Penn State Dog Session :: Daisy

Last fall I ran a Facebook contest and gave away a Penn State Dog session to one lucky winner. This was contingent on the Nittany Lions winning the Big Ten championship. Which they did when they beat the Wisconsin badgers in an epic 38-31 come from behind win.  The winner of my giveaway was Daisy and the plan was to have the session take place the weekend of the blue/white game in April. But with graduation events and many rainy days we had to postpone to a hot and sunny day a few weeks later. By then, the flowers were in full bloom, which was a perfect backdrop for our photos.

I know Daisy pretty well. She and my girl Izzy and Daisy’s mom and I are friends. So I was really looking forward to our session. Daisy is a very sweet girl with the softest fur I’ve ever petted! I always thought she would grow out of it once she shed her puppy coat, but at 2 years, it doesn’t appear as though she will.

We met at the Hintz alumni center on the campus. Even with all the activity going on around us, Daisy was very focused. While it had been a beautiful day, storms were rolling in and time was quickly running out. I always ask my clients what motivates their dogs – toys, treats, or praise. In Daisy’s case it was a tennis ball.  As long as her eye was on the prize, she would go anywhere I wanted her or follow it with her eyes. In between shots, we tossed it a few times, so she got plenty of playtime too.

Penn State anytime of the year is a wonderful location for a photo session. I especially love the spring with the burst of color after a long gray winter. Editing Daisy’s session reminded me yet again why I love what I do. The adoration Daisy has for her mom as she looked to her for guidance and reassurance was so sweet. I loved seeing how happy catching a ball made Daisy and watching her gently interact with a toddler who wanted to come over and meet the puppy.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at all the love and happiness our canine friends bring into this world. 

GIVEAWAY - Win a Penn State Dog Session!!!


I've never done a giveaway before, but it's been such an exciting college football season, I just can't help but share the excitement with a lucky winner!

The Penn State Nittany Lions are Indy bound, playing for the Big Ten Championship! Who'd have thought we'd be here at the beginning of the season? Since I'm so excited for the Lions, I'm giving away a free Penn State Dog session if we win!

To enter: "like" my pinned post on Facebook AND leave a comment telling me why you want to win.

My Penn State Dog Session is a 1 - 2 hour session on the beautiful Penn State campus. Valued at $150, it includes up to 2 dogs and 2 people from the same household. If you'd like to bring more family members, we can include them for an additional fee. Session does NOT include prints or products, but they are available for purchase.

Winner will be randomly chosen and announced Sunday Dec 4 at 5 pm. Session will take place the weekend of the blue/white game April 15 - 17, 2017.

Though not required, I sure would love it if you'd "like" my Facebook fan page too!

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Penn State Dog Session | Penn State dog photographer

September. Warm days. Crisp cool nights. Back to school. Fall. It can only mean one other tradition....Penn State football! Being an alumni and married to a die hard football fan, this is a long-awaited season in our household! Friends and family come to visit on home game weekends. Tailgating with my parents at their coveted RV spot next to the stadium. Cheering the Nittany Lions on with 100,000+ other fans. It's a fun-filled 7 weekends that starts in September.

Having grown up in Happy Valley, I've spent many days on the beautiful Penn State campus. I've met students, alumni and PSU fans from all over the world on my walks with my dogs downtown. We're a unique group, friends just from the mere sight of seeing someone wearing a PSU t-shirt or baseball cap. Our greetings start with "We are!", and are answered by "Penn State!". Then we'll introduce ourselves. It's like a secret language really. But we all get it. And we're proud of it too. 

We tell our kids about our years at University Park. The memories we created on Old Main lawn, Movin' On, THON, sing-a-longs at the PHYRST, and so on. We share photos taken at the Nittany Lion shrine, reminisce about the night we had our first kiss with our now spouse, the wedding reception held at the Nittany Lion Inn, the apartment where so many lifelong friends were made. After graduation, we come back year after year - to visit the Arts Fest, drop our children off as they begin their college years following in our footsteps, parents weekend, and purchase a second home because Happy Valley will always have a place in our hearts. After all, it's where our adult formative years took place. And while we've grown up, somewhere, deep inside us, lives a 21 year old Penn State college student.

We pass our love for the Nittany Lions down to our fur-kids too. I've lost count of how many times I've met dogs wearing Penn State collars, or sporting a PSU jersey or bandana. They come to the tailgates too because we don't want to leave them behind when we make the trek to attend the football games. I know. My girls Izzy and Kita are a huge hit saturday mornings when we walk downtown decked in our favorite team gear. They attract a lot of attention at the tailgate, begging for more attention, or another piece of food to fall off someone's plate, another selfie to be posted on Facebook. They don't know it, but they are also die hard Nittany Lion fans!

And that is why I've created my Penn State Dog session. Perfect for all you alumni. What better place for photos of your furry kids than on one of the prettiest campuses in the country. Why not jump in the photos yourselves? Bring the family too! I can see it, a beautiful wall art of the people you adore and cherish the most hanging in your living room. Nearby, on the end table, your wedding photo captured at one of Penn State's iconic locations, the shrine. Then. Now. Still making memories here. Let's capture it!

Call me! Let's set up your session! Now. Don't wait. Seven weekends of home games. Starts tomorrow. It'll be over before you know it. Memories deserve to be photographed. And treasured for years to come. I promise you, you won't regret it. And I'm your gal. Because like you, I bleed blue and white too.