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DelaFoto partnered with Mile High Dog Magazine for our 4th Annual Cover Contest on September 16th at Wag 'N Trail. While it was a grey and chilly one this year, we did have another record breaking day! With 115 dogs entering to win a chance to be the next Cover Model for the magazine's Holiday issue! Together we raised $570 for Dumb Friends League.

Our tent/photo booth had a steady flow of dogs through the morning and while there were a number a familiar faces, there were many new ones too.  The entire gallery is now being reviewed to find the top 3 dogs (selected by Mile High Dog Magazine). Then those three contenders will be featured on Facebook, where we will have a public voting for the winning pup!

The big winner will get a full hour outdoor session with DelaFoto and the best image will be featured on the Magazine Cover. It's always exciting to see who will come out as top dog each year! Stay tuned...

 

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2017-09-26T17:27:56Z 2017-09-26T17:27:56Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2017/8/delafoto-portrait-is-street-art DelaFoto Portrait is Street Art!

BlogBlog I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Patrick McGregor for a studio photo session with his wife and two Dobermans. At the end of our session we talked about pet paintings and I learned about his street mural work.  Soon after the final DelaFoto images were complete, Patrick selected one of his dog "Kita" for this grand mural.

Patrick is one of about 30 artists featured at Denver's viaduct walls public-art installation (at York Street & 46th Ave). It'll only be there until new construction along i70 begins in 2018. If you're in the neighborhood or just love street art, I hope you'll go check it out!

This is the original image that Patrick so skillfully replicated:

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DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2017-08-30T15:18:35Z 2017-08-30T15:18:35Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2017/6/delafotos-new-masterpiece-collection DelaFoto's NEW "Masterpiece" Collection

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As DelaFoto enters into it's 5th year of elegant portraiture in Denver, Colorado I've been looking for new ways to showcase my images in unique mediums.  This month, I'm super excited to announce my NEW "Masterpiece" Collection, featuring gallery quality Giclee Canvas Art Prints!  These stretched canvas prints are meant to be framed artwork.  Many sizes and painterly options are available. This first studio sample features our lovely "Ladybug".  My original image was transformed into a digital painting by a team of talented artists.  Then it was printed onto the Giclee Canvas and hand painted with oils, etc for a head- turning portrait painting, a beautiful collaboration.

The DelaFoto studio/gallery will be featuring more examples of this collection soon.  Whether for beloved pets or family portraits, this unique offering is unlike any other in Denver. I can't wait to complete the studio collection and help clients work with this option for their homes and offices.

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2017-06-01T15:07:43Z 2017-06-01T15:07:43Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2017/3/delafoto-studio-make-over DelaFoto Studio Make-Over!

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Finally, a stylish studio befitting luxury Pet Photography!  DelaFoto has been at the South Broadway Church for nearly 5 years now.  I've loved the Denver location and have been so very grateful to start and grow my business here.  The old school building needed some TLC but there other pressing concerns to address before indulging in a studio remodel. As DelaFoto has grown, I was finally ready to tackle this project full tilt.  Every single surface in this 600 SF room was redone.  

First step, remove the drop ceiling and fluorescent lighting. They served their purpose when the space was a classroom in the 1950's.  Years later, they had not aged well. Not knowing exactly what we'd find when we tore the ceiling down (only knowing it was a poured concrete above) what a relief to find it was beautiful!  Next step, properly separate this room from the adjoining Presentation Room & Storage area. Then came the new track lighting and painting all the previously white walls and windows with warm earth tones. Ah! then the dreamy new wood-look floor, durable and comfortable for our four legged guests. Finally, we removed the tired vertical blinds and installed handsome Sun Shades making it much easier to moderate the light when working.

Oh my goodness, just love it all! I'm so inspired creatively and can't wait for upcoming photo sessions in the much more comfortable space. Just a few more prints to hang on the walls and off we go.  Now I feel at home and hope my clients will too.

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2017-03-28T16:06:59Z 2017-03-28T16:06:59Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2017/1/delafoto-nominated-for-denvers-a-list DelaFoto Nominated for Denver's A-List!
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So it's been a couple of months since my last blog post... Not that there haven't been some wonderful pets in the studio to spotlight here, but it has just been so busy I had to take a break from writing.  
 
Last year ended with my marriage to my amazing husband, John. We were so grateful for a happy 2016 and this year is already promising to be an exciting one too!  
 
