Pet Portraits | Yota the Boston Terrier | My Right Hand Gal

Yota the Boston Terrier


Meet my right hand gal... This is Yota. Yes with a T.

Yota is a 7 year old Boston Terrier. I got her when she was 12 weeks old and she has been by my side ever since. We pretty much go everywhere together, except for when my adventures take me on a plane.

I grew up always having animals around. We had dogs, horses, cats, chickens, mice, hamsters, fish, bunnies, and the list goes on. When I moved out to go to school my home was empty. It was a strange feeling to not have something by my side.

Pet Portraits | Yota the Boston Terrier Photographed by Bessie Young Photography

It never felt right not having a dog by my side. I grew up with my old dog Maybel and she went everywhere with me for 13 years. My entire life, I was always with a dog, so not having one just wasn't working for me. So, one day, I made the decision that I just had to have a dog. No questions asked. 

I have always been a big dog person, and I reaaallllyyyyy wanted a Grate Dane. I started researching various big dogs and there were so many to choose from. Now, I live in a small 700 square foot apartment and I began to wonder how that would work... having a "horse" in my living room. Honestly, I couldn't imagine anything other than a big dog. I haven never liked small dogs. They just aren't my thing.

So.... the search was on. What kind of small dog could I get, that wasn't soooo small, that didn't bark all the time, and would be something that I enjoyed? You see, ultimately I just wanted a companion. Well, my search lead me to Boston Terriers. Everything about a Boston was exactly what I wanted. They are meant to be companion dogs, they have energy but not too much energy, they aren't too small, and they aren't too big.

To make a long story short, I ended up with Yota. She was the first Boston Terrier I went to look at, and I just couldn't say no. I had to have her. I took her home in November of 2011 and she has been by my side ever since. I took her to doggy training classes (really just to force myself to take the time to train her), and the rest is history.

Yota is seriously everything I could ask for in a dog. She is well behaved, lovey, energetic when she needs to be, and lazy pretty much the rest of the time. She can hike for 14 miles in a day, or she can curl up under a blanket on the couch and be there all day.

Ever since getting her, I will probably always have a Boston by my side :)

Wishing you nothing but the best,


The Cuteness! Sonora Family Pet Portraits

The Cuteness!

Sonora Family Pet Portraits

by Bessie Young Photography

Sonora Family Pet Portraits | The Cuteness by Bessie Young

Ok, so the title pretty much says it all. Can you get any cuter than this little girl?! I think not!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz

This past week I was able to head to Sonora and get some adorable family pet portraits of this cutie pie. Her name is Tootsie, but her nickname is 'The Cuteness' and rightfully so. When looking at this little one you can't help but smile, chuckle, and then do a 'ahhhh... she is so cute' kind of sigh.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras

Puppies are like little babies. They grow up so incredibly fast. Make sure that you take the time to document this fleeting moment. Doggies are family, and they will be in your life for quite some time, but never long enough. Don't miss the opportunities to take those needed pictures so you can look back on them an go 'ahhhhh, how cute!'.

If you are looking to have your pet's portraits taken, send me an email or use the contact form here.

Wishing all the happiest Friday.


P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here: Kit Used: Camera: Sony A7Rii: Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: Vanguard Tripod:

Filming: LG G3 Smart Phone

Editing & Processing: Bulk editing: Adobe Lightroom: Fine tuning: Adobe Photoshop : Viva Video Pro for combining videos

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Prints Matter | Is printing your images outdated?

Prints Matter

by Bessie Young Photography

There is just something magical about printed pictures. I can't stress it enough, get those pictures printed. This way you see them, feel them, and and know that you experienced it. Don't hide them away on your computer. Show them to the world!


Whether we like it or not we live in a digital age. It wasn't very long ago that I was using film and working in a dark room instead of a digital camera and a laptop. The only way you could even see an image was by looking at the negative or printing it out. Remember bringing your film into your local photo store to get your images printed? Most weddings photos and family memories were printed on 4x6 photo paper and placed in a photo album, hung up on your wall, or placed in a beautiful frame.

