Hi, I’m Kira DeDecker (“key-ra dee-decker”) and I’m a pet photographer serving Arizona’s greater Phoenix Metro area. Welcome to my blog! This is where I share not only my most recent work but also my life with you. Client sneak peeks, Facebook recaps, announcements, updates, awesome new offerings and the occasional (okay, frequent) story about my crazy but amazing life with my three dogs – Sox, Bixby and Waffles.

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May 12, 2011

Mother Nature’s Son {Before and After}

Snapped the above photo of Sox all the way back in 2010 and just recently re-discovered it yesterday. I love greenery, long grass and diffused light so I’m surprised I missed this one the first time around. Since my yard is pretty ugly with just few spots of green I have to be very careful where I place my dogs but even with the most careful intentions, sh#t happens (especially with wild dogs that don’t take direction and want to go bark at your neighbor’s beagles).

The original SOOC shot is pretty decent exposure. What stands out to me the most is the yellowing background and the smear of peanut butter on Sox’s nose.

For the final edit I added contrast, deepened the blacks and upped the midtones. I then edited out the yellow dead grass with the healing brush and a brush with grass colored green set to 10%. Next I enhanced the eyes and did a quick fix on some of Sox’s nose with the healing brush. For the final touch I added a nice subtle vignette.

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Kira DeDecker is an on-location lifestyle pet photographer specializing in one-of-a-kind fine art and modern portraits. She works exclusively with dogs, cats and all other four legged creatures to create vibrant, quirky and soulful works of art.She also photographs needy animals pro-bono for non-profit animal organizations (like Cavalier Rescue USA).

Kira DeDecker Photography is a editorial and commercial pet photographer based in Glendale AZ and serves the Metro Phoenix area (Scottsdale, Peoria, Phoenix, Suncity, Surprise, Goodyear, Avondale and Tempe) and beyond.

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