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If you're looking to raise funds for animal related charity, we offer Charity Mini Sessions! 


2022 Pricing $119

  • $50 of your session fee is donated to charity
  • 15 - minute photo session
  • Your favorite image as a high-resolution digital image with a print release for you to print and share
  • Choose from 10+ frame worthy final images to access archival-quality products


Get in touch today to schedule an event! 

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Wrangler Projects - Kathleen Riley - The Afghan Whigs - Lost in the Woods https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/4/wrangler-projects---kathleen-riley---the-afghan-whigs---lost-in-the-woods Screenshot (120)Screenshot (120)


Another fun day on a video shoot. We started at Silverwood Park located in Saint Anthony, Minnesota where the "body" was staged next to Silver Lake and our "wolf" (Kricket) practiced wandering the shoreline and not licking the actress. From there we headed north to The Dead End Hayride to film deep in the woods. While we practiced and filmed with Kricket and got her acclimated to the drone, and running through the woods, there was a grave being dug and dancers practicing for their shots. 


The end product "Lost in the Woods" from the The Afghan Whigs album "Do to the Beast" (April 15, 2014) turned out beautifully. 

Director: Philip Harder

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This was a fun shoot working with all the butterflies. We were in a large set with netting all around the shoot area to contain the butterflies. The butterflies arrived in envelopes that looked a little like waxed paper. One they were out of their wee envelopes, they were transferred into unused doughnut boxes. We kept them warm between takes with heat lamps, and there was a countdown every time the were getting ready roll so we could release them and they were warm enough to fly. 


Butterflies for University of Minnesota Breast Cancer
Director: Gabe Imlay
Director: Juliet Rios
Butterflies: Animal Talent Pool 


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Today's Trip - Pączki Pursuit https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/3/todays-trip---p-czki-pursuit Riley-Photo-Pączki-Pursuit-Blog-2022Riley-Photo-Pączki-Pursuit-Blog-2022Pączki Pursuit

More Than A Jelly Donut: Pączki Becomes an American Tradition

  • Pączki are filled pastries found in Polish cuisine.
  • Place of origin: Poland
  • Main ingredients: Confiture or other sweet fillings, Dough, Grain alcohol, Icing, or bits of dried orange zest
  • Region or state: Central Europe, North America
  • Alternative name: kreple
  • Pączki is the plural of pączek (punch-ek)
  • Pączki is a Polish and Slavic Fat Tuesday tradition. It's a way to use up all the sugar and fat in the house before Lent.
  • Pączki connects Polish immigrants and their descendants to their cultural cuisines. 


Pączki (pronounced poonch-key or punch-key) is a Polish Catholic tradition that has become a Polish-American tradition celebrated on Fat Tuesday or Tłusty Czwartek. (Pronounced Twoosti Chvartek.) Pączki Day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, before Ash Wednesday. The date always falls on the seventh week before the Christian holiday Easter. 


Saying a paczek is a glorified jelly doughnut could be accurate, but it is more than that. Traditionally speaking, pączki are a  brioche-style dough infused with vodka and filled with preserves. The Babcia (grandmother in Polish) would fry these up by the dozens. The result would be baseball-sized pastries filled with prune preserves and dusted with powdered sugar. 


Traditionally, Lent was 40 days fasting, meaning one meal a day and complete fasting on Friday. No rich foods were allowed. The Tuesday before lent, people of Poland used up food to not be spoiled or wasted over the lenten weeks. Families would use eggs, butter, sugar, and fruit by treating themselves one last time before Lent began with these decadent pastries. This fasting tradition started in the medieval age during the reign of King Augustus III.


In the United States, Pączki Day was popular in the Polish communities from the beginning of the 20th century. In bigger cities like Detroit, Michigan; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Buffalo, New York; northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota: and especially Hamtramck, Michigan, Polish bakeries would have Pączki for sale on Fat Tuesday morning. In smaller communities, the local Polish Church Parish made and sold Pączki as a group.


Pączki Day has expanded, and people heard about this Polish tradition and want to become a part of this tasty holiday. Pączki can be found up to a month before Fat Tuesday in many food stores: deli, grocery, and bakery. People cannot resist a delicious food holiday, and Pączki Day is among the best.


We found some wonderful Pączki at Sarah Jane's Bakery in Northeast Minneapolis. You could also order them from Polana Polish Bakery in Chicago and have them delivered.  


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Today's Trip - Tiny Texaco and 1869 Chaska Brick Farmhouse https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/3/todays-trip---tiny-texaco-and-1869-chaska-brick-farmhouse RT-Tiny-Texaco-Blog-2022RT-Tiny-Texaco-Blog-2022

Today was a warm winter day in Minnesota, we almost made it to 40-degrees! I'm using these days to scout locations for shoots and walk my dogs too. The photos from today are casual and were taken with my iPhone so I had location information with the images. I hope you enjoy seeing the photos and the story of the site. 

Shoreview, Ramsey County, Minnesota, was farming and cabins for the elite before becoming a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

In addition to farming and elite vacationers, Shoreview also served as a respite for the poor and vulnerable. The Union Gospel Mission operated summer camps on Snail Lake, and the Children’s Preventorium on Lake Owasso, taking in youngsters exposed to tuberculosis.

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Ramsey County was known as a “‘crooks’ haven” with Midwestern gangsters, bank robbers, and bootleggers running their operations and hiding from the FBI on farms and in cabins. 

About 20 years after the longtime owner, At Larson, died, the city acquired the 2.4-acre historic site, including the century-old brick farmhouse, for $322,000. This farmstead was one of the earliest in the city of Shoreview. Once restored, the farmhouse was rented out for over a decade as office space to a nonprofit. 

The farmhouse is crafted from buttery-yellow Chaska brick and was built in 1896 in Mounds View township. The Chaska bricks were brought by train from the west metro and carted from Cardigan Junction, located 5 miles to the southeast of the farmstead. Its first occupants were German immigrants August and Henriette Lepak. The house is a cross-wing style typical of German and Scandinavian architecture.

The park’s other main attraction is the 1920s Guerin Texaco Gas Station, the area’s first filling station. The restored gas station moved to the site in 2012 from its original location at the corner of Rice Street and North Owasso Boulevard. Texaco, Inc. ("The Texas Company") was founded in Beaumont, Texas as the "Texas Fuel Company" in 1902. The Texaco station had some infamous clientele. In the 1930s, gangsters, including Ma Barker and Baby Face Nelson, gassed up on their way to visit local cottages and taverns. 

Here's a short video of the Tiny Texaco and the Lepak-Larson house.

Roadside Tails Tiny Texaco 2022


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Choose the Best Pet Photographer for You & Your Pets https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/2/choose-the-best-pet-photographer-for-you-your-pets


When it comes to photographing your animals, you know you want to find an expert. You want someone that loves animals and has the skills to capture beautiful images. Let's simplify the entire process with a few simple questions to ask to make the right choice.

Photographer's Experience

Experience is a priority when you're seeking a photographer for your animals. You want specialized experience and understanding working with animals, posing animals, and posing you with your animals. 

Ask your photographer about their experience: 

  1. How long have you been working with dogs, cats, horses?
  2. Do you take continuing education in photography? 
  3. Do you take continuing education in animal training or behavior classes?
  4. Do you belong to any professional organizations? 


Photography Style 

What type of images do you like? Is your preference for studio, location, lifestyle documentary images, or a combination of all those styles? Is the photographer you're considering shooting the type you prefer? 

  • If you like studio photos, what style do you want? Traditional portraits or bright, colorful modern look? Do you want lots of props in the image or no props?
  • Do you like your location images to be gritty, urban style, or more of a parklike setting? 
  • Maybe you want a home session that shows your day-to-day life?

Once you've thought about location, look at the photographer's editing style. The personal styles run the gamut from actual color to highly stylized editing. If you're looking for dark and moody images, you probably aren't looking for a light and airy photography style. Check out the photographer's portfolio, blog, and socials for recent animal photography work examples. 


Pet Photography Session

Ask your photographer to explain the process of working with them. How you learn about your session depends on your photographer. You photographer may use a questionnaire, have a Zoom or telephone call, email with details, or meet you at the time and location selected. 

After your session, some photographers will have an image reveal (in person or via Zoom) and help you select your images and artwork for your finished product. Other photographers may upload your images to a gallery for you to choose your favorites. Any method is acceptable as long as it fits your expectations. 


Finished Product

How you "consume" your finished products is a personal choice and should be part of your decision process. 

I have my favorite images printed on canvas and hung on the walls in my own home. As an animal photographer, I specialize in creating artwork from the images we create together. I enjoy creating wall art galleries, bound albums, images boxes, and digital files for my clients. 

I love presenting you with a beautiful, tangible product to display in your home. Still, if you prefer your images in an online gallery for downloading, that works too. Make sure your photographer fits what you are looking for in the finished product from your session. 


Photography Budget 

There are photographers for almost every budget. Please use a photographer running a legal, legitimate business, your pet's safety is too important not to. Your photographer should, at the bare minimum, be adequately insured.

Pricing for animal photography varies based on many factors. Experience, processes, vendors, locations, and more, all play a part. The adage that you get what you pay for applies well to pet photography. 


Let's Shoot! 



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Be in Photos with Your Dogs and Horses https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/2/be-in-photos-with-your-dogs-and-horses Kathleen Riley with Runoft (Photo by Sara Temte, second shooter for Riley Photo)

I'm a professional dog and horse photographer, and I have a lot of professional photos (and a plethora of cellphone photos) of my dogs and horses. Still, I have very few pictures of me with my dogs and horses. Making that simple word change from "of" to "with" makes a huge difference


In August 2021, I lost my heart dog, Minnow. I have photos of him, of the two of us competing, and official win photos, but I lack portrait photos of the two of us. Like many clients, I thought there would be more time. 


When asked what's the biggest mistake, we make in life, the Buddha replied- "The biggest mistake is you think you have time." Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't save it, but you can spend it.


Writing this post, I realized many of us are great at blocking, objecting, creating obstacles, and even being fearful about having photos with our dogs and horses. Many of us are likely not getting photos of ourselves due to fears and insecurities. Please don't let self-doubt and preconceived notions keep you from taking pictures. We need to be in those photos for three reasons: 

  • Memories
  • Relationships
  • Other people


What matters in your photo session with your animals is having your images with both of you. You want images that capture your unique relationship with each other. Your photo session is the time to focus on what is, not what should be. These photos will be priceless, and you'll be glad you took the time to be in the moment with your dogs and horses. 

Our time with these fantastic creatures is limited, and each one that leaves our lives shows again how fleeting the treasured moments are. 


When I look through images of my departed companions, I enjoy walking down memory lane and visiting with them again. I want you to be able to revisit your companions, too, through photos of you with your dogs and horses.


Showcase Your Relationship

You're not alone in not wanting to be in front of the camera! It's a thing! I've had so many people tell me they want to lose weight, don't like their hair, don't like how they look in photos, and don't like being the center of attention. 


Being in photos is important and has nothing to do with you. When we lose someone that we love, the first thing that we look for is photos. Take photos with your loved ones. You will want to relive those fond memories. 

Last night I had a call from my cousin because I had discovered an image of his grandfather that he had never seen. (His grandfather died about 12 years before my cousin was born. ) How cool is that? (Yes, I do genealogical research for other people too.) 


Let's all commit to moving from photos of your pets to getting pictures with your pets. Even a few images of you and your animals will make a world of difference down the road.  



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FREE Park Day - All MN State Parks and Recreation Areas - Photo Ops Abound! https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/2/free-park-day---all-mn-state-parks-and-recreation-areas---photo-ops-abound 2021-Photos-stack--Riley-Photo2021-Photos-stack--Riley-Photo

More About FREE Park Day - All Minnesota State Parks and Recreation Areas

Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and most Minnesotans have a state park within 30 miles. The parks and recreation areas offer a free day in all four seasons, and it's an excellent chance to get outside and explore anytime. Spend a few hours or stay for the whole weekend. You'll be making a lifetime of memories!  

No vehicle permits will be required to enter the 75 Minnesota state park and recreation areas on the Free Park Days.

FIND PARKS NEAR YOU: Click for Details

2022 Free Park Days:

  • Saturday, February 19
  • Saturday, April 23
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Friday, November 25

Tags: sports and recreation, free park days, outdoor activities, fitness, wellness, nature, family fun, local, free, pet friendly, dog friendly 


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Photographer Tips - Video Tips for Promoting Your Business https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/1/photographer-tips---video-tips-for-promoting-your-business Cannon River in Cannon Falls MinnesotaCannon River in Cannon Falls Minnesota

Yay! You've decided to use video to promote your business and yourself! Here are some tips to help you be more successful. Let's start with the first tip - Your video should be about the viewer! (If you only take away one piece, this is it!) 


Video Script 1

  1. The Hook - keep it short and interesting
  2. Introduction - this should be 2-5 seconds and have a value proposition for your viewers
  3. Tease or Testimonial - this is the part where you entice them to keep watching
  4. The Meat 
    • give this to your viewers within 45-seconds
    • talk with energy and tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end or begin and end "I built a house and the wind blew it down."
    • jump cuts - keep recording you can edit after you're done
  5. Call to Action
    • clickable link with a downloadable PDF 
    • use something like LeadPages.net for links 
    • ask your viewers to subscribe
    • content, quick call to action
    • quick end 
    • last 20-seconds tell them about more content and how to subscribe 


Video Hack - Do your video hack 10-minutes a day and use your phone. These are "just life" videos to help show people who you are. 

  1. Share your daily hacks on your favorite socials. (Share on sites that are most likely to have your target market.)  
  2. Start your social shares with Instagram Stories. What are Instagram Stories? Instagram Stories are where people and businesses share short format, vertical images and videos that disappear after 24 hours. They're designed to be fast, memorable and fun so don't fret about being perfect. 
    • These stories should have a real, raw and unfinished feel 
    • Shoot for 80 personal and 20 professional videos 
  3. Facebook Live is another good platform for sharing your video hacks. 
    • Post once a week and shoot for videos of about 2-3 minutes
    • Post at the same time every week so people get acclimated to when your videos will play
    • I like posting at 10:10 because it looks like a smile
    • Live streams are gold 


Predict what gets watched

  1. Do keyword research 
    • YouTube search bar
    • TubeBuddy.com (this is a pay option)
    • Tag Explorer (Do an internet search) this tells you what tags are being used on a page
    • Keyword Score 
    • Do an incognito search to see what YouTube offers (Ctrl+Shift+N on Windows)
  2. Top 5 Search Engines 
    1. Google
    2. YouTube
    3. Amazon
    4. Facebook
    5. Microsoft Bing 


I hope something here helped you get started on your video journey. If you have questions or want to see a post about something, let me know. 

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Photographer Tips - What Makes You Unique https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/1/photographer-tips---what-makes-you-unique 11


I have a goal to help others improve their businesses and this post will cover a little about you and your customers. Please let me know if you find this helpful. Good luck in your business! 

  1. Reason to shop with us - what makes you unique? Is there an appeal to shopping and purchasing with you? Here are some examples
    • Expertise
    • Experience
    • Selection
    • Special Services
    • Instant Delivery
  2. Advertise the differences as one of the primary elements of your advertising and marketing plans. 
  3. Educate your customers instantly when they get to your website or brick and mortar location as to what makes you different. 
  4. New client orientation package
    • Brochure (what sets us apart)
    • Small gift (a free download or add on to order)
    • Coupon or offer 
  5. When someone walks through your door as "Have you been here before?" It's a quick yes or no answer and allows you another chance to share what makes you unique. This works at your show booths too. 
    • This lets you use an ice breaker explaining you points of "onlyness" between you and your competition. "Let me tell you what makes ABC Photography different than other photographers.
    • Conversions will soar and sales will increase. 
    • This is one of the fastest, easiest, most cost effective ways to convert lookers into buyers. 


Hope you found something helpful in this post. Good luck with your business, and get in touch if you have questions. 

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Thinking about shooting weddings? Here are some things I've learned that may be helpful to you. These may or may not apply to you and your business, so take what works and leave the rest. 


  1. Be up front with your packages, make it easy to decide if you're the right photographer for the couple. 
  2. Having a base wedding fee and then everything else is a la carte may make people feel like they're being nickel and dimed to death. 
  3. Session fees include client credits for products. Make sure your pricing is appropriate to the packages so you cover your costs. 
  4. Include a wedding album with design and retouch for up to 200 images. Give them those digitals for sharing on socials. 
  5. Be overly responsive via telephone. 
  6. Use Gmail templates for your emails. Information and templates here



  • Package pricing includes all parts of the process
  • Perceived value - be sure to price yourself high enough
  • Price higher, work less and make more money
  • Be transparent on pricing, put it all out there 
  • What lifestyle do you want to live? Build your photog life out from there


Paradox of Choice 

  • Too many choices may paralyze people from being able to make choices
  • List 3 options - most people will choose the middle option
  • Offer special custom pricing in case your packages don't "fit" what people are looking for
  • Offer particular size packages and have them ask if they want/need more options


Selling Art 

  • Start with 11"x14" - that's art
  • Target market is word of mouth, wedding coordinators, hotels, catering directors. Take them to lunch and bring your portfolio with you. 
  • Destination photography market 
  • Associate photographer pricing (smaller venues/weddings)
  • Team of Photographers - I'm sure one of us is available



  • Prices are good for one year 
  • Encourage couples to select their 200 images before prices go up
  • Online gallery and online storage (I use Zenfolio - try it with a 10% discount ) 
  • Blogging gets the search engines looking at your website - blog posts are easy to share
  • Instagram lets you share images and could generate lots of leads


Hope you find something helpful in this post. If there's a topic you would like to see covered, let me know!


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Cold Weather Photography Tips https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2022/1/cold-weather-photography-tips Fluffy the Vampire Labrador in a Minnesota WinterFluffy the Vampire Labrador in a Minnesota Winter

Living in Minnesota, we tend to look at and talk about the weather a lot. This morning I was looking at the 10-day forecast, and seven of the ten days will be below zero. Everything becomes more challenging at those temperatures, and photography too when it's that cold. The upside is the cold usually is accompanied by frost, snow, and sometimes a sparkling snow-globe winter wonderland that creates beautiful results. I've put together some tips to help you photograph in cold weather. I've provided links for your convenience and am not paid to endorse or link out to these.


  1. Batteries - Extreme cold weather degrades battery performance. Carry extras with you and keep them close to your body in a warm pocket.  
  2. Lens Hood/Shade - When you're shooting images in the snow, use your lens hood to keep snow off the front element of your lens.
  3. Water Resistant Backpack - Admittedly, I'm still acclimating to my backpack after transitioning from my 1980s camera bag, but I like the water-resistant backpack. Carry your photo gear in a water-resistant backpack even if it's not snowing. It seems like I'm always setting the backpack down in the snow at some point during a shoot.  
  4. Add Light - You'll probably want to add exposure to your snowy winter scenes to help you avoid severely underexposing your images. Underexposure may also make your snow appear gray. If you're shooting animal portraits, use a gray card or invest in an ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter. I shoot Canon and have found that I usually need to up my exposure about +1 with the ExpoDisc. 
  5. Hand and Foot Warmers - Carry chemical hand and foot warmers and keep them in your pockets. Don't be tempted by the battery-operated warmers because cold is not conducive for battery life. Use the warmers for your hands, feet, and your extra batteries too. 
  6. Bring Warm Clothes - Minnesota is the land of layering for good reason. We can, and do, have multiple seasons in a single day. Suppose you haven't worked in harsh winter conditions. (Lucky you!) In that case, you should consider wearing (or having access to) essentials like insulated snow pants, wool socks, parka, hat, gloves, etc. Still, warm boots may be the most critical. Consult the boot temperature rating and compare it to the weather you'll be encountering. 
  7. Gloves - How do you keep your hands warm and still have the ability to push buttons? I usually do pretty well with the Head running gloves I find at Costco in the cold but not below zero out. They have non-slip material for gripping and work well to handle the camera and push buttons. There are gloves with removable fingertips (we called them choppers); they work well for many people, but in less than 10-degrees Fahrenheit, my fingers get too cold. You could add glove liners under your heavier gloves to keep your hands warmer. Vallerret Markhof V3 Gloves are outstanding if you're looking for this type of photography glove.

Do you have questions you would like answered? Let me know! 

Ches Mar Farms Excelsior MinnesotaChes Mar Farms Excelsior Minnesota


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Pet-Friendly Hotels https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2021/10/pet-friendly-hotels Pet-Friendly HotelsPet-Friendly Hotels


We put lots of miles on vehicles as photographers, filmmakers, dog and equine competitors and have spent many night in hotels. Here's an alphabetized list of hotel chains where dogs are welcome. Please make sure to call ahead and check for the availability of a pet-friendly room before you arrive.

