North Idaho: A quest for beautiful dog pictures

bella on the frozen fernan lake in north idaho

woman and dog in carWe are road warriors. Bouncing around Eastern Washington and North Idaho, Bella and I are constantly on the lookout for great locations for your pet portrait sessions.

More than anything, though, we have the wanderlust, finding freedom and space to breathe on the open road.

I can trace my nomadic roots back to my childhood in smalltown Nova Scotia, when I would dream of the day I grew up and could spread my wings.

Despite moves around Canada for work in newspapers, my exploring finally took flight in the 2000s when a friend introduced me to ghost towning.

Shep and I bounced around the back roads of Central Alberta, in search of abandoned houses, schools and churches.

And with every rock chip on the great Escape, I bonded with my dog, my camera and the world.

The road warriors at work

maremma sheepdog at harrington

“Near” Harrington
One of the few locations I’ll keep secret

When she was a puppy, she threw up every time she got into the truck. I worried she’d never come around.

She is now a great co-pilot in the last few years and we have a lot of fun exploring the Palouse and all around Eastern Washington.

Lately, we’ve been on the lookout for great locations for dog photography sessions in Spokane and North Idaho.

“We” came up with the idea of #bellaapproved, writing about locations where I’d love to take you and your dog for your portrait session.

That’s where Project 52 comes in this week. The theme for our blog circle is Road Warriors and it fit the two of us like a T.

A perfect, well-worn T-shirt. The one that’s stained with coffee, pulled in all sorts of directions, saggy, baggy and near ready for the garbage can but you just can’t let it go.

That’s us. Road warriors.

And so it was that the snow let up at bit on Wednesday, the mercury rose above freezing and I yelled “LET’S GO” at Bella.

Off to North Idaho

illustration of a sleeping dogBearing in mind what the roads might be like, I tempered my wanderlust to something reasonable. (I also knew Our American would be stressed out by an adventure in February).

We blasted down the I-90 and landed at Fernan Lake, where I have a dog photography session scheduled for next week.

But we have to make it #bellaapproved before that can happen!

We found lots of terrific spots! Now I’m super excited for this session (not that I don’t get excited for every session).

Check it out!

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Congratulations, Fernan Lake, on being #bellaapproved!

All around the circle

Now hit the road for a trip on our blog circle. Pet photographers around the world are blogging about Road Warriors this week.

Get started with Susannah Maynard and Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati, the San Francisco Bay Area, and destinations nationwide.

Let’s see what she wrote about.

Click the link at the bottom of each photographer’s post and take yourself around the circle.

When you get back here, you’re home!

Have fun.

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