1 rocky adventure for unforgettable dog photography

dog photos on a rock at Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley


I love rocks as a setting for unforgettable dog photography. If you’re a regular around these parts, you’ll be familiar with #dogsonrocks.

I put a dog up on a rock and I get this feeling that I’m giving that dog some power, giving him a place of prominence in this world.

He is the king of his domain, and we are mere subjects of his realm.

Bella is my queen

Yeah, her full name is Princess Bella Bossypants.

She’s no princess. She’s a queen. She stands at my side with all the royalty and presence of a monarch.

And I let her guide me. Even when we get lost.

This time, we didn’t get lost. I knew exactly where we were. We’ve walked Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley a hundred times or more in the last five years. We know every inch of … do we?

I didn’t have my big-girl camera with me. It was a “just a walk” walk. Bella needs an occasional break from her professional dog model duties, of course, and she loves a run around Mirabeau Park.

She hung a left where we usually go straight and up a hill. I yelped, “NO,” but she threw it down a gear and pulled me forward.

What I thought was a wall of rock turned out to be a gap, a hole in the rocks, breaking into the path where we end up after going up and down the hill.

Wait … no hill? This can only be a good thing for my legs.

And wait … that’s an incredible spot. Unforgettable dog photography? Yep, you betcha.

On a mission for unforgettable dog photography … in black and white

The assignment for this week’s worldwide pet photographers blog circle is black and white.

I smiled because I knew I had the perfect spot. Back we went to Mirabeau Park.

unforgettable dog photography at mirabeau park in spokane valley

On the path at Mirabeau Park

I plunk my big white dog against grey basalt rock and … voila unforgettable dog photography in greyscale.

bella on a rock at mirabeau park


Those rocks were easy to find, and it’s a pretty quiet spot but for the occasional rock climber and teens looking for a makeout spot (no, really, I’ve seen it happen).

No one in sight. Time for unforgettable dog photography.

It always helps that Bella has that unforgettable look.

Maremma sheepdog between two trees at mirabeau park

Between two trees

But what do you like better? Black and white, or color?

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All around the circle

Black and white is fun to shake things up, although I’ve only had one client request her images in greyscale.

It’s rarely top of mind, especially when there’s so much color in the world. I couldn’t escape that walk without a splash of color, especially while the arrowleaf balsamroot is still in bloom.

Now let’s see how the other pet photographers in the blog circle give us unforgettable dog photography in black and white. Start with Elaine Tweedy of I Got the Shot Photography, surrounded by black and white dogs in Northeastern PA while social distancing.

Clink the link at the bottom of her post and travel around the world until you end up back here.

Right where you belong.

Plot your own adventure

For many of us, hiking, exploring and adventuring are made better because we have a dog by our side. It’s impossible to imagine doing of those things without Bella.

My Adventure Day sessions are designed to celebrate those days you have with your best fur friend. Your session fee includes a gorgeous 20-page album of our day together.

All you have to do is figure out which amazing location in Spokane and North Idaho we’re going to tackle.

Now that’ll be unforgettable dog photography.

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11 thoughts on “1 rocky adventure for unforgettable dog photography”

  1. Yet again I am transported to the Pacific Northwest by your post, sometimes I long for big rocks and trees instead of wide open grassy plans with cloudless skies. Great post!

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  3. Bella is the perfect “black and white” model. She is such a beauty! I love that you let her guide you on your walks. I have started to let Odin do this and it is proving to be very interesting. 🙂

  4. Sounds like a great place to walk and Bella clearly loves being there going by that gorgeous smile. She rocks both styles!

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