  • Best Western: More than 1,600 Best Western properties across the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean accommodate dogs. Pet-friendly locations allow up to two dogs, with a maximum size of 80 pounds per dog, in each room. Some properties charge $30 per day (maximum $150 per week) for each room with a pet. Additionally, there may be a refundable damage deposit of up to $150 per stay.
  • Choice Hotels: More than 2,500 Choice Hotels (Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban, EconoLodge, and Rodeway Inn) are pet-friendly. Choice boasts many dog-friendly hotels in some of the most "dog-friendly cities" across the country.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton: More than 120 DoubleTree properties allow dogs, with a maximum non-refundable fee of $75 per room. The chain recommends calling ahead to make sure a pet-friendly room is available.
  • Extended Stay AmericaDogs are welcome at Extended Stay America properties. However, pets can be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches (larger dogs require the property manager's approval). Two pets are allowed per suite with a $25 (+ tax) per day, per pet non-refundable cleaning fee for the first month (not to exceed $150 + tax per pet), payable the first night of your stay and charged at check-in. Each month after that is a $10 non-refundable fee (+ tax) per day for the first five days of each month (not to exceed $50 + tax per month, per pet). Bringing more than two pets also requires the property manager's approval.
  • Four SeasonsMany Four Seasons properties offer accommodations for dogs at no extra charge. For example, Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills provides in-room amenities, including pet treats, bowls filled with Evian water, and a luxurious pet bed. The Four Seasons Chicago also provides these amenities free of charge, but only for pets under 30 pounds. Many properties have a unique dining menu for dogs and grooming and walking services available for an additional fee through the concierge. Check with each hotel to find out if they accept pets and what services are offered.
  • Hampton Inn: Most Hampton Inn properties do allow dogs. The number of pets, size of pets allowed, and fees may vary and are at each hotel's discretion. (Service animals are always allowed.) Although some properties have many pet-friendly rooms, pets cannot be left unattended in them. Hotels are allowed to charge for any damage caused by an animal kept on the property (this is for damage only — it is not a "pet fee").
  • Home2Suites by Hilton: Hilton's Home2Suites is overall pet-friendly and limits pets to two per suite with a maximum weight limit that varies by hotel. Check your particular hotel's website for pet fees and size limits. Dogs must be kept on a leash or in a carrier when in public areas of the hotel.
  • Kimpton Hotels: Kimpton boutique hotels offer pets of all sorts and sizes to stay in their rooms. Not only is their check-in no-fuss, but they have pet goodies, including plush pet-bed loaners in your guest room, food, water bowls, and mats. Plus, there may even be a Director of Pet Relations there to greet you and help you with all your pet's needs.
  • Marriott: Marriott offers more than 1,500 dog-friendly locations across the United States through many hotel brands (Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, Delta Hotels and Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, TownePlace Suites, and more). Check directly with the individual properties to find out the pet fee, weight, and breed restrictions. Each pet-friendly hotel offers a range of amenities designed to accommodate pet owners.
  • Motel 6: All Motel 6 locations are pet-friendly. There is no pet fee, and Motel 6 does not have weight limits on Pets. Motel 6 allows two pets per room.
  • The Peninsula Hotels: Many Peninsula properties allow travelers to bring their dogs. Some properties allow a maximum of two pets for a fee of $35–75 per pet. In addition, some hotels will provide food and water bowls and a luxurious dog bed. Each property has its policies — check with the individual hotel first when you book.
  • Red Roof: All Red Roof locations are pet-friendly, and most allow one dog or cat to stay free per guestroom. Management discretion, additional pets may be allowed to stay free of charge. At Red Roof Inn and Red Roof PLUS+ locations, the pet weight limit is 80 pounds. At The Red Collection locations, the pet weight limit is 40 pounds.
  • The Ritz-Carlton: Many Ritz-Carlton properties are dog-friendly, but size requirements, fees, and amenities vary. For example, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel offers a dog-friendly menu to its canine guests and charges only a $50 per night boarding fee. Pets must be leashed or held in arms in all common resort areas and are not allowed in the hotel's restaurants, bars, fitness center and spa, pool areas, or the Club Level Lounge. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. provides plush dog beds, dog bowls, and healthy, all-natural dog treats and charges a $125 non-refundable dog cleaning fee per stay, in addition to a $50 nightly dog boarding fee. Dogs must weigh 40 pounds or less or be leashed or held in arms at all times.
  • Staypineapple: All Staypineapple properties are dog-friendly and feature perks such as a treat tin, water bowl, walk-friendly waste bags, and a dog bed for use during the guests' stay. There are no height or weight restrictions on pets, but the hotels charge a $25 nightly fee. Dogs may be kept in the room while owners are out exploring, provided they do not disturb other guests with barking or howling, in this case, additional charges may be incurred.
  • WestinThere are 165 dog-friendly properties within the Westin brand, although terms may vary from one hotel to another, including weight restrictions and whether a nightly fee is charged. Guests receive a welcome kit including food and water bowls, an in-room sign, and the canine version of the Heavenly Bed. Owners must sign a waiver at check-in and will be held responsible for excessive damage or cleaning.

Extended stay hotels that may allow your dog 

  • Candlewood Suites: All Candlewood Suites are pet-friendly. Every suite has a full kitchen stocked with utensils and appliances. There is free guest laundry, ample workspace, and a fully equipped gym. Pets up to 80 lbs welcome. Fee: Six nights up to $75. Seven + nights up to $150. 
  • Extended Stay America: Designed for business travelers and value-conscious consumers - perfect for relocation, long-term assignments, temporary housing, and leisure travel. Enjoy full kitchens, wireless Internet, ample workspace, and on-site laundry - all at a great price. Pet Policy - A maximum of two pets are allowed in each suite. There is a $25 (+ tax) per day, per pet, non-refundable cleaning fee for the first month (not to exceed $150 + tax per pet. Each month after that is a $10 non-refundable fee (+tax) per day for the first five days of each month (not to exceed $50 + tax per month, per pet). Service animals will be exempt from this charge. Size restrictions apply: pets can be no longer than 36 inches and no taller than 36 inches. Larger or more than two pets require the property manager's approval. Please get in touch with the property for questions. 
  • Residence Inn by Marriott: Offer spacious studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. Every suite has plenty of space, with areas for eating, sleeping, and relaxing. You and your pup will find a home away from home when you stay at a Residence Inn during your next getaway! All Residence Inns welcome pets! However, each location determines its specific pet policies. Pet fees typically start at $75 per stay. Some Residence Inns impose pet weight limits and limit the number of pets allowed per room. 
  • Towneplace Suites: Settle in and spread out. They are often located in quiet neighborhoods with spacious suites, full kitchens, complimentary hot breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. TownePlace pet policies vary from property to property, including pet fees and weight limits.  
  • Staybridge Suites: Your pets are welcome! Pet-friendly Staybridge Suites provide you and your pet with an atmosphere that's as close to being in your own home as possible. Fully equipped kitchens, spacious rooms, complimentary breakfast, weekday social hour. Pet policy: Max Weight: 80 lbs with a non-refundable fee of $75 for 1 to 6 nights, or $150 for seven or more nights. Additional fees may apply if excessive cleaning or repair is required. Pet Policy Agreement must be signed when checking in. Vaccination Records upon request.


All hotel information is up-to-date as of August 2021. Please call each hotel when planning your trip, as pet-friendly rooms may not always be available. (This list is aggregated from the American Kennel Club and will likely be updated on their site if things change. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/home-living/a-guide-to-dog-friendly-hotel-chains-in-the-united-states/


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Things I Wish I Had Known Sooner https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2021/8/things-i-wish-i-had-known-sooner It's hard starting out and not having insights into what may make your photography life simpler. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you get started faster.


External Drive Storage - I've been keeping my images off the computer and on external drives, and it's an excellent approach for memory use and storage. Separate your client images and your images. Back up plan - 3 is best, 2 is 1, and 1 is none. There is no such thing as a perfect backup system, but the 3-2-1 plan is a great start in getting your files backed up.

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No Black and Blue Dogs and Horses - You've likely seen it in your images or other people's images where black dogs and horses look blue. If that's the look you're going for, great! If you want a more natural look, you'll want to locate HSL in Adobe Lightroom. In Lightroom, you'll be able to target the HSL adjustment. Rather than going through and reinventing the wheel, here's a link to Easy Guide to Using HSL Color Sliders in Lightroom to help you. 

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Don't clone around - when you look at your control panel, you'll have the option to clone or heal. Don't be afraid to mix and match your tools! Let's start with a brief explanation of the two. 

  • Clone = copy and paste
  • Heal = copy, paste, and blend

I use Lightroom for a lot of my photography post-processing. I will do some image work in Photoshop, too, especially for the Content-Aware Fill tools. Lightroom has a Spot Removal tool that is pretty good, but Photoshop is still the leader in changing pixels. 


Liquify to Adjust - this is a Photoshop tool and is terrific for adjusting the edges of dog collars, especially the martingale style. Here's a link to a free article on How to Use the Photoshop Liquify Tool


Dogs are in Complete Control of the Session - when you are shooting photos of animals, it's important to remember they are in control, and this is especially true if you are shooting multiple animals and making a composite image at the end. Here are some tips to help you be consistent in your pictures. (Yes, you may break the rules, but it helps to teach yourself this consistency first.)

  • Shoot in the same area
  • Shoot using the same settings
  • Shoot using the same plane of focus (your subject, dog, horse, etc.)
  • Shoot using the same position (you, if you started sitting on the ground, stay there)


I hope these tips help you at least a little. If you have something you would like to learn more about, let me know. 


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I want your session to be as enjoyable as possible, and this brief list should help you get the most out of your session. 

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Six Foot Leash 

Your six-foot leash should be simple and preferably a solid color. I use leather leashes for my dogs, but nylon and cotton are fine too. I'll also have show leads, collars, and long lines to use if we're not in a completely fenced, safe area. The big secret that isn't a secret at all? Most dogs on my website have leashes and collars when we shoot their pictures and remove them during editing. Collars and leashes keep the dogs safe and help them understand where to direct them to pose. I'll guide you on how to hold the leash to make it simpler to remove in editing. 



Your dog's collar may remain in the image if we aren't shooting using thin show collars. If the collar is staying on and will be in the finished portrait, make sure it's a collar you like that suits your dog and the photoshoot theme. If your current collar looks worn beyond repair, this may be an excellent time to select something new. 


Have questions about collars, let me know. Have a suggestion of a collar maker that should be on the list, let me know!

  • Leather (or pleather/faux leather) gives a timeless, classic look. Neutral colors are good to keep the focus on your dog's face. 
  • Want something a little jazzier? Check out the designs at Pro-Mohs for collars and leashes. 
  • Looking for something fancy Check out the makers on Etsy and see all the fancy dog collars



For your portraits, please take your collar tags off unless they have substantial sentimental value. 



Leave the harness off unless we are shooting your sled dog team. 



Your photoshoot is the time to pull out all the stops for tasty treats. We'll be working on getting and keeping their attention a lot, and we want your dog to participate as much as possible. You know what your dog loves best, so bring those high-value treats. Here's a quick list of high-value treats: 

  1. Baked or Boiled Chicken Breast
  2. Steak (leftovers are fine)
  3. Cheese cubes (yes, the good stuff)
  4. Peanut Butter (make sure there is no Xylitol in the peanut butter)
  5. Hot Dogs 
  6. Cream Cheese
  7. Baked liver cubed up 
  8. Whatever treat your dog loves 

Bring treat options so we can keep rotating the treats and keep the shoot exciting for your dog. Variety is the spice of life for dogs too. 


Here's a printable/downloadable photo session packing list for you. 

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The main goal in pet photography is to produce a quality image with the dog looking at the camera; this may be easier said than done. I've shot photos of thousands of dogs, and I'm sharing some of my top tricks to get dogs to look at the camera in this blog. 


Actors and Non-Actors

Actors - Some dogs are naturals, and when I create their images, I think about how they could earn a living in front of a camera. These dogs are few and far between. I'll do my best to make your dog look like an animal actor no matter where they're at when we start their session. 

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Non-Actors - this group makes up about 97% of the dogs I photograph every year. These dogs may be easily distracted, think squirrel, or are shy about looking at a stranger with a camera crouching in their space. Fear not! I have some great tricks up my sleeve to get your dogs looking lovingly into your eyes from the finished photographs.  

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Tricks to Look at the Camera 

Is your dog on high alert seeking any movement in the compound, county, countryside? Getting those dogs to focus long enough to look in one direction may seem unlikely. I have some " go-to" tips after years of practice in my own business and on print photo shoots, commercials, and films. 

  • Unique sounds, toys, and movements
  • Quick clicker training with delicious treats (a clicker sounds like a camera shutter) 
  • Using cat toys for dogs 

Most distracted dogs will look right at my camera when I make strange sounds. If they don't dog those sounds, I have various animal calls to blow and a litany of prop animal sounds on my smartphone. If we have a baiter on site with us, they'll be making sounds, playing with toys, and moving in strange and intriguing ways to help your dog look at the camera lens. 

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If the sounds and movement aren't cutting it, we'll do a quick training session with positive reinforcement. We'll be teaching your dog that the clicker and the camera shutter are sure signals that delightful treats are coming. Your dog usually will learn that it pays in tasty treats to look at the camera. I'll lure your dog's gaze toward the camera lens with a tasty morsel right at the lens, click, treat. In no time at all, your dog will be looking at the camera and lens, anticipating the click and treat. 


Cat toys with feathers are another excellent attention-getter. Flicking them over my head and then tossing it behind me gets most dogs looking at the camera while they try and find the bird that was flitting around moments ago. 


If you have a more reserved dog, you may be wondering if they are brave enough to survive these tricks. Don't worry; there are tricks just for them!  


Tricks for Shy and Nervous Dogs to Look at the Camera

Having a camera pointing at you may not be the most comfortable moment if you're shy, timid, or nervous. It's not unusual for dogs and their owners to need a little time to acclimate and figure out what is happening at a photo shoot. Here are three things I regularly employ to help dogs get more comfortable. 

  • Pre Photo Shoot Practice 
  • Give Me Space
  • High-Value Stinky Treats

Preparation is critical if you're concerned about your dog being uncomfortable looking at the camera. Be sure to mention that in the planning questionnaire to prepare together for a successful photo session. (Check out this post on preparing for your session.)  

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For very nervous dogs, we'll start our session about 30-minutes early. We may or may not shoot during this get-acquainted time. They'll be able to sniff me, my assistants, the gear, all while getting plenty of tasty treats. That little bit of extra time to gain comfort and confidence may make the difference in getting the best shots during the official session.  


Some dogs prefer a lot of space between people they don't know and their personal space. I'm good with that. I have a telephoto lens (Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM) that allows me to reach out and touch your dog from about twenty-five feet away. Being that distance away from your dog makes me more interesting to look at too. This lens is my favorite and captures beautiful images, including close-ups, without invading your dog's comfort zone. 

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Super stinky, high-value treats are part of getting dogs to look at me and the camera. I play Nosework with my dogs, and I've learned how incredible the canine nose is. Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in humans. The part of a dog's brain devoted to analyzing smells is about 40 times greater than ours. We'll be tempting your dog's nose with super odiferous treats like tuna, peanut butter, hot dogs, liverwurst, and more. These treats will direct your dog's gaze right toward the camera. 


Of course, the number one trick to working with animals is patience.

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I do model calls for people and animals in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and when I'm traveling to and after arriving at locations.


Why have model calls? 

Boosting income is not the focus of my model calls. Don't get me wrong, some models do book sessions and purchase images and products. Do they get discounts on the sessions they book and the products they buy? Absolutely! Two and four-legged models earn points to buy products with my referral program. 


Referral program 

The referral program is a point-earning system. The more you post on social media, the more points you earn. Refer a new client that books and purchases, and you'll earn points. If you prefer to earn money toward your shoots and products, ask about referral cards where you and your referral receive money off. To track your points, you may want to create a hashtag to follow your social posts. 


Types of model calls

Dog - these calls are for dogs of all breeds and mixed breeds. These may be conformation pictures, competition, lifestyle, headshots, interacting with products, working with people, running, playing, swimming, and more. 

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Equestrian - these calls focus on people with horses. These shoots will focus on equestrian themes, whether casual portraits, under tack, lifestyle images, competition, racing, and more. All seats and disciplines are fair game in these calls. 

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Equine - these calls are for horses of all breeds and mixed breeds. These may be conformation pictures, competition, lifestyle, headshots, interacting with products, working with people, running, playing, swimming, in the pasture, and more. 

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Model - these calls are for people and may be for one person alone, couples, groups of people, families, and professionals. Customers are always looking for the broadest range possible for people and locations. We focus on diversity when casting - all ages, stages of life (senior, pregnancy, etc.), ethnicities, genders, and abilities. 

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Reasons to do model calls.

Practice - Practicing photography and videography is crucial to staying at the top of the game. I've been shooting for years, and that's how I know there is never enough practice.  


Stock Images - our team creates and sells stock imagery for any project. Types: Royalty-Free Stock Photos, HD & 4K Video, Illustrations & Vectors, Backgrounds & Templates. Customers want specific images, and those don't always happen during photo sessions. I will do a model call for these. If you need stock images, get in touch! You'll also find our stock on iStock by Getty Images. Want something that isn't in the stock catalog? Let me know, and we'll create what you need.  


Creativity - in addition to shooting for clients, everyone on the team shoots personal projects that often include imagination, costuming, props, smoke, glitter, and locations.  


Marketing & Social Media - Catching and sustaining your audience's attention on social media is an all-out competition. Visuals are essential to a social media marketing campaign. Model calls happen for events, marketing materials, and posting on socials. 


We'll help you with:

  • Photo and video visual needs.
  • Creating social media and blog posts.
  • Managing your social media campaigns.
  • Teaching you how to run your social media. 

Photography education - 

learn composition, lighting, and exposure to take high-quality photos! Expand Your skillset and create images you'll treasure. In-person workshops and online options are available. I do an annual three-day seminar and need models for that events. I also use models for mentor sessions, classes, video recordings for webinars, and articles. Want to learn more about photography education? Get in touch! 


Styled shoots - planning a styled shoot is a great way to express creativity. The styled shoots also help network with other business owners and get some recognition for your business while practicing photography skills. These shoots need models and mentors to help explain posing, explaining light use, and shooting methods. 

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Website - my website always needs new images of people, places, horses, dogs, and lifestyle images. Location images are essential to show potential sites for creating beautiful photos and videos. The website includes photographs of select clothing and props available for clients to use during their shoot. 



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Growing up, my family always had photos and home movies of moments in our lives. I can recall the smell of the projector blub as our lives flickered in front of us on the pull-up screen. My sister and I had those movies digitized, and I hope to add them to my video channels as time permits. My hope with this post is to encourage you to make some good old-fashioned home movies modernly.  


Recording video has never been so effortless. You have a powerful video camera with you practically all the time contained in your cellphone. With some practice and access to a few essential tips, you can start recording great footage.


Landscape! Don't be "that guy" and have your beautiful footage having giant black bars next to your video. To avoid this amateur mistake, use landscape orientation, not portrait orientation, while recording your video.  The following video is a Hail Storm in Edina Minnesota - shot in portrait mode (before I knew better) impressive, but would have been better in landscape. This clip appeared on both local National news.  


Fill the frame. Now that you're recording in landscape orientation, entirely fill the frame with your subject. If you want to be artsy, you can slightly off-center a person or object to create a more visually interesting scene. Play around and see what looks best.  


Zoom or not zoom? Don't succumb to temptation! The lens isn't actually optically zooming; you're just enlarging the picture digitally. This type of zoom results in one thing: pixels. Zoom in by walking closer to your subject, and you won't have movies that are too pixelated or blurry. 


Steady as she goes. Even the steadiest hand will be challenged to take smooth video for any time, especially if you're tracking an active scene. Consider using a tripod to help keep your videos stable. If you're feeling fancy, you could use a gimbal. 


Light. Do you need lights to shoot your video? You'll likely be able to use natural light for every situation. The sun is free, accessible to almost everyone - a nod to my friends in Alaska. Shoot your video outdoors or indoors where there's good natural lighting. If you can avoid using your on-phone flash, your videos will look better. The onboard flash will often create an overexposed, washed-out look. Tempted to shoot with backlighting? Your smartphone is unlikely to be that smart. You'll end up with haloed dark figures. 


Post-production. Now that you have your beautiful footage take a little time to do some additional editing. Your smartphone - both iOS and Android - can do some great from basic trimming to adding transitions, titles, and effects. Want to use a robust video app and really get your director groove on? There are a host of powerful video editing apps available for both Android and iPhone smartphone users. I use Lightroom and Snapseed on my phone, but there are plenty of options for you. 

Have questions? Let me know!


