get to find the right/best home for him without worry.” He is the sweetest guy, very friendly, and I really enjoyed photographing him. His back end is still shaved from the hip surgery, but he’s still super handsome.
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Next is little Samara. Here’s this sweet girl’s story: “She was abandoned at a mine with her littermates, rescued by a miner who brought the pups  home to take them to the shelter. Before they did though, someone wanted a puppy and they gave her away. The guy actually took her and threw her off a bridge and when she was able to swim to the edge and get out of the water, got her and threw her off again! He was satisfied she was too far out and would drown and left. A homeless man under the bridge witnessed the whole thing and went into the water and saved her. The man that did it is being prosecuted. Samara spent a few months “in jail” held as evidence. Finally they released her to our custody. Her name means “guarded by God.” She certainly had an angel looking out for her. She’s a black, labby/houndy mix and we’ve had zero interest in anyone wanting to give her a home. But she’s adorable, sweet, happy and a really good girl.” How could no one want this little peanut?? She was cautious when she came to the studio, but she’s eager to please and I can tell there’s a confident, spunky girl in there trying to get out. Dustin is lucky we don’t live on a big farm, because I would be adopting dogs like Samara every chance I got!
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For more information, check out their website or Facebook page. Here’s a link to the animals they have available on Petfinder…. there’s some seriously cool dogs on there, be sure to check out Dexter and Mike too! If you’d like to attend an adoption event, our friends at Fetch Delivers opens their doors to Safe Hands on several weekends during the year. The next event is actually this coming Saturday, August 6th.
  • Lisa Diederich - What incredible stories of survival! Hearing things like that only makes me love dogs more :)

    Thanks for sharing and for using your talents to show us how adorable these pups are! I hope they find homes soon.August 3, 2011 – 6:32 pm

zoe + lia :: minneapolis adorable puppy photography

Get your toothbrush out….. you’ll need it after all this sugary sweetness! Zoe and Lia came in with their girls and it’s so cool that they all get to grow up together. Zoe is the Blenheim (red and white) and Lia is the more Ruby colored Cavalier. It seriously doesn’t get much cuter than this……
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  • Jessica Sundberg - These are way too cute! I love the one with the little girl!!July 30, 2011 – 2:37 pm

  • Carol - Your posts make my day-these are so sweet!July 30, 2011 – 4:03 pm

  • Ben Henning - Ridiculous!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting! Absolutely made my day :)July 30, 2011 – 11:26 pm

  • JoEllen Kimmel - cuteness overload!!!July 31, 2011 – 8:26 am

  • lisa harris - I’ve always wanted to have a cavalier – this is exactly why! They are more than adorable – nice job!July 31, 2011 – 5:58 pm

  • Sabreena K - These do make me melt! So sweet!July 31, 2011 – 8:58 pm

  • Serenah - so adorable.August 3, 2011 – 4:27 am

  • Lynn Likens - I almost AOL’ed at the last image….AWWWW out loudAugust 8, 2011 – 12:33 pm

  • Natalia - The cutest puppies I’ve ever seen! My heart is metlingNovember 1, 2011 – 4:23 pm

  • Brandon Pittam - Cavy’s Rock!!! We have one and I miss how tiny she used to be!June 11, 2013 – 11:30 am

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