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I have always loved animals I have always had pets I have always had a passion for photography I didn't find my true love until I realized the joy and satisfaction I could find in combining my love of animals and photography. My decision to make it a business came in late 2012 when I was trying to figure out the best way to devote my time/energy to animal rescue work. In late 2012, I started my Fur Baby Foundation to help support local animal rescue groups. I struggled at first to determine the best way to spend my time and then realized what I really needed was both time and money.

At the time, I had eleven pets. 3 Rescued Rabbits, 4 Rescued dogs, 3 Rescued Guinea Pigs and one little rabbit that was given to me as a gift in 2005. I spent many weekends just photographing my own critters for fun. I realized after people continued to ask me to photograph their pets, I might have a way to combine my love of animals and photography into a business.

Initially I started photographing events and foster dogs for a few groups along with taking photography classes to complete my "formal" education. It has been an amazing journey. I look to changing the lives of so many animals in the coming years. The most rewarding aspects of photography: Sharing your vision with others Experiencing their joy when you capture the soul of their pet in the perfect photo Meeting and reviewing the works of your fellow photographers.

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  • Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:05:18 GMT

    Patriot Paws - Its a Win-Win
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    At CuddleBug Photography, we admit, its usually just about the critters!  We are a Pet Photography business - but .....  Sometimes we can really get the best of both worlds.  One of the projects we will be taking on this year is to create a Calendar for Patriot Paws to help them raise money to fund their amazing program. 

    This project is a partnership between CuddleBug Photography, PAWS - PepsiCo Animal Welfare Society, and of course, Patriot Paws. In fact, it will be one of our "Signature Events" this year with the PAWS-PepsiCo group. In addition to Pet Photography, I also have a day job with the PepsiCo corporation.  Last year I created our Employee Resource Group, PAWS to help ensure PepsiCo is doing the right thing to support Animals in need.  This group, and my photography business have indeed been a labor of love :) ----
    We completed our first photo shoot for Patriot Paws last weekend.  I know it will be a long journey to get us from Photos to Calendar, but I know I am up for the challenge!  I will continue to keep everyone updated about our progress along the way as the year progresses. 

    Keep watching for updates in my blog on this project and several others that will help make an impact in the lives of the critters and the people that share our world!!!


  • Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:34:54 GMT

    Be their Valentine!
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    Valentine's day will be here in one month - I am asking everyone to open their hearts and their wallets..... This year you can "Be their Valentine" by purchasing Valentine Cards featuring dogs of the Irving Shelter.  These cards are available in our CuddleBug Store.  Please share and lets make sure that the Irving Shelter dogs have a wonderful Valentine's Day this year!

    CuddleBug Photography in partnership with PAWS - PepsiCo Animal Welfare Society will be offering "Valentine" cards this year featuring Rescue dogs from the Irving, TX Animal Shelter. The proceeds will be going to the Paws For Irving Animals group that helps save these dogs by networking, locating fosters, and working with programs such as Love on Wheels. If anyone is going to be purchasing Valentine Cards  - please consider spending purchasing these cards that benefit Shelter Animals!  You can purchase these cards in our Store Here!

    There are two types (Luxe and Basic) of cards available in four different designs. 
    You can give these out at school, work or to family and friends. (You must add shipping if you are not able to pick up locally in DFW - Pickup locations will be provided)

    Luxe Cards:  For Pampered People!
    3x3 Ornate cards on a beautiful Pearl paper with envelope!  Each card is $2.50. The Luxe cards have a 10 Card Minimum Purchase for each card design. (You must add shipping if you are not able to pick up locally in DFW - Pickup locations will be provided)

    Basic Cards: Great for everyone!

    3.5x2 rectangle cards without an envelope!  Each card is $1.00.  You can mix and match all four designs! (You must add shipping if you are not able to pick up locally in DFW - Pickup locations will be provided)
    PAWS for Irving Animals LLC is a group of dedicated, hands-on volunteers for dogs at the Irving Animal Care Campus. They  work hand-in-hand with staff to achieve a no-kill status for Irving Animal Services through positive promotion of the dogs in social media, hosting off-site adoption events, promoting and training fosters, providing funds for animals in urgent need, and facilitating programs to promote adoption and rescue. PAWS for Irving Animals, LLC (“PAWS”) is listed under 501c3 Federal ID#45-3345507. Funds raised by PAWS are used to provide adoption or rescue fee assistance, emergency medical care, transport assistance and HW treatments to dogs in need at the Irving Animal Shelter.


  • Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:08:01 GMT

    Love on Wheels!
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    This year, CuddleBug Photography has been fortunate to be a part of a new program through Humane Society of Flower Mound that takes dogs at risk of euthanasia in local shelters and sends them to New York to be adopted. This unique program has saved over 325 dogs in its first year, and we're setting a goal of 500 for 2014--but we need YOUR help to do it!

    Each dog costs HSFM an average of $150 to send, and that cost is NOT recouped by adoption fees--so each dog literally depends on donations to be saved. To see the dogs placed through Love on Wheels in 2013, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQaJRasZlkU and then I hope you'll visit http://www.hsfm.org/home/how_to_help/LoveOnWheels.aspx and become a supporter! *Keely*

  • Tue, 13 Aug 2013 16:38:15 GMT

    Making a change...
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    It was difficult to make the decision to put our Fur Baby Foundation on hold....but it was a decision that had to made.  The Fur Baby Foundation started it all -  it is the reason that I started work on my photography business in the first place because I wanted to help save as many fur babies as possible.    I realize now that I can't take on creating a successful foundation and photography business at the same time, so I have to focus on project to get off the ground before I move back to the other. 

    I will still build CuddleBug Photography on the platform of "Photography with a Purpose".  Almost every decision I make considers how I can impact the life of an animal.  Donating services to help save animals will remain a cornerstone of my business and the reason I am here in the first place. 

    Although I will continue my rescue work and to share furry friends in need through my Facebook Page, Fur Baby Foundation, I had to make the tough decision to remove all of these groups from my personal page Facebook page.  I was being haunted by the hundreds of animals every day in need and I was absolutely powerless to help them, at least at this point.

    In the last year I have personally saved 5 dogs and 3 rabbits.  I should feel good about how much I have helped instead of dwelling on the fact I really can't save them all.  I really hope this separation helps me focus on my photography and saving those I can........ When my business is up and going strong - I will refocus more energy on my Fur Baby Foundation and I think amazing things are yet to come!

  • Wed, 07 Aug 2013 18:57:15 GMT

    Love on Wheels
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    I had been watching the PAWS for Irving page all weekend. There was always a home that all the babies would be adopted off the Code Red list by the time the shelter opened on Tuesday. Each day, I checked.... Each day, more worry. I already have a houseful of adopted dogs and really not in the position to take one in permanently. I do have a relationship with a local rescue that said I could always foster for them, but that would mean keeping the baby until I could find it a home.  
    At the last minute, on Tuesday, they offered me another solution - The Love on Wheels Program. In a nutshell - it is a short term foster position that allows you to rescue a dog , in this case a code red dog, and keep it just for a few weeks. THIS will work out perfectly! I want to be able to save these beautiful babies, but I cant commit to a long term situation - LOW is perfect for me.
    I headed to the shelter on Tuesday. I tried to keep a steady focus to keep from being depressed by all the dogs I couldn't help and instead focus on finding one I could. I had seen Leah many times. I have a heeler mix now and to say he is an amazing dog is an understatement. She was very quiet and patient - seemed like a good fit for my house full of wild ones! I decided to give it a shot and take Leah home into the program.
    This will be my photo journal of her short time with my family. I hope that it helps the new owners understand a little more about this little gal as well as spread the word about how fostering saves lives. Oh by the way - if someone asks me what I did yesterday .... I get to say - I SAVED A LIFE? What did you do?

    Want to know more about Leah?  Check out our Journey here!

  • Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:46:10 GMT

    Mr. Snows - 
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    The forth of July should be about celebrating the independence of our country with food, fun and fireworks.  Unfortunately this year, it ended up being a day to mourn the loss of the original member of my fur babies, Mr. Snows. 

    Mr. Snows is the only fur baby that we own that was not a rescue.  He was a gift from my husband right after we were married before he even realized that you could adopt a bunny.  When we decided to get Mr. Snows a bunny companion, we rescued a sweet lop, Effie, from a local rescue.  Sadly, Effie, passed away in 2011.  Mr. Snows was part of our family for 9 years.  Currently Mr. Snows is survived by his cage brother, Phoenix, and his two adopted sisters, Honey Bunny and Hop-Hop.  Our house just wont be the same without this sweet little guy. 