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Pet Peeve? Why yes, thanks for asking! One of my pet peeves is seeing nice-looking animals look crappy because their photos are ugly. Why would you share or advertise your animals using crappy photos? I have no idea why people share bad photos of their animals, and hope to save you some valuable time while creating better images from these tips. 


Low-Angle Light Is Your Friend! 

What do animals, people, and landscapes have in common? They all look best shortly after sunrise or shortly before sunset on a cloudless day. (This time of day is often referred to as the Golden Hour.) The low angle of the sun during Golden Hour illuminates objects from the side instead of from above. The low-angle light creates stunning images with dramatic shadows. Golden Hour works beautifully for all kinds of subjects. Take advantage of that beautiful light when you're shooting. 


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What is golden hour?

The last hour before sunset and the first hour after sunrise is called "the golden hour" or "magic hour," these times provide the perfect light to capture stunning photos. Harnessing the power of the golden hour is a tool every photographer can use. 


It's all about the light.

The golden hour produces beautiful natural light that is easy to work with. The light is even and has a beautiful golden hue. 


Softer light.

Unlike other times of the day, the golden hour doesn't have the sun shining down directly — its rays come in at an angle, diffusing the light. This softer type of light is typically more flattering. 


The light is directional.

During the golden hour, the sun is at a low angle in the sky, creating long shadows and flattering lighting you can use for more creative effects. Rim lighting, backlighting, side lighting, silhouettes, sunbursts, and lens flares are all at your disposal during the golden hour. (Might as well get them in-camera rather than working at them in post.)


The light is warm.

The golden hour light is warmer on the Kelvin color temperature spectrum, with many yellows, oranges, and reds. The atmosphere filters out blue light when the sun is closer to the horizon, giving you a color palette that people associate with feelings of happiness and warmth.


Shoot Plenty, Know Few are Keepers

Memory cards are cheap. Take lots of photos! The light changes every minute, and it will be faster than you think while you're in the moment. Shoot more frames more often to capture every change; this will give you more options to work with afterward. Be bold and push that button! Shoot more than you think you'll use and select the best of the best to edit and share. 


Shake up shooting the images so you don't get home and think, "I should have shot that from a low angle." Shoot at head height and shoot from a squatting position to get the more dramatic low angle. Sometimes I pull out a step ladder and snap photos from about 9-10 feet up in the air, which creates a charming perspective you don't see often. Get creative and shoot pictures of the same subject from at least a dozen angles, and one of the photos is bound to look nice. 


Fill the Frame 

Hold your arm out, fully extended, and look at your pinky fingernail. Now picture your fingernail as the subject you're shooting. That is unlikely to be a compelling image. If you're shooting portraits, get closer, use more than 1/4 or 1/2 of the space in your photo. If you're doing a long establishing shot or shooting to allow for advertising copy, that's great; keep going. For photos you are trying to promote, sell, or immortalize your animals, the more you can fill the frame with the subject, the better. Filling the frame means you will have a more detailed image of your subject, and it will require more minor cropping, later on, saving you a little bit of time editing the photo. (Have I mentioned that you should always strive to get the shot in camera?)


The Surroundings Set the Mood 

Look around! Now, look around again! Is your subject in an area that looks like a junkyard? Are there portable bathrooms in the background? Are there things "growing" out of your subject? Your future customers see images of incredible scenery when looking at your competitors, and you'll want your animals to look as good as the best out there. If you don't have giant vistas to shoot by, find an uncluttered spot and start there. Still having a challenge? Move closer to your subject so the background becomes a non-issue.


Tell a Story 

Award-winning photos capture a split second but tell an entire story in that one frame. One area that we could all do more with is photographic storytelling. This storytelling can be achieved by collecting photos of people interacting with and enjoying their animals. Images that capture real people enjoying their animals create an emotional response. If people see something they can relate to and connect with a photo, they are more likely to bond with that product. Think about this: Why do soft drink ads show people taking a sip of a drink and then smiling for the camera? The not-so-subtle message is soft drinks equals happy people. 


PRO TIP - Get signed model releases for people and properties. Signed talent releases from the people in your photos will help you and your company from a legal perspective. (Disclaimer - I'm not an attorney, nor do I play one on television. You will be able to find releases pretty easily online with a "Dr. Google" search.) 


Camera Selection 

I have several Canon SLR bodies and numerous pro-level lenses (glass) to take high-quality images; I also carry a smartphone that I frequently use to capture images. I've been preaching for years that the best camera is the one you have with you.  


Keep It All In Perspective 

I've given several tips here on improving photos of your animals, but I don't think you must use all of these techniques for all of your images. Of course, if you did, that would be marvelous! The more tips you can integrate, the better animal photographer you will become over time. Most importantly, enjoy shooting your good photos.


Get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to learn more about photography.   

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Here are some tips and tricks for what to wear for your equine photo session. 


My fundamental barn attire is usually some form of britches, a long-sleeved tee-shirt with UPF 50 for the sun and Minnesota bugs, and Ariat Terrain boots. Workmanlike, and definitely would step up the attire for portrait photos. 


When Planning What to Wear, Start with a Color Palette 

I've found some great tips from My Style Class with Rose Jubb about getting the right items to wear, finding the best colors, and developing a personal brand style. (Of course, Rose and I still don't see eye-to-eye on how many pockets a person needs. When I die, my pockets will have dog poop bags and treats.  


Start with your story - earth tones, jewel tones, pastels, neutrals. Now that you've decided which color family you want to use, select 3-4 colors in the palette to base your outfit. Pro-tip - light colors will get dirty at the shoot, so plan accordingly or consider wearing a coverup. 


For help with planning the right colors for your horse, head over to Hobby Horse Clothing and check out their Winning Colors wheel


This is probably a good time to mention hats too. First, decide if you want images with a hat, and if so, know that will be the last piece we add to the outfit, so your hair stays looking nice with no hat crease. 


Choose well-fitting clothes and pay attention to lengths. Shirts look best if they come to the elbow or below. Skirts and dresses are best below the knees. Pants should go all the way down your legs. All of those help elongate your body. 


Pattern, Prints, Texture 

As a general rule, you won't go wrong with classic, timeless looks. Think linen, knits, corduroy, suede, and denim. Next, add some dimension to your outfit with tone-on-tone patterns, swiss dots, and lace are all excellent options. Textures give depth, add interest to your look, and will look great next to your horse's coat too. Muted colors in the patterns will focus on your connection with your horse and not being a clothes horse.



You'll be happier with your final images if your clothes are in a typical tonality. For example, a light-colored top should have a light-colored bottom. Dark tops look better with dark bottoms. There are exceptions to that rule, but as a general rule, monochromatic outfits are more flattering. You'll look taller, leaner and your overall appearance will be more put together for portraits. 



If you live in Minnesota or a similar climate, you know layers are your friend. Add layers to enhance your look. Jewelry, scarves, jackets, blazers, cardigans, vests, & sweaters are easy ways to add interest and elevate your style. As an added bonus, if you have a base outfit, you'll be able to quickly change your look without working too hard.


Considering what you're going to wear before your session helps you feel more confident. Wear clothes you love and feel comfortable wearing. You and your horse deserve more than cellphone selfies. 


Want to know the Do's and Don'ts of Horse Show Fashion Photo Shoots? Check out this post. (Coming soon, please check back)



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Running, Playing, Swimming, Jumping. You can capture pure energy in pictures!


We've all been there, you're shooting photos, and your subject won't slow down. Now is the time to learn panning techniques to capture those images forever. 


What is panning photography?

Panning in still photography refers to opening the camera shutter and then horizontally moving the camera before the shutter closes. 


Panning uses slower shutter speeds combined with a sweeping camera motion that follows at the same speed as your subject. A successfully panned shot will show a sharply focused subject on a blurry background.


1. Set the Mode dial on your camera to Shutter priority mode.  Both Canon and Nikon cameras have a top dial to select your shooting mode. To choose the Shutter Priority Mode, turn the mode dial to Tv (Time Value) in Canon or S (Shutter-priority) in Nikon

2. Select a slow shutter speed – start with 1/60s. Then experiment by moving to a slower shutter speed like 1/30s for more blur or 1/125s for less blur. Shutter speed may depend on the speed of your subject. A galloping horse, a racing car will likely need a faster shutter speed than a bicyclist or running person. 

3. Set the Shooting mode to Continuous (Burst Mode). This setting will give you a better opportunity to capture the critical moment. In the continuous/burst mode, you'll minimize the camera shake caused by pressing the Shutter button.

4. Track your subject – but don't just do this when you are shooting. Follow your subject before, during, and after in a smooth motion. 

5. Keep your camera and yourself as steady as possible – minimizing vertical and tilt motions. I've found this to be simpler using the viewfinder rather than an LCD screen. 

6. Think about the composition. More opportunity to experiment with framing your subject! Avoid the temptation to plop your subject in the middle of the frame. When you track your subject, keep them in the same place as you shoot in your viewfinder/screen. To help imply speed, experiment with leaving room on the front side of your subject to give the space to move. 

7. Your background should be a blur.  The actual background is less important in a panned image. The overall colors in your background will create an essential part of your photo because they frame your subject

8. Slow the shutter even more if you are shooting at night. Yay, even more experimenting! Blurred background lights can add tremendous amounts of drama to your images. 

9. Panning takes practice.  Don't worry if your first images aren't perfect. This is your opportunity to learn more by taking plenty of photos and figuring out why some are better than others. When you look at them, ask yourself if the shutter speed could have been slower or faster. Is your subject blurred vertically - that likely means you are not steady enough in your panning. Once you've evaluated the shots, apply what you have learned to your next set of photos. 



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Trying to take snapshots of the animals at the zoo or dogs in your fenced yard, but bars and fencing get in the way? What to do, what to do? 

It's easy to get rid of distracting elements with a bit of know-how. 

  1. Set your lens to telephoto
  2. Choose AV (for Canon cameras) or A (for Nikon cameras) and hold the aperture as wide open as possible
  3. Approach the cage as close as safely possible and shoot

Now, see how well the shot turns out. The cage bars are gone, and the animals look like they're in the wild. 


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You know you want your dog in the surprise proposal photo! Here's a guide to surprise proposals and how to include pets in that extraordinary moment. 

You want your proposal to be romantic and memorable and include your furry family members too. When you hire us, you know you'll have a keepsake memory to turn into art. 

We should include a list now - who doesn't love lists? Things to have at the pet-friendly surprise proposal photoshoot

  1. You, your partner, and any dogs, horses, or other pets 
  2. A fun-loving, talented Photographer (You guessed it, that's us!) 
  3. A ring if you have one, or other token of your affection
  4. A Special Spot (Yes, some potential spots are included below)
  5. Beverage for a celebratory toast (Optional)
  6. Treats for your furry family member (We'll have treats too - there are never enough treats!)

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Pet-Friendly Surprise Proposal Locations in Minneapolis and St Paul Minnesota

Do you have a location in mind? Great! Want some suggestions? Here are some places to consider. 

  1. Stone Arch Bridge - this location works in any season and includes beautiful skyline views, and your pets will love it too. 
  2. Lyndale Rose Garden - all seasons offer exciting places for your pet-friendly proposal, beautiful gardens during the summer. There's a lovely fountain in the center of the rose gardens.
  3. Minnehaha Falls - One of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river overlooks. 
  4. Boom Island Park - Located on the historic Mississippi riverfront with stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline, Boom Island Park offers a picturesque site for pet-friendly proposals, weddings, and picnics.
  5. Rice Park - Rice Park is located in the heart of historic downtown Saint Paul. There's a beautiful fountain surrounded by the Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center, Ordway, and the Downtown Central Library. Winter with the twinkling lights is lovely. 

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Pet-Friendly Surprise Proposals // $495

  • Proposal Coordination and Coverage
  • Mini-Engagement Session at the Surprise Proposal 
  • Online password protected dedicated gallery for sharing and image downloading
  • Printing permission (or you may order right from the website and save the extra effort)



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Your Senior Experience

Your senior year should show who you are and where you're heading in life. Senior pictures celebrate your accomplishments for this milestone before heading into the world, and all life has to offer. Celebrate your unique personality while reflecting on what has come and what is coming. As photographers, we'll help you bring out the best in yourself. Whether you want a more traditional look or a session with a commercialized high fashion style, we'll gear your photo session towards whatever suits your needs and wants.

Whether you want to stay close to home or go downtown to Minneapolis or Saint Paul, we are happy to help you choose the right session for you. We love to go on location, and if you're busy showing your animals, we'll meet you at show sites too. We're happy to answer your questions about your session before you book an appointment. Click here to schedule a consultation

Know precisely what you are looking for? When you're ready to book your session, you may book online or call us to schedule your session. (Session fees are due when you book, with no exceptions.)

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Flexible Mini Session ~ $125 Due at time of scheduling 

  • Includes up to 3 outfits and up to 1.5 hours.
  • Indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both.
  • Bring your pet or vehicle!
  • Minimum order of $300 applies (Half down at session & half down at preview appointment.)
  • SAVE $50 when you prepay in full for your session and your order when booking.


Creative Full Session ~ $150 Due at time of scheduling 

  • Includes up to 3 outfits and up to 2 hours.
  • Indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both.
  • Bring your pet or vehicle!
  • Minimum order of $300 applies (Half down at session & half down at preview appointment.)
  • SAVE $50 when you prepay in full for your session and your order when booking.

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Destination Session ~ $250 Due at time of scheduling 

  • Includes up to 3 outfits & up to 4 hours.
  • Go anywhere within 40-miles like Minneapolis, Saint Paul, or your choice of destination. (Aitkin Minnesota seniors, you're covered too within 40-miles of Aitkin.) 
  • Minimum order of $500 applies (Half down at session & half down at preview appointment.)
  • SAVE $50 when you prepay in full for your session and your order when booking.

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Ultimate Session ~ $375 Due at time of scheduling 

  • Includes unlimited outfits and 6-8 hours. (Split into 2 sessions.)
  • Destination of your choice 
  • Minimum order of $600 applies (Half down at session & half down at preview appointment.) 
  • SAVE $50 when you prepay in full for your session and your order when booking

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What's better than a Siberian photoshoot? A Minnesota Springtime Siberian photoshoot with Bauer. Bauer is a beautiful show dog and family companion that came into his household with the question, "Have you ever considered showing a dog?". I fell in love with him and his sense of humor, and I have a feeling you will, too!



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Wedding Packages Starting at $1200 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2021/4/wedding-packages-starting-at-1200 Destination Wedding Kathleen Riley PhotographyDreaming of a perfect Destination Wedding Kathleen Riley PhotographyDestination Wedding Kathleen Riley Photography

Congratulations on Your Engagement!

Thanks for contacting us! These packages are popular combinations of services our clients have liked. Depending on your needs, we can customize any of our packages for you. 

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  • 1 Photographer
  • Unlimited Time and Photos 
  • Engagement Session
  • Online Proofing
  • Delivery of all edited, high-resolution images (Digital Negatives)
  • $1500

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  • 2 Photographers 
  • Unlimited time and photos 
  • Engagement Session
  • Custom 12x12 Bridal Album
  • Online Proofing
  • Delivery of all edited, high-resolution images (Digital Negatives)
  • $2750

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  • 2-3 Photographers 
  • Unlimited time and photos 
  • Engagement Session
  • Custom 12x12 Bridal Album
  • 2 8x8 Parent Albums 
  • Online Proofing
  • Delivery of all edited, high res images (Digital Negatives)
  • $4950

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  • Destination Travel Costs are Additional 
  • Officiant $350
  • Associate Photographer Wedding Packages Start at $1200
  • Bridal Album $1500
  • Parent Album $1000
  • Additional Photographer $1500
  • Custom Prints and Art Pieces Available


Your wedding photographer should be focused, flexible, organized, easy-going, and fun. Let's Plan Your Big Day! Are you having a micro wedding or elopement? We're here to help! Socially distanced and masked sessions available. Small intimate ceremonies. Wedding & Engagement. Elopement & Destination. 

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[email protected] | KathleenRileyPhotography.com  |  612.558.1369 (Talk/Text)


Check out our blog for wedding vendors, tips, tricks, and FAQs. 


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The dog photos were so well-received that the clients reached out to me this Fall to ask about family photos. My initial instinct was to turn the contact and project over to Kathleen; I’d be happy to stay in my comfort zone, setting everything up and be the second shooter. Instead, I pushed myself out of my comfort level. I created the first family photos in AGES for the Liljenquist-MacDonald family.

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Coordinating a date when all five daughters and their boyfriends would be able to gather when Larry might have a day out of the field took a Herculean effort by Kelly. We came up with two possible dates, and after checking the weather conditions, we decided on the earlier one. Autumn in Minnesota can be a fickle beast, but photo day turned out to be the perfect mix of sun and shade.

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Kelly shared their last family photo taken was in the church basement days when the girls were considerably younger – it was time to get this done! I had my shot list, had scouted locations, double-checked my gear, and the years of second shooting eased into a wonderful family photo session.

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Larry and Kelly have a beautiful home at the end of a long, tree-lined driveway. The canopy of maple leaves in all their autumn glory was a beautiful backdrop for the individual and group photos. There was lots of laughter and love. This family enjoys each other’s company.

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Finding the perfect setting for ten people was a cinch with the old tractor proudly displayed in the yard. It was so fun to see the tree trunk still in the frame of the tractor.
As the golden hour waned and the evening began to cool, we shared a chili buffet, more visiting and memories being made.


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2020 Santa Photos


Select Your Santa

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Dear Santa 

We know you are real, and that your helpers have less opportunities to do photos this year. We're helping you out with these Santa Photos. (14 Santas to select from!)

We're offering these options and more: 

$25 package with 5 - 4x5 images and 1 - Low Resolution image for social media and web use. 
Ornaments - $20
11- and 15-ounce mugs - $20
Tee Shirts - $30
Tote Bags - $20


  1. Select your Santa, and place your order.
  2. Use one of my images, or email me one of your candid images to include in the frame. (No photos from other professional photographers for this project.)
  3. Go to you private gallery (you'll receive a link) and see additional ordering options.

Select Your Santa

14 Santa to select from!

CELLPHONE - Your screens will likely look like these. If you have any questions, or something doesn't work like you expect it should, contact me and I'll help you. 

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Mailing Lists Bonus Tips 

  • Make a promotion schedule. 
  • Never stop looking for good names to add to your mailing list. 
  • Create FREE one-time webinars (seminars) and collect names and emails for your lists. 


6 Ways to Build a Mailing List 

  1. Get Publicity - try and find ways to promote your business on the radio, local papers, television, podcasts. Give out your website and email, and make sure it is easy to recall. Once people get to your website, make sure it is interesting to visit. Invite people to send in questions to which they will find answers. 
  2.  Find Reviewers - seek out magazines, websites dedicated to your product/service. Get emails, contact folks, and get their permission to add them to your list. 
  3. Speak in Front of Groups - gather business cards and contact information from attendees and, with their permission, add them to your list. 
  4. Hand Out Bookmarks or Flyers - invite people to visit your website by giving a good reason like helpful information and tips. Have a button to click on and sign up for your newsletter. 
  5. Write a Letter to the Editor - add the contact information (with permission) to your mailing list. 
  6. Offer to Write an Article or Column - think of all the places looking for information to share. Print, online, blogs, and anywhere else that makes sense. 

Do you have a favorite mailing list marketing company? I like both MailChimp and Constant Contact. (I get nothing from sharing that, just a helpful tip.) 



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You've got what you need to make money. Take a moment and ask yourself these questions and see what happens. 


  1. List what you loved as a child. This is not a time to judge; just brainstorm and create your list. Did you love math, bikes, horses, dogs, photos, art? Whatever you loved, write it down. 
  2. List what you are good at. Be especially objective! What comes easily? What have people told you your talents are or were? Write those down. 
  3. List anything you've been paid to do. Include the things you've done for work, family, and friends. Don't just list job titles; try to think of precisely what you were being paid for and create your list. 
  4. List your personal resources. Think about things you have that you could use. Do you have a minivan, computer, camera, language skills, tools, acting skills, plenty of free time, extra cash lying about, and an additional room/apartment/house?
  5. List your ancillary skills. Are you skilled at organizing, leading, good with people, good with children, selling, learning, researching, teaching? Write those skills down too.  
  6. Research and list local problems and concerns. What are homeowners/renters looking for? How about stores, students, parents, pet owners, your current customers. Once you've identified their problems/concerns, discover how you can make those problems/concerns better.  

Once you have your lists completed, you may have a more precise direction of things you would enjoy doing. 


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In the digital age, travel photography is a top photography skill. All you need to do is look at Instagram and other social media to see how people showcase their lives and travels. Use the 5 tips in this post to start taking better travel photos in your backyard and on your next trip!

Wide Frame Shot - start with a wide frame shot to set the stage for where your photos or videos are taking place. This should be a powerful shot. 