To kick things off, I was super pleased to learn that DelaFoto was nominated by Denver's A-List for Top Pet Photography. There are 16 other very talented contenders, so it'll be a suspenseful month of voting to see who comes up on top.  It would be an honor to be chosen as the #1 Pet photographer in my beloved city of Denver. 
DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2017-01-26T16:58:09Z 2017-01-26T16:58:09Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/11/in-the-studio-dapper-cats In the Studio: Dapper Cats

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About a month ago, I blogged about "Dapper Dogs" in the studio. Now lets not leave out the Dapper Cats, kitties look great in bowties too!

In two recent sessions, families brought in their felines for some formal portraits. While the styling of the sessions were open to many options, among the favorite looks were the ones with these fashionable bowties.  

Purchased online, the ties were varied in color and size and inexpensive. They can be tricky to photograph with long haired cats and if the pose involves laying down (with cats I have minimal control over that).  Despite the mild posing challenges, I enjoyed how these turned out and so did their families.

Thank you to "Wesley", the Siamese, "Saki" the Ragdoll, and "Hanley" the Russian Blue for looking so marvelous for us at DelaFoto!

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-11-08T18:52:10Z 2016-11-08T18:52:10Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/10/in-the-studio-goldens In the Studio: Goldens!

BlogBlog As Colorado has enjoyed a most beautiful season of golden leaves, DelaFoto has also had a wave of Goldens! Golden Retrievers that is. Always cheerful, soft and huggable, these darlings recently graced my studio this during 3 unique sessions.

First, there was Stefanie and her wonderful senior, Emma. With a frosty muzzle at the age of 13, Emma is a vibrant girl who just loved being pampered during her session with mom. My favorite image is of the ladies smiling with heads pressed together, in a gentle hug. 

Then came Zoey, who is the newest addition to Darby's family. She's a 5 year old rescue who's been learning to overcome her anxieties with hopes that she can be a therapy dog like her brother Cormac.  Lean in build, with long hair, high energy and a bit goofball, she glowed in the studio.

Finally, there was the family session with three Goldens! This fun session with Danielle & Ben's Golden crew included: snuggle bug Kitt Katt, goofy Gilligan & their newest addition, love bug Jesse. Everyone piled in and held on for a fun session where yes, three Goldens can smile together for the camera, no problem!

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-10-25T17:22:40Z 2016-10-25T17:22:40Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/10/in-the-studio-dapper-dogs In the Studio: Dapper Dogs!

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How I love the dapper dogs with their bowties!  Some adorable pups have been at the studio lately, wearing their best and making their moms and dads proud. Meet (from left to right) Martin, Wrigley and Bourbon.  Three different sessions, each of these pups sat beautifully and gave their best "I've got this" expression.  I've even had kitties come in wearing ties too.

While I keep neckties in stock in a variety of sizes and looks, the variety of ties folks bring are wonderful. I'm told many of these dogs are known at their parks for their unique collar style. Super cute, cant wait to see more as we get into our holiday portrait season!  

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-10-11T21:43:00Z 2016-10-11T21:43:00Z
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Partnering with Mile High Dog Magazine for our 3rd Annual Cover Contest together was another big success!  A record breaking day with 104 dogs entering in just one morning. Sitting fees/contest entries were donated to Dumb Friends League at Wag 'N Trail for a total of $540.  

We set up a bright and sunny outdoor studio and every dog got one professional headshot to enter the contest.  It was non-stop and we sure had some beautiful pups, with lots of unique personalities! Everyone's dog is a star while we share all the entries online. Soon, the list will be narrowed to a top three contenders.  Those lucky pups will be shared on Facebook where everyone gets to vote on the final winner.  It's going to be a tough choice, I'm glad I don't have to make that decision!

The winning dog will be called back for a 1 hour photo session with me, where the best image will be featured on the cover of the Holiday issue of Mile High Dog Magazine.  It's always so much fun to be part of this contest, I can't wait to see who the winner will be and get some festive photos together. Thank you to everyone that participated this year and previous years too, it has been a fun experience and such a great cause!

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-09-27T19:06:57Z 2016-09-27T19:06:57Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/9/in-the-studio-moms-gift In the Studio: Mom's Gift

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A couple of months ago, Kim & Matt came to me for some fun studio pictures with their sweet dachsies "DD" & "Dexter".  The final photos were such a hit that they came back for a new session with the whole family, featuring 5 adults and 4 dogs in one sitting!

