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Spring Pet Lover’s Special!

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Spring Fever has arrived!  I am ready to get back out there see all my dog clients that I have been missing all winter!  Studio Minis are fun, but I LOVE our outdoor sessions where your dog really gets to have his day!  Our 45 minute session will include lots of playtime, treats, and tummy rubs for your four legged friends!  Two legged friends will receive 5 digital images with print release and a 5×7 professional album to show off your fur children at home, the office or strangers on the bus if you wish.  You will also receive an online ordering gallery sharable with family and friends!  Sessions will take place at Blandy Farm (Virginia Arboretum) with beautiful brick buildings, rock walls, and flowering plants and trees.  This is also a safe (and allowed) place for TRAINED pets to be off leash!

First come basis!  Only 8 slots available.

*up to two dogs from the same household.  Each additional dog $25

$25 non-refundable deposit required to reserve slot.

email. phone. text. facebook message. send balloons up over my house.

However you want to contact me to book is acceptable:)


Introducing Anna Claire!


Diptych 3 copyHolly and Bryan’s days of waiting are over!  Baby Anna has arrived and she’s really cute!!!!  Please leave a comment to send the new parents well wishes and unsolicited wisdom!


“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights shorter, bank balance smaller, home happier, clothes dirty, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”

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There’s nothing sweeter than a brand new baby!  Congrats to Bryan and Holly and thanks so much for letting be there to capture your special maternity and newborn moments!

Holly - Thank you Shannon for these wonderful pictures!! I’m so happy we found you! I hope you’re prepared to be our lifetime photographer ;).

Shannon Hodges - Thanks so much Holly! Best compliment a photographer can get!

1st Annual Dog of the Year Contest

Shannon Hodges Photography & Posh Pets are pairing up for a competition of the furriest kind!  Do you think your dog has what it take to win the Dog of the Year title!?  Is she cute?  Is he smart?  Does your dog do something awesome like nobody’s business?  Tell us about it!  Or better yet SHOW us!  Leave a comment in the blog below or on facebook telling us about your dog and why you think they would make an excellent Dog of the Year!  The winning pooch will receive a free custom photo session and a fantastic looking portrait of themselves displayed for a whole year at Posh Pets Boutique on the Walking Mall!  Also included are free treats, belly rubs and ear scratches during your session and bragging right for a whole year!

Please visit the rafflecopter link for more chances to enter!


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Britney Mann - I would love for my girl Mokkan to win! PICK MOKKAN!!!

Laura Hinkle - my dog zoey is awsome. she’s very protective of our family.,very gentle with children;she’s good @ herding loose chickens up. very smart also she’d mske a good dog of the year

Laura Hinkle - my dog zoey is awsome. she’s very protective of our family.,very gentle with children;she’s good @ herding loose chickens up. very smart also she’d make a good dog of the year

Angela Dove - My amazing girl Sadie would make a great dog of the year. She is a well rounded pup for her young age of two. She loves to catch anything, especially a high flying frisbee. She enjoys learning tricks as well as doing agility. She visits the assisted living facility where I work and always impresses me with her gentleness. She also loves to dress up and show off. Sadie is already my dog of the year and I would love to share her with everyone.

Brandy Basalyga - I would love for angel to win I really think she should be the dog of the year, she is so cute, she won sit contest at the spca paw fest event. She is my best friend and my four legged fur baby.

Kristin - Love your work…would love for Frank the Newfie to win!

Lisa - Spumoni should win pet of the year! He is amazingly cute and adorable with a perfect temperament. He loves EVERYBODY – dog, human, or kitty.
He is also a hard worker and will try anything once. He likes to do Agility and Rally, and Treibball and Scootering. He has tried some things that I wanted him to try – and he gives it his best shot even if he isn’t a fan – like sheepherding, or weight pulling.
He is very clever and likes to “help” me by picking up his toys and putting them away, and bringing me things he picks up. He is great at learning tricks and is enthusiastic about experimenting. He has gone to weekend training trips with me and stayed in hotels, and is always on his best behavior. He helps me teach classes and do presentations too. The most wonderful thing about Spumoni is that he is a Pet Partner Therapy Dog. He really enjoys connecting with people and making them smile, especially kids at school visits. He is always ready to do a trick, give a kiss, or accept lots of love. He is a super special dog!