Medium Range Shot - this shot will set a more intimate atmosphere of the location.


Detail Shot - get in close and show something that might be missed by more comprehensive images. 


Portrait Shot - to capture the emotions of your subject. Putting animals or people in the image is always suitable for sharing the experience. 


Action Shot - do something! Dogs playing, people running, playing a game, something that implies movement and action. 


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No matter how you "do" your virtual meetings, there are some tips to help you look better. If you're like many folks, you're probably using ZOOM to connect with family, friends and for doing business. Let's look at the tools you'll need. All these devices work with Zoom and other video meeting services, like Google Meet, WebEx and Microsoft Teams


  1. Shoot from eye level or above. Not one single soul looks good when the camera is pointing at your chin. One of the most challenging parts of this piece is not looking down at the people on your screen. You could tape a "LOOK HERE" sticky note to the top of your device to remind you to look there and not down at the screen. You don't need some fancy rig to get the height correct, you can use books, nesting products, a table top tripod, or even a taller tripod. (Yes, that's me al made up in the blog header image.)
  2. Your not on the soap opera Dark Shadows. Come out of the shadows and make sure your face is well illuminated. Also check that there is no light source directly behind you. For one person, a ring light is probably good, for a group one light won't be bright enough. You could us more ring lights or bring a bunch of lamps into the room and place them strategically around to better show your lovely faces. 
  3. Be wary of digital backgrounds. Have you ever seen a digital background that is really distracting? Maybe the image isn't working well with the platform or the person is being sucked into and spit back out of the background. Instead of using a digital background try putting a plant or fresh flowers behind you, sit in a corner, or sit in front of a bookshelf. 

Good luck with you shooting and have fun! 


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Alyssa and Jason | Destination Photographer | Xanadu Island https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/11/alyssa-and-jason-destination-photographer-xanadu-island Alyssa and Jason Candid Moment  IMG_3564Alyssa and Jason Candid Moment Alyssa and Jason Candid Moment


Alyssa and Jason’s Wedding at The Hideaway at Xanadu Island in Battle Lake, Ottertail County, Minnesota, was one I won't soon forget. This weekend was a wedding I had been looking forward to for years. Seriously. We did the photography, and I was the Officiant at the bride's parents 25th Anniversary commitment ceremony that was a full on wedding that they had not had when they first were married. 


Alyssa and Jason’s love story began in high school when mutual friends thought they would like each other - guess they were right! When did Jason pop the question? It was on a trip to ValleyFair Amusement Park and involved some Cinnabon. Somehow this feels like the right choice for this fun couple. 


Alyssa and Jason are a fun-loving, adventurous couple that is clearly in love, and that made photographing them so much fun! I love it when there is abundant laughter, joy, teasing, and especially appreciate down-to-earth brides with big hearts for the people they love. 


The day started in the cabins and the big house on the island where breakfast was served. We did a quick runthrough of the ceremony which was filled with laughter and a few tears for those that were missing. There were some glitches on Friday that prevented a rehearsal, and down the road those glitches will make wonderful stories to tell. As the day moved on, hair and make-up was done in the big house. The men busied themselves setting up the benches and arbor so everyone attending could have a beautiful view of the lake. After they created that space, they headed over to the reception area, and put up tents like seasoned circus big top roustabouts.  


The ceremony overlooked the lake and the couples rustic and personal touches were beautiful reflections of their lives. They read their own vows and had a unity ceremony with sand. The weather was perfect in the mid-70s with low humidity and cool breezes coming across the lake. After the ceremony we took family and wedding party photos and then it was time for portraits of the bride and groom. From there we headed to the dinner where the wedding party had some wonderful entrances and the dance floor was jumping all night. A beautiful day nestled in a beautiful weekend. 


Alyssa and Jason, no one deserves this perfect day more than the two of you. I am so happy to have been included at the beginning of your next big adventure. Thank you a million times over for being so incredible. I hope your lives get better each and every day. Your joy is contagious, and I loved being surrounded by it on your wedding day. May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. 




VENUE: The Hideaway at Xanadu Island 

CATERER: Hy-Vee Brooklyn Park and Zorbaz 

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kathleen Riley Photography 

OFFICIANT: Kathleen Riley 

DJ: Pro Sound and Light 

CAKE ARTIST: Cake Walk by Wendy Frensko

MAKE-UP and HAIR ARTIST: Sarah-Jean Adolphus of I Decorate Faces

NAILS: Envy Nails in Fergus Falls 


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Summer Dog Safety Tips https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/7/summer-dog-safety-tips


Summer Pet Care
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your pets. Remember though that hot days for your pet feel like it's high noon, you're walking barefoot on asphalt wearing a full-length fur coat. By following some simple guidelines, you and your animals can have a wonderful summer.

  • Never leave your pet in the car unattended. Even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside the car can reach well over 150 degrees in a matter of minutes. It is an experience that would be similar to you jumping into a 350-degree oven. If you think it's okay to race into the store and leave the car running with the air conditioning on, there are many dangers in that too. The worst is someone steals your
  • vehicle and your dog. Or your engine could stall, killing the air conditioning and possibly killing your dog. Or, as I saw, the dog jumps around inside, hits the gear shift and your car crashes into the store.
  • Dogs should never ride unprotected in the bed of a pickup truck. They can be thrown out during sudden stops or accidents, or leap out to see something interesting on the side of the road. Riding in the pickup bed is especially dangerous in the summer because the truck bed heats up quickly and can scorch the pads of their feet, and the sun is beating down on them, even if the wind feels cool.
  • Exercise only the cool of the morning or evening. Dog's don't have an efficient cooling system and can suffer heatstroke while walking or jogging with you on a hot day. Remember, temperatures at two to three feet above the ground where your pet stands can be 20 degrees hotter than at five to six feet up. Even going for a walk can be hard on the dog. Asphalt becomes very hot quickly and can burn their paws, so don't make him stand or sit on the hot pavement.
  • Water should be plentiful and clean. Make sure that water is available for your pet both inside and outside. If you are walking your animals bring water along for all of you. Hydration is essential when it is warm out.
  • If your pet is left outside, be sure there is always a well-shaded area for him to rest. Check at various times of the day since the sun moves significantly. Misting systems and wading pools will also help to keep your pet cool. Place several containers of water in different locations so your pet always has water available. Water that has been heated up by the sun or tipped over does your pet no good. Because dogs cool by panting, they need to have plenty of water available on hot days.
  • Humidity interferes with your pet's ability to get rid of excess body heat. Your dog only perspires from the area around his paws which is not enough to regulate body temperature efficiently. To rid themselves of excess heat, dogs pant. Air moves through their nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body that is then expelled through the mouth. This is efficient but is severely limited in high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters.
  • Heavy coated dogs need to be brushed daily to remove dead hair. If you clip your dog during the summer, don't go to bare skin or you will expose him to sunburn. Pets with light skin and noses can benefit from sunscreen. Talk to your veterinarian about options. 
  • Pets can benefit from Sunscreen too. Dogs with light skin and hair can burn just like their human companions can, complete with pain, peeling, and potential for skin cancer. If your dog is "fair skinned" you should keep them away from prolonged sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and when you do go out, put some sunscreen on the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips and the tip of the nose. 
  • Older, ill or overweight dogs cannot deal with the heat. They have a hard time regulating their body temperature so be sure they stay cool. Breeds with short noses like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers also need protection from the heat because they can't pant efficiently. 
  • Antifreeze can kill your pet. During hot weather (and other time too) keep your animals from drinking out of puddles in the street which can contain antifreeze and other toxic chemicals. Antifreeze has a sweet smell and taste that animals like, but it is extremely toxic so keep your pets from sneaking sips from puddles. 
  • Keep your pet on a leash if you are in an unfenced or unfamiliar area. Being on a leash will keep them from getting lost, fighting with other animals, eating and drinking things they should avoid and allows you to keep an eye on their condition. 
  • If your dog succumbs to heatstroke, you need to act quickly. Symptoms include vigorous panting, unsteady gait, thick saliva or froth from the mouth, vomiting, pale gums, lethargy or collapsing. You want to cool him down swiftly, but not so abruptly that you shock his system. Cover him with a sheet and apply cool water. (Don't use ice, this cools them too quickly.) You can also put your pet in a tub of cool (not cold) water. Encourage him to drink, but do not offer ice water. If you are going to rinse him with a hose, let the water run for a few minutes to get the hot water out of the line. Finally, take him to the veterinarian. Even if they seem all right, your veterinarian will thoroughly check him over for any lingering effects.

Using good judgment and common sense can bring you and your pets through the hot summer in fine shape.


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Freedom from Fireworks Fear https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/freedom-from-fireworks-fear  

FireworksFreedom from Fireworks Fear


A sudden intense boom transforms your mellow dog into a frantic ball of motion. Panicking, leaping through windows, jumping fences, charging out into traffic. Pets can develop noise phobias at any time and at any age. Once the problem emerges, it is tough to overcome, and there is no one "cure" to fit all noise phobic dogs.

Desensitize your pet to various sounds. Introduce them gradually and give them time to overcome their fear and develop confidence.

Special Effects tapes include thunderstorms and firecrackers. With your pet in a familiar room, play the tape at the lowest volume and continue your normal activities without acknowledging the sounds.

Don't Coddle your pet when there is a loud noise; this only reinforces their fear. Ignore the noise and in a happy voice encourage your pet to perform a simple command.

Strategic Planning

  • Exercise your dog in the late morning to help him sleep through the fireworks.
  • Walk your dog and let them relieve themselves a few hours before the fireworks start.
  • Stay home with your pets.
  • Don't leave your pets outside.
  • Lock your doggie door to prevent a panicked escape.
  • Shut windows, close blinds and draw the curtains.
  • Turn on the air conditioning and a television or radio to help block out sounds from outside.
  • Play an indoor game with your dog.
  • Give your pet a toy stuffed with treats or peanut butter to help distract them.
  • See your veterinarian to be certain that a sudden reaction to loud noises is not a medical issue.
  • In severe cases, see your veterinarian for anti-anxiety medicine or tinctures to help your pet through the holiday.


Use coupon code RT2020 to save $5 off your order of $75 or more when you shop calming products from our friends at DogFoodDirect 

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Organize and Curate Your Photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/organize-and-curate-your-photos

Pictures help us celebrate and grieve. Photos tell our stories. 


We use photos to help us heal and keep our stories, memories, celebrations alive. 


Are there particular images you want used for your celebration of life? Have them printed and place them in an envelope for future use. Be sure to let someone know where they are too. 


Look through your images and mark them with the people's names and stories while you recall the details. Future generations will appreciate your efforts! 


If you're like most people, you probably have lots of digital and printed photos that you'll sort "someday." You may have a vision of sorting the images in chronological order, tossing duplicates, and creating a photo book to share. You'll look through the book with friends and family and maybe even send some photos from the olden days to your friends. You probably can see the trend here, someday keeps getting pushed out to the distant future. 


Our photos are proof that we existed. Images show that we had family, friends, accomplishments, and love. Photos show we belonged. We keep our favorite images to recall that our lives were unique and special, and showing pictures to people is how we tell our stories. 


Two people looking at a photo can burst out laughing while recalling what happened in that photo captured with paper and dye. Stories and traditions get preserved when you know the story behind the image. 


Do you have some time available? (Yes, I'm writing this during a pandemic.) Spend it organizing your photos, take comfort, and honor those special days. Connect with your family while you preserve your memories. 


Take these steps to organize images:


  1. Look through photos on your smartphone camera roll. See how far back your digital pictures go, and where they leave off.
  2. Search your home for old computers, hard drives, USB drives, and disks for digital photos that aren't on your phone. Check old digital cameras too. Have you uploaded images to the cloud? Track those images down.  
  3. Gather your print photos, including albums, framed pictures that aren't on display, slides, VHS tapes, reel-to-reel movies, 35mm film, and any undeveloped film.
  4. Once you've gathered your collection, you're ready to start moving the group to a central digital hub. There are many excellent digital storage options, including Google Photos, Apple iCloud, Amazon Photos, and more. Select a service you are comfortable using.  
  5. Backup, backup, backup. You should have multiple image copies on numerous drives, and use cloud solutions rather than one digital photograph.  
  6. Once you have numerous digital backups, print your most important photos. Weed through all your images and select the best ones to print. If you have 150,000 images in your collection, they're not all the best. Print your favorites.
  7. Make sure you let someone know where your photos are living. Knowing where digital images exist is especially vital. Give someone you trust access to your phone, your computer, or your cloud account and provide them the passwords.
  8. Share your photos and stories with someone you love. Preserving and sharing your photos will help you pass your stories to future generations.


If you could use some help making a curated collection of photos that is accessible on all your digital devices get in touch. We're here to help you preserve your photos, whether we took them for you or not. 




[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Curate Photos Dog Photography Family Photography Kathleen Riley Photography Minneapolis Minnesota Organize Photos Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/6/organize-and-curate-your-photos Sat, 06 Jun 2020 02:02:02 GMT
Danny and Ruby the Vizslas https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2020/1/danny-and-ruby-the-vizslas On a warm and sunny Minnesota July day, I met Mary and her Vizslas for a senior photos shoot. Her yard is lovingly cared for and made a perfect backdrop for the redheads. 

These dogs are part of my Senior Souls project - do you have a senior dog that you would like included in the project? Get in touch! 





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How to Organize Digital Photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2019/7/how-to-organize-digital-photos While on a recent photo shoot, we were taking a break and checking phones for messages and the conversation shifted toward how many photos everyone had on their various devices. It's so easy to take pictures these days! A quick swipe and some taps on your smartphone and now you have a new photo gallery. The downside of the speed and convenience is the tendency to quantity rather than quality in the saved images.  

Have you looked through your devices and found that you don't recall many of the images? Have you been warned that your device(s) are full? Are you starting out and want to have a head start on organizing? These organizing and decluttering tips are for you!  

1. Create a Central Photo Hub Location (This should be one location.) 
No matter where you are in your organizing and decluttering of images, the first step is figuring out what you have. Gather all your devices that are holding your digital photos. Smartphones, computers, laptops, digital cameras, memory cards, thumb drives, CDs – you name it. (If you have floppy disks you may need to have those transferred by a service, nothing lasts forever.) Once you've gathered your gear, move all of your photos to one central location. This could be a desktop computer or an external hard drive. (Remember all hard drives are either dead or dying, so you'll want backup options too.) 

2. Organize & Label the Photos 
The easiest way to begin organizing is by sorting the photos by year, then month or season. You'll want to develop a label convention and use it consistently to create sub-folders within for special occasions, locations, or types of images. The easiest way to organize your photos is by placing them into properly labeled folders. This organizing step will make life much simpler for you when you're searching for a specific picture to print, share, or send.

  • 2019-11-15 Outlaw Chinooks 
  • 2019-Summer > Dogs + Horses on the Beach

TIP: If you're like many people, you may be taking screenshots and reminder photos. Delete any that you don't need and put the rest in a folder called "Reminders" for the year. That way you have them if you need them and at the end of the year, you'll likely be able to delete most of them. 

3. Delete, Delete, Delete and then Delete some more 
Are you a photo hoarder? If so, welcome to the club! Photo hoarding is widespread and is a tough habit to break. Make it easy on yourself and start with clearing out photos you've transferred to your central hub. 

The next step is evaluating your photos. Be ruthless in your culling process. You may find once you sort through all the images that you are getting rid of 75% of the photos you have.  

Ask yourself these questions to help you decide. 

  • Is the photo in focus? 
  • Are people and animal eyes open? 
  • Is the image framed well?
  • Is it a duplicate? Do you have another image that represents the moment better?  
  • Would you ever print this picture?

Only keep the best photos from any batch you are sorting. When you've narrowed it down, back up your photo library with an external hard drive or take advantage of one of the unlimited online photo storage options available. (Some are free, and some have an annual fee.)

4. Print Your Best Moments for Safe Keeping
What's the point of taking great photos if they sit on your devices and you never look at them again? As you sift through and categorize years of photos, print the ones you love. So many places offer custom photo books, and that's a great way to keep an annual record of your best images. Create a calendar of your favorite images to enjoy all year. There are so many attractive display options that won't break the bank. 

For a stunning addition to your coffee table, sum up each year with an annual photo book of your best shots. Or, stay organized year-round by creating a custom calendar, selecting one great seasonal photo for each month. You choose the starting month, so you can order any time.

5. Change Your Mindset on Images
Now that you've put in the work to organize and declutter your images, you may want to adjust your photo taking habits. Try not to be a "spray and pray" shooter wildly taking random shots. Instead, you may want to pause for a moment, make small adjustments to your lighting, angles, and background are better. By taking a few moments on the front end of shooting, you'll spend less time sorting and purging photos and more time enjoying them.   


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Wedding Invitations - What Happens When You Send Invites to Celebrities https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2019/6/wedding-invitations---what-happens-when-you-send-invites-to-celebrities Wedding TipsWedding Tips

Let’s invite some interesting people to your wedding! 


No doubt you have carefully crafted your guest list and mailed out the invites months in advance of your wedding, and you have a few to save as mementos. Now take some of the extras (I know you planned for this anyway) and send them to folks and see what happens. 


Here’s a quick list of the favorite places to send wedding invitations. When we were married in 1994, we invited President Clinton and his family and received a lovely card with a stamped signature. (It’s packed away with other ephemera from 25-years ago.) 


Here are the addresses for the President of the United States, the Queen, Mickey and Minnie Mouse for Florida and California, and Cinderella and Prince Charming. If you are inviting other celebrities, locate the best address for fan mail and send your invitation there.


The President and Mrs.President’s last name (If we’re ever smart enough to elect a woman, Madame President and Mr. _____ is suitable) 
The White House
Greetings Office Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500


The Secretary to Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II
Buckingham Palace
London, England SW1A 1AA


Mickey and Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


Or alternately: 

Guest Letters
Letters to Mickey Mouse
P.O. Box 10040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0010


Cinderella and Prince Charming
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830


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Lovely Lana the Boxer 12.0 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2019/5/lovely-lana-the-boxer Lana the Boxer - 12.0

Lana the Boxer - Senior Souls

Lana the Boxer - Senior Souls

Lana the Boxer - Senior Souls

Meet Lovely Lana the Boxer at age 12.0. She (and her owner, Dianne) are grand! Lana, like all the dogs I've had the privilege of photographing has so much love to share. I enjoy spending time with all the seniors.  


Lana the Boxer is part of my personal project to capture Senior Souls in photographs. As you might imagine, this project is both rewarding and bittersweet. Some of the dogs and horses in the project I have known for years, and some are new friends. Let me know if you would like to participate in the Senior Souls Project. 



The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary (BWS) is over 500 acres of wetland and upland with a boardwalk through the sanctuary extending from a parking area along Lexington Avenue North through both wetland and upland habitats to connect the existing paved trail to East Lake Park. This was the first time I had been the the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary, but it won't be the last time.   

#BlaineWetlandSanctuary | #BWSBugs | #BWSBlooms | #BWSInsects | #BWSWildlife


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I Want to be a Professional Photographer https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/i-want-to-be-a-professional-photographer Camera - PixabayCamera - Pixabay

Since this is mostly an animal photography page, perhaps I should have called this post Legal Beagles 


Are you considering "going pro" in the photo/video biz? Good for you! Let's get you started on the right foot right from the get-go. Is that enough buzz words yet? 


Liability Protection - yes, you do need to have these in place even if you think you have nothing someone would want to go after. Being a sole proprietor offers zero protection for you, go with the LLC or Corporation options instead. (That's my years of working with the SBA's Small Business Development Center clients talking, and yes, you do need that protection.)


Branding - there is plenty of information about branding available and one of the most critical times to get this right is on the front end of your business. Again, save yourself a lot of pain and do this right on the front end. You want to protect your business name, logo, slogans and any classes you develop. 


Where should I start? Glad you asked! 

Start with a flexible name - if your name is unique, you could use that alone as your name. If your name is "Mary Smith" that may not be unique enough. (Sorry, Mary.)  Once you think you have a name, do the proper searches to make sure you have the right name. Also, check trademarks to be sure you're in the clear there too. Register your information, copyrights, logos and trademarks, the cost will vary depending on where you live, but plan on somewhere between $200-$300. 


Once you have decided on a name, do the proper searches to be sure your name is available. 

  • Start with a Google Search (this is the best starting point, use other search engines too, but start with Google.)
  • Set up a Google Alert to check for names, trademarks, slogans, et cetera
  • Check Social Media handles and make sure they are available
  • Check on USPTO.gov 
  • Pay an attorney to do a visceral search
  • Check variations of your potential name

Once you have done your due diligence on the naming and registering your business, there comes more paperwork, and yes, it's important too. 


Things you'll want to have on hand to protect you and your work. 