With some family members coming in from out of town (for their first time professional group photo) preparations were made in advance and the half hour sitting went splendidly.  Styled with jewel colors for a relaxed but timeless look, we got everyone close and cozy with their pups. The final image which became a beautiful set of canvas prints, was a true gem.  It was a first for me and I'm so pleased with the outcome, can wait for more photo challenges like this one!

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-09-13T20:23:08Z 2016-09-13T20:23:08Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/8/in-the-studio-mini-schnauzers In the Studio: Mini Schnauzers!

BlogBlog BlogBlog I've had the pleasure of several schnauzers in the studio this season. Meet Mini Schnauzers Peanut & Cashew. Always fun to work with, this pair are youngsters (Peanut is 3 years and Cashew 5 months) and a beautiful color combo.  Peanut's ears go in distinctly different directions and Cashew has patches of white on his chest and one front paw.

The final images were regal on linen prints. Plus their mom got some early holiday photos done, super cute in festive jingle bells!

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-08-30T18:47:09Z 2016-08-30T18:47:09Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/8/in-the-studio-romping-rio In the Studio: Romping Rio

BlogBlog Alex & David were so excited to get portraits with their fun loving boy "Rio". A Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler mix, Rio is about 2 1/2 years old and full of spunk.  

After sitting beautifully for his "formal" pictures and we had time for some romping too! That's when I got to capture his true athleticism.

A "squirrel enthusiast", he loved leaping in the air and catching toys. The photo of  Rio 6 feet in the air, mid-catch, made for an exceptional studio-action shot! 

Expressive, energetic and overall fun, another great day in pet photography, thanks to Rio and his family!

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-08-23T21:07:58Z 2016-08-23T21:07:58Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/8/in-the-studio-wesley-his-girls In the Studio: Wesley & his Girls

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Introducing Wesley, an enthusiastic 1 year old Portuguese Water Dog.  He knows life is good with his girls, Addison & Ainsley. Wearing matching dresses (I love plum), the girls were pretty and comfortable in the studio with their newest family member.

Among my favorite images created, were the unexpected moments. From the silly (with Wesley's tongue drooping out the side of his mouth) to the touching. The sweetest of images were less formal, when all three got close and just loved on each other. 

Hugging a happy pup made reluctant smiles into gentle, relaxed expressions of gratitude. As their parents participated from behind the scenes, they also enjoyed seeing their growing family in this unique setting. The final collection of linen prints will be great momentos to look back on and share for years to come.

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-08-16T20:29:52Z 2016-08-16T20:29:52Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/8/in-the-studio-seth-joey In the Studio: Seth & Joey

BlogBlog Seth came to my studio with his best bud "Joey", a 12 1/2 year old brindled Boxer. His session was a surprise gift and while he may not have not known what to expect, he sure did have fun with it.

Joey was eager to please and a natural with his dad. He's been with Seth since the very beginning and still goes to the office with him daily. A gentle greeter in the front foyer, I got to visit with him "at work" when delivering Seth's order.

The resulting photos demonstrate their timeless bond. A mix of metallic paper prints and a gorgeous metal print were selected to suit Seth's modern taste and honor their amazing friendship.

 

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-08-02T18:36:45Z 2016-08-02T18:36:45Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/7/in-the-studio-layla In the Studio: Layla

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Adam & Caroline are the proud parents of their 7 month old furbaby named "Layla". A clever and petite Shepherd mix, she thoroughly enjoyed all the special attention at her studio photo session. Layla posed beautifully with her family and on her own. 

As more and more of my clients are opting to be in the photos with their animals, I couldn't be happier.  Capturing the family and their loving bond, makes for a more complete story of our brief time together.  

People are often more relaxed when they have their pets with them, in front of the camera and lights.  Animals tend to be more content too.  In a 30 minute session, I will shoot for a mix of images from the calm and stoic to playful and silly. All with plenty of heart.

 

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-07-20T16:01:38Z 2016-07-20T16:01:38Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/7/in-the-studio-poodles In the Studio: Poodles

BlogBlog When I get the emotional call that a beloved animal has a terminal diagnosis, my heart sinks. Ashlee, a mom of two beautiful Standard Poodles, got the gut wrenching news and immediately called me to schedule a photo session. So we quickly set up a sitting for her family.

Thirteen year old boy, JJ had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Quiet and dignified, he was well enough to be fully present and enjoy the loving session along with his brother Aiden. Puppy Aiden, is a precocious, clever and inquisitive "red devil" who's playfulness made for a wiggly, silly sitting.

BlogBlog I'm showing some rare outtakes because they were among the most entertaining I've captured.  Aiden, being such a love, kept charging me and the camera while JJ sat patiently with his mom. Ashlee smiled the whole time and just rolled with it.  

