Adventure based Pet Portraits
Starting at $259


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 their 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 that showcases their uniqueness and your bond.  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 curious!  The most natural way for them to express their spirit…is to be “off the leash”.  Let them explore and be excited in a natural and outdoor setting to showcase themselves and their instinctual nature.  What better way to bring out your pet's personality than to engage their body and mind?  Let them splash in waves, run through tall grass, smell a field of wildflowers or explore with their pac brothers and sisters!  They will LOVE you for it!  Imagine being able to capture the bond shared between you and your pet?  Let's create exactly that, something truly unique… hence, The Crafted Paw.


The Bond

The pets in our lives are part of our family and the bond we share with each of them is as unique as the spots on their belly, their ear tips and their cuddle habits. They watch every move,  they listen intently even when they don’t know the words that are leaving our mouths. They also tolerate and love our ridiculous dog voice no matter if we undermine their maturity or sophistication.  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 these bonds with our pets are created. That's why I believe it is in the very nature of a portrait that we capture these most loving relationships.


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 think how fleeting time is for us and especially for our furry companions,  you can understand how special these moments are. They say our pets are our whole world but to our pets, we are their whole life. The Crafted Paw aims to preserve your pet for a lifetime. 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 to you.  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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