  • Contract for your photo shoots 
  • Model release for the people in your shoots 
  • Property release for famous pets 
  • Print release
  • Privacy Policy 


When you send contracts/paperwork to clients, follow these guidelines, and you'll be ahead of the game. 

  • Have the documents drafted by an attorney
  • Get your contracts in writing 
  • Use digital signatures 
  • Do NOT use auto countersign
  • NEVER send an editable document (If you would like to hear some horror stories about this, ask me when you see me.)



This information should get you started on your path to success. Please let me know if you have questions or if you have a tip to share. 


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Metropolis: Home of Superman https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2019/4/metropolis-home-of-superman Superman the Man of Steel with me and the dogs in Metropolis Illinois Superman the Man of Steel with me and the dogs in Metropolis Illinois

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's Superman! 


Metropolis is the official "Hometown of Superman" according to DC Comics and the Illinois State Legislature. Our visit showed that the town had embraced its comic-book fame with the Super Museum and 15-foot bronze Superman statue in the middle of Superman Square. Close to the Square is a figure of Lois Lane as portrayed by actress Noel Neill. The local paper? The Metropolis Planet. (Not quite the Daily Planet, but close!)  


Metropolis, Massac, Illinois is located along the Ohio River and is most easily accessible via Paducah, Kentucky. (If you like quilting, there's a museum in Paducah for you!) We saw plenty of Superman references in Kentucky too, but he may be more of an adopted son there. 


When you visit Metropolis, be sure to head over to the photogenic statue of the Man of Steel and create a memory. You'll notice the superhero stands atop a pedestal promoting "Truth - Justice - The American Way" and not lost on our group, the Massac County Courthouse is right behind him. Take advantage of the quick-change telephone booth (kids, ask your grandparents) and the "offices" of the Daily Planet newspaper. If you're in the area in June, there is a Superman Celebration, focusing on the Man of Steel's crime-fighting efforts. 


We stopped through town three separate times on the way to the Florida Invitational Dog Shows, and on the third trip were able to see the most extensive collection of Superman artifacts and memorabilia anywhere at the Super Museum. (517 Market Street 618/524-5518. There are statues right by the museum ($5) and gift shop to up your social media ante. 


Photos from our stop in Metropolis. We shot everything with our iPhones - the best camera is the one you have with you. 

Sidenote: Metropolis, Massac, Illinois is also associated with another famous figure: Robert Franklin Stroud, (January 28, 1890 – November 21, 1963) better known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz," who is buried in the Masonic Cemetery. Stroud was a convicted murdered, federal prisoner and author who has been cited as one of the most notorious criminals in the United States.  


Pet Friendly Lodging: We have stayed at several places in Paducah, Kentucky area (These are on the list) because it is midpoint between Minneapolis and Orlando. I have no relationship with these businesses -- although I'm not opposed to that -- this information is provided to help you travel with your dogs.  

  • Holiday Inn Express | 2179 East 5th St, Metropolis, IL 62962 | 618/524-8899 | PET POLICY (Always check with the property to be sure this information is still accurate.) 
    • Pets Allowed
    • Service Animals ALlowed 
    • Pet Walking Area on-site
    • Pet Fee per night $20
    • Undisclosed pets $150 fee
  • La Quinta | This is a pet friendly hotel but under the new ownership of Wyndham they do charge a pet fee. This hotel charges $20 per room per night for pets with a max charge per stay of $40 applied to the guest folio. Limited pet-free rooms are available. Contact the hotel directly for policy details and to confirm room availability. ADA-defined service animals are welcome with no additional fee.
  • Drury Hotels | There are 3 options in Paducah, A Drury Inn & Suites, Drury Inn and Pear Tree Inn. All are pet friendly with a fee. The link will take you to the hotel pageso you may select with of their hotels you prefer and the pet fees.   



Points of Interest in the Metropolis and Paducah Area

Barkley Regional Airport   Bluegrass Downs Standardbred Harness Racetrack   Downtown Paducah   Kentucky Lake  
Kentucky Oaks Mall   Lake Barkley   LowerTown Arts District   Luther F Carson Four Rivers Center  
National Quilt Museum   Patti's 1880's Settlement 



As I child I was fortunate to live in New York City and was able to go see the Superman set and "fly" on top of the blocks with the fan blowing my hair. I found this television show intro and hope you enjoy it. (No it's not me "flying" but that would have been great!


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Technology has helped all of us to be potential photographers and cinematographers. The issue with all of us being shooters is quality. Follow these tips to avoid mistakes and make the most of your creative opportunities. 

I encourage my clients to use their mobile devices to capture behind-the-scenes peeks of their office, business, industry events, and trade shows. I'm always encouraging spur-of-the-moment videos for their social media presence too. I do go through some training basics with them because making a quality video isn't as easy as pointing and shooting. 

These tips will help you create better content whether your filming only for yourself or to promote your business.  

  1. Landscape or Portrait? Orient yourself! I learned years ago when I had my first smartphone and recorded a fantastic video of a hail storm that was broadcast on NBC in portrait mode. Heck, we all have to start someplace! That particular video shot in landscape format would have been more compelling, although it was still pretty impressive if I do say so myself. I know lots of apps shoot in vertical format, but you'll like your video much better if you film in landscape mode which is more like a film.  
  2. Count to Ten As a general rule, plan on holding your shots for at least ten seconds to give yourself enough footage for what you want to show in your scene. Did you ever see Mr. Rogers show children how long a minute lasts? Practice how long 10-seconds is, so you have enough video to edit. You'll always be able to cut things out if your video is too long, but there's no way to add more once you've left the shoot.  
  3. Don't Make Us Sick Thinking about panning and zooming? Take some time to practice those skills, so you don't make your viewers sick. Dating myself now when I recall a friend's spouse with a brand new video camera filming from the passenger seat while the vehicle was in motion and then proceeded to pan and zoom. Air sickness bags would have been a welcomed addition to the screening! When you are filming in movement, picture how your eyes look at the world. As you scan an area, you're most likely looking at one image at a time whether you move your eyes only or your entire head. 
  4. Steady Eddie Try to keep your shots as stable as possible by using a tripod or a Gimbel to improve your filming. Do everything you can do to improve your film quality. 
  5. Shoot in sequence Shooting in sequence will make your life easier when you're editing - or really easy if you aren't doing any editing. Remember the basics to visual storytelling, wide shot to set the scene, step in closer for the medium shot, then shoot your close up portrait shot. Let's shoot video of a dog (or pony) trotting. The wide shot is the scene (show us where you are at), now move in for the medium shot and show the dog's body, finally do your close up portrait shot with the dog's happy face. Now that you have this starter sequence adjust your angle and shoot a similar sequence. Shoot from above, below, straight in front, straight behind, full side shot, anything works for variety, and this is time for you to have some fun creating shots.  
  6. Set the stage for interviews Are you interviewing people for your film? Put them in front of a background that enhances your story. Anyone can stand in front of a door, and that could happen anywhere. Position your subject in a place that is relevant to your story. For example, if the interview is about safety around horses, have some horses in an attractive background shot and then show them in safety equipment around and on a horse. 

    If you only have one mobile device for recording audio, get in close to your subject for the best chance at quality audio. If you have a friend helping, you could use their phone to record sound in an audio file. You could also use a microphone that is compatible with your device to up your audio ante. 

    If you have a Hollywood style clapboard, clap that before your scenes to mark for editing and syncing. Don't have a clapboard? Clap your hands together once in front of the camera before you start your scenes.  
  7. Framing Your Subject Check your background when your filming - no one wants to see a lamppost or tree growing out of their head. Use the "Rule of Thirds" as you film your interview by leaving enough talking space and headroom for your subject. Remember we're shooting horizontally, so one-third of the frame should appear above the person’s eye line. The second one-third should cover the person’s face and shoulder area. Leaving the bottom one-third for the person’s upper body. When shooting an interview with the person looking off screen, leave about a third of the screen in front of the person to create talking space. This open space should be in the direction the interviewee is looking. 
  8. Quiet on the Set! There's a reason directors call for quiet on the set; unintended noise can ruin a great shot. Audio should be used to enhance and help tell the story, not detract from the video. You always want to capture the best sound possible, especially when you are interviewing someone. Your device will pick up almost everything on the microphone, and you won't be able to edit that out. Best tip? Keep your mouth shut while you're filming. 

Did you like and use any of these tips? If so, please share your high-quality videos with me! 



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How to Become a Visual Storyteller

Most travelers seem to have a camera or a phone in hand, ready to capture everything (and it sometimes looks like absolutely everything) they come across. You may feel a sense of urgency to record your travels. You may be wondering if you'll ever return, will you ever see a moment like that again, and want to be sure you're capturing the "right" moments. 

By making and sharing more intentional photos, we're able to tell a better visual story. Your images won't sit on somewhere on your phone or a storage drive but will be shared, seen and appreciated. 

Tell A Story
Your story may only need one image to convey your experiences, but it's more likely that you'll be creating a storyline. Think back to your creative writing classes in school; visual storytelling has the same aspects. 

  1. Start with a wide shot to set the stage for your story. This shot should be compelling. 
  2. Your next shot is a medium range to create a more intimate atmosphere.
  3. Now create detail or close up shot.  
  4. If you include pets or people, the next shot in the sequence is a portrait to capture the emotion of your subject. 

This sequence will help you move your story along and also enables you to get the shots that will tell your tale. As you shoot these images remember you are capturing the story as it unfolds in front of you rather than setting the stage. Work at seeing the story as it reveals itself and create the images as they make sense to you. 





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What are your photo sessions like? https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/10/what-are-your-photo-sessions-like Welcome Sign WelcomeWelcome to Kathleen Riley Photography

Welcome and thank you for visiting Kathleen Riley Photography!

What's it like to work with me? When you work with me, your photo sessions are fun, casual and relaxed - fair warning, you may end up laughing a lot so sore sides are often part of the experience. Most importantly, we know animals and your animals are in complete control of the photography session.  

How long does the session last? Full photoshoot sessions generally last about one hour, but there is no strict time limit. We really mean it when we say your pets are in complete control of the session, and we know how to get the best results with the most straightforward approach.  

We're here to help you and your loved ones have a wonderful experience! Please let me know if you have questions or concerns. 

Looking forward to meeting you soon! 


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Pet Pics with Ol' Saint Nick 

Most of us probably have those great looking photos of us sitting with a mall Santa crying, screaming or fidgeting and attempting an escape.  Even with those, it's still hard to resist the trip to see Kris Kringle, and it's even harder for us with our pets! 


Pet pics with Saint Nick have the potential to be a fun and yes, even a magical way to get your holidays started, and if you're like us, that image is on your holiday cards too. 


Planning for posing your pet with Santa is similar to preparing for children's photos with Santa and if you have a checklist and some preparation the day should go well. 


Costumes are weird 
Let's face it, Santa can be intimidating if your pets (and children) don't see people dressed up. If you pets are uncomfortable, you can always practice being Santa at home and take photos there too. Your pets may benefit from calming treats before heading to the photo session to reduce any anxiety they may have.  


Socialization is important 
Your dogs should get out and about and have practice with good manners in public settings. If your dog is perfect at home, it doesn't mean those skills transfer to the world. Some animals are timid, spooky, barky and some are painfully shy when meeting people. Practice meeting strangers all the time and to enhance the stranger experience they could give your dogs some of their favorite treats. Being comfortable around strangers will help your dog be successful with Santa too. 


How is your dog around other dogs? If your dog isn't comfortable and under control, you may want to have a crate handy to help keep your dog calm while waiting. Prevent your dog from racing up to other dogs and getting in their face, no matter how much your dog wants to meet other dogs; other dogs don't like that behavior.  


Dressed Up Dogs 
When your dog is visiting Santa, you may want to get a seasonal collar, reindeer antlers or even an outfit to fit the festivities. Those little touches help bring back fond memories every time you look at the photos. If your dog is dressed up in a costume, be sure to take time and practice with the outfit at home enough before going to the photo shoot, so your dog is comfortable. Put the outfit on just before it's your turn with Santa so the clothes stay clean and your pet stays comfortable. 


Your dog will look best when groomed before the photo shoot. For breeds that visit a dog groomer ask how long before the photos they should have their styling. If you're giving a bath before the shoot, usually 3-5 days ahead is a good guideline. Bring a brush along, so your dog looks their best. 


Walk the Dog 
Walking your dog before the session will help take some of the edge off, so they are more relaxed during the photo shoot. Walking is beneficial for you and your dog, and Santa will appreciate having a calm dog on the photo set. 


Strike a Pose
Bring the "Good Stuff" to the Santa session. Delicious, high-value treats will help your shoot go well.


You want treats that are interesting enough that your pet wants to work for them and small enough that eating them doesn't fill up your pet.  I usually have some high-quality treats on hand but not all dogs like all treats. If your dog prefers a particular treat, bring those along. The best treats for photo shoots are small, soft and stinky. No crunchy treats during the shoot, they aren't smelly enough, are messy and take too long to eat. 


Does your dog have a favorite toy? Bring some along. Favorite toys give your dog something to focus on and let their personality shine through. 
Bringing some favorite toys along gives your pet something familiar to focus on, and be more “himself” during the shoot. Is there a toy that has special meaning to you? Bring it along to include in the photos. Bring the toys out when they are needed. If your dog is extraordinarily toy motivated it may be best to wait to show the toy, so we don't lose their attention. 


Squeaky Toys are great to capture expressions, but timing and amount of squeaks are critical to success. One single squeak at the right time makes the image, but it only works when it is unexpected. Continually squeaking toys will cause your dog to lose interest and the reactions we are all hoping for vanish. I know the most beneficial times for exciting sounds to get your dog looking fantastic. 


The same theory applies for trigger words, use them sparingly and be prepared to take direction on where to stand when you say them to create what we want. 


My Eye versus Your Eye - what I see through the lens is different than what you are seeing. You'll get direction on what I need to get those great shots, and it will be fun too! 


What else should you bring? Anything that you want to have included in the images. Pet outfits, ties, scarves, bandanas, and costumes. If your dog likes to drool, please bring a rag to wipe off their mouth.  


Safety Tips for Santa Pet Pictures
When visiting Santa with your dog, specific safety tips are essential to keep the experience enjoyable for you, your pet, the wranglers and Santa. It's vital for your pet to feel comfortable, and it's equally important for the wranglers and others to feel safe and relaxed while working with your pet on the set.  

Here are a few things to keep in mind for picture day:

  1. Use a Leash, Harness or Carrier. Even if you trust your pet to behave off-leash, other pets may not. It’s always a good idea to keep your pet restrained both for their safety and the safety of others around them. Cats should also be on a leash or harness in case something frightens her.  
  2. Teach Your Pet Basic Commands. You'll have better photos with Santa if your dogs know basic commands like "Sit," "Wait," "Off" and "Stay."  Not all pets want to sit on Santa's lap; it's perfectly fine if they're going to sit on the floor in front of Santa. If your dog still isn't sure about sitting next to the man in the red suit, ask Santa to drop some yummy treats on the floor to help your dog feel more comfortable sitting on the set. 
  3. Dress up. Just in case you end up in the photo with your dog because they can’t get it together, make sure you wear something you wouldn’t mind seeing in a photograph. 


Looking forward to seeing you and your pets! 


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Draft Horses plowing a Minnesota Field 2018 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/5/draft-horses-plowing-a-minnesota-field-2018 Draft horses plowing a field near St Cloud, Stearns County, Minnesota. A century ago, draft horses, mules, and oxen were almost everywhere, providing a practical, dependable, and renewable power source for pioneer-era industries such as agriculture, railway building, large-scale excavation and earthmoving, mining, logging, and road construction. In fact, before 1910, at least 90 percent of all public works, agriculture, and resource industries relied on “horse power” to complete jobs both large and small.


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2018 Minnesota Horse Person of the Year from Kathleen Riley Daniels on Vimeo.

I was lucky enough to be able to spend Sunday morning at the 2018 Minnesota Horse Expo to take photos of Horse Person of the Year, Karen Clark. As an added bonus, her father, Orv Volkmann, was in attendance and shared the limelight with his daughter. This beautiful Percheron hitch belongs to Young Living Essential Oils Percheron Exhibition Hitch and the very talented driver is Jason Goodman. The behind the scenes team was fantastic too, knowledgeable, polite, professional and personable. 

More photos from Minnesota Horse Expo are on my website, check them out! 


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Share your photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2018/3/share-your-photography

Things I recommend sharing online

  1. Photography
  2. Art
  3. Genealogy Research

There are more, but these are ones that you and others will benefit from sharing.

It's Scary Out There

Yes, It certainly can be daunting to put your heart and soul out there, but do it anyway! One of the best ways to improve as a photographer (or artist or genealogist) is to share your work in public. You'll find other photographers and learn from them (contact me if you don't know any others, hey, it's a start) and again improve your own photography. 

Share like you're in kindergarten 

Be confident that sharing will make you feel good. Remember those school days where you shared with your classmates and it made you feel good? Same thins applies to sharing your images. People will like them, some will tell you they like them and you'll feel better. Yes, there will be the occasional nay sayer that will want to pick your photos apart, but they're few and far between, so steel your will and get those images out there. As you share, you'll push yourself to share better photos and that will help you take some risks and find new locations and techniques. Let people know you want to expand your horizons when you share. Don't worry, you'll like it! 

Share to become humble

People will critique your work -- whether you want them to or not -- and it will be fine. Constructive criticism will help you refine and enhance your skills and less thoughtful criticism will teach you resilience. (Yes, there may be some days that you won't want any more resilience! Share anyway!) You'll learn a tremendous amount from people and if you use the input to improve what you are putting out into the world you are still the winner. 

Start Sharing Now! 

Not sure where to start sharing? Facebook and Instagram are good options. If you're sharing on Facebook make your image public - be brave, you can do it! If you want to share a link to your images in the comments, please do! Or head over to Facebook and share your photos in a comment on my photo page






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I want you to feel good about your photography! 

I've been spending more time teaching people how to shoot/create images and how to edit those same images and one thing runs through all those pieces. New photographers (and sometimes old ones too) lack confidence in their images. While sitting next to a woman with a brand new Nikon at a dog show, she wondered if she should get a Canon instead because it would shoot better images. 

Compare Yourself to Yourself 

I'll caution you on comparing yourself to others - don't. Compare yourself to yourself and continue learning from every image you shoot. Some are going to be winners and some will be duds, but that's how you learn. 

You are the best benchmark for your photography. I dug through my archives to show you some images from my first digital cameras - it was interesting to see how far I have come. (At least I hope I have shown improvement!) I can see the adjustments in focal points, better ability to catch movement, getting the personalities to shine through. All pieces that make me happier with what I'm creating today. 


Yes, I'm calling it envy but it could just as easily be lens envy or gear envy. So many people have commented on my lenses when we are out shooting and I often let them hold and shoot what I have with me. Most times they comment about how heavy it is and how do you do this all day. I usually follow that up by sharing how the best camera/lens you can have is the one you have with you. I have taken some wonderful images with cellphones, "throw away" cameras and even Polaroids. It's all about using what you have unless you have unlimited funds, then you can have anything gear-wise but you'll still want to learn how to shoot. Strive to get the best images possible with the equipment you have. 

Be True To Yourself 

You have fans, even if right now they are only your family and friends on Facebook and Instagram. Every "Like" is affirmation that you are producing images that someone likes. Stay true to your vision and your "fans" while being consistent an keep doing what you're doing. It will start to fall into place and you'll be happy you kept moving forward. 

Know Why You're Take Photographs

Why are you picking up the camera? Are you taking photos of your pets, children, family, travel? Are you wanting to stay a hobbyist or become a professional? There are lots of good reasons to take photos and if you know what inspires you, you'll be a lot happier with the images you create. 

Sharing is Caring

Get your images out there for people to see. You'll likely get compliments and some critiques, take both of those gracefully. Every comment should be viewed as an opportunity to learn more about making your images shine. More sharing leads to more improvement and then when you reflect on your images you'll be happy to see how you're improving. 


As promised, images from 2011 





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I enjoy it when people underestimate me - especially keyboard warriors. Today someone who has no clue what wrangling is about decided it would be a good choice to bully and belittle me about that job description when it included butterfly wrangler. The video is what the end result of butterfly wrangling looks like - it took hours and hours to get the right timing for keeping butterflies warm enough to fly, fed enough to have energy to fly and repeatedly netting them to do it all over again. The set was surrounded with a mesh netting that worked pretty well to capture them but if I were to do it again, a shorter "ceiling" net would be helpful. While we were awaiting our call, we worked with a butterfly expert to learn proper handling techniques from removing them from their shipping envelopes to warming them up and catching them. For filming, we are only allowed to use Monarch butterflies and they were shipped in from a California butterfly ranch. Once we were done with this particular shoot, these butterflies were released to migrate. 