Hillary Niemeier - I would love to see Bentley win Dog of the Year! He is my best buddy and keeps me entertained with his fun personality…not to mention his good looks! He’s a great dog who loves everything he meets! (Unless it’s a bunny rabbit or a squirrel…those are reallyyyy scary in his book!) :)

Renee Juliano - My doxie Oscar can ‘talk’….when begging for his treat he will answer ‘Mama’ when I ask ‘Who loves you’? That’s pretty amazing right? :)

Angela Dove - Thanks for hosting this contest. I think we all love the chance to share how special our dogs are to us.

Brooke Jackson - MoMo would love to spend time showing off getting his picture taken with his trademark tongue! This gentle giant will steal your heart!

Sarah - Love keemo! :)

Scarlett - Isis would love a custom photo session. She is the sweetest pup you will ever meet : )

Margaret Moreau - My dog Gusto is working hard to break the pit bull stereotype. He loves showing people how excited he is to meet them, wagging his tail so hard he leaves bruises. With our 2.5 yr old daughter he has always been a saint. He lets her climb on him, drag him around the house, ride him like a horse, and use him as a step stool. Gus is always there to comfort us, and his never ending energy makes him great to take along on our family hikes. He’s brilliant in his own goofy way, he can sit pretty, sit, lay down, go to bed, wait, stay, crawl, jump, and other tricks on command (when he’s not too excited).

His name fits him perfectly, no matter what he’s doing whether playing, or loving, he does it with gusto.

Donna - Love Keemo (MoMo). He is the gentle giant.

Tonia G - Introducing Klepto; yes as in kleptomaniac; he steals hearts. It is true – a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. All bad days are erased when I come home to his pig snorts and wiggle butt. When I give him a kiss and he smiles, yes – he smiles, I know that he loves me just as much as I love him. Klepto is a shared custody dog. Not only because he has so much love to give to us – but also because his Dad or I couldn’t be without him. He has shown me love with no boundaries. He loves everyone and tends to get a complex when someone (or another dog) ignores him while we are walking.
Klepto has taught me so much in his short life. He’s had quite his share of health issues but he perseveres through it all. He’s been deemed a “medical mystery” dog by more than one vet. When he was 1.5 he had a kidney removed due to an extra artery causing him to pee blood by Dr. Allyson Berent at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital (part of UPenn). We were told this issue had only been medically documented in one other case and that was a lion. Around 7/2011 we noticed he was getting a potbelly. He’s always been very fit so we decided to monitor treats, food and exercise more closely. Upon a vet visit with our primary vet, Dr. Max Mandel at Stephens City Animal Hospital we realized the issue was bigger – he was retaining fluid. We were told it could be liver disease, heart failure, tumor, leakage from his lymphatic system. Traveling ultrasound tech Dr. David Kerr with VRDIS came to perform an ultrasound and pull fluid to be tested – no major findings in either. An electrocardiogram was performed advising possible congestive heart failure. We then traveled to CVCA to see Dr. Bill Tyrell, cardiologist. After an ultrasound of his heart and an echo cardio all heart issues were ruled out, with the exception of a small murmur. Then we saw Dr. Robert Justin with Leesburg Veterinary Internal Medicine to perform an abdominal ultrasound. No cause of the fluid issue was found. Persistent to find the root cause we traveled to Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VA Tech Vet School) to see Dr. Amanda Perman & Dr. Michael Leib. After more blood work and ultrasounds the cause remains unknown. The big stuff (cancer, heart failure, liver damage) were all ruled out. Klepto’s fluid issue is now medically managed with prescription food and diuretics. All of the vets involved in his care have my utmost respect!!!
Klepto rarely seems affected by his health. He lives on love and teaches all of those who give him a chance to do the same. Klepto is hoping you vote for him as “Dog of the Year”.

