12 months of Maddie

Today is someone’s birthday.

In honor of her special day, here’s a little tribute to Maddsters, the best Boston Terrier in the land, in the form of a photo of her taken each month this year. Some of these you’ll recognize from previous blog posts, but others (hint: this month’s) are making their blog debut.

Happy Birthday, Madds!

Meet Rocco and Bailey

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a super top-secret holiday surprise session with two fantastic pups, Rocco (a hilarious and athletic Border Collie/Great Dane mix) and his big sis Bailey (an adorable Chow mix of one sort or another who may or may not be part Teddy Bear).

Rocco and Bailey’s mom is planning quite a surprise for their dad on Christmas morning, so if you recognize these two clowns keep a lid on it!

Here are a couple of highlights from their session:

Their session started out at the softball field near their home, where Rocco demonstrated his ability to jump 8+ feet in the air after a tennis ball, and Miss Bailey spent some quality time investigating the lens (and the bag of treats stashed nearby).

After the fun, the pups were ready for their close-ups and we headed back home to set up a mini studio. (By the way: in-home studio sessions are something that I’ll be offering more frequently now. If this is something you might be interested in, look for a post with more information about these coming up soon!)

Thanks Lauren for choosing me as your partner in crime for Operation Top Secret Photo Shoot!

Project 52 Photo Challenge : Best of the Week (37/52)

Yikes, I’ve been slacking on the Project 52 posts this month. This week’s theme was super easy, though — pick your favorite photo from the week and post it up!

I took Maddie out to the front yard to enjoy the fall colors on Wednesday. She wasn’t a huge fan of all the leaves, but I think she did secretly enjoy getting to sit in the middle of the street while I took that first photo.

Up next in the blog ring we have Anthony Helton. Take it away, Anthony!

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Dana Cubbage - I just love this time of year for photos – the colors are so beautiful! I love both of your images this week :)November 18, 2011 – 9:08 am

Nat - in love with the colors! :DNovember 18, 2011 – 11:35 am

Anthony Helton - There’s nothing like an overcast sky to make those yellows pop! Nicely done!November 18, 2011 – 11:52 am

Stephanie Ho - Those yellow leaves are gorgeous!November 18, 2011 – 6:21 pm


Maddie wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy Halloween.

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Jenny - LOL! What an awesome picture!October 31, 2011 – 2:44 pm

clarine smith - O M G! the expression is adorable! I love your stuff!August 8, 2012 – 8:15 am

Project 52 Photo Challenge : Wild Sightings (33/52)

This week’s Project 52 challenge asked us to photograph an animal other than a dog (or cat, or other domestic friend), and turn our lenses to the wild critters that roam our neighborhoods, zoos and parks. Fun times!

So, without any further suspense, this is Sergio (not to be confused with Mike, my other toad friend who made his blog debut this spring). He hangs out on my patio most evenings, and is pretty friendly. Last night he graciously allowed me to grab a few shots of him with my favorite vintage 55mm 1.2FL lens before hopping back into the bushes.

Next up, check out Stephanie Madeline‘s blog to see what wild critter she captured this week…

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Dana Cubbage - I love this, Claire! Great black and white processing and I love the shadow lines in the back.October 21, 2011 – 7:29 am

Scott - Claire, this is an amazing shot! Composition is superb! Love it!October 21, 2011 – 8:04 am

52 Weeks – Wild Sightings » Hans Paul Studios Blog - [...] next is the most amazing Claire Baxter at Studio Fetch. Check out her take on ‘Wild Sightings’ and the rest in our amazing blog ring! Posted [...]October 21, 2011 – 3:54 am

Project 52 Photo Challenge : iPhone (32/52)

This week’s Project 52 theme was iPhone, wherein we had to, um, take an iPhone  photo of our pets. What better way to do that than to take an iPhone photo of an iPhone photo? It’s like magic……

Next up, let’s see how Ann Kearns used her iPhone this week…

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Scott - OMG I LOVE THIS PIC!October 14, 2011 – 6:47 am

Jenny - Very creative! Love this!October 14, 2011 – 7:55 am

Dana Cubbage - What a great idea, Claire! :)October 14, 2011 – 8:00 am

Ann Kearns - So creative! Love it, Claire!October 14, 2011 – 10:42 am

Stephanie Ho - <3!October 14, 2011 – 4:19 pm

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Project 52 Photo Challenge : Chilled Out (31/52)

This week’s Project 52 challenge (Chilled Out) asked us to snap a photo of our dogs, well…chilling. Maddie is an enthusiastic relaxer, and usually spends her afternoons sunbathing in the back yard…on her back with her feet up in the air like a cockroach. Since she also has what I like to call a little bit of a “weight” “problem” she often gets stuck out there when she can’t roll back over onto her belly, prompting a rescue mission as she wildly flails her legs around while trying to make it look like she’s just scratching her back (and de-thatching the St Augustine in the process — bonus for me).

Up next in the blog ring is Steph Skardal — let’s see how her pups like to chill…

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Dana Cubbage - I love it! Maddie looks completely relaxed :) Such a cutie!October 7, 2011 – 8:07 am

Jenny - Awww… she’s so cute! That’s hysterical that she gets stuck in that position! lolOctober 7, 2011 – 8:58 am

Holly - Now that’s chill!! Great pic!October 7, 2011 – 12:42 pm

Chillin’, Chillin’

I couldn’t resist posting a little peek at one of yesterday’s sessions. Seriously, how awesome are these guys?

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Wendy - SO adorable! It was so much fun having you out to take pics or the dogs! Can’t wait to see them all!September 30, 2011 – 9:53 am

New Product Feature : Accordion Session Albums

I’m super excited to announce a brand new product available from the fetch. catalog — Accordion Session Albums! These 4×8 hardcover albums are printed on luxuriously smooth (and eco-friendly) premium bamboo fine art paper and feature 8 panels with a custom-designed front and back cover for a total of up to 10 showcase images from your session. These are fantastic compact keepsakes, and also make wonderful gifts for your dog’s devoted fan base (i.e. grandma).

A super special thanks goes out to Pete for helping me test out this fabulous new product offering — look for his hilarious session post, coming soon!

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