Wikipedia has a decent description of what a wrangler does - and yes, I wrangler more than butterflies. 

In North America, a wrangler is someone employed to handle animals professionally, especially horses, but sometimes other types of animals as well. The word "wrangler" is derived from the Low German "wrangeln" meaning "to dispute" or "to wrestle." It was first documented in 1377. Its use as a noun was first recorded in 1547. Its reference to a "person in charge of horses or cattle" or "herder" was first recorded in 1888.

Wranglers also handle the horses and other animals during the making of motion pictures. A dude-wrangler is a cowboy or guide that takes non-wranglers and non-cowboys (dudes) on western riding horseback trips.

In the film industry, a wrangler is also one who professionally searches for and/or handles particular products on film and television programs, and music videos, such as custom cars or animals.






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It's a GREAT idea to shoot your own stock images so you have exactly what you are looking for, but sometimes that isn't an option. There are lots out there and I've written about 5 FREE Stock Photo Sites before.  

Before you go wildly downloading images to use, be sure to read the licensing and rules and be certain you're willing to work with those. Do NOT search for an image and download it for your project - using search engine images without proper licensing / permission is wrong and illegal. Don't steal other people's work. 

Here are some to get you started

Captured By Carrie this site has animals, objects, textures and backgrounds. There are single items and bundles and the prices are good. Most of what is on this site is already extracted so that will save you time!  

PixelSquid has design ready objects that let you to unleash your creativity. Improve the efficiency of your workflow with photo-real objects available at any angle with perfect transparency.

Freeimages FREE has lots of free images for you to use. Some are higher quality than others, but there are lots and lots to select from so you should have something that works for your project. 

Adobe Stock single images start at about $10 ($9.99 like Macy's Bargain Basement) and there are subscriptions available too. The photos are beautiful and you'll be able to preview them first before purchasing to see if they work for you.

Unsplash FREE high-resolution images for you to use. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

Creative Market ready to use designs to help you get your creative on! Ready to use graphics, fonts, themes, photos and more starting at $2.

Pexels FREE All photos on Pexels are free for any personal and commercial purpose. All photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose.

Morgue File - FREE photos for commercial use. 

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BlogPiks - Thanks to Stuart Miles for sharing this site in the comments. Free Images For Your Blog, Website, Social Media Or Presentation. 



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Indian relay is America’s oldest sport. It dates back over 400 years to when the horse was first reintroduced to the native cultures of the Americas. The Professional Indian Horse Racing Association, PIHRA, is the organizing body of Indian Relay and represents over 50 Indian Relay teams and events. 

Indian Relay Racing Competitors Indian Relay Racing Competitors






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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association | Winona Horse Photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-winona-horse-photos

We always enjoy going to Winona for dog and horse shows - life really is a dog and pony show! The city of Winona is located in Winona County in the State of Minnesota. The area is picturesque with bluffs soaring up along the Mississippi River. The most recognizable of the bluffs is Sugar Loaf. The town's name is said to have been the name of the first-born daughter of Chief Wapasha III. This isn't a huge town with a population of about 28,000 that increases during the school year as students arrive at Winona State University and St Mary's. 

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Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2017/1/rose-the-german-shepherd-dog-des-moines-iowa-pet-photos Meet Rose the German Shepherd Dog! 

Rose the German Shepherd Dog Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos

Trips to Iowa dog shows have been few and far between the past several years and I was really glad to be able to get there for the 2016 Autumn shows. Added bonus, this lovely German Shepherd Dog attained her AKC Champion title at this show and we were able to celebrate with a photo shoot. Rose turned out to be a wonderful poser and we got some really fun images of her at the Iowa State Fairgrounds

Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos Rose the German Shepherd Dog Rose the German Shepherd Dog | Des Moines Iowa Pet Photos

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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association Carnival of Color https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/11/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-carnival-of-color

The Kathleen Riley Photography team are professional photographers who mainly photograph dogs, horses and the people that love them. (It really is a dog and pony show!) Yes, we do private photos shoots too! 


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What to do with your old photographs https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-to-do-with-your-old-photographs  




What should you do with all those photographs? The easiest thing to do is keep only the very best ones. Any photos that are out of focus, too dark, too light, or are not making you happy should go. (This applies to printed photos as well as your digital images.) 


If you're wondering what are the best images, keep in mind that they may not be the posed portrait images. You may have favorites that show people living their lives. For us, it often involves dogs, horses, funny faces, sticking our head through themed cut outs. You'll know the ones that make you feel good. 


Share your images with people! Family and friends appreciate getting images, and I've been known to send old photos off with notes that instruct people to keep them. 


Make you life, and those of people you love, easier. Label all your images on the back with names, dates, locations and other important information if you know it. There are specially made pencils for writing on the back of photographs, or use a soft lead (#2) pencil. Family Tree Magazine has some additional tips at their site too. 


When you are writing people's names on the back of images, be sure to use their actual names. Grandpa may make sense to you, but down the road that won't be helpful to other people. List them by first and last name and if you want to make genealogy folks happy, list women by First Name (Maiden Last Name) Married Last Name. 


Boxes of Photos - I love this for family members, and children in particular. Toss your best labeled images into an archival box and mark the outside with the person's name and the date range of the images. Simpler than keeping up on photo albums and easily transported when your child moves to their own place. 


Movies - okay, not really a photo, but you will want to take your old film and get it updated to a more modern alternative. Right now that is DVDs, and it will provably change, but having backups is a good plan. 


What are your favorite tips for preserving your photos? 

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Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/camp-tanadoona---excelsior-minnesota Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota Camp Tanadoona Excelsior Minnesota

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The Burwell House in Minnetonka – 13209 E. McGinty Rd, Minnetonka https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-burwell-house-in-minnetonka-13209-e-mcginty-rd-minnetonka

The Charles H. Burwell House is an historic house museum in Minnetonka, Hennepin, Minnesota. Built in 1883 by Charles Henry Burwell (1838–1917) for his second wife and their growing family. The land was purchased for $1,000.00 and the house was built for about $3,260.00. It is said the home's design was found in the Palliser's American Cottage catalog and is in the Carpenter Gothic/Stick style architecture. 

Burwell was the secretary and manager of the Minnetonka Mills Company, the first mill west of Minneapolis, founded in 1874 and ending with the demise of the mills in 1886. The Minnetonka Mills area was the first permanent Euro-American settlement in Hennepin County which is located to the west of Minneapolis. This property on Minnehaha Creek, including the house and two outbuildings, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

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Genealogy and History - Glen Lake Sanatorium https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/3/genealogy-and-history---glen-lake-sanatorium Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees done in wet plate treatment by Kathleen Riley Photography, Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees Glen Lake Sanatorium Pine Trees at what was once the entrance. A sanatorium (also spelled sanitorium and sanitarium) is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB) before antibiotics.

Glen Lake Sanatorium was originally a tuberculosis treatment center serving Hennepin County in Minnesota. The facility was opened on 4 January 1916, with a capacity of 50 patients. The sanatorium had its own post office, and the mailing address was Glen Lake Sanatorium, Oak Terrace, Minnesota, and remained that until the surrounding area was incorporated into the City of Minnetonka. The sanatorium became a state-operated nursing home in 1961, but cared for tuberculosis patients until 1976. My mother, sister, and numerous friends were dedicated volunteers at "The San" when it was a nursing home. The buildings were demolished in 1992 with the exception of two summer camp buildings in Eden Prairie, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Related books and movies

  • Minnesota author Frederick Manfred was a patient at Glen Lake Sanatorium from 1940 to 1942. While there he met his future wife and fellow patient, Maryanna Shorba. Manfred later fictionalized his stay in the book Boy Almighty, published under his given name of Feike Feikema.
  • Dr. Harry Wilmer, coincidentally a roommate of Frederick Manfred at Glen Lake Sanatorium, wrote Huber the Tuber which was published by the National Tuberculosis Association in 1942. It was used in educational campaigns against tuberculosis. 
  • The opening black and white sequence of Untamed Heart was filmed at Glen Lake Sanatorium shortly before it was demolished. In the movie, it represented the Catholic orphanage in which Christian Slater's character grew up. The bedside scene was filmed in the Children's Building and the other scene took place in the main first-floor hallway of the Administration Building. At the time of filming, the working title was "Baboon Heart."
  • The video documentary From Beginning to End: Glen Lake Sanatorium and Oak Terrace Nursing Home was produced in 1990 as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Sanatorium. The video, produced at Paragon Cable Studios by Steve Perkins, Mary Krugerud, and Colleen Spadaccini, is available for viewing at the Hennepin [County] History Museum. 
  • "A Girl at a Tuberculosis Sanatorium" recounts the story of Theresa Ledermann, who was 13 years old when she entered Glen Lake Sanatorium for what turned out to be a four-year stay. 
  • San Memories, a collection of photographs and oral histories, was published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the opening of Glen Lake Sanatorium. 
  • "The Christian Family's Fight Against Tuberculosis" details the many efforts of George Christian and his family to use their personal wealth to improve the care and treatment of people with TB.

Additional Resources from The State of Minnesota 

Video about the Glen Lake Children's Camp 

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5 Free Stock Photo Sites https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/5-free-stock-photo-sites FREE Stock Image Sources from Kathleen Riley Photography

In addition to photography, I help businesses with marketing, social media and branding and I like to make use of free resources for designs in addition to my own work. Yes, there are times I don't have everything I need!

First big tip on finding images. When you do an Internet search, those photos that show up aren't necessarily free for you to use. Make sure to check the image license so you know you are okay to use it for your projects. Not sure from the license if you can use it? Contact the photographer. Be sure to check Creative Commons for various licensing options too, knowledge is power.

Flickr so many images! Some of mine are on Flickr too and it's a great place to get seen and have some recognition too. Want to get really specific with your searches, you'll be able to do keywords, colors, shape, minimum size, license, and more. License: Check each image for the license as they vary, some are high resolution.

Pixabay doesn’t provide as many images as Flickr, but it more than makes up for it with quality and restriction-free licensing. Pixabay’s images are released under a CC0 license, which means the creators have ceded all rights to their work. License:  Creative Commons 0 (CC0), high resolution images.

Gratisography Ryan McGuire cracks me up and I hope you'll love his work too! His site offers lots of mainstream images but where I spend my time is loving his sense of humor and it shines through in “whimsical” category. Have you ever thought about how to use a man in a suit wielding a banana as a gun? Okay, maybe I'm weirder than you are, but I want to find lots of ways to use that image! License: CC0 and high resolution. 

Free Food Photos this one is great for those of you wanting to make your own food posts and pins. Images are yours for personal or commercial use as long as you provide attribution and don't resell them as stock photos. License: Creative Commons, read more about their licensing here. Images are high resolution.

Skitterphoto unique photos and some even have tales about how and where the picture was taken. Some you'll likely recognize and some will be fresh and wonderful. License: CC0 and they are high resolution.

Do you have a favorite stock image site that we missed? Be sure to let us know!



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Valentine's Day Pet Photos 2016 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/valentines-day-pet-photos What a fun day seeing all the dogs (and their people too) and getting these fun "Love" shots. Thank you to Pet Stuff in Minnetonka Minnesota for the space and to all the excellent wranglers for getting dogs in the right places at the right time.

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Pet Valentine Sweetheart Photos Saturday Feb 6th in Minnetonka https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/2/pet-valentine-sweetheart-photos-saturday-feb-6th-in-minnetonka

Valentine’s Day comes early at Pet Stuff of Minnetonka and we would love to meet you and your pets and see what makes them special! Pets of all types are invited to the store at 14731 Excelsior Blvd for photos with a Valentine’s Day theme on February 6, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

WHAT:  Valentine’s Day / Sweetheart themed pet photos

WHO:  Kathleen Riley Photography and Put Stuff of Minnetonka

WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016 || 11:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: Pet Stuff Minnetonka || 14731 Excelsior Blvd || Minnetonka, MN 55345 || 952.930.9383

CONTRIBUTION:  A $20 suggested donation for the digital image which will be posted online at Kathleen Riley Photography and delivered electronically. (Additional items will be available for purchase.) Profits will be used to purchase pet food to donate to the ICA Food Shelf. 

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3 Tips for creating better family portraits https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/3-tips-for-creating-better-family-portraits Sara (one of our talented shooters) and her children Laughter is good medicine. Having your personality shine through is what makes me happy in a photo shoot. I want to work with you to make something that you want to show to people and share with your family and friends. 

Some tips on getting those timeless shots?

  1. Push your forehead toward the camera. Pushing your forehead forward helps your jawline and neck look their best. Does it feel unnatural? Why yes, yes it does, but do it anyway. 
  2. Squint Eastwood. See what I did there? It probably gave you the great visual, unless you are too young to know who Clint Eastwood is... Be like Clint and squint your lower lids a little, you'll look great. 
  3. Laughter is good medicine. I'm great at getting people to interact and chuckle and sometimes we go full guffaw on shoots. The trick is talking and talking and talking some more. The art of conversation is a wonderful tool for getting great portraits. 

Bonus tip: when shooting with children start out by saying "Let's go to the park and have some fun!" It's a great mood setter and reminds everyone that this isn't brain surgery or rocket science. 

Take a look at the Orr family from our morning in Anoka, Minnesota along the Mississippi River, we had a lot of fun and the boys invited me to breakfast when we were down shooting -- now that's a great indicator that the day went well. This family was so fun!


Orr Family Video || Family Photographer Anoka Minnesota || Kathleen Riley Photography ||


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Dogs || Chinook Dogs https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/dogs-chinook-dogs Chinook Dogs || Kathleen Riley Photography || Dog Photographer ||

We have had Chinooks since the early 1990s and it is a breed I have come to really love. I've included two photos in the snow and an old timey video from Archive.org (a great resource for historical information on all kinds of topics) Hope you enjoy the video!


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Children || Fun Weekend Activities https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/children-fun-weekend-activities Children || Kathleen Riley Photography || Minneapolis-St Paul Children's Photographer

I've been working on ideas that let children have fun and have some wonderful photographs with memories of the events. Even though these events are geared to children, I think adults could do the same thing and that might create some amazing images too. Let's create an event for you today!

  • Outdoor Saturday Rock and Roll Camp with a performance at the end.
  • "Mountain Climbing" at a local hill while telling mountaineering tales. Show a climbing movie at the end of the day.
  • Writing camp to help develop their inner author.
  • Photography camp to let them experience what a photographer does and cap it off with an exhibit or performance.
  • Farm visits - a day in the country to experience life on a farm.
  • Farm cooking trip - traditional American cooking school with a meal at the end of the day.


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People || 5 tips on taking better portraits of people https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/people-5-tips-on-taking-better-portraits-of-people People || Portraits

Kathleen Riley Photography || Minnesota Portrait Photographer

I love taking photos of people and I hope that some of these tips will help you take great photos of your family and friends. Here are some helpful tips before the 5 tips.

  • Give everyone the star treatment (Yes, everyone!)
  • Showing your soul to the world is my goal any time I point a camera at you.
  • When shooting on a movie set Call Times are exactly when a shoot won't happen.
  • I want you to feel like the sessions are upbeat and fun with a little mystery too.
  • How do we like to do it? Shoot fast, have fun and keep the mojo going.
  • If you have more than one person in the image ask: "Which one of you has more dirt on the other?"
  • Best tip for getting a great natural look? Tell you subject "Think about smiling, but don't"

Scroll through the images for the 5 tips

1940s boudoir1940s boudoir Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with MonaRosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with Mona Red head at the playgroundRed head at the playground This is how it looks to get your first horseThis is how it looks to get your first horse High School graduationHigh School graduation The happy couple - engagement photosThe happy couple - engagement photos This girl loves dogs!This girl loves dogs! Working for Lego moneyWorking for Lego money Weddings are wonderful and we love sharing your dayWeddings are wonderful and we love sharing your day Thanks for scrolling through to get to the tips!

  1. Get close - I know, you think you're close enough, but get even closer. When in doubt, closer is always better. You don't even need to show the top of people's heads -- yes, that close.
  2. The Eyes really are the window to the soul - If you are close to your subject you'll be able to see where the iris (the colored part of the eye) is located. Depending on what "feel" you are going for you may want it as close to the center of the eye as possible. I shoot centered eyes, sideways eyes, squinty eyes, it all depends on what I want the image to tell you when you look at it. (Roll back up and look at the various eyes in these images, lots of variety but each one has a feel that the eyes help convey.
  3. Let the children run wild - Don't worry about your children being children (unless it is dangerous, then ride herd on them a little to keep them safe) Children and animals love me and I am happy to chase them around to get those magical shots that you want to display as art in your home. Don't worry if they have a melt down, those make for great pics too. Kids are speedy and you'll want to capture them doing their thing which probably isn't sitting on a stool in a studio.
  4. Hands - help people in your images to look natural with their hands. For women, shooting the hand in profile and having the fingers curved will make them look better. If people aren't sure what to do with their hands, give them something to hold and an activity so the hands do what they are supposed to be doing. I could write a book on how to shoot hands, hey there's an idea!
  5. Shoot into the sun - If you haven't practiced shooting in the early morning or late afternoon, get out and give it a try, the lighting is lovely then. I especially love those times for backlit images.

Do you have tips that have helped you? Be sure to share them!


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Dogs || AKC / Eukanuba Championship Orlando Florida December 2011 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2016/1/dogs-akc-/-eukanuba-championship-orlando-florida-december-2011 German Shepherd Dog GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi) with James "Jimmy" MosesGerman Shepherd Dog GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi) with James "Jimmy" MosesTHE HERDING GROUP - German Shepherd Dog - GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi)

Dogs | Orlando Florida | 2011 AKC Eukanuba National Championship | Kathleen Riley Photography

Here it is, 2016, and I'm going through older images and videos and enjoying reliving the experiences. One of the really fun photography trips was to the AKC / Eukanuba Championship in Orlando Florida December 2011. I was pleased to attend as an official blogger at the event and met many wonderful people and dogs.

I've put together some of my favorite shots from the show and hope you enjoy them. These and more are on the web site.


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Photographer Gear Camera Straps | Kathleen Riley Photography



Certainly not the first thing most people probably think about when they are looking at cameras, but there are lots of options available and you'll find something that works for you. In the photo, you'll see a Joby sling and a regular Canon neck strap that came with one of the cameras. I'll share with you the sling style is by far my preferred strap after using them for several years. (In case you're wondering if we always look this glamorous, the answer is yes! Actually this was a COLD and WINDY November day in Minnesota and we were feeling lucky to not have three feet of snow of the ground!)

BIG tip on any straps that are attached to your gear, check that they camera is snugly attached. You'll also want to keep checking your connections throughout the day to be sure your gear is securely attached. (Yes, I speak from experience! Nothing like seeing thousands of dollars of gear falling toward the ground... or in this case the racetrack surface.)

  1. JOBY Camera Straps - I got the one in the image as a test run to see how I liked it and write about it. I still like it and am still writing about it so there's my brief testimonial. JOBY offers a variety of straps for men and women including the sling style in the photo above. They also have hand straps but I haven't tried those yet. This is a wonderful alternative if you don't like the traditional neck strap. We all like the sling style straps and I think that is partially because most of us prefer not having extra pressure on our necks -- yes, old riding injuries... 
  2. Black Rapid Camera Straps - lots of slings and straps available for men and women. (Yes, there is a structural difference between men and women.) There is a double strap that lets you carry multiple cameras. The strap we are currently using is "okay" but there are newer ones that would likely serve us better. I do like the Joey option for carrying things along with us, but not enough to spend the money on it yet.
  3. Spider Camera Holster - Unique camera holster/belt system that gets your camera from your hip to your hands quickly. The belt goes around your waist and your camera rests on your hip. If you're anything like me, you would want to add the hand strap to your gear for a little more to grab on to as you grab your camera.
  4. FotoStrap Camera Straps - I like the look of these canvas and leather straps. This camera strap hangs lower on your body than an average camera strap and has a padded shoulder pad too. Strap also has 5 adjustable holes to adjust a bit more to your body and preferences. Styles for men and women and this group donates some sales proceeds too.

There are lots of options out there for camera straps beyond these four and a quick search of the Internet will show how much variety there is available. The key is finding what is comfortable for you and your style of shooting.





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Chinooks Dogs in the First Minnesota Snow https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/chinooks-dogs-in-the-first-minnesota-snow Dogs || Chinook Dogs || Playing in the Minnesota snow || Kathleen Riley Photography || Music "Freestyle" by Richard Lacy and Nik Haigh

Watched this on the television tonight and still really like how joyful these dogs are. I'm still loving adding video into my skills and hope you enjoy watching the Chinook dogs as they race around the yard. Since this was recorded we lost our old girl, Bailey. Shed a few tears watching on this tonight. So important to record our loved ones.

