So Cal Corgi Beach Day - Spring 2018

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As a Dog Photographer here in Orange County, sunny Southern California, I'm sincerely grateful to live close to the beach.

Beaches are my favorite places. The other night, some friends and I were talking about what rejuvenates each of us, and for me — it's the beach. 

To me, time slows down at the beach. It's the only place I know of where I feel like I'm having fun and time is flying...but I look at the watch, and only an hour has passed.

That's why when you bring dogs into the mix, it's a taste of heaven on earth for me.

Now, imagine if those dogs are short, stumpy, sturdy, balls of fur with the most ridiculous peach-shaped waggles. Welcome to So Cal Corgi Beach Day. 

You know there's a phenomenon happening when Corgi owners are flying from out-of-state and even from out-of-country to be part of this event with more than 1,000 guests in attendance.

This is my third So Cal Corgi Beach Day, and it’s by far my favorite yet. 

This time, my wife, Leanna, and our Westie, Maya, joined the fun. Maya was an "Honorary Corgi" for the day.

Kelly, Dan, and Mr. Pickles — the founders of So Cal Corgi Beach Day - continue to put on an extraordinary family-friendly event full of adorable Corgi contests, food trucks, shopping, tattoos for dogs, photo booths, a Corgi kissing booth, bacon-flavored bubbles, and celebrity Corgis with more Instagram followers than the population of several nations. But more importantly, the entire event is designed to educate humans and point them to Queen’s Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, a non-profit in Los Angeles determined to rescue Corgis from high-kill shelters, to rehabilitate and rehome them.

Mr. Pickles. The inspiration, founder, mascot, and brand ambassador of So Cal Corgi Beach Day.

Mr. Pickles. The inspiration, founder, mascot, and brand ambassador of So Cal Corgi Beach Day.

And, if all of the activities sound like too much for you, just bring your beach towels, sit back, and relax on the sand with your best furry friend. 

If you live in Southern California, you’re a dog lover, and you’ve never been — I hope you go at least once!  

Dogs + Beaches = Heaven on Earth.


Without further ado, here are 100 dog portaits from So Cal Corgi Beach Day, Spring 2018, at the world-famous Huntington Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA!

I'll title this collection of portraits,

Isle of Corgis

(Sidenote: If you’re a dog-lover, you’ll enjoy Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs. From personal experience, I enjoyed Fantastic Mr. Fox more, but I still had a great time watching Isle of Dogs. Extra sidetone: if you say, “Isle of Dogs” out loud several times, you’ll hear yourself saying, “I Love Dogs.”)

This is Ingrid, a purebred Swedish Vallhund. She’s of an ancient breed as the Swedish Vallhund is believed to be the ancestor of the beloved Corgi breed.

This is Ingrid, a purebred Swedish Vallhund. She’s of an ancient breed as the Swedish Vallhund is believed to be the ancestor of the beloved Corgi breed.

This Corgi is Atticus, and he likes to arrive to the party in style. I was crossing the cross-walk, and this little guy and his human pulled up. Of course, I stopped (safely) in the middle of the street to document this moment. You can follow Atticus’ motorbike journey on Instagram  here . He's so cool!

This Corgi is Atticus, and he likes to arrive to the party in style. I was crossing the cross-walk, and this little guy and his human pulled up. Of course, I stopped (safely) in the middle of the street to document this moment. You can follow Atticus’ motorbike journey on Instagram here. He's so cool!

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"Full-speed, ahead, human!"

"Full-speed, ahead, human!"

An adorable girl with her Corgi.

An adorable girl with her Corgi.

Maya met Mr. Pickles! Of course, of all the dogs I photograph, I can't get my own to look at the camera when I ask her.

Maya met Mr. Pickles! Of course, of all the dogs I photograph, I can't get my own to look at the camera when I ask her.

"I'm kind of a big deal."

"I'm kind of a big deal."

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"Why, hello there!"

"Why, hello there!"

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These two are Moose and Koda. I've been following them on Instagram for months now, and as soon as I saw Koda I immediately recognized a sweet, familiar face.  They go on gorgeous outdoor adventures together, and I love that they have done one of my favorites - the Bridge to Nowhere Hike in Azusa Canyon. You can follow their adventures on Instagram  here .

These two are Moose and Koda. I've been following them on Instagram for months now, and as soon as I saw Koda I immediately recognized a sweet, familiar face.  They go on gorgeous outdoor adventures together, and I love that they have done one of my favorites - the Bridge to Nowhere Hike in Azusa Canyon. You can follow their adventures on Instagram here.

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That's our Maya photo-bombing in the back there.

That's our Maya photo-bombing in the back there.

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Jax and Dallas are back! I’ve been photographing these two since the first time I met them at Corgi Beach Day last summer. And now they’re back in matching Hawaiian shirts.

Jax and Dallas are back! I’ve been photographing these two since the first time I met them at Corgi Beach Day last summer. And now they’re back in matching Hawaiian shirts.

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You can follow Jax and Dallas' Instagram  here .

You can follow Jax and Dallas' Instagram here.

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This is PB! A Dorgi -- which I just learned yesterday is a Dachshund-Corgi Mix. You can follow the adventures of PB  here .

