Project 52, Week 52 CELEBRATE

It’s the last week of Project 52 for 2015!  It has been a great year developing Hoof N Paw into a wonderful business.  I’ve never been happier photographing pets!

This weeks theme of “celebrate” couldn’t have come at a better time.  Not only are we all celebrating the holiday but we at Hoof N Paw had a little party for our Bron.  He turned 8 years old on the 22nd.  While he wasn’t excited about the head adornment, he was more than thrilled to eat his pork chop.  See his photos above.

In my neck of the woods, we have also been celebrating the arrival of snow.  There has not been much in the last few years, resulting in Summer droughts (we normally get a large amount) and epic wildfires.  To our great delight, we are at 2 feet of snow just this week!!!  My family has been busy building snowmen and snow forts.  Our BC’s join in the fun.

I hope that each of you have a very blessed holiday season as we celebrate our Lord’s birth!

For more enjoyable “celebrate” images, please head on over to Pets We Love:


Project 52, Week 51 “Dressed Up”

Yes!  I have finally had another chance to work with the pet photography Project 52 again!  This weeks theme is “dressed up”.  While I don’t use a lot of props in my pet photography, this was still a super fun chance to get creative.

Now, I have two male Border Collies.  That requires some further creativity seeing as I couldn’t put any of my jewelry on them.  I do have a tie and bowtie.  I’ll share a post at the end of the page from a previous shoot I did with ties.

So, my first photo was an attempt to make the Bronster Monster into a Prince.  He has on a “crown” and a sparkly collar.  I’m not sure if he looks very regal or not, lol.

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The second photos were modeled by my Mr. Balan.  A true gentleman.  Although, never too thrilled to take part in my photography ideas.  He is 12 years old and feels his only tasks after retiring from obedience competition is to lay on the couch.  I quite agree with him but I really needed his unique skills.  So, I present “Holiday Mr. Balan” and then my take on a dog out to play in the snow.

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Mr. Balan is such a great sport!!!  As you can see, we have a lot of green grass this December.  At this moment, a snow storm has landed, at last!  It will be so much fun to get out and take some snow photos!

And, here are a few photos from the past year where I had the opportunity to dress up client dogs…

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Thank you so much for visiting Hoof N Paw!  Please head over to Elaine’s blog for I Got the Shot and enjoy some other “Dressed Up” images:

You can continue to follow the links at the bottom of our blog posts in order to view a whole bunch of great photos!


Holiday Peace

Most outdoor lifestyle photographers get a bit of vacation during December – February.  It’s just too cold outside.  At Hoof N Paw or “rachel L moore PHOTOGRAPHY” (my people photography business),I’m out and about whenever I can in the snow.  And, I can be found inside working through new photography seminars, creating new magic with older photos.  The digital darkroom is my daily obsession.  Editing is phenomenally fun stuff to do.  If I get in holiday orders for drawings, I’ll often be at my easel working on a graphite portrait.

We had a few days where the white stuff arrived and stuck around.  It always turns our neutral, drab Winter tones into a beautiful fairyland.

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These are the latest edits I have re-done from a variety of shoots over the past year.  All thanks to some great instructors and classes at Creative Live.  Yes, that is a railroad track in the first image.  I took that photo nearly 2 years ago before finding out taking photos on tracks is not acceptable.  Just, don’t do it.  I’m proud of how well the image came out, though.

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Meanwhile, a couple images from my favorite Fall session has been gaining traction in the world of photography competition.  Decidedly, my top photos of 2015.


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Thank you so much for visiting Hoof N Paw!



Project 52, Week 45: Catchlights

I am so delighted to have found the time to work on this weeks Project 52 theme! Catchlights happen to be one of my favorite aspects in pet photography. In technical terms, catchlights are “a light source that causes a specular highlight in a subject’s eye in an image”. What draws me to the light in a pets eyes is the ability to see what the dog sees, reflected back. It is a world within a world; a secret, beautiful place.  And, the eyes on many animals are so beautiful!  While I don’t own a macro lens (for super close up photos), I still get to see a lot with the lenses I do have. One of my favorite catchlight photos was done last Spring. I cropped it down super tight so that you can see the reflection within the light of the eye.  It is the mirror image of the dogs owner.


In the images below, I was able to get closer than usual with my newly purchased Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. There are some lovely catchlights despite an overcast sky. My Border Collie boys have the prettiest amber eyes!

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Another favorite photo was taken just last weekend at my dog club’s semi-annual UKC Obedience trial. I caught this Malinois executing perfect attention in heel position. The eyes glow and the catchlights add some magic. All indoors. Light is fascinating!

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“In right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary”. ~ author unknown

For more beautiful images showcasing catchlights, please visit Elaine Tweedy’s blog:

Project 52, Week 43 “Light”

I have recently joined a fabulous group of pet photographers doing what is called “Project 52”.  The idea is to take a weekly theme, go out and shoot according to that theme, and post the results in our blogs.  This week, the theme was “light”.  Even though we are approaching the end of October and the light is fading during my free time (evenings), we still had some incredible orange/gold sunsets.  I took both my sons and one of my Border Collies (Bron) out to see what we could get.

While Bron and I were working on photos, the boys were trying to encourage the neighbor’s horses to come visit and get some carrots.  It didn’t work today but the neighbor’s Border Collies ran over to say “hello”.  All in all, it was a fun theme to play with and my favorite photo is thanks to my boys.  Bron is willing to try anything I ask so I put him under their legs.  My youngest didn’t look at the camera the entire time but laughed through every moment.

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Please check out what was created with the “light” theme in this next blog!

Branching Out

Life as Hoof N Paw has been delightfully busy.  I have donated an 8×10 drawing to our city’s Canine for K9’s Walk which supports our police K9’s.  It should be a fantastic event for the whole family.  I have a new cat drawing that I am working on for a photographer friend.  And, my photography is going great guns.  I am branching out to work with families and senior’s (high school) portraits, under my own name, in addition to Hoof N Paw’s pet photography.

My photo of Bron in wheat fields will be in a Border Collie rescue calendar and was recently featured on our local news weather forecaster’s Facebook page.


Other photo sessions have included a lovely English Setter, Miss Reba…

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Then, there was Adrien’s senior photo session…

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I am really enjoying these senior photo sessions!  Adrien was a lot of fun to work with and a great sport.

Fall is coming and a mini pet photography shoot is in the works.  Love the colors of Fall!  So many fun memories to create for people in the coming months!

A Mountain Hike

My husband and I recently took our boys to the mountain for an afternoon of hiking.  It was a relief to be a little higher out of the clogging smoke from the large array of wildfires in our area.  To look at a map of Washington State right now, you would think every inch was on fire.  That is how severe the drought and dryness is this year.  Our local firefighters are calling it an “epic” season.  It has definitely made for uninspiring photo opportunities.  The sky is in a constant grey-orange haze and the sun has gone dull.  But, I use my time wisely and I’m working on a commissioned fine art drawing that may be my favorite, yet.  Can’t wait to show all of you!  Plus, I’m doing a few senior student photo sessions in the coming weeks for some friends and family.  It can be nice to occasionally take on some “people” photography.

One thing I noticed about being on the mountain is how deep the shadows are.  The landscape is beyond beautiful but I’m definitely going to need to bring my off camera lighting equipment if I ever do a photo shoot up there.  I had to take my camera to its limit of ISO (in camera lighting, so to speak) and ended up with some grainy images.  Definitely a need for man made light.  Our boys had a blast and I asked Bron to pose every so often.  We didn’t bring Mr. Balan because his arthritis is bothering him.  Poor guy.

Enjoy these photos!