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If you’ve been following me on the blog, you know that I love to scuba dive- especially in tropical places.  So when it came time to name the family dog 7 years ago I threw out the name “Reef” as in coral reef and it stuck.  :) Reef is our seven year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who loves to swim and is a huge part of our family.  My dad takes him hunting with him every year and he joins my sisters in charity walks and events throughout the community.   He’s even ventured down to the studio a few times and has been a poor victim of my props and photo ideas. :)  He’s always been a good sport though.  Reef will be joining us for our first annual SANTA PAWS event this Saturday.  Be sure to bring your pups over-  Reef loves making new friends!

November 17, 2011

it’s time for our third and final dog days event for 2011. considering that christmas is right around the corner we figured a santa paws shoot was the perfect way to wrap up this wonderful year!

  • event details: location: our studio located at 310 north washington street snow hill, md 21863 –  date: december 3rd  –  time: 11:00am-5:00pm
  • session details:a 25 minute session featuring your dog all decked out for the holidays. in studio, we will have wreath and bow collars, christmas light collars for relaxed pooches, reindeer ears and santa hats. up to two family members can join their four legged family member during the last 10 minutes of the session. we will have organic treats and plenty of water as well as some squeaky toys to get their attention but if there is anything your pooch really responds to, please feel free to bring it along
  • charity details: the session fee is only $25 and includes an online gallery and 1 8×10 print. we are also asking for a donation of at least 10lb bags of dry cat or dog food to be given to the safe haven animal sanctuary. although they welcome either, they are currently in need primarily for dry cat food.  food donations can be brought to the studio the day of the session
  • how to book your session: either give us a call at the studio 410.632.4855 or email us at

October 05, 2011

a little over a month ago, mel and I went to salisbury to take part in their 3rd friday art stroll – it was a dog themed evening and when we were invited to participate, we jumped with glee! all of us have dogs here at the studio and if you’ve followed the blog you know we LOVE to photograph them :) unfortunately the clouds rumbled and lightning was flashing within minutes after we set up, but we had SO much fun with the pooches we did meet!

we had so much fun! this makes us even more excited for our upcoming holiday dog days event – details coming soon!

September 01, 2011

it’s time for our next dog days event and we’re heading to the beach! on september 11th we will all be at assateague island so that we can accommodate as many people and pups as possible. sessions are $75 and include the 20 minute session, an online gallery and 1 8×10 print – 70% of all profit is being donated to the wicomico county humane society as it was at our last event. we had so many great dogs that were so much fun to work with and this time, we are including up to 3 family members to hop in the photos with their furry best friend on the beautiful beaches of the island. we will provide organic dog treats and some toys to grab their attention, but if you’d like to bring anything else, please feel free. our last dog days event booked up fast, so contact us today to reserve your spot! either email us at or give us a call 410.632.4855 – see you soon!

June 14, 2011

booker and sampson here! raye was about to sit down to write this blogpost but we figured that because it was a dog days post that it was only right that we should take care of it – we are the studio DOGS after all – why assign us a role and not let us contribute?? geeesh… anyhoo! paws for a cause was our first dogs days event held at the studio – raye and kristie spent 2 fun-filled days working with many dogs of all shapes and sizes. kristie came up with some very unique sounds to get the attention of our buddies while they both snapped away. the coolest thing is that a portion of all proceeds and future print orders will go directly to the WCHS – even cooler is that this is one of many events to come! all of our girls have dogs, many of whom were rescued and who’s very survival was made possible by organizations like WCHS. the studio hopes to work with them and folks like them for many fun sessions yet to come. our next event will be in late summer/early fall once wedding season eases up a bit. don’t fret! we will be the first to tell you what we overhear during upcoming studio meetings regarding anything dog related… just doin’ our job!

all of kristie’s sisters came down with her dog reef for a big group photo!

if you want any further info on our dog days events or just pet portraits in general, shoot raye an email

May 13, 2011

there aren’t many things we love more than taking photos at gillette portrait arts – but we are all animal lovers and we all have dogs who we love madly! raye’s dogs booker and sampson will be hanging out with the girls at the studio once she and kristie start working down at the new space full time. we all also are aware that not all dogs are lucky enough to have found loving homes and hence our first dog days event was born! paws for a cause is a series of mini-sessions held on may 28th and 29th featuring your best friend. because the studio is right next to the pocomoke river, you will have your choice of in-studio or riverside portraits of your dog. sessions are 25 minutes, include the sitting fee, and online gallery and 1 8×10 – all for only $50! half of which will go directly to the wicomico county humane society – so if we book up all of the sessions, the WCHS will get a $750 donation to help them find homes for someone’s new best friend!

to book your session, just email us at rayevalion@gilletteportraitarts.comand let us know what time you’d like – we’re shooting from 9:00-4:00 on both saturday and sunday in half hour blocks. also let us know if you’d like in-studio or outdoor portraits done. helpful info like the size of your dog and any behavioral tips would be much appreciated as well (for example if they do not play well with others we will make sure the studio is dog free when they arrive) we will have attention-getting toys and treats but if your good boy/girl has something that they LOVE, feel free to bring it with you

we are super excited to be working with the humane society and hope that this will be one of many future events to benefit our furry family members. if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!!