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.
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.”)
Honorary Corgis of the Day
From here on out, we'll be looking at Honorary Corgis of the Day.
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:
CAUTION: The following images of this Basset Hound may result in the melting of the human heart.
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!
- If you want to find out more about the next So Cal Corgi Beach Day event, visit www.socalcorgibeachday.com
- If you’re looking into rescuing and helping homeless Corgis in Southern California, visit www.queensbeststumpydogrescue.org
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.
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