Category Archives: pet photography

Produce Work

I have been in a staring contest with my email all day. Waiting for an answer to just about every question that I have asked all week. To keep myself from boring holes with my eyes into my large LCD screen I have a podcast going in the background. I don’t often listen to music while working. I’d rather listen to the thoughts and teachings of other artists. In this technological world we live in there is an abundance of amazing thought and education swirling about, available for the taking.  And the refrain that that I keep hearing is “Artists produce work!”  To be a creative in a creative field you have to create… but if you never show it, never take risks, never push yourself are you really a creative?

When I heard it today, it really struck a chord. I have been so busy this season creating creating creating but for various reasons nothing has seen the light of day. Much of it is coming after the holiday… clients holding on to images as gifts, projects that are in process to be revealed in the new year etc. But I have felt a bit of a schlump with the lack of posting.

So today I picked up my camera pointed it at my Calliope and I produced work.

Are you producing work? Are you pushing forward? Growing in your art or your business? I encourage you to produce something today. It doesn’t have to be the next Rembrandt or iPod. Just take something from start to finish in one day. And show it to the world. You’ll be glad you did.

Feel free to share links of what you produce in the comments! I would love to see what is being produced!


R.I.P. Buddy

In the past year I have decided to focus more on the Pet Photography portion of my business.   I love working with pets and their owners, it’s so fun to play for a living!  Now, don’t get me wrong… it’s hard work, but even the boring office parts are a little easier when I am ultimately doing what I love.

But each time I complete a session I feel ‘the tinge’.  I think it’s because I have had dogs, dear, precious dogs to me pass away.  I feel the tinge that I just captured something fleeting, forever.  I know the pain of loss, so each time I click the shutter I feel that I am helping a dog owner hold on to the moment, the personality, the quirk, the memory of love, for always.

I saw a post on Facebook this morning of a friend’s dog, that I had never met or photographed, had passed away. I commented my condolences with a heavy heart.  But that prompted a comment from a past client that I was not expecting.  Buddy, dear Buddy, is no longer with us.  He passed August 11, 2011.  He was a rescue with special needs and Patsy took him in because her house was already outfitted with ramps from a previous dog with disabilities.  It was difficult for him to move around when I met him, but his spirit… was lively and as loving as a puppy.  Anytime I hear of a rescue dog with physical limitations, I think of Buddy.  His physical limitations did nothing to hinder his loving spirit. 

I am not sure why the tears surprised me.  Then I realized that other than our own dog Jasmine, I have not been notified of the passing of any dog that I have photographed.  I knew that it would happen.  And it will again.  I feel it a tiny bit each session that I have, but my fears have never come true… until today.

Hold your furry ones a bit closer today.  I am off to snuggle with Peanut and Calliope in the middle of the day.  Because they are here.


After this posted I received a call from a blog in AUSTRALIA (!) that wanted to feature dear Buddy.   Check it out at

Ayoka <3 Jett | Charleston Pet Photographer

Often when I come ‘back to the ranch’ after a photo shoot and I am having a first look at my images from the session, there will be one in the bunch that makes me stop and stare for a minute. It may have been a quick snap on the way to another pose or it could be the one that I worked so hard to achieve. Either way, I just stop. I take a minute to let the moment sink in. It’s seeing the CONNECTION of two beings that makes me catch my breath. That is what I am always trying to do, but connection is so elusive, so fleeting. We connect and disconnect a million times a day from the ones that we love. Including our animals.

That’s why I love pet sessions. It makes us stop all the running around that we do on a daily basis, and just focus on the connection that we have with these wonderful creatures that are always here, just waiting for us… to connect.

Duke the Dane | Charleston Pet Photography

Had a small intimate wedding to photograph on the gorgeous Isle of Palms Saturday. With it being a holiday weekend I prepared for the worst. traffic. ever. And as is typically the case when preparing for the worst, it doesn’t happen. So I managed to fit in an entire photoshoot before the wedding!  So, allow me to introduce you to Duke.

Duke played a prominent part in the wedding, so keep your eyes peeled in the wedding pictures to come (as if you need to look hard to find this 175 pound hunk of love).

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

So… we moved. I don’t think I even took a minute to mention here on the blog.  Still living out of boxes a bit as I scheduled myself a normal schedule, drastically underestimating the toll a move would take.  (They are just movers, Laura, not magicians.)  So I have a million things to post and tell you all about!  Tomorrow I’ll catch you up on all the goings on at Laura Olsen Imagery.  But today, I breathe. This non stop roller coaster is going uphill slowly today.  Peanut, Calliope & I are taking a minute to enjoy the new digs.

Is it just the full wall of windows or are they more beautiful here?

This is Peanut giving Calliope the equivalent of bunny ears in this photo. Such a camera hog! 🙂

B says I favor Calliope over Peanut. Exhibit A: Peanut's idea of personal space.


Pet Helpers Annual Oyster Roast

Camera… check!  Background… check!  Sign up sheet… check!  Sign…. uhem… SIGN?!  Nope.  Are you telling me that we forgot the sign?!  Yep.  We forgot the sign.  *forehead smack.  So for all of you eyeing me throughout the evening with my camera and white sheet quizically, I KNOW!  NO SIGN! 🙂

That was just the beginning of the evening.   Then came the rain… oh, the rain.  But it all turned out alright in the end.  We brought the party to the people.  And judging by the adorable doggie smiles seen below I think inspite of the weather and lack of signage our little photobooth was a hit!  And for a good cause too…  The Pet Helpers Annual Oyster Roast is a huge fund raiser for them each year.  Super fun and yummy.  Mark your calendars for it next spring…

Thank you to all who stopped by my little photobooth.  You were all so much fun!  You all need to come to Pet Fest and have your pictures taken for the Lowcountry Dog Model Contest because you are all gorgeous.

Three little pups from the wood

Meet Spruce, Jasper (a.k.a. Possum) and Cedar.  Just three little pups from the wood trying to make it.

B rescued these little ones from a little tiny town about an hour away.  When he brought them in to Pet Helpers they were mal-nourished, dehydrated and petrified.  But after a few days with us, residing in the guest bathroom, they are more like three adorable little rock stars.  Definitely not still Jenny from the block, if you get my drift.

Round the clock room service, anything  they want, whenever they want it.  And then they trash the place before heading off to make someone else swoon for them.  Sigh.


If you know anyone interested in a small Huskie mix, comment below or call/go to Pet Helpers!  They are eight weeks old.  We’ll have them til the end of the week and then it’s on to find their forever home.