What is your favorite flower to photograph your pup with? Honestly, I love all flowers, but I get super excited when lavender season rolls around. Lavender season around Sacramento usually starts near the end of May and rolls through June, with the length depending on how early we dip into our extra hot days. Sadly, this year we got some super hot days early so I had to make sure I got out to photograph in the lavender early.

There aren't a lot of lavender farms in the area that will let you photograph dogs in the lavender fields so I was super excited when I learned about Newcastle Lavender Farm. A mere 40 minutes from midtown in Newcastle (just a bit north of Folsom Lake), this working lavender farm was gorgeous and incredibly accomodating. For a small fee, I was able to take Arawn directly into the fields to photograph him. We had the farm all to ourselves and the best part? I got to take home a freshly cut bouquet of lavender.

Belgian malinois dog standing in a field of lavender
Belgian malinois dog sitting in a field of lavender, taken from above

Of course the day I selected for our session was over 100 degrees, but by the time evening rolled around the temperature was bearable (although my husband, who served as my assistant, might beg to differ).

Sadly the lavender blooms are all spent now (thank you 100+ degree weather), but I can't wait for them to return next spring!

Does your pup need his own personal lavender photo session next year? Get on my mailing list to be the first one to hear about session openings next spring!


Don't forget to continue following the blog circle to find out what's blooming in everyone else's neck of the woods. Up next is Ina of Ina J Photography, Canberra Pet Photographer discovering flowers still blossoming in the cold Canberra winter.

resilient dog rescue calendar contest

Before you go...have you heard about our calendar contest benefitting Resilient Dog Rescue? If not, make sure you check it out! Your pup could win a spot in Resilient Dog Rescue's 2022 calendar, a pet portrait session with me, and some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses! We're three weeks into the five-week contest, and have nearly reached our $5,000 goal!

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