Risha, Michael, Kathy, Giggles & Gunther! {Nashville Family Photographer}

On the blog this week is another cute family and pet portrait session that's been hiding in the archives! Meet Risha, her son Michael, and her mom Kathy at their home in Brentwood, TN last spring!

I took some headshots for Risha, and since Michael was about to graduate high school around this time, we also had a fun family portrait session. It was also around Mother's Day weekend, so it was all about the mommas!

And, of course, we had to include the pups: Giggles and Gunther! Giggles is a super sweet 9-year-old miniature red dachshund, and Gunther is a 6-year-old black and tan rescued mix.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their session below!

~ Mandy

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Mandy Whitley Photography is Nashville's premiere pet photographer. Mandy Whitley creates fun and playful photographs with pets and their people. She photographs portrait sessions, family sessions, couple portraits, and weddings - as well as just pets! To inquire about booking a photo session, contact Mandy!

Fun Products for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Whether you're a new dog parent or you've already got more than one furry family member at home, shopping for your pet can be a lot of fun! 

But they aren't the only ones who can enjoy some awesome products. Below are a few spotlights of some amazing vendors who offer a range of items for dogs and dog lovers alike! 

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Winks and Whiskers

One of the only companies out there of its kind, Winks & Whiskers is an apparel company for pet parents! Started by Eric and Kayla (a husband and wife team!), this company sells pet parent apparel that not only looks and feels trendy, but also gives back! 

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10% off all profits is donated back to animal charities, and over the last two years they've donated over $4,000! And they have a bunch of super cute designs, including ones with dog-oriented phrases, lots of small paw prints, and other pet parent slogans you're bound to love. They even have a few new camping themed ones that are perfect for the summer season!

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Another company I love is Mutthead, which offers a wide selection of stylish collars for dogs (and cats!). They specialize in offering buckle and martingale dog collars for dogs of all sizes, but also offer leashes, bow ties, and bandanas as well. 

And if you don't see a fabric you love in the type of product you're looking for, you can contact them to see if you can order something custom for your pet!

Earthdog

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For an eco-friendly shopping option, check out Earthdog's hemp collars, leashes and dog beds -- all handmade here in the US! They've been around for 20 years now -- or as they say on their website, "140 dog years" -- and they donate 10% of their profits to Kody's Fund, a non-profit that funds spay and neuter programs. 

Barker's Market

If you love shopping at the Franklin Farmer's Market, you may have seen the booth for the Barker's Market, a family-owned business right here in Nashville. 

They make handcrafted pet apparel and all-natural pet treats -- everything from bandanas, leashes and collars to doggy donuts and cat treats! The Barker's Market also donates 10% of their profits to local pet charities that share their values by promoting animal health and happiness. :) 

Contact a Pet Photographer in Tennessee

Mandy Whitley Photography is Nashville's premiere pet photographer. Mandy Whitley creates fun and playful photographs with pets and their people. She photographs portrait sessions, family sessions, couple portraits, and weddings - as well as just pets! To inquire about booking a photo session, contact Mandy!

My Second Home Pet Resort {Nashville Pet Photographer}

This week I'm featuring an amazing local company, My Second Home Pet Resort! This is one of the premier pet boarding facility based in Franklin, TN, and is the top go-to for many pet owners in the Nashville area to take their furry family members for boarding, grooming and daycare.

They have been established in the community for over 14 years and work very closely with several animal rescue organizations every year by raising donations, sponsoring charity events and fostering cats and dogs looking for forever homes. They are always looking for new ways to offer great services to the community and their pets! I've done a few mini session events for charities there in the past year.

The resort facility is fantastic, with several types of boarding rooms for dogs, an outdoor play area, a cat boarding room, grooming, day care and dog training! And as of August 1, they will also offer in-home pet care services to the local area with walks and home visits Monday - Friday!

One of the best features about My Second Home is that there is no breed discrimination at the facility. They welcome everyone and can build a custom package for any pet -- even dogs that don't like being around other dogs. 

Also, every employee is a pet parent. The manager said, "If we simply employed people who “love animals”, everyone would qualify. Instead, we look for individuals who not only love animals, but practice compassion and take pride in their quality of work. We have over 20 staff members that have been with MSH for years, and some have made a career out of helping My Second Home continue to succeed in the community." I love this company philosophy and can see first-hand how it makes a difference in the quality of service they provide.

I highly recommend visiting the facility with your own furry family members, and if you mention Mandy Whitley Photography sent you, there's a discount waiting for you!

~ Mandy

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Mandy Whitley Photography is Nashville's premiere pet photographer. Mandy Whitley creates fun and playful photographs with pets and their people. She photographs portrait sessions, family sessions, couple portraits, and weddings - as well as just pets! To inquire about booking a photo session, contact Mandy!