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Sneak Peek :: Grande Prairie, Alberta Lifestyle Photographer

Here’s a sneak peak from the weekend’s photo shoot with E and her dogs, Shy and Darien.

dsc_0894This is the handsome and very loyal Darien (above)

dsc_1042I found E to be incredibly photogenic and, although this is the only one of her included in the sneak peak, I really liked a lot of the images in which E was with her two dogs.

dsc_0937-2I had a hard time getting images of Shy (she is very friendly and outgoing) keeping still long enough to do some quiet shots. She is Kong crazy!

dsc_0381-2Despite Darien’s age, he sure can whip across the field to get his tire. Notice the dry grass flying.

dsc_0756E sure is a great mom to Shy and Darien. She’s the only person so far who has brought along a backpack of resources that included water and a water bowl for her dogs knowing they’d need a drink during the session. We used barely any of the natural treats I brought along since her dogs were so cooperative and friendly. Thanks for a fun session E!

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.”  ~Gilda Radner


Diane is an on-location dog, pet & livestock photographer serving Grande Prairie and northern Alberta/BC. Visit Diane Schuller Photography.

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Marcie - June 2, 2009 - 5:57 pm

Wonderful series of images. You’ve captured these pups and their ‘master’ beautifully!!!
These days – am really getting in to photographing dogs..and loving it!!!

Toni - June 3, 2009 - 12:27 am

They are all wonderful captures, Diane, enhanced by excellent processing. She’ll love them!

magic cochin - June 3, 2009 - 2:47 am

Fantastic studies of the dogs and of E with them. If you lived nearby I’d invite you over on Sunday, our village curate is having a ‘Pet Service’ at the church opposite my studio. I’m taking some photos for the village magazine, but I’m sure you’d capture some great shots of people and their pets.

It’s undecided which of my cats or hens will represent our household – tabby studio-assistant has told me that under NO circumstance will she attend! So that leaves the ginger one or one or two hens…


elk - June 3, 2009 - 6:55 am

i finally updated my bloglist with your new home …it is so amazing ! This is a beautiful testament to both your artistic photography and the joy of dogs and their humans


Liss - June 3, 2009 - 6:59 am

I love the family portrait it’s beautiful

DesignTies - June 3, 2009 - 8:51 am

Whoops, forgot to update your feed in our blogroll — no wonder we weren’t getting your updates!!

Wow, these photos are AWESOME!!!! Darien is so adorable in the last shot 🙂 And great action shot of the two of them chasing the kong. My action shots always come out as blobby blurs.

You make me want to go out and buy a really good camera and take pictures of everything!!


sherri - June 3, 2009 - 9:56 am

A wonderful collection of images, Diane. They’re all quite splendid and put together in this one post tell quite a story.

Junie Moon - June 3, 2009 - 11:13 am

Wow, you really got some great shots. I love how you’ve captured the dogs’ personalities, either being still or in action. And the photo of E with her dogs is wonderful, something I think she’ll treasure. The thing I like is that although the dogs managed to stay still here and there (albeit probably briefly), the photos aren’t “staged” but appear natural.

I’ve told you this before, Diane, but I truly admire your work. Exquisite!

Steve - June 3, 2009 - 12:09 pm

Great photos of those fine looking dogs. That Darien is quite a guy.

Roberta - June 3, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Good job on these. What kind of dog is Shy – she’s beautiful!

Gayle - June 3, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Oh, Diane, these are amazing! I like them all and I think my favorite is the shot with E. I can see the love!

Shelli - mama of letters - June 3, 2009 - 10:04 pm

These are lovely, Diane!

don - June 4, 2009 - 10:28 am

A wonderful dog series. I like the varied looks and expressions. well done.

Jean M Fogle - June 5, 2009 - 5:57 am

Nice pis Diane! YOu are much braver than me, I have yet to ever venture into paid sessions!

Chris Walkowicz - June 8, 2009 - 12:11 pm

Good job! Love the action photos and close ups!