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Meet Erin Vey

I am a dog lover first.

A photographer second.

By some random chance of fate, I was able to combine the two loves into the coolest job ever: A Dog Photographer

I grew up in a family where dogs were always an integral part of our lives and most importantly, members of the family. Most of my childhood was spent with various Basset Hounds of the lovable but extremely stubborn variety. We never had less than 2 at any given time, sometimes 3, and the occasional stray that one of us would bring home for a visit.

After a short stint doing portrait work, which I still love, I realized my true calling is capturing the essence and personality of dogs. Upon reflection, I feel that my time doing portrait work was not wasted. Because of it, my experience with portrait work flows beautifully into working with people and their dogs.

My husband and I are owned by the fabulous Miss Gracie, a 5 year old Great Dane who brings energy and life into our house. You’ll see her around here a lot, she loves having her portrait taken (at least I like to think so).  She is a complete Diva and if you stick around long enough, you'll know what I'm talking about!

What an amazing adventure this has been so far. I’m so glad you are here experiencing it with me.

1 Year

One of the best parts about being a photographer is being able to give the gift of memories.

Last month my nephew turned 1. I had every intention of doing a book of his first year but I ended up having way too many images and got overwhelmed quickly. So I put it aside and decided to just let the idea come to me when I wasn’t expecting it.

You never know when and where inspiration might hit so you always have to be on the lookout. It finally came to me one night while playing some iphone Mahjong! All of a sudden I decided to do a Mahjong inspired collage of his first year.

I printed oodles of white bordered, 4 x 6 prints from his first year and hit the frame store, eventually walking out with a 24″ x 36″ frame that would match the wood in their house.

I started at the very middle with the shot of him at about 2 minutes old and worked out from there. It is by FAR the coolest thing I’ve ever been able to do with my photography. Now it hangs in their house as a reminder of all the great moments of his first year and is a great conversation piece.


Last year I photographed the day of his birth and it was so cool. I asked her if I could share his slideshow and she agreed, don’t worry … no icky pictures. It’s really a lot of details that show what goes on during the experience and was a personal exercise in photojournalism. I think it’s probably something that Mom’s will enjoy most, but if you feel so inclined you can watch it here.

And look at what he’s turned into. If you’re going to have a cupcake, the fisheye must come out.

Being tall has its advantages.

Washing the cupcake off :)

On to year 2!

jenniferL - great gift!! and inspired by mahjong. the last shot in the tub is too cute.

Linda@LimeintheCocon - Stunning. The birth piece was done so beautifully. You captured the nuance, the time, the waiting. I work with birth...so especially enjoyed it...but then to come back and see Gracie licking her chops and the bathtub scene! Oh me oh my...you do it all sooooo well!

Cat, Chaps and Emma - My Favorite is the last one. The bath tub. Just spectacular.

Shay Voorhees - These are awesome! Love Grace licking her chops. LOL Hey, what did you use to affix the photos to the collage?

Amber - That is precious...what a wonderful gift to treasure. :)

Levi's Mom - Erin, these are wonderful but my favorite has to be Gracie licking her chops while Payton eats the cupcake!! She is such a good girl just sitting there watching. Thanks for sharing. Kisses from Levi the Magnificent who still loves his pictures!! Linda

Lisa Fergson - Looked at the fisheye pic and busted into a full laugh then about pee'd my pants on the second...PRICELESS!!!

Jill Stevens - Erin, amazing shots. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent!

Shelley - I always love your work, but I felt the need to comment on that last photo. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!!! LOVE IT!

Vanessa - What a wonderful gift! I love it!!!

Lauren - That's so great. I remember when he was born and how proud you were of your little nephew. Happy 1 year Payton! Love the 2 mins old shot btw.

andrea d. - LOVE the framed piece... just beautiful and I know it'll be treasured for a lifetime. And the slideshow is beautiful what a great moment to capture... Gorgeous!

Nicole - I always always love your work, and wow, that slideshow is breathtaking. So real. Such a gift for your sister.

Jen B - As always, they're all fantastic, but I REALLY like the one in the tub. Beautiful!

Emma Lundbladh - Wonderful pictures from Paytons birth, so beautiful. /Emma from Sweden

Erin - Hi Brent! I don't have the patience for printing :) I sent them to my regular lab because they do a great job and give bulk discounts for multiple 4x6's. She did love it! It is hanging in her house right now!

Brent - Erin, the collage is absolutely stunning. It looks awesome! Did your print them at home or outsource? Either way the prints look great, and it's so creative. I'm sure your sister will love it.

Michelle in SF - What a fantastic gift! For those of us that aren't such great photographers...you can do something like this on the cheap with Picasa - just did one of my dog (no kids to photograph yet)

casey - That is a fantastic idea! I might just do the same thing with my photos of my son.

Emily Beaty - Love the collage! What a perfect gift. I love the image with Gracie... she wants him to share his cupcake! :)

Erin - Ooo thank you everyone! We sure do love our Mr. P, he is quite the character. The slideshow was done with ShowIt Web Light! I've been using it for quite some time and it is great. The key is to make sure you sharpen your images to get that clarity.

Jennie - And just to come back, I just watched that slide show and it is priceless. I absolutely love the one of your sister, your mom, and your newly born nephew. You can just seem the emotion.

-shawna- - oh, erin. tears are a'flowin. your slideshow was amazing. the emotion in your images was so palpable. i know it was already asked, but I too, am wondering what software you used to create your slideshow. it was so clean & compelling.

Jennie - Awesome shots! I especially love the bathtub one. That collage is fantastic. I had toyed with the idea of doing one but was worried about what kind of quality it would print in but obviously it turns out beautifully!

Karen - Erin. . . this absolutely amazing. What a wonderful birthday gift. Any mother would cherrish this forever. Your a DOLL! See you soon.

haley L - this is AWESOME!! so creative!

miranda - ok so i'm crying now - thanks. :) seriously, what a beautiful gift, both on delivery day and on his 1 year bday.... i'm in my 3rd trimester, and am now wishing my sister could become a fabulous photographer to document the big day.

Becky - Alright, just watched the video. And you are SO invited to the deleivery room when we decide to have kids :) I just loved all of the photos. What a great way to remember everything!!

Amy - I ADORE what you did for the birth...I am doing my first childbirth shoot any day now and wanted to do a slide show like the one you shared. If you don't mind, could you share how you posted such a clear video on your site? I am just working from a blog, but would love to be able to post such a nice video! Thanks! Amy

Michelle Moore - Erin, that idea is AHmazing! It looks reeeealy good :) I LOOOVE that bathtub image! Totally amazing! :)

andrea - What a cool collage! i love it! and may i just say that the bath tub picture is the BEST! SO CUTE!

Deann B. - Way to make me cry on a Friday morning. Good thing I didn't wear mascara today. Beautiful images from the hospital. And great idea on the gift!

Beth - what a wonderful memory for you nephew!

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