IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY! This week we celebrate FIVE YEARS of delivering fashion-forward pet photography around the world.
The adventure began in April 2014 in San Diego under the name RDP PhoDOGraphy, and this was the first image we ever shared...
Our first session - Victoria and her beloved Shadow, photographed at Balboa Park in San Diego - will always be near to our hearts. Victoria shepherded Shadow over the rainbow bridge last year, and we were blessed to know him.
We went on rescue missions with Frosted Faces Foundation in support of their mission to save senior dogs from the high kill shelters of Los Angeles and Southern California.
We opened our home and shared the rescues and addition of Hannah the St. Bernard....and then Ellie the Great Dane...to The Pope Pack...
As well as our rescue and foster of Hank from an abandoned garbage yard in Tijuana.
And then of course, we rescued Hudson the double merle Great Dane.
Inspired by the runways of London and Paris, we rebranded to Haute Dog Pet Photography in October 2015 with an emphasis on creating fashion-forward photos using bold colors, dynamic angles, and avant-garde lighting to capture each dog's larger-than-life personality.
In spring 2016 we moved to Dallas, where we photographed our first session with The Stig, Fergus, and Daisy. This family went on to become one of our closest friends and Daisy still holds the honors of the only dog ever to bite me during a session.
We have shared in the smiles and tears with so many of our amazing clients, including Sam who was kind enough to share the unmatchable Darla upon her diagnosis with lymphoma. This session remains one that touched us at the core, and Sam too has become a beautiful friend.
We closed our first year in Texas by being voted Best Pet Photographer in Dallas, a title we've held each year since!