Behind the Scenes: Photo Shoot with Pookie and Zoey

Recently, I had the pleasure of shooting some photos of foster dogs Pookie and Zoey. It was my first time back out on a shoot since shelter-in-place started which was thrilling. To keep everything safe, we met at a wide-open park and I shot at a distance and kept a mask on.

Pookie and Zoey are best friends and so sweet. I could tell they were excited to be out and about, sniffing everything they could possibly get their noses on. The two are available for adoption with 4Life Animal Rescue. Zoey is a shih-tzu and bichon frise mix and Pookie is a cocker spaniel and bichon frise mix.

These two must be adopted together โ€” they’ve been friends for 11 years after all!

Fun Facts about Zoey & Pookie

  • They love going on walks (long or short) and laying out in the sun together
  • Zoey enjoys playing with rope toys and tug-of-war
  • Pookie is a lap dog and loves to cuddle
  • Zoey is more independent and her foster mom says, “she’s spicy!”
  • They are good with other dogs
  • Since they’re seniors and need more peace, they probably shouldn’t be in a home with young children

To learn more about Zoey and Pookie, visit their adoption page with 4Life Animal Rescue.

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.

Behind the Scenes: Photo Shoot With Phoenix

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure of working with Phoenix and her foster mom Helena with 4Life Rescue.

4Life Rescue is a nonprofit run by volunteers dedicated to providing care and resources to animals in need. They offer adoption, education, training, and rehabilitation services to ensure that unwanted and neglected animals are safe and receive the life-long care they require and deserve. A worthy cause if I’ve ever heard one!

I met up with Helena and Phoenix early in the morning at a local park. Phoenix was a little shy, so I didn’t force any greetings โ€” I have my own shy pup at home and am shy myself. I know what it’s like to need to warm up to people!

dog on walk

As we walked along the trails, Helena shared all the ways she’s been working with Phoenix to get her confidence built up like visiting local parks and other public places. Phoenix was clearly thrilled to be out, smiling as she walked along. We stopped in a couple of areas to snap some photos for 4Life before letting Phoenix stretch her legs and run and play with Helena. Phoenix really came to life running around a small gated area where she was free to be herself. She even came up for pets!

dog running

Phoenix is 8 1/2 years old, turning 9 on June 11. This sweetheart loves getting outside for walks in the park, but she prefers to avoid crowds! She spends her days lounging and shadowing her humans. Phoenix would do best with mellow and respectful dogs and kids; she previously lived with two kids and another dog.

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For more information about Phoenix, visit 4Life Rescue’s website.