janet smith - my granddog klepto is hands down the most awesome dog. klepto can open presents by holding with his paws and tearing away the paper. when heis told i am coming for a visit he races to the door to wait for me. he is a huge cuddler and loves to give kisses. klepto lets his mom dress him up and pose him on any occassion. please, please, please let klepto show you how absolutely handsome and talented he is.

Amber - Please pick Klepto! He’s a sweet Pitbull who is loving with both his human friends and fellow pooches. :)

Patricia Kimbrell - Vote for Klepto! He is the sweetest, most loveable, loyal dog ever! Everyone should vote for that handsome little boy!

Lori J. Marple - I vote for Klepto. His mommy is Tonia Gardner. He breaks the pit bull stereo types.:)

Susan Dye - Rudy Valentino, my little Yorkie, would make a great Dog of the Year. His name says it all. He is such a sweetheart. Loves the ladies, children, and other dogs regardless of their size. He’s been known to give big toothy smiles when he sees old friends, or is trying to talk me into giving him a treat:) Even though he might not win the contest, after all there is some pretty stiff competition, he will always be Dog of the Year to me.

Jess Kowalski - I vote for Klepto! He is such an amazing dog who has overcome a lot to be here. He shatters the pit bull stereotype! He is the most lovable dog. He enjoys giving his love and receiving it back. So yes, I vote for Klepto and everyone else should too.

Shannon Hodges - I’m loving all the wonderful dog comments! Its clear how much you all love your fur children! I feel so lucky to be surrounded with other animal lovers in my work!

Bryan - Definitely Keemo (MoMo)!!! He’s such a loving gentle giant!!

Rachel Russell - I think my aunts dog keemo should win! Like everyone says he really is a gentle giant. He’s over a hundred pounds but thinks he only weighs two and thinks he is a lap dog. Keemo can steal your heart just with the look on his face and the with the tongue hanging out. If you’re laying on the couch he wants to be right on top just to let you know he is there. He sounds like a big bad dog when he is barking but he is truly a baby. Believe it or not but he is a mastiff that is deathly scared of chihuahuas. Keemo had a rough past with health issues but he does not let it phase him one bit especially when he is playing in the snow. I think keemo should be the dog of the year because he truly is one of a kind with the way he looks and acts.

Caroline - While I have four AMAZING dogs, I have to say my neighbor dog Klepto, featured above, is extremely awesome. He’s the biggest love. He’s great with everyone he meets. I wish he was mine! (Except for the medical bills)
Tonia, he’s a rocking dog and you should be proud!

Anina Robb - Zorro, our Havanese, is definitely a great pooch. My husband added him to our family last year. I’d never had a dog and was VERY apprehensive as we had two kids 6 and 10 and a house cat already. Zorro has been such a gentle soul and wonderful addition to our family. He never scared or bit or jumped on my kids or acted aggressive in any way. He never chased out kitty! My husband and I joke that he is like a little old man in a puppy’s body! I am so glad that my introduction to dogs has been through such a sweet and caring pup.

Jamie - Pick Keemo (MoMo) he and his owner deserve the honor!!

Christina Shaffer - I walked into the SPCA in early December, sat on the floor to meet an adorable beagle, and Tinsel crawled right into my lap, put her nose against mine, and stole my heart. We haven’t been together very long, but this 2 year old pup is my beautiful girl who welcomes me home with kisses, lies beside me when I’m sick, licks my tears away, and makes me laugh hysterically with her crazy antics. She is the dog of my world, not just my year… even when she tries to eat my shoes.