Bailey, The Beej and Minnow enjoying the BIG yard and the first snow of winter 2013. Chinooks are sled dogs so snow is always fun for them to play around in it. Bailey (up ears) is 13 and she still gallops around, not as fast, but still enjoyable for her. You may see more about Outlaw Chinooks and you may find my photography at my site Kathleen Riley Photography

Thanks for stopping past. 



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Cats || Minneapolis Saint Paul Twin Cities Cat Photographer https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cats-minneapolis-saint-paul-twin-cities-cat-photographer Cats are interesting subjects to photograph.

Like all shoots, I want to showcase their personalities while they are in front of the camera. As you might imagine, this can be challenging! The images I've included in this post were shot for Animal Talent Pool at Pet Stuff in Minnetonka, Minnesota.

The "studio" is the training area of the store and the cats that came in for their open talent call did an outstanding job, and yes, that is a good indication of how they will work at gig.

Thanks for stopping past and let me know when your cat is ready for their close up!


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Minnesota Pinto Horse Association Show in Winona || Horse Show Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/minnesota-pinto-horse-association-show-in-winona-horse-show-photography What a wonderful weekend we had at the Minnesota Pinto Horse Association horse show at the Minnesota Equestrian Center in Winona,  Minnesota. These are some images as official photographers from Sunday with the horses and riders in their western attire. Please visit the entire proof gallery from Sunday.




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Saint Paul Police Mounted Patrol | Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Horse Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/saint-paul-police-mounted-patrol-minneapolis-st-paul-twin-cities-horse-photography Minnesota offers some fun events and one of my favorites to wander around at is the Minnesota Horse Expo held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. This site is adjacent to the agricultural campus of the University of Minnesota and it is a fun outing to see horses after a long winter. As we were wandering we came across the Saint Paul Police Department Mounted Patrol and had some fun shooting photos of the officers interacting with Expo visitors.

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Cathy Jostad | Horse Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cathy-jostad-horse-photography

Cathy Jostad was a kind woman from Kindred North Dakota that I got to meet while acting as official photographer at the Minnesota Pinto Horse Association shows in 2015. I knew from talking with her that she loved her family, friends and horses.  This past September, Cathy lost her life on a foggy county road while protecting children, teachers and parents in her care.

Cathy Jostad
Date | 2015
Show locations | Verndale Minnesota and Winona Minnesota
Official Horse Show Photography | Kathleen Riley and Sara Lewis-Temte
Christmas Video | MIX 101.9 North Dakota


Published on Dec 1, 2015

Each holiday season we ask our listeners of MIX 101.9 to inform us of individuals and families who find themselves in need during the most important time of year, Christmas. Based on the philosophy of biggest need comes first, we do our best to grant as many Christmas Gifts as possible. Most of the Christmas Gifts are recorded and played back each weekday morning around 7:00am & 5:00pm in December until Christmas on MIX 101.9.

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Dog Photography Horse Horse Photography Minnesota Minnesota Pinto Horse Association Riley Photo Riley Photography equine https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/cathy-jostad-horse-photography Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:00:00 GMT
Horse Racing Canterbury Park | Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Horse Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/12/horse-racing-canterbury-park-minneapolis-st-paul-twin-cities-horse-photography Racetrack | Canterbury Park
Date | 2012
Minneapolis St Paul Twin Cities Horse Photography | Kathleen Riley


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Ellen and Pat's Wedding along the Wisconsin River https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/ellen-and-pats-wedding-along-the-wisconsin-river What a beautiful day for a wedding in Wisconsin.

We had a grand adventure traveling into Wisconsin for this event. Rented a cargo van, lined the floor with soft cushioned materials and then took 5 dogs with us. Ask us about the gravel road incident -- tears in our eyes laughing over those GPS directions!

We rented a cottage not too far from the events and it had lots of places to walk the dogs and enjoy the solitude. There are a fair number of pet friendly rentals in Wisconsin. Check TripAdvidor or RentWisconsin to get started.


Pat + Ellen
Date | 2012
Ceremony and Reception | Wisconsin Riverside Resort
Ceremony Officiant | Kathleen Riley (Yes, that's me!)
Musicians | Reilly Rocks Celtic
Wedding Photography and Videography Candid Images | Kathleen Riley Photography

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Minnesota Riley Photo Riley Photography River Wedding Wisconsin Wedding Photograher https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/ellen-and-pats-wedding-along-the-wisconsin-river Tue, 01 Dec 2015 05:08:54 GMT
Minnesota Master Naturalist Explorers 2015 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/minnesota-master-naturalist-explorers-2015 My mother always taught me that volunteering was an important part of living a well-rounded life, and that still sticks with me.

When the economy failed and I had some extra time on my hands, I saw a community newsletter about the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and a class being at the local city hall. I signed up. I've met some wonderful people from that experience and also got an opportunity to shoot some photos of their Master Naturalist Explorers program.  It was also an opportunity to meet some folks from Fish and Wildlife and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Master Naturalist Explorers Minneapolis Minnesota Riley Photo Riley Photography University of Minnesota Extension https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/11/minnesota-master-naturalist-explorers-2015 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:23:02 GMT
FREE Dog Food from Just Right by Purina and $50 from PrideBites https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/10/free-dog-food-from-just-right-by-purina-and-50-from-pridebites

You probably know how much I LOVE to take photos of my dogs, your dogs, anyone's dogs, and now it is paying off for anyone visiting my page. Yay! Every time I open a bag of my customized dog food blend from JustRight by Purina I see Minnow and The Beej looking back at me -- it's so cool! October is The Beej's birthday -- hard to believe she is 9 already -- and since she is a generous old gal she's sharing the wealth with her fans with a dog food giveaway and a gift card to order some customized dog gear. The entry information is at the bottom of the post, good luck!

How much do we LOVE our dogs? I'm not sure there are words that are BIG enough! Every day we try and do something special with them and to make their lives better.

One of the days we do something a little extra is National Dog Day which was August 26th this year. After taking a BIG walk at Elm Creek Park we got back to the house and the dogs played in the yard with #FluffyTheVampire Labrador. She is hilarious and loves tearing around with the garden hose - the Chinooks are less enthusiastic about getting wet.

After a great playtime, UPS arrived with a custom painting from Just Right by Purina of #MinnowAndTheBeej. You can compare the photo above and the painting -- it looks just like them! Also in the box was a gift card for PrideBites -- if you hven't been to their site yet, there is lots of cool, personalized dog stuff there. I think I need help picking out what to get! Let me know your favorite item!

This is one of my favorite videos with our Chinooks checking out the first snow -- it's hard to imagine how much fun they have playing and running in it! Hope you enjoy seeing their antics.

Build those relationships, your dogs will love you for it!

1. Spend time walking together. Take walks with your dog, they love seeing new places and smelling new things and when you help them achieve that your bond enhances. 
2. Communicate clearly. Dogs are really smart and benefit from consistent training and communication. My dogs have always been really quick to pick up visual signals and I like to use them as much as I can. Dogs are constantly reading our body language so why not play to their strengths? 
3. Train, don't complain. Take the time to train your dog and keep them tuned up with new skills all through their lives. The better trained your dog is the more freedom they will have. Well-trained dogs are allowed greater freedom. Training should be fun and always end on a positive note with something your dog is good at.
4. Play! Want to have a great relationship? Play! This is important in the human-animal bond as well as with other people. Playtime = bonding time. What's your favorite playtime activity? 
5. Relax. Dogs are like people and prefer an atmosphere that is relaxed, calm, cool, collected. Do your best to keep your wits about you no matter what is happening, your dog will love you for it.
6. Feed a healthy diet like Just Right by Purina. The Chinooks love their personalized blend of dog food and I love how well it works to keep them looking and feeling their best. We also make some healthy treats and meals for them to enjoy too and everything is always made with love.

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Joseph Charles the waving man with Charles Kuralt https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/10/joseph-chalres-the-waving-man-with-charles-kuralt These are the stories I want to tell -- in video and in images. Want to help me with your story? Get in touch!





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Kina'ole https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/10/kinaole

Kina’ole: Doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, in the right place, for the right individual, for the right reason, with the right feeling, the first time

I've seen this word a lot recently - maybe it is speaking to my soul.

When Kina’ole started appearing frequently I looked it up to see what the word meant. Interestingly that word is sometimes interpreted as flawlessness - I'm not sure I see it that way, but I do like the guidance the definition I've included provides. It is simple and applies to all parts of life -- business included. As simple as the thought is in this definition, there are some challenging pieces to doing what it suggests and takes a fair amount of confidence, reflection and wisdom.  

The idea of doing the right thing in all areas of my life becomes more and more important to me and my hope is that you see this and start to find the Kina’ole in all areas of your own life. 

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Shoot the moon https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/shoot-the-moon

Are you ready to see something that hasn't happened since 1982? Today (Sunday) there will be a lunar eclipse while the moon is at the closest point to the earth in its orbit. What that means to you and your camera is you'll be able to see a lunar eclipse and a supermoon. Added perk, the moon should have a beautiful reddish hue too. This particular setup won't happen again until 2033 so head outside and at least look up at the sky even if you don't take any photos.

What time should you head out to see the event? In Minnesota (Central Time Zone) you can mosey on outside when the shadows begin to cross the moon at 8:07 p.m. CT and the total eclipse will begin at 9:11 p.m. CT with peak at 9:47 p.m. CT and ending at 11:27 a.m. CT. That's early enough that even my husband may be able to stay up to see it even with his early work schedule! (That really made him seem O-L-D!) 

Yes, but how do I shoot the moon?

Have you ever tried to take a photo of the moon and ended up with a ping pong ball on a field of black? Me too! I searched around the Inter Webs to find you something helpful and I'll give you the links below. (Please bookmark my site to help you find your way back.)

Share and share alike

Once you get your moon shots, share them with me on Facebook and let me know how the shooting went for you!

Shoot the SuperMoon lunar eclipse links


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography How to Photograph the Moon Minnesota Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/shoot-the-moon Sun, 27 Sep 2015 13:50:38 GMT
Horse racing at Canterbury Park https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/horse-racing-at-canterbury-park The 2015 season is complete with all the records in the books. Take a look at some of the images from the final day of racing. Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!

Jockey Alex CanchariJockey Alex CanchariJockey Alex Canchariat Canterbury Park racetrack in Shakopee Minnesota August 2015 Dear FayDear Fay

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Noerenberg Memorial Gardens https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/noerenberg-memorial-gardens



Once the gilded age estate of Grain Belt Brewery founder Frederick Noerenberg and his family, their home was built on the shore of Lake Minnetonka in 1890. Influenced by English Landscape Style, the property featured tiered rose beds and impeccably manicured lawns. As world travelers with an appreciation for natural artifacts, the family accumulated an assortment of natural specimens that appeared in the garden, including a collection of trees, plant materials and rocks.

Lora Noerenberg Hoppe, one of the five Noerenberg children, acted as chief horticulturist on the gardens for a number of years. She bequeathed the estate to the Three Rivers Park District when she passed away in 1972. At her direction, the home was razed and the estate was transformed to a garden for the public’s enjoyment.


Additional information and a map (links go off this site)

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Trotting or pacing - learn to see the difference for better horse photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/9/how-to-take-better-horse-movement-photos Standardbred harness horse hooves close up Horse in motion The biggest tip for getting great movement photos is to understand how animals move.

Are these feet trotting or pacing?


This image is part of the photos from Running Aces Harness track in Columbus Township, Minnesota. I went up to see morning training time and hope the images in this album will help you see horse movement. First, a little history about the Standardbred horses that you'll see at harness tracks and fair tracks in the USA.

Horses in the USA race at two gaits, the trot and the pace and pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky. Occasionally in the USA you'll see an exhibition where a harness horse is raced with a rider, but that is not a common racing practice.

What is a Standardbred?

North American racing is restricted to Standardbred horses. They are called Standardbreds because in the early years to the Standardbred stud book, only horses (or the progeny of the horse) that could trot or pace a mile in a standard time of no more than 2-minutes, 30-seconds were allowed to be entered into the stud book. Most modern horses are able to so the mile in 2-minutes or less.


Trot or Pace

Trot - The gait of a horse or other four-footed animal, between a walk and a canter in speed, in which diagonal pairs of legs move forward together.

Pace - The 2-beat gait of a horse or other four-footed animal, in which the legs move in lateral pairs and support the animal alternately on the right and left legs


Trot or Pace?

Now that you have some basic information, look at these images and see if you can pick out the trotters and the pacers.

Trotting and pacing Standardbred horse  images by Kathleen Riley Photography Trot or Pace? First row: one horse trotting and the other horse pacing Second row: Trotting Third row: Pacing

Are you able to see the diagonal legs on the trot and the lateral legs on the pace? Let me know either way. More movement posts in the future!


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Better wedding photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/5/wedding-photos Kiss the bride - beautiful riverside ceremony in WisconsinKiss the bride - beautiful riverside ceremony in Wisconsin

I've got a wedding coming up and I'll be acting as officiant and will be do some of the photos for the day -- the other photos will be taken by my associates so we all want to make sure everything goes great.

Speaking from experience, be sure to add some extra time into the day. As an officiant I can tell you that even the best planned and coordinated event has rarely gone without a hitch. Tack on those extra moments so you have some breathing room in case something doesn't go to plan you'll still have some of your sanity.

If you are doing formal family photos plan for 45-minutes. If you are doing formal family images before the ceremony have people arrive 15-30 minutes before you actually need them there. Sometimes it is a bit like herding cats to get folks in the right place at the right time.

Find an interesting place to get ready and remember less florescent lights are better. Ideally you'll be somewhere with a nice natural light coming through a window with all your clothes and make up off to the edge where it isn't cluttering up the shots of you, your family and friends.

Location, location, location. One good location to get images of the wedding party is best. Figure on 45-miuntes to get a nice selection of the couple and the wedding party.

The first look can happen before the ceremony if the couple is comfortable with that. If not, it will happen at the ceremony. Either way is fine and the couple should dictate the way they would like this to happen. Be sure the photos capture the event and it isn't staged.

Details make everything more interesting. If you want outfits, jewelry, rings and shoes do those before the ceremony, flowers and decorations can all come later in the day.

Want reception images without a whole day booking? Schedule the reception events you want covered right after the meal. Think about the things you want to record, cake cutting, first dances, candids of guests dancing. With two photographers plan on this being about 1-2 hours.

Ask questions and share your ideas so you get the best coverage of your special day as possible. A day that has been planned and scheduled well will allow your photographer to be creative and give you great coverage too.

This is a day to capture emotions. Enjoy your day and go with the flow, people will love seeing both of you enjoying the day.


Most importantly, Have fun!






[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Best Wedding Photographer Daniels Photography Kathleen Riley Photography Minneapolis Wedding Photographer Minnesota Wedding Photographer Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/5/wedding-photos Mon, 04 May 2015 04:54:04 GMT
Timing is everything https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/4/timing-is-everything I know the title of this post is "Timing is Everything" but really it is timing and understanding how animals move. Ask anyone who ever took riding lessons from me how often we talked about which foot is moving and when it will hit the ground. Anyway, these images are some of my favorite movement shots.

Have you liked my Facebook page? I would "like" it if you did!


GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi)GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi)THE HERDING GROUP - German Shepherd Dog - GCH CH Babheim's Captain Crunch (Capi)


Dash the English Foxhound





[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Dog Photography Horse Horse Photography Minnesota Movement Riley Photo Riley Photography Timing is Everything https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/4/timing-is-everything Thu, 30 Apr 2015 03:17:24 GMT
Do you have professional photos of you and your employees https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/3/do-you-have-professional-photos-of-you-and-your-employees Rosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with MonaRosie the Riveter from the 1940s shoot with Mona American Water Spaniel, GCH Waterway Game CRK Hot Diggity. “Digger” with breeder-owner-handler Linda HattremAmerican Water Spaniel, GCH Waterway Game CRK Hot Diggity. “Digger” with breeder-owner-handler Linda Hattrem


No matter what your profession, you really should have a professional portrait to showcase who you are and what you are about. The two images here are for a fun 50-something blogger and a dog show handler. I like how they tell the story about who these women are. 

What's the next step? Take professional photographs of you and all of your employees.

Get a photographer (Yes, I am available to help you and I have a passport so will travel anywhere) to take photos of everyone in your company on a set date - kind of like school photos but for adults, and hopefully more fun! This is particularly important for LinkedIn presence where your small business will get the most bang for your buck.

  • Make the photo shoot into a fun event. Announce it so employees dress appropriately. You don’t want employees photographs to look like they’re going to a funeral. (I will help make the event fun for you!)
  • Include fun and team photos as well. (This is the time to showcase your team, your business and have some fun photos too.)
  • Get and use some branded props. This is important to keep your brand constant regardless of where they appear and be sure to let me know if you need product images.)
  • Add the outtakes from your social media stream. (This is one of the most fun parts of the photo sessions and people like to see that you and yours are "real" people.)
  • Make sure you get employees’ permission to use the photographs on social media and other company content. This is usually easily accomplished and you'll want to give your employees access to the photos for their personal use. Don't forget to add a disclaimer that they can’t use them to make fun of your firm, not everyone stays at one job forever. Don't go all Perry Mason about it, but do get permission.


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Employees Business Social Media Daniels Photography Kathleen Riley Photo Riley Photography Social Media Guidelines corporate social media engagement https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/3/do-you-have-professional-photos-of-you-and-your-employees Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:00:59 GMT
Orchids at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/2/orchids-at-the-minnesota-landscape-arboretum A fun day of looking at and photographing flowers - a nice change from the long dreary winters we get here.


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Flowers Minnesota Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Orchid Orchids Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/2/orchids-at-the-minnesota-landscape-arboretum Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:40:29 GMT
Valentine's Day Pet Photos at Pet Stuff in Minnetonka, Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/valentines-day-pet-photos-at-pet-stuff-in-minnetonka-minnesota

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Dog Photography Minnesota Minnetonka Minnesota Pet Stuff Riley Photo Riley Photography Valentine's Day Pet Photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/valentines-day-pet-photos-at-pet-stuff-in-minnetonka-minnesota Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:34:37 GMT
The care and feeding of your graphic designer https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/the-care-and-feeding-of-your-graphic-designer Kathleen Riley Photography

I love looking at this advertisement for my business -- and no, it's not because I have a huge ego or because I designed the layout. I love this because I had a vision of how my images should speak to people and a graphic designer, Jessica MacMillan, was able to turn those thoughts into this ad.

Here are some tips for working with a graphic designer

  • Be realistic with time frames - talk to and come up with an agreed time line for your project.
  • Provide examples - one of the easiest ways to get moving quickly is to show examples of work that you like. Remember the saying about a picture being worth 1000 words, it is true.
  • Perfection will not happen on the first draft - The"first draft" is a starting point, a first step toward getting that great looking completed piece. 
  • Be specific - the more specific you can be in your vision, the better. Make it look great is not specific -- although it is what we all hope for. Allowing for creativity from your designer is wonderful, but remember they are not mind readers.
  • Components - There are five main components to graphic design and sometimes commenting on the areas from this short list will make it easier for you and your designer. Here are the areas to consider when imagining your vision, sharing it with your designer and making suggestions and sharing input. Here are the areas: Color, Fonts, Images, Layout, Overall feel/aesthetic
  • Let the creative be creative - remember you are hiring someone to use their creative skills and you should let them do their thing. Stop yourself (or your team) if you start to see micro-management happening, no one is going to get anything good out of that process. If you have questions about what is happening, ask the designer. If you find something confusing or it has taken a turn to an entirely different path, talk to your designer. Communication is really important.
  • Enough is enough - there comes a point where the work is done, even if there are tweaks that could happen they may or may not make the finished piece any better.

Hope you got something out of this and hope you like the advert. In case you are wondering, yes I'm happy to help you with photos and videos and can put together complete marketing programs and advertising campaigns. I've got great designers and you'll get something beautiful just like I did.




[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Advertising Dog Photography Horse Photography Minneapolis Minnesota Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/the-care-and-feeding-of-your-graphic-designer Tue, 27 Jan 2015 01:53:51 GMT
Molly the Vizsla https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/molly-the-vizsla


"We enjoy working in our community to enhance the animal-human bond with people of all ages. Molly so beautifully demonstrates her versatility helping both young children and older adults. It is very heartwarming and rewarding to meet new people and see my Molly also enjoy interacting with them. Molly and I are looking forward to many more years together volunteering and enjoying new experiences." ~Connie Priesz and Molly

To read more about Molly and to keep up with her activities, visit her Facebook page.