When digital cameras came around I was upset. I won't lie. I refused, and I mean absolutely refused, to buy a digital camera. My parents were telling me that I needed to let it go and purchase one; however, I was like 'oh heck no, I take real pictures!' Well eventually I broke down and purchased a digital camera and I am sooooo glad I did :) ; however, with digital images I found myself storing my photos away on my computer and never getting them back out. I was taking so many pictures on vacations, holidays, and family get togethers yet I found myself taking my SD card, downloading the images onto the computer, and then never touching them again. Why? I was busy... I would get to it eventually... and it wasn't that big of a deal... but it WAS a big deal and it IS a big deal. My walls in my home were bare and I had nothing to show for all the fun trips, holidays, and loving friends and family that I have in my life. Can you relate?

So I have been dedicated to print my pictures and show them to the world!


Now days, with all the social media and digital cameras, we have pictures on our phones, computers, Facebook, and Instagram pages... so why would we need printed pictures or albums?

There is a big reason I include albums and prints in my wedding packages and albums as an option for my family portraits. Just stop and think for a moment of your favorite photograph growing up.... guaranteed it was a printed one. Think about all the pictures that you have from your childhood. Think about all the family albums that you were able to look through of your grandparents wedding, your parents wedding, and all the fun family trips. These are all physical objects that link you to your past and helps you see your families past. This is why you need printed pictures.

As many of you know, if you follow me on Instagram, I am a huge advocate for printing pictures (hence this blog post). During my initial consultation with clients I encourage them to think about printed images and albums. Think about these things as family heirlooms that you will be able to pass on from generation to generation. Digital pictures are fantastic to have, but prints are where it matters. When you get images on a burned disc you shove them away and forget about them. Every so often you may bring that disc out, but what happens when the disc is corrupt? All your images get lost. What happens when technology makes discs a thing of the past? (remember floppy discs?)  Your images get lost. What happens when that disc gets scratched or cracked? What happens when your computer fails? You get where I am going here right? This is why you need printed pictures.


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When your grandchildren are going through your belongings don't you want them to be able to look through beautiful old images of your life rather than looking at a disc or USB wondering 'What the heck is that?' The printed images will have become a treasured family heirloom rather than a disc that ends up in the trash can.

Digital files are for now. Prints are for you and the next 3 generations. Prints give your photos life! Hard drives bury images.

Prints are an investment and a wise choice. They are a gift that you will be leaving your children, their children, and their children's children. Prints aren't an outdated choice for the modern digital world. They are a necessity to document your life, hang up on your wall, and provide memories for your family. This is why you need printed pictures.

Maybe you haven't printed your images because aren't positive on what size print you would like or how it would look in your room. There are some pretty cool websites out there that actually have a way to show you what your picture will look like on your wall. Check this one out:

Here is an example one room display that I used, via the website above, with an image from a newborn session:

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Then there is always Pinterest! Here is a neat board I found with all sorts of display ideas:

I choose to print my pictures at one of the top premier printing companies. I want nothing but the best for my customers and with that I want their images to last for years and years to come. Many times when you order your prints from say Walmart, Staples, CVS, or online, the color will be off. It may look yellow or a bit orange. This is due to the quality of printers, inks, and papers. Your images will be printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper for Lustre paper. It has an increased color gamut, excellent flesh reproduction, sharpness, and brilliant image quality. The Lustre coating provides protection from fingerprints and slight scratches as well as provides a slightly matte appearance to your prints.These prints are meant to last for over 100 years in a typical home display (meaning the color won't begin to fade).

Hopefully, your take away is that Prints Matter! Leave your opinion in the comments below! I would love to hear what your thoughts and ideas.



If you are interested in purchasing nature images for your wall come check out my shop here:

Pet Photography Tips: Camera Settings

Pet Photography Tips: Camera Settings

by Bessie Young Photography

Now that we have some basics tips on how to get a pet portrait (click here to read article: ) we can start talking about camera settings. Getting the perfect photo of your pet isn't easy. Here are a few tips for your camera settings that may help you get a better pet portrait:

Shutter Speed: Make sure your shutter speed is FAST :)  When you think of photographing an animal think of action. Animals like to move around a lot. Even if they are just lying on the bed their head is always moving from side to side. I make sure to keep my shutter speed no lower than 1/250. I prefer much higher than that, but try not to go lower. If you plan on taking shots of your dog running you will need to be around 1/1000 or so.

Aperture: I keep my aperture open, but not wide open. I typically stay above f/2.8. This way I get the bokeh affect but keep all the important features of my subject in focus.

