© 2017 by Marc Edwards - The Crafted Paw - in association with Marc Edwards Photographs

Adventure based Pet Portraits


The adventurous and classically inspired portrait


Off The Leash

I believe this to be when natural expressions occur



Born in Wyoming I am lover of nature and enjoy the outdoors.  I consider myself at home when I'm hiking a mountain trail or casting a line in a river.   The natural world reminds us to use ALL our senses to experience the bigger picture.  And as you know, every outdoorsman and outdoors-woman needs the company of their trusted K-9 and best friend.  Enter Sydni.

Sydni is an Australian Shepard who I adopted in the summer of 2017 from Sunny Meadows in Memphis, TN.  I will always and forever be a fan of the rescue!  These animals sincerely appreciate our love and consistency in giving them a stable home.  Sydni is a blue merle beauty who is so affectionate and sweet that you’ll get a cavity just looking at her.  Think I'm kidding?  She LOVES going for truck rides and is always up for adventuring with me.  

So why The Crafted Paw?  I have always been drawn to a regal portrait of a pet and it’s master and to me, a great portrait should showcase a natural and realistic purpose or “essence” of the subject.  My goal is to create a portrait of your pet in where their uniqueness and your bond is present.  We are after that one priceless image that you will keep forever.  That image is the one we frame.


Allow your pet to explore and be excited in a natural and outdoor setting

The Adventure

Our pets are curious, energetic, playful and adventurous!  There is no more natural way for them to express their spirit than to be “off the leash”.  I want your pets to explore and be excited in a natural and outdoor setting to showcase themselves and their curious nature.  The actual portrait is just one part of this process.  The experience or rather the adventure is the intangible key part.  What better way to bring out your pets’ personalities than to engage their bodies and minds?  Let them splash in waves, run through tall grass, smell a field of wildflowers or explore with their brothers or sisters!  You know as well as I do that they will LOVE you for it!  Imagine being able to capture the bond between you and your pet?  This is my approach to creating something unique with The Crafted Paw.


The Bond

The pets in our lives are part of our family.  The bond we share is unique.  They make us happy.  They listen to us no matter what we want to talk about, usually in our silly dog voice and they respond in their own way.  Sometimes we laugh and sometimes we just shake our heads in wonder, but we always love the affection our pets give us.  Their love is unconditional.  And their personality is every bit as identifiable as that of our own.  These are just a few of the ways in which the bonds with our pets are created.  It is in the very nature of a portrait that we capture the essence of our most loving relationships, and are reminded of these bonds between them. 


The Portrait

The essence of a photograph is to capture a moment in time and say “This one we keep.  This moment stays.”.  If you take a second to realize how fleeting time is and how quickly it can change you can understand why this might be important to us.  In the example of family we treasure these images of our loved ones and we pass them down through generations.  

When I think of a portrait I think of a timeless and classical image that represents the subject in it’s most admirable likeness.  I happen to really love a regal portrait of a dog because of those qualities.  Sure, some pets may look cute in sunglasses and a pink skirt, which is cool if that’s your thing, but I’d rather craft a proud and honorable likeness for who your pet truly is. 

This, is The Crafted Paw.


It is in the nature of portraiture that we capture an essence of our most loving relationships


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