Behind the Scenes with Zip

Back in October, I had the delight of photographing Zip, an energetic border collie, as a Christmas present for one of his owners. I’ve held back posting some of his photos, wanting to wait until after the holidays to avoid spoiling Zip’s photo surprise.

I met Zip and his other owner in Davis, California at Northstar Park which provided a varied backdrop for our photos. The park features two ponds, large open green spaces, trails, sports fields, and more.

I had a wonderful time running around capturing Zip from different angles as he used his border collie stare to lock in on any one who daned to pass by — something I’m very familiar with thanks to my own border collie, Cooper. Can you tell which photos below he’s using the stare in?

We walked along the park’s main trail and stopped at different spots to take advantage of the park’s different looks. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from the shoot below!

Behind the Scenes: Mini-Session with Jager & Family

This family and their Boxer, Jager, were the first ones to book a pet photography session with Coop & You and for that we will be forever grateful! The family took part in our Spring Mini-Session in Irvine a couple of weeks ago.

The energy between their dog and youngster made for an exciting family photo shoot, with me running around hoping to get the perfect shots where both pup and child were engaged and looking towards the camera.

My primary experience is capturing images of dogs, mainly from all the practice taking photos of my own, so I was very thankful to have the opportunity to take photos of Jager with his entire family. A huge shout out to Jager’s mom for trusting me with her family photos!

We had so much fun during the shoot that it ran a little later than we planned. We began to lose some light behind Irvine’s hills, but we took full advantage of the golden hour light we were gifted through most of it.

Enjoy more photos of this beautiful family below! You can follow Jager’s adventures on Instagram at @jager_themeister.

We love that this youngster brought his Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys to the shoot. It captures his personality!

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Behind the Scenes: Mini-Session with Kaya

Last week, we had our first Orange County pet photography mini-sessions in Irvine along a beautiful trail at sunset.

Our first session was with Kaya, a beautiful Samoyed pup who is just nearing her first birthday! This dog’s coat was so white and clean, folks on the trail joked that she would be a different color after finishing the hike.

Kaya was so well behaved and picture ready! Like most Samoyeds, she was friendly as could be, stopping to say hello to anyone who came along her path. This was one of Kaya’s first hikes and we’re so glad we could come along to photograph it!

My parent’s actually have a Samoyed, Bear, a favorite model who you’ll see in many of our photos. They are the sweetest dogs in the world, particularly with people. Their only flaw, besides being stubborn as heck, is that they love too much. If you’re looking for a guard dog, a Samoyed is probably the wrong choice. If you’re looking for a heckin’ good adventure partner who can go out in public with you, Samoyed’s are a great choice since they love everyone, even strangers!

We had so much fun with Kaya and hope to see her again! Check out more of our favorite shots from the shoot below.

Want to learn more about Samoyeds? Read all about the breed on the American Kennel Club website. Have one yourself? You can meet up with other Samoyeds at a SoCal Samoyed meetup. Follow them on Instagram at @socalsamoyeds.

You can follow Kaya as she grows up on Instagram at @kayabear_samoyed.

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Spring & Easter Mini-Sessions 2020

We are excited to announce two mini-sessions this March in Orange County! We’ll have a trail-based photo shoot in Irvine and an Easter themed photo shoot in Orange. While we’re dog obsessed here, families and others without pets can take advantage of these sessions, too!

dog at sunset in field

Friday, March 6, 2020 – Natural Photos | $52 (including 20% discount)
4:30 pm | 5:30 pm

Our first mini-session will produce more natural and candid photos. In these 20 minute sessions, I will accompany you and your pup/family/friends along a trail in Irvine to get a couple of different backgrounds and authentic moments as you enjoy golden hour along Irvine’s beautiful hills. Since this is our first official mini-session, sessions are 20 percent off!

There are only two session times left so book soon! Email ashley@coopandyou.photography to reserve your spot.

Spring decor on a picnic blanket

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Prop Photos | $65
3:30 pm | 4 pm | 4:30 pm | 5 pm

If you’re looking for a more traditional Easter mini-session, the following weekend we will have a mini-session in Orange at a local park. These 20 minute sessions will take place in one spot amongst spring-y Easter props under a tree at the park.

There are four open sessions left for this shoot! Email ashley@coopandyou.photography to reserve your spot.

What do Mini-Sessions Come With?

Dog at sunset

The price for the mini-sessions includes a 20 minute session and at least 8 digital images from the shoot along with one fun polaroid shot. All digital images are for your personal-use: share them on social media, make personal prints, whatever you’d like! We just ask that you credit us on social and keep our small watermark on prints.