She was committed to capturing her little family, their happiness and the immense joy they share with each other. That we did!  A series a canvas prints were ordered to commemorate that love.  

Sadly, only a week after this session JJ passed away.  Ashlee has braved the loss still smiling and so grateful for the time she had with her gentleman of a boy.

I'm so appreciative of the brief time I had 

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DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-07-12T20:04:56Z 2016-07-12T20:04:56Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/7/outdoor-session-tiffany-ginger Outdoor Session: Tiffany & Ginger

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Two girls enjoying a Colorado day in the sun. This is Tiffany and her sweet Bullmastif, 8 year old Ginger.  It was a hot one, the morning sun was beaming and the skies were gorgeous blue with puffy clouds. Not far from Denver, a favorite dog park of mine offered acres of open land to explore with expansive green fields and scattered wildflowers.

For our "Classic" photo session, Tiffany wanted a natural setting and was pleasantly surprised with the gem of a park I introduced her and Ginger to.  Working our way across rolling meadows, ducking under shady Cottonwoods, and splashing across a refreshing creek, Ginger enjoyed traversing this expansive off-leash setting.  We managed to steer clear of the other park visitors by heading up a hill with wide views of the majestic Rockies and Flatirons. The resulting portraits were pure Colorado!  

As the temperature rose, we got down low in the tall grass and bright yellow Snapdragons for some relaxed  photos. We also found some pretty Paintbrush blooming to compliment Tiffany's blouse.  Yes, Tiffany had to dodge the prickly Yuccas and such, but it was all worth it. When the session was done, Tiffany & Ginger stayed a bit longer to enjoy the park and they plan to return there again.  

Want to see more photos from this outing? Visit my On-Location photo gallery.  What park this is?  Call me and I'll tell you all about it. Maybe you'll want to schedule a photo session there too. 

 

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-07-06T00:04:58Z 2016-07-06T00:04:58Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/6/in-the-studio-ryken In the Studio: Ryken

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting "Ryken" a 1 1/2 year old Nova Scotia Duck Trolling Retriever.  I had never seen one of the breeds before, so what a treat to have him and his mom in the studio for a "Mini" session.  

His mom, Rhonda is a local pet business owner, running a busy Canine Fitness & Fun Center here in Denver.  Ryken gets to go to work with her every day and charm her staff and clients with his winning looks and personality.  Gotta love his color and crimped ear hair! Playful and obedient he was gently guided by his loving mom through a wide variety of fun poses. Among the favorite images were these two of Ryken frozen between mom's legs waiting for the nearby treat and, in contrast, him actively playing with his red toy.  

The final linen textured prints are on display at Rhonda's business and home, part of a collection of prints celebrating the lives of the amazing dogs that have touched her life over the years.

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-06-30T15:34:37Z 2016-06-30T15:34:37Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/6/in-the-studio-benji In the Studio: Benji

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Meet 5 1/2 year Benji, a lucky rescued pup to visit DelaFoto for a "Mini" photo session. Thought to be a Tibetan Terrier, I could certainly see how he has completely won the hearts of his forever family. 

Happy to do whatever pleased his mom & dad, Benji was very expressive, with an adorable underbite and overall fluffy charm. Benji was a joy to work with as we got a range of pictures from simply naked to whimsical (in his lion costume) to sporty in his Broncos jersey. Super cute! 

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-06-21T19:20:37Z 2016-06-21T19:20:37Z
http://www.delafoto.co/blog/2016/6/in-the-studio-cooper-kids In the Studio: Cooper & Kids

 

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We all know how fast puppies grow. So do kids! A session with three young ones is special and makes for great memories.  Meet 3 month old White Labrador Retriever "Cooper" and his brother, 9 year old Charlie and big sister, 11 year old Lucy.  In between the relentless chomping (with his razor sharp puppy teeth), the kids braved some fun photos with their newest family member.  A tall family, it seemed most appropriate to get a dog's-eye-view of just the kid's long legs with the smiling puppy. 

On his own, Cooper posed like a pro. I even pulled out my red fire hydrant, which I haven't photographed in years. It seemed so perfect with this bright, cheerful cutie pie -when he wasn't trying to eat it!  A beautiful collection of happy times and reminder of how our loved ones grow up in the blink of an eye.

 

DelaFoto Portraits ariane@delafoto.co DelaFoto 2016-06-15T21:27:52Z 2016-06-15T21:27:52Z