52 Week Project – A Day in the Life…

Get Better at Blogging!  (By “get better” I mean actually start doing it).

That was one of my Business New Year’s Resolutions for 2014!  In an effort to pick up my camera more around my own home, I have joined a 52 week project with the Beautiful Beasties Network (a network for pet photographers).  I hope to participate as often as possible and challenge myself to shoot things *ahem* photograph life, more particularly, MY LIFE.  My pets, My Child, My Husband and MYself.  I spend a great deal of my time photographing my wonderful clients and editing their images and making sure they have wonderful art work to display in their homes and to share with family and friends.  However, my son is now 7 months old and I have taken an overwhelming amount of photos of him since he was born but guess how many I have on my walls?  That’s right, Zero.  Bad mom award.

This week’s theme is: A Day in the Life….  and boy what a life it is.

If you aren’t familiar with them already via FB, meet:  Carter (my son).  Eddie (9 yr old Border Collie).  & Ricco (3 year old Mutt)

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Ricco and Carter and Best Pals.  Ricco is normally about a “lick” away.  I’m fairly certain their bond truly blossomed when Carter started eating baby food….  And since baby food typically spreads to about a 3ft radius of Carter when he eats, Ricco doesn’t miss a drop…  

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Meanwhile, Eddie spends the majority of his days, reminiscing  about the first six year of his life that he spent as my ONLY child…  He also throws out a good “mean mugg” from time to time just to let me know he’s still bitter about it all…

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And THAT is a typical day in the Hodges Household!

For more “A Day in the Life” photos head on over to Shelley Castle Photography of Washington, DC  and keep clicking the link at the bottom of all the blogs till you make it back here!

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Joanna - Ha ha ha, still grinning from the bit about baby food :) Lovely photos!

Karen Ramos - LOL. Eddie is such a character.

Shannon Hodges - Thanks Karen, he’s been told that his whole life lol.

Marilina Davila - Way to go Ricco! Somebody has to do the dirty work in the house! Great photos!

Shelley Castle - Too cute…Yes, I know my fur-kids would love to have a some food-sharing baby to be besties with! :) Too cute.

Volunteering for Veterans

Last week I was asked by John of the Disabled Veteran’s Committee on Housing to photograph the Country Legends Revival and what a show it was!  Not only was it a concert benefiting local disabled veterans, the entertainers were so great!  Robbie Limon, The Carroll Bothers Band, and Charlee Allman opened it up for Michael Twitty, son of late Conway Twitty.  Let me tell you….  If you do not know who Charlee Allman is, YOU WILL.  This twelve year old tiny girl stole the entire show.  AMAZING!  While I wasn’t sure what to expect walking in the door, it was a great concert.  Michael Twitty was not only fantastic at singing his father’s songs, but he was such a great storyteller and was actually really funny!

During the show, the Veteran’s Committee on Housing unveiled the dedication on what will now be known as the Margaret L. Richmond Veteran’s Community Center, located in Stasburg, Virginia.  Once completed, the center will allow disabled veterans a place to live while re-acclimating to civilian life and can house up to six veterans who risk becoming homeless otherwise.  The center will also help veterans create resumes and connect them with potential jobs as well as assist with completing paperwork to seek benefits and assistance through the Veterans Administration.

A great night out for a great organization in support of an awesome cause!  Check out these pictures from the show!

John S. Lewandowski - These are really great shots and I cna’t wait to see teh rest of them that you had taken. Thank you Shannon for your professionalism and dedication to our veterans.

John S. Lewandowski, Founder/Consultant, DVCH

Steve Allman - THANK YOU, for the kind remarks about Charlee. She can really wow a crowd. Nice pictures.

Shannon Hodges - Steve, She was SO amazing! I hope I get to see her perform again sometime!

Viqui Dill - Shannon! These are great shots. Thank you so much for sharing them and for volunteering to support the vets. Rock on, girl!