Monthly Archives: August 2010

BIG Blue Mutt News

Blue Mutt Photography is making it’s TV debut… LIVE! I couldn’t be more excited or nervous for that matter – But I can’t wait!

Good Morning Texas will be featuring me along with Mr. Blue Mutt (Willie) next Tuesday.  Channel 8 contacted us earlier this week to see if we could share some tips on how to get great photos of your own pet. I was so excited I replied yes so fast it probably scared them. Tips – have I got tips for you! Tons of tips!

So tune in (or set your DVR) to Channel 8 on Tuesday, the 17th, at 9:00am. Wish us luck!!

I will also post all about the show and the tips I will be sharing in case you miss the show :)

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tail wag and a middle name

Layla has come miles from that shy little puppy we adopted a few weeks ago. Her best friend in the entire world is her big brother Willie, who has shown Layla the ropes around here. In fact she follows him everywhere, sleeps when he sleeps, plays when he plays, and eats when he eats. Their favorite game right now is tug-of-war! Willie is such a sweet boy because he even let’s Layla win every now and then 😉

We have also decided on a middle name for our little girl. Drum roll please…….. Layla Ruth Cameron. Why Ruth? Well the best response for her middle name I received on the post Little Layla was actually: Chocolate Caramel Brownie! Which made me laugh pretty hard :) Of course we couldn’t really name her that – but I do agree that she looks like chocolate and caramel. So to stay with the theme of Goonies*, we chose Baby Ruth (the star candy bar in the movie). Thank you for all of your creative suggestions!

* Willie is actually named after The Goonies “One Eyed Willie.” The pirate who’s treasure they are searching for. I know we are dorks but we do love our 80’s movies!

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My Uber cool Niece and Nephew

The words Deep Ellum and kids usually don’t go together but I decided to give it a go – and I am absolutely in love with the results! Of course it helps when you have two cool kiddos with some awesome sunglasses 😉

Here is a quick sneak peak to wet your appetite. There are many, many more to come. I just couldn’t resist putting these up right away!

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SPCA of texas: Wagging my own tail

I must take this opportunity to wag my own tail and toot my own horn …just a little bit! I was super excited to find out that I have been chosen as the SPCA of Texas Volunteer of the Month. I was asked to write a short paragraph as to why I choose to volunteer at the SPCA and that really got me thinking about my time spent at the shelter. I started looking back through all of the photos of shelter animals that I’ve taken, and began remembering each animal. I couldn’t believe how many cats, dogs, and rabbits I had met while volunteering – I was surprised to find out that I have photographed over 850 shelter animals to date here in Dallas. As I went through the old photos I started picking out a couple of my favorites and decided to put together a little tribute to all the shelter animals. It brings me such happiness to know that each of these critters has found their forever, loving home.

I want to share with you the paragraph that was sent out in the SPCA newsletter that I feel really sums up my response to the question: Why do you choose to volunteer at animal shelters?

Hello, I’m Allison – a Dallas based pet photographer. I absolutely love what I do for a living and am so lucky to be given the opportunity to capture the spirit and personality of so many different animals. I volunteer at the SPCA because it brings such joy to me knowing that I might have had a hand in finding an animal their forever home. Pets, no matter how big or small, are always ready to give you their unconditional love, loyalty, and trust. It is only fair that we give them our unconditional love in return. I am committed to helping shelter animals in any way possible – after all they are the best of the best, and most of the time love you even more because they know they have been given a second chance at life. I adore my rescue dog – a one eyed blue heeler mutt, who is the most handsome dog in Texas… it’s true! I even named my business after him: Blue Mutt Photography – he is definitely living the life he deserved to have. Since starting at the SPCA of Texas I have photographed over 850 animals is hopes of helping them along their journey. Believe me it has been hard to not take them all home with me, but I have loved every minute of it!

On a side note: this article went out just a few days before we adopted Layla, so that is why she is not mentioned in my bio. However, I have big plans for Layla’s involvement in my business – don’t you worry. Willie isn’t the only one who will hold sole naming rights to my business. I’ll keep you posted and an update on Layla is coming soon!

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little bullet

If you looked up the definition for Jack Russell terrier you would find a photo of Bullet. Just a ball of energy ready to play at any minute, hence the name “bullet” – he is all Jack Russell. Bullet has one of the best smiles I’ve seen on a pup and loves having his photo taken – which makes me love him even more. What a huge ham! Bullet’s mom is a very talented artist and designer and I am so excited to soon have one of her pieces hanging in my house. You can check out her work here: nickiefeddersen.com. I have to decide what colors I want in the painting because it hasn’t been painted yet. I am so amazed that I will have a one of a kind painting just for me.

After sending out Bullet’s gallery to his mom, I received a very touching e-mail from her. You see Bullet is sick with cancer so we are busy celebrating Bullet’s time here with us. I wanted to share a small part of her e-mail with you, because it shows why I love what I do as a pet photographer!

“I truly believe you captured the essence of what defines Bullet.  He is a cross section of big attitude, a lover, high energy, extremely focused, happy, a hunter and a baby all at once.  The photos show each of these qualities and them some.  I was totally surprised that two of the images captured his baby face, exactly as it was when he was a puppy.  I haven’t seen that face in oh so long! He looks amazing and so happy in all of them.  They make me so happy. “


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