    The only comfort I have is that he passed away in my arms on Thursday.  I probably will never know why he passed away, but it may have just been his time.  He seemed perfectly healthy up until the morning we found him laying very ill next to Phoenix. 

    It is very difficult to lose a fur baby...... Especially one that has been with you so very long.  Mr Snows has been with me through a lot of good times and bad.  I am thankful that I have taken the time to take some great photographs to remember how precious my little man will always be to us.  Hug your babies today.... you just never know when it might be your last chance to show them how much you love them. 

  • Sat, 01 Jun 2013 18:09:20 GMT

    What happened to 2013
    How could I forget how much I love taking pictures!
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    I look down at the calendar today and wow -  it is the first day of June.  My original plan was to try to have my photography business up and going by mid-2013, but somehow, I have let that date come and go.  I think it is too easy to get caught up in the everyday grind of life. 

    The only real progress I made in 2013 was finishing my logo, but I haven't updated my website all year.    The good news is that I can work on changing my priorities. 

    I went outside this morning with my camera and took some photos of my beloved doochies.  After processing the photos, I realize how much I loved taking pictures.  How could I forget how much I love taking pictures?  Doesn't the picture of Jumbaco inspire you to pull out your camera?

    It looks like it is time to try to get back on track!  Maybe I wont be ready to start my business in 2013, but at least now I can start making some forward progress. 
    • Blog - Check
    • Update website - check
    • Remembering I love photography - check!  

    Now time to get moving!  I need to find my motivation!

  • Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:05:31 GMT

    My dogs ate my motivation?
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    Some days it just seems I can't find the motivation.  I think maybe ... One of my dogs ate it ?  :)  It seems I have lost the motivation to workout - eat healthy - and improve my craft by taking pictures every day.  I think it is easy to get lost in the day to day tasks and endless projects that pop-up in our lives.  Next thing you know, you have missed a whole month! 

    I haven't picked up my camera since Christmas, but I am busy planning my new studio.  It sounds like I have a case of mixed up priorities.  I know I will get my act together soon -  I have already started to make the little changes necessary to make it happen! 

    Today I will share a recent photo I took of my sweet Hop-Hop.  We were fortunate to have snow on Christmas day in Texas and it was a great time to take out my buns and snap some shots.  This is one of my favorites.  I call it "Show me some tail".  I can just imagine that this is what it looks like to put up a stand and turn your back to some trial or tribulation.  I can just imagine she has turned her back on laziness and so will I!  :) 

  • Wed, 12 Dec 2012 19:13:14 GMT

    Santa Paws
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    HO HO HO - Here comes Santa Paws! 

    I realize that I have not been taking my photo of the day as diligently as I had hoped, but does it count I took 500 photos on Saturday at the Annual PetsMart Santa Paws event?  It was a great time shooting pooches with Santa....

    The photo I included was my favorite, this very large Great Dane made it difficult to get the DOF I wanted because of the difference in distance to camera and POOR lighting, but somehow this shot really works!  The Santa and everyone else including myself volunteered to help raise money for Lost Paws of Texas. This is actually Santa's dog :)  Did I mention he was my size!  :) 

  • Sat, 01 Dec 2012 17:40:17 GMT

    Inspired by song.....
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    It's been really busy.  Starting a new photo project was my main focus over the Thanksgiving Holidays and a trip to Kansas City opened the door to take photos of a new city, but a busy schedule and a migraine ended my quest for photos.  I did snap one with my iPhone the last night of the Christmas lights that was nice.  I'd love to spend more time downtown -  great subjects to photograph. 
    I have struggled to get my photo of the day completed this week, but hope to get back on track very soon.  With the holiday's upon us, I was inspired this week by a song and thoughts of a fading friendship.  Sometimes art inspires us in many forms - this week, I thank the Goo Goo Dolls for reminding me what is important this time of the year..... I hope you all wish for "better days".....

    Better Days - The Goo Goo Dolls

    And you ask me what I want this year
    And I try to make this kind and clear
    Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days
    'Cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings
    And desire and love and empty things
    Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

    So take these words
    And sing out loud
    'Cause everyone is forgiven now
    'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

    And it's someplace simple where we could live
    And something only you can give
    And that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive
    And the one poor child that saved this world
    And there's 10 million more who probably could
    If we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

    So take these words
    And sing out loud
    'Cause everyone is forgiven now
    'Cause tonight's the night the world begins again

    I wish everyone was loved tonight
    And somehow stop this endless fight
    Just a chance that maybe we'll find better days




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