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Because pet photography doesn't have to be cheesy...

Nizhoni [nih-sho-nee: Navajo; "the beautiful way"]

Thank you for stopping by the Nizhoni Pet Photography blog.  This is the place to come for sneak peeks of our latest sessions, as well as the occasional dog in need of a good home.

We are located in the Midland/Odessa, Texas area, but are more than happy to travel near and far to meet fun new clients.  For more information on pricing and booking your session with Nizhoni Pet Photography, visit our website at or email us at

Bear :: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Seriously, is there anything more adorable than a puppy?   Bear is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy and his dad is hoping he will turn into a duck hunting dog once we gets a little bigger.  I just want to snuggle him to pieces.









Ashley and Calamity Jane :: Saving Grace Project

Consider this my version of a throwback Thursday… this is another of the sessions we did in conjunction with Saving Grace Pitbull Rescue a few years ago.  All the volunteers I worked with were great, and every time I look at one of these galleries I think “no THIS one is my favorite.”  But this one really does rank up there.  I just love a strong willed dog, and Calamity Jane definitely fits the bill.



Ashley is a runner and she chose Calamity as her rescue dog for this project because she liked to take Calamity Jane running with her to burn off some of her energy and she wanted that to come across in their session.







Alice :: Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Thanksgiving weekend offered me my first chance to join my husband and his friends on one of their favorite Thanksgiving traditions… An early morning duck hunt.  The real thing even, no sitting in front of a vintage nintendo for these boys.  As an added bonus for me, since I don’t have a license to actually shoot ducks, was to shoot (photographically speaking) a friend’s dog doing what she too loves to do.   This is Alice, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever who clearly loves duck hunting as much as the boys do.







While I enjoy photographing dogs (and other animals) in any setting, there is something truly special about shooting a dog at work.  It is fascinating to watch them get so excited to perform their duties.  Alice could hardly wait for the ducks to fall before she shot out of the brush to bring them back to Marc. Sadly, it was my first attempt at shooting in the predawn light so my shots of her bringing ducks in off the water were less than successful but I am looking forward to more duck hunts to get some more practice in and perfect my settings.

And this last one is just because I love that there is beauty to be found in any season.


Demi :: A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue

Monday morning I got to meet with some of the lovely folks that foster for the Midland/Odessa branch of A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue.  The Murphy’s are fostering a sweet thing by the name of Demi, who would love to go to a perfect forever home.  Unfortunately Ms. Demi doesn’t like to be left alone very much, but the Murphy’s say she does fantastic, as long as she has some canine siblings to keep her company. She is quite playful and oh so lovable, so if you feel like you might need some greyhound in your life, please contact A Place for Us!







And I even managed to snag a few shots of two of Ms. Demi’s fabulous foster siblings :)


Demi :: Sneak peek

Just a quick one from Monday’s mini session for A Place for Us Greyhound Rescue.  This is Demi and her foster brother Felix.

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Little Dog

A couple weeks ago I went to toss some boxes in the trash and found a puppy dumped behind our dumpster.  His bed and toys were in the dumpster.  It didn’t take long to figure out why someone had left him and his belongings.  If you’d never had a run in with Parvovirus, consider yourself lucky.  Its miserable, and most often fatal.  But when you take on a puppy, you’re taking responsibility for that animal in sickness and in health… its like a marriage.  Owning a dog isn’t necessarily all fun. Or cheap and easy.  If you don’t look at it like that, I don’t think you should have a dog.  But alas, not everyone sees it that way.  As it was, we gave him fluids and snuggles and he spent his last 24 hours feeling loved and being as comfortable as we could make him.  Rest in peace, little guy.

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Sammy and Champ

These handsome fellows are my “nephews” and we got to sneak in a few photos of them while we were doing an engagement shoot for my beautiful sister-in-law and her fiancé.


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Bobby & Yoda :: Saving Grace Pitbull Rescue

Its been so very long since I’ve done any actual photography.  And I miss it.  So I’ve emailed some local rescues to see if they are interested in a volunteer photographer.   And I’m going to finally get around to blogging some of the many sessions that never made it online previously.  Starting with Bobby and Yoda… blog1

Bobby and Yoda was another session we did for the Saving Grace Pitbull Project.  Bobby is a volunteer and Yoda was one of the adoptable pups that got her own session for the art show.  Each volunteer got to pick which dog they wanted to bring out, and its easy to see why Bobby chose Yoda.  The two of them clearly have a special relationship.




Grace :: Pug Photography




Janie :: One from the archives


Ken bought me a new hard drive last week and in going through my old one, I realized that I had never done anything with my photos from the Cowbelly Workshop.  In October of 2009 (on our first wedding anniversary no less) I packed up and left Lubbock for Austin to attend a workshop with one of the best Pet Photographers there are… Jamie Pflughoeft of Seattle’s Cowbelly Pet Photography.  This is Janie, the model for Jamie’s mock shoot she held for us on Friday.  It was super overcast, but at least it was dry… unlike the rest of the weekend.