This is PB! A Dorgi -- which I just learned yesterday is a Dachshund-Corgi Mix. You can follow the adventures of PB here.

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This one's Barley! I've also seen Barley and her partner-in-crime, Bubbles, every time I’ve been to Corgi Beach Day. They never fail to surprise us with their elaborate costumes! They were posing for pictures and selfies with the public all day, but here I got Barley taking a break in the 'Green Room' for a moment. You can follow Barley and Bubbles on Instagram  here .

This one's Barley! I've also seen Barley and her partner-in-crime, Bubbles, every time I’ve been to Corgi Beach Day. They never fail to surprise us with their elaborate costumes! They were posing for pictures and selfies with the public all day, but here I got Barley taking a break in the 'Green Room' for a moment. You can follow Barley and Bubbles on Instagram here.

And here's the famous Corgi "Momo" Contest. I learned “Momo” is the Japanese word for peach, which is what the Corgi’s backside looks like. I missed the “Best Momo” contest, but here’s one for fun. Mr. Pickles, is that you?

And here's the famous Corgi "Momo" Contest. I learned “Momo” is the Japanese word for peach, which is what the Corgi’s backside looks like. I missed the “Best Momo” contest, but here’s one for fun. Mr. Pickles, is that you?

But, I did catch the pie-eating contest! Here’s  Shortstack the Corgi  getting ready to devour some pie-prey. Cue BBC narrator.

But, I did catch the pie-eating contest! Here’s Shortstack the Corgi getting ready to devour some pie-prey. Cue BBC narrator.

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Mr. Pickles showed no mercy to this pie.

Mr. Pickles showed no mercy to this pie.

After Corgi Beach Day, we met this little one at In-N-Out. 

After Corgi Beach Day, we met this little one at In-N-Out. 

One of my favorites! A Corgi digging.

One of my favorites! A Corgi digging.

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This one's human has taken her to herd goats at a ranch here in Southern California. Corgis are natural herding dogs, and her human said, “I thought she wouldn't go for it. But then I saw her instinct just kick in. It’s amazing to watch.”

This one's human has taken her to herd goats at a ranch here in Southern California. Corgis are natural herding dogs, and her human said, “I thought she wouldn't go for it. But then I saw her instinct just kick in. It’s amazing to watch.”

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"Why, hello there human!"

"Why, hello there human!"

"What do you have over there?"

"What do you have over there?"

"Treat? Toy?"

"Treat? Toy?"

"Oh, it's a camera!"

"Oh, it's a camera!"

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"Does anybody know how to get water out of your ears?"

"Does anybody know how to get water out of your ears?"

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"What's that sound?"

"What's that sound?"

"Is he taking pictures of me?"

"Is he taking pictures of me?"

"I guess I better smile!"

"I guess I better smile!"

"This is my big smile!"

"This is my big smile!"

Honorary Corgis of the Day

From here on out, we'll be looking at Honorary Corgis of the Day. 

There's our little Maya enjoying the beach with everyone

There's our little Maya enjoying the beach with everyone

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Uh-oh! They've discovered Maya's cuteness! 

Uh-oh! They've discovered Maya's cuteness! 

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Did you know Maya also  has her own Instagram ?

Did you know Maya also has her own Instagram?

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Funny story: This dog is also named Maya. So when I was calling Maya to come to me, this other Maya immediately looked at me too.

Funny story: This dog is also named Maya. So when I was calling Maya to come to me, this other Maya immediately looked at me too.

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I thought this little Terrier was another Westie, so I snapped a lot of portraits. Watch this little face unfold to an adorable Terrier grin:

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CAUTION: The following images of this Basset Hound may result in the melting of the human heart.

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And that’s a wrap for So Cal Corgi Beach Day - Spring Edition 2018. 

Maya, Leanna, and I had such a great time petting all the Corgis!

I'm honored to once again document these beautiful, joyful, and silly animals we call our best friends.

As Dog-Parents, it's so important to capture every little fun and adorable moment of your fur-babies, and ultimately, build a collection of memories, and a legacy, that will last beyond their years.

If I can help you document your own best friend’s journey, please give me a call! I would love to meet with you for a complimentary Design Consultation. You can start by telling me more about you and your dog here.

I just did a Very Important Pet (VIP) pet portrait session for a sweet Beagle named Megan. You can read about her experience here.

Here’s what her dad said about the experience:

"I am not quite sure how much time my dog and I have left together, but I am so glad I contacted Steamer to capture some gorgeous photos of me and her together while she is still active!  For those on the fence about a photographer because of the cost, I would highly suggest to go for it! We only have limited time with these family members, and the end result of beautiful pictures makes it all worth it.  The saddest part of having a dog is the limited time we have with them, and I know these pictures will help keep these precious memories with me forever"

So don't wait too long! If you have a puppy, wouldn’t you want to remember those formative years? They grow up so fast. Every 3 months they’re going through another growth stage, until about 1 year old when they’re considered fully-grown adult dogs.

I've got room for only three in May. 
Let’s design your photographic experience together.

Cheers,
Steamer Lee
Dog Photography

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