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Best Minnesota Pet Photographer Minneapolis Dog Photographer Minnesota Molly the Vizsla Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2015/1/molly-the-vizsla Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:19:06 GMT
Bandit the Labrador retriever https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/12/bandit-the-labrador-retriever Bandit the Labrador

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Dog Dog Photography Dogs" Minnesota Minnesota Dog Photographer Old Dogs Riley Photo Senior https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/12/bandit-the-labrador-retriever Sun, 28 Dec 2014 22:50:46 GMT
Birds and Alligators of Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge in Florida https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/12/birds-and-alligators-of-merritt-island-wildlife-refuge-in-florida

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Birds Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Riley Photo Riley Photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/12/birds-and-alligators-of-merritt-island-wildlife-refuge-in-florida Sun, 28 Dec 2014 00:00:33 GMT
Wrangler on the music video Lost in the Woods by Afghan Whigs https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/wrangler-on-the-music-video-lost-in-the-woods-by-afghan-whigs Today's share is the music video Lost in the Woods by Afghan Whigs. This was filmed in Minnesota and as always I met some fantastic people and of course a wonderful dog, Kricket, that struts her stuff in the video. It is the first shoot I've been on where they were digging a grave while we were working -- you'll see the grave in use in the video. Hoping to collect and share all the projects I've worked on, but who knows if I'll find everything! Enjoy!


"Lost in the Woods" from the The Afghan Whigs' 4/15/14 album Do to the Beast:
Sub Pop Mega Mart https://megamart.subpop.com/releases/...
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/do-...
Amazon http://amzn.com/B00IFS2LSI

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Afghan Whigs Animal Wrangler Lost in the Woods Minnesota Riley Photo Wrangler https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/wrangler-on-the-music-video-lost-in-the-woods-by-afghan-whigs Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:15:37 GMT
I'm a Butterfly Wrangler https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/im-a-butterfly-wrangler ButterflyTiger Swallowtail Butterfly via iPhone Riley Photo - This is a wild butterfly, for filming we used farm raised Monarch butterflies than then flew to a remote location 200 miles west of Mexico City.


I love sharing with people that I'm a wrangler and recently a butterfly wrangler. Yes, you read that correctly, butterfly wrangler. I was just coming off the double sprained ankles so wrangler butterflies was quite a bit simpler than some other animals might have been!


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Butterfly Wrangler Daniels Photography Minnesota Riley Photo Riley Photography University of Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/im-a-butterfly-wrangler Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:13:00 GMT
Black and White (B&W) Photo Challenge - Day Five of Five https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/black-and-white-b-w-photo-challenge---day-five-of-five

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Black and White (B&W) Photo Challenge - Day Four of Five https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/black-and-white-b-w-photo-challenge---day-four-of-five

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Black and White (B&W) Photo Challenge - Day Three of Five https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/black-and-white-b-w-photo-challenge---day-three-of-five

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Black and White (B&W) Photo Challenge - Day Two of Five https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/11/black-and-white-b-w-photo-challenge---day-two-of-five

Texture, grain, reflections and dogs was the goal when I got down on the bathroom floor. . . Hoping those all came through.


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Black and White (B&W) Photo Challenge - Day One of Five https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/black-and-white-b-w-photo-challenge---day-one-of-five Muncy Block in Royalton Minnesota

I was invited to participate in the 5 day black and white photo challenge on Facebook and I thought sharing the images here might be fun too.

The basics are 1 B&W photo per day for 5 days and nominate one person a day to do the same.

This should be fun!


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Autumn horses and hounds in Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/autumn-horses-and-hounds-in-minnesota


Autumn in Minnesota - enjoying a beautiful day in the country with horses and hounds from Long Lake Hounds. So thankful for the opportunity and for my wonderful associates for shooting with me.


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Moria and Dennis an Autumn Photo Shoot in Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/moria-and-dennis---autumn-in-minnesota Another FUN day working with a wonderful young family.

[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) Daniels Photography Family Photographer Minnesota Photograoher Photography Riley Photo https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/moria-and-dennis---autumn-in-minnesota Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:30:00 GMT
Melody and Brandon at the Stone Arch Bridge https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/10/melody-and-brandon-at-the-stone-arch-bridge What a beautiful morning to meet up with Melody and Brandon to capture some memories. Here's a quick video of shots from the day.


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Don't miss the opportunities https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/8/dont-miss-the-opportunities

I really would like to have a time machine and go back, just a little bit. I miss my girl and wish I would have taken photos of me with her.

Other things I miss and wish I could do again...

  • Another walk, although slower than in the early years, but still able to enjoy the sights and sounds.
  • Another change to brush her thick coat and make her look her best.
  • Another morning with her shuffling into the bedroom and putting her head on the bed willing me awake.
  • Another night playing with her favorite football squeaky toy.
  • Another day watching her checking all the other dog's ears to be sure everything was in working order.

I wish I could find all the photos from dog shows so I could scan them as better resolution and have them to refer back to. I fear all the show photos from dogs and horses were lost during one of the moves.

Take photos with your animals, it's really important.




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Horse racing at Canterbury Park 12 July 2014 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/7/horse-racing-at-canterbury-park-12-july-2014

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Lifestyle photography https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/6/lifestyle-photography


What makes a good lifestyle photo? For me it means they shouldn't look posed and it should let the character of the subject shine through -- and some of them really are characters!

Show them in a good light. Chasing the light and directing people into the best lighting options will help your photos look better.

Stay in the background.  Well as much as possible with your cycloptic eye and potentially GIANT lens sticking out. If you need to prep a shoot area, try to get that done before you want to actually create the images.

Keep your gear handy. You'll have more opportunity to create great shots if you have a camera with you. Yes, your cell phone could fill in if absolutely necessary, but you really will get better results with a dedicated camera.

Get creative. Some of your best shots are the ones where you take some chances. Step outside your comfort zone and see what happens.

Wait for it. Have your subject do something they enjoy, or tell you a favorite story. Let them do their thing and capture the beauty as it happens.

Positive reinforcement. Share how much you like something they are doing rather than telling them to do something.

Perfection is a myth. Lifestyle is about working with what you've got at the time -- embrace it and figure out how to use light (or lack thereof), wind, graininess, crying and more to your advantage. 

Do you have favorite images you have created? Share your links in the comments or on Facebook so everyone can enjoy them.



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Springtime dog show - St. Peter Minnesota https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/5/springtime-dog-show---st-peter-minnesota So many beautiful dogs at the show this weekend and the weather was fantastic too.


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Why should you hire me? https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/5/why-should-you-hire-me

Yes, this is written to help you hire me, but the basics should apply to any photographer you are considering.

Here are three things that may make me the right choice for your photography sessions

  • I create images that are unique, visually interesting and good
  • I have a relationship with the subject
  • I have a knack for photography

I really enjoy capturing stories and creating images that bring a little of the subject's life into people's homes. I love shooting in an environmental setting, and by that I mean the environment my subject thrives in. I want to make memorable images of your life that tell the story of you and the things you love to do. These images are so interesting and tell such great stories.

Part of my goal in photography is coming up with original story ideas -- I have personal projects that I work on, and I want to make a project with you too. What story would you like told? I'm here to help you create that tale.

I'm interested in spending quality time with you (and your animals too) at home, at school, with your family. Great images are about creating relationships and I'll bring sensitivity, understanding and humor into your world and make sure animals and people are comfortable enough to get great photographs.

My goal is to make your sessions one of the best experiences you've ever had. I'm easy to work with, and am professional. When you work with me you'll find that I'm creative, a total individual, yet when it comes time for meetings and getting to work, I know exactly what I'm doing. 




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1940s Transformations https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/1940s-transformations

Fun day -- the goal was to transform the ladies, shoot in available light while achieving a vintage feel, have has little post production as possible. The video shows a little behind the scenes and finished transformations with some authentic tunes tossed in too.


  • Would you do this again? Yes! I will definitely do this again!
  • Would you do this for me? Yes! Any vintage or theme is fine with me.
  • Would you include my dogs / cats / horses / animals? Absolutely!
  • What is the best way to showcase these images? Canvas makes these images look great.

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Military Discount https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/military-discount Welcome Military Service Personnel and thanks for stopping past!

I appreciate your service and would like to show my appreciation with a 50% off discount on all my photography services (Products available at 15% off) to active personnel of all military forces around the world. Use this discount for family portraits, weddings, pet portraits, or any special events you are planning. All you need is your current information showing you are in the military - how easy is that! 



Additional details:

  • Savings are based on non-discounted prices and are available to all active military service members
  • Eligible service members are active or members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Eligible service members, or their spouses, will need to present valid military identification to receive the Military Promotional Discounts
  • Each Military Discount must be used by the same person on any and all days. Riley Photo Military Discount may be used ONLY by the Eligible Service Member or spouse for whom they are purchased. In addition, a valid military ID is required to receive Riley Photo Military Discounts. Riley Photo Military Discounts may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes
  • Military Discounts are subject to restrictions and change without notice




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Equine photo shoot sessions https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/equine-photo-shoot-sessions Sam Lord's Castle  - Thoroughbred StallionSam Lord's Castle - Thoroughbred Stallion

I love being around horses and watching their personalities unfold as I get to know them and the people that love them.

When you have me out to do a portrait session, you can rest assured that it will be relaxed, informal and fun. I'll work really hard to keep you and your horse comfortable so the images we create will show the beauty of your relationship. 

Here are some ideas of types of photos I can create for you

  • In-hand portraits
  • Riding
  • Driving
  • Barrel racing
  • Hunters and Jumpers
  • Fox Hunters
  • Eventing
  • Western
  • Cutting
  • Working livestock
  • Dressage
  • Liberty
  • Loose in a field
  • At a show or other event
  • Your ideas turned into images

I'm game for whatever showcases your horse's personality. No need to worry about your horse being perfect, I'm an horse person too so I "get it" and we'll get the shot even if your horse isn't perfect -- and besides, what fun is perfect?


The Pricing and Package

A session is $160 (USD) and usually lasts about 90-minutes and includes one 8x10 print, and the same image to share on social media sites, and an on-line preview gallery. Yes, I will discount session pricing if there are several people from your barn that want to have a photo shoot. I'm happy to do your shoot wherever you would like to and most people use the grounds where they keep their horses. There is an additional charge of $0.50/mile (round-trip) if you are outside a 40-mile radius from my office located in zip code 55316. (I have a passport and will travel anywhere, please contact me for more information and pricing.)

Before we get together I'll send you a guide so you know exactly what to expect from our session and how to prepare yourself and your horse.

After your session, I'll edit your photographs and arrange a time to meet with you (in person, via telephone or Skype or on-line) so you can see your images. (If I meet with you, you'll have a chance to touch-and-feel the products too. If you want to see the products at the time of the shoot, let me know and I'll bring them along.)


Gift Certificates

Yes, you are able to give someone a gift certificate for a session. Gift certificates are valid for 12-months and you may include a personalized message if you wish. Feeling generous? Add additional money so the recipient is able to apply it toward their purchases.


Questions, comments, want to book a shoot, buy a gift certificate, let me know.



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Assignment - Get Down https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/assignment---get-down

This assignment is inspired from an e-mail I got this morning from Phogropathy and I hope you'll give it a shot. (Yes, I noticed the play on words.) The images I've included are from my iPhone, so use whatever you have for the project and be sure to share your images on my Facebook page

You mission, should you chose to accept it, is to get down (and yes, the music is below too) and crawl on your belly like a reptile, a little liturgical aerobics on your knees, or simply place your camera on the ground and see what you get with from a low perspective.

Kool and the Gang - Get Down On It


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Kathleen Riley Photo Full Session Giveaway! https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/kathleen-riley-photo-full-session-giveaway  


Time for a special photo session giveaway!

Not only am I giving away a session, but I'm adding up to twenty five digital images as well.

How hard is it? Not very! Once you win, all you have to do is show up and then get ready to enjoy yourself!

This giveaway is going to be using a plug in called Rafflecopter, and all you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter, right in the Rafflecopter plug in. If you can’t see the widget here, try refreshing your web browser or enter or you may enter on Facebook too.

Rules: Not too many rules -- that works best for everyone! For the FREE session, you'll need to be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota metro area, or willing to travel here. Additional options include dog or horse events that I am attending -- see, pretty easy. I can come to you too, but you'll be covering the cost for me to travel outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area. (Yes, I'm planning on being at AKC-Eukanuba Dog Show in December.)

The giveaway starts at 12:00 AM Saturday 5 April 2014 and run until Saturday 19 April 2014 at 12:00 AM. This giveaway is run by Rafflecopter and you must sign in with your personal Facebook to complete the mandatory steps -- it's how the Rafflecopter will know you have entered.



a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Casting call for Animal Talent Pool https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/4/casting-call-for-animal-talent-pool

What an amazing group of animals at the Animal Talent Pool auditions held at Pet Junction in Shoreview, Minnesota! It was a non-stop day and I worked my behind off, well no quite off...

I'm posting collages on the blog, you'll find the individual images here: Riley | Animal Talent Pool - March 2014

Have you been over to my Facebook page?



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5 tips to taking better horse photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/5-tips-to-taking-better-horse-photos


Before you even get started taking photos of horses, you'll want to know how to be safe around them. If you are not experienced in this area, have someone help you -- better safe than sorry. 

  1. Find a location to take your photos and clean up any "junk" that won't look good in your photo. While you are cleaning the area, clean your horse and tack too. Clean and polish anything that will be in the photos. If you are in a winter climate zone, the spring with all the muddy areas and woolly mammoth looking horses is not going to be a great photo opportunity. Wait until the horses shed out and trees are leaved out.
  2. You'll get the most flattering light for your images if you shoot at the "Golden Hour"  the first and last hour of sunlight in the day -- you know, dawn and dusk. These times produce great lighting for photographs and makes it easy on you too. Want to know when the times are in your area, check here: The Golden Hour Calculator / Sunrise and Sunset information for photographers
  3. Get the ears up (pointing forward) so the horse looks good. There are lots of ways to get their ears pointing forward, and one thing I usually bring along are peppermints -- most horses seem to really like them and if you crinkle the wrappers it usually gets their ears up. Added perk, if you have bad breath, the mints come in handy.
  4. Have horse-savvy helpers to let you know if something needs adjusting and to keep the horses looking their best. If you haven't got a lot of horses experience, you may think the horse looks great and it really isn't all that flattering. Even with all my years around horses, I still get some images where the horses aren't looking great, so don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.
  5. Study your subject and the disciplines you are shooting -- knowledge is power and it will help you get better images. Dressage horse photos should look different than stock horse photos and those are different than Saddlebred photos and those are different than an Amish buggy horse trotting down a road or a draft horse pulling a heavy load. 

Which of these images of the Thoroughbred stallion Sam Lords Castle do you like best?

I'm here to help you develop an eye for horses. I'll be offering some FREE help on getting the right shot at upcoming horse events, let me know if you want to participate.


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How to take better photos - focal point tips https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/how-to-take-better-photos---focal-point-tips Photo - Focal Point Tips


Photos should have a focal point -- this helps the viewer engage with the image. Having a focal point guides the viewer to what you want them to see and keeps them from looking all around the image with no real purpose.

When you look at an image, pay attention to where you are looking -- if you are in the USA, your pattern will most likely be like reading a book: top-to-bottom and left-to-right.

Most of us are probably conditioned to having focal points smack dab in the middle of an image -- while that is okay, it can be a bit boring. Practice putting the point of interest in different parts of the frame and see if you can make it more interesting.

Start playing around with framing your images -- especially if you are shooting a digital camera, you're really not out anything by trying some different things.

The flagpole is shot with my iPhone with it on the ground looking up. Are you able to "feel" how it pulls you up into the image? I like how the pole is anchored to the lower right corner too.

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Saint Patrick's Day 2014 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/saint-patricks-day-2014

Last week I went to a writing class in hopes that it would add some skills to my writing, and that eventually it would help me convey things through both the written word and images. At the class, the instructor asked us to write based on the words "10-year-old" and then our paired up groups went to it. That was a fun and informative exercise. I am doing the same today, but with St. Patrick's Day.

Our family always celebrated Saint Patrick's Day with a big gathering of family, friends and any misfits/orphans that were in town and could use some entertainment and a wonderful meal. My mother -- who was  100% Irish, and rarely let my father forget that -- would prepare root veggies, colcannon potatoes, delightful Irish soda bread (they eventually became scones because she liked making those), cabbage and of course her signature corned beef.

For us, this holiday has always been about love and food, and that is what makes it so wonderful. We gather early, tell tall tales and then share a wonderful feast with nary a green beer in sight.

Gone now are the large gatherings. My parents are both gone and most of my family has moved away. Now we have a slightly smaller gathering and we celebrate with food, tall tales and honoring the memories of those that we love and miss.





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Cat Show Photos - January 2013 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/cat-show-photos---january-2013

First time taking photos at a cat show -- learned lots of things. First off, cats are displayed much differently than dogs. These shows are "benched" and the cats, for the most part, are in their decorated space except to be judged. The crates (for lack of a better descriptor) are decorated, and some are quite elaborate. This particular show crowns a King and Queen of the show, and yes, they have little outfits for the cats to wear. I was surprised at how calm most of the cats were at the show, it is a huge venue and there is a lot going on, yet the cats were pretty relaxed. All-in-all, it was a fun event.


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North Star Morgan Americana Horse Show. Show: July 5-7 2013 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/north-star-morgan-americana-horse-show-show-july-5-7-2012








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How to take better pet photos https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/how-to-take-better-pet-photos Hope these three easy tips help you get better images of the fur kids, aka your pets. 

I'm new to the whole inforgraphic making world, but I like how this turned out.  Let me know what you think.

As always, I'm here to help you learn how to make better images, come to you for a photo session or talk to your group with fun and interactive presentations.


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Signs signs everywhere a sign https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/iphone-signs


Some days things just strike me as amusing. Apparently when I was walking dogs on this morning, it was signs -- and lots of them! Hope you enjoy the little video and the music which enhanced it even more for me with a retro feeling.


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Cowboys, cattle and cutting horses 2012 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/cowboys-cattle-and-cutting-horses-2012 This was an interesting trip to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to see cutting horses work in the new AgStar building. Cutting horses offer an opportunity to see athleticism and intuition as horses and riders "cut" a cow from a herd. (Although the cattle are mostly steers, but don't let that stop you.) Once the "cow" is away from the heard the horses work to keep them separated from the group, often with electrifying moves and mental duels. You may learn more about Minnesota cutting horses and upcoming events on their web site.


[email protected] (Kathleen Riley Photography) AQHA Horse Photography Minnesota State Fairgrounds Riley Photo cattle cowboy cutting horse equine https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/cowboys-cattle-and-cutting-horses-2012 Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:13:00 GMT
A day at the FASH horse show in Minnesota 2012 https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/a-day-at-the-fash-horse-show-in-minnesota-2012 After a long day touring around the Shepherd's Harvest in Lake Elmo, we headed over to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds to check out the FASH Horse Show. This horse show features American Saddlebreds, Morgans and Hackney horses and ponies. Usually lots of seats available to watch the horses and people and it is FREE. Which of these images is your favorite?


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Why are you blogging? https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/why-are-you-blogging



Welcome to my photoblog -- I hope to share images, tips and more. If there are things you want to see or learn, please let me know!

What is a photoblog?
I am hoping this will be a "photo web log" or photoblog that showcases some of my images as well as what happens behind the scenes, and some of bloopers too. (Note to self, don't delete all the bloopers.) 

Why a photoblog?
I'm not looking to get rich from posting these images -- but of course if that happens, I'm good with that too! Here's what I would like to get out of this blog.

  • Motivation - I want to keep making images, process the images I have (including the boxes from the film era), to improve my craft. 
  • Networking - I like to see other people's images and hopefully this will help people visit to see some of mine. Are you starting out in photography? I want to help you, get in touch.
  • Learning - I want to continue improving my shots and editing. I want to see what other people have out there and learn from them too. I also hope that people stopping past to look will comment and share too -- it is a great way to see someone else's perspective. 
  • A Picture is with 1,000 words - that seems like a great plan, and there is less writing and more images and videos that way.
  • Comments / Constructive Criticism - I'm hoping visitors will comment, including those that hate and don't appreciate -- all will likely help me get going on the right path.
  • Reinvention - As a former fast-tracker that is now considered too old, redundant, too expensive, too female, too qualified, now is the time to change paths and take a new journey. I've been fortunate so far to sell some images, art, video and marketing work and am looking forward to what happens next.

Please let me know what you would like to see here. Thanks for stopping past and I hope you have an amazing day!


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Walter the Bernese Mountain Dog does a commercial https://www.kathleenrileyphotography.com/blog/2014/3/walter-the-bernese-mountain-dog-does-a-commercial Walter the Bernese Mountain Dog Walter was a lot of fun to make images with and now he has a commercial - Drive Thru HealthPartners "Warm" Bernese Mountain Dog Walter

I always have fun doing the audition photos with Animal Talent Pool and working with Walter the Bernese Mountain Dog was no exception.

Here's the video for HealthPartners

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