“Thank you so much for everything! You definitely captured his spirit, amazing personality, and love. Words can't describe what this means to me.” 

I am my carefree, relaxed, quirky self at every session. I will probably meet you dressed in my favorite pair of leggings with my hair up in a giant bun.. I’ll start chatting with you about your dogs. If there is one thing that I love to talk about is dogs, so tell me the good, the bad and the ugly -I want to hear it.

My camera doesn’t make an appearance until we all warm up to each other. I want your pooches to be comfortable with me before I take my first shot. I will give them time to warm up to the idea of me and to sniff me out. I will pull out my camera and let them investigate it and check it out at their own pace. I’m a big lover of positive reinforcement so I will be giving lots of treats, pets and love (especially when they interact with my camera). I never yell, scold or get angry when a dog doesn’t behave or perform.

I like to keep things fun and natural, so for our shoot we will do a mix of posed and candid photos. This means I will place your beast somewhere and then wait for something good to happen (because when you work with pets, expect the unexpected). In order to get your dog comfortable with both me and my camera, I will need to take over for a bit and if I need your help I will simply ask you for some. The best photos come when you relax and forget I’m there. So breathe. Let go. And just be yourself.

A relaxed dog is a happy dog so that’s why photo sessions include high quality made in the USA treats, dog toys and plenty of belly rubs (and few slobbery kisses too!

On-location sessions are probably my favorite kind of session! Sessions can take place at local parks, scenic desert views or a really rad location downtown. It’s like one big doggy play date, except I’m chasing them around with a camera. I will encourage them to do certain things, give them toys and props to use and might resort to talking in funny high pitched voices if I have to.

I try to find a location with multiple ‘looks’ so we might walk around and experience the sights. Just think of me as your own personal paparazzi that day.

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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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The List 
The Daily Dog Tag 1,2,3,4,5,6
Hair of the Dog 1,2,3
Pretty Fluffy 1,2
Itty Bitty & Fluffy 1,2,
Healthy Paws 
PAWSH Magazine & Studio
Joy Session 1,2,3
Beautiful Beasties 1,2,3,4

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