ISO: I rarely change my ISO. I do not want to get much grain in any of my photos so I make sure to keep the ISO low. My go to is ISO 100-200. If need be I will end up around 400, but I don’t go higher than that. It

On a side note, make sure your camera is set on the continuous shooting mode. This will allow you to hold down the shutter button and take multiple photos in a row. This really helps with the all too famous tongue picture.



As far as lens selection, I don’t use prime lenses much. I found that using a prime lens (as I typically do in a Senior Portrait session) I move around too much. This is distracting to the animal. The more I move the more nervous the animal gets. By using my zoom lens I can change my crop by just zooming in or out. This allows you to get multiple shots in one position keeping in mind that you may have to change your settings. My go to lenses are the Canon 50mm 1.8, 24-105mm f/2.8, and the 100-400mm f/4.


This photo series was taken with my 24-105mm lens without me having to move around. I did crouch on the ground and then stand up.


The ultimate goal is to get sharp images where you focus on the eyes, get good focus on the nose, and a beautiful blurred background.



Now get out there and get some amazing shots of your furry friend. Don’t be shy to share your pictures in the comments below  :)

Wishing you the best!



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English Bulldog Pet Portrait Fresno

Rosie the English Bulldog

English Bulldog Pet Portrait

Rosie's Pet Portrait

Taken in Sonora, California

August 4th, 2015

"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." —Josh Billings

Dogs provide a sense of companionship that no other living thing can provide. 'Dogs are a mans best friend' is an overused saying; however, it is over used for a reason! It is completely the truth! A dog is there for you when you are sad, ready to cuddle and just be with you. A dog is there for you when you are happy, ready to celebrate by running, playing, and barking. A dog is there for you when you want to travel or just plain be a couch potato. Dogs are a true companion. They are there for you through the good times and the bad.

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Rosie is definitely a companion kind of dog. She has been around for so much of her families changes from kids moving out of the house to those same kids having babies of their own. She has seen 2 kids move out and 3 kids have 8 babies! Can you believe that? She is a particularly amazing bulldog. No she isn't one of those bulldogs that surf or ride a skateboard, but is is incredibly active and agile for her age. This year, come November 29th, she will be turning 10 years old! Happy early birthday Rosie!English Bulldog Pet Portraits Fresno

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English Bulldog Pet Portraits Fresno

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Sun bathing is one of her favorite activities although she does absolutely love to play tug-o-war with anybody and everybody. Rosie has always been a little noisy ball of energy. She loves to grunt and snort while running around and playing with all of the little kids.

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How can you not love that face? I truly couldn't imagine life without a dog, or just pets in general. They are truly amazing creatures.


Coming up I will be posting an article about how to get the best pet portraits whether you are a professional photographer or not. Stay tuned :)


Wishing you the best!




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Boston Terrier Pet Portraits Fresno | Bessie Young Photography

Boston Terrier Pet Portraits Fresno | Bessie Young Photography

Yota the Boston Terrier

Pet Portrait Session

January 31st, 2015

Fresno, California


I am joy in a wooly coat, come to dance into your life, to make you laugh! -- Julie Church


Pet Portraits are some of the funnest portraits. I am a huge animal person, so maybe that is why I like taking their pictures so much.


This pet portrait was of a 4 year old Boston. Boston Terriers are some of the best dogs ever! I absolutely love this little Boston. Her name is Yota, but everyone calls her either Yo or Yottie. She is full of spunk yet she can be one of the laziest dogs you have ever seen. When she wakes up in the morning, she runs straight for the couch. She then burrows under the covers, and will stay there until she thinks you are going somewhere.


Once you have a Boston, you will never want any other kind of dog. If you know or own a Boston Terrier you know exactly what I am talking about.


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I absolutely love animals! Growing up, my family always had animals. We had dogs, cats, horses, fish, hamsters, and much more.


Just a few months ago, I was lucky enough to photograph this adorable Boston Terrier. Her name is Tazzle. At the time she was only 8 weeks old. Since she was so young it made it quite easy to photograph her. All she wanted to do was sit on her owners lap and sleep.


This was such a fun shoot and I hope you enjoyed the pictures.


My absolute favorite photo out of the entire day is the one where she is yawning. It was such a great moment to capture. Leave a comment and let me know which picture is your favorite.


Come check out my Pinterest board dedicated to animal portraits here:


"I am joy in a wooly coat, come to dance into your life, to make you laugh!" -- Julie Church


If you don't know I also have a Boston named Yota. Here is a picture of her:bessie young photography boston terrier yotaI hope you all have a wonderful day!


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