Family Tides Photography » Joyfully Capturing Time all around the Savannah, GA Area

This week’s challenge asked us to explore The Rule of Thirds for Pet Photography.  This rule applies to composing art that will draw its viewer to the most important or strong aspects of the work.  And it reminds us that the most powerful points of a photograph are held at the points where intersections of thirds occur.

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In this example of Oatis, a beautiful draft horse that now serves as an equine therapy horse @ Hoofs4Healing, we can see how much more powerful and dramatic the image becomes after I recomposed it to give Oatis room to look outward.  By placing his eye at the top left intersection of thirds, now we see most clearly what the image was captured to highlight.  And the bonus negative space left for him to look outward gives me more cause to ponder about Oatis’s thoughts. . .the image feels more like a story now.

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I love making art and I love horses, so these two combined made a super fun week for me in this 52 Week Pet Photography challenge.  I hope that you will continue on in our blog circle to see Danyel Rogers’ take on The Rule of Thirds over at Wag to my Heart Photographer,  providing photography needs for the Portland Metro area.

And if you’re interested in having us capture your furry or feathered friends, give us a shout at 912.650.0242!  We’d love to connect with you.

  • Pet Photography Project 52: Week 2 – Rule of Thirds – CM Bryson - […] what the next pet photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Rule of Thirds,” start with Salty Paw Pet Photography, by Nancy Hedtke, serving the greater Savannah, GA area. Continue to click the link at the end of each post in the blog circle and you’ll eventually find […]ReplyCancel

  • Linda Metcalf - Absolutely gorgeous use of the rule of thirds!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Allard - Beautiful image with lovely lighting; I love how you burned down the background.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Oh Oatis is beautiful! Wonderful post demonstrating the rule of thirds. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ashley Siemon - Wow, a beautiful an dramatic shot with great use of the rule of thirds! I love how well you’ve captured the texture on the horse’s fur. Looks silky smooth!ReplyCancel

  • Danyel - The coat of Oatis is so glossy. I just want to pet him. Great images.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - Gorgeous image! Love how you showed the difference and great job with the background in your final!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Ellis - Great use of the rule of thirds and negative space. Your editing choices just polished off a wonderful captureReplyCancel

  • Sandra mccarthy - great example of how the rule of thirds and negative space can make an image stand out.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - I love your final photo. Great example!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - Fantastic example it really works!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Perdue - Wow! That was the first word, these are beautiful photos of this horse – well done.ReplyCancel

As we launch into 2018, we could not have asked for a more beautiful surprise. It’s been since 1989 that Savannah saw snow, so waking up to this wintry day was so dreamy! Nothing says play to kids and fur babies alike more than fat snowflakes and snowball fights.

Bundle Up, Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Lilah, a 9 Year Old Golden Retriever, absolutely loves the snow . . .well, and any type of ball!

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So she was happy to chase everyone around and beg for her turn at the snowball game.

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And every now and then, she’d just stop and soak it all in.

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We think she’s beautiful set against any backdrop. . .but this Blank Slate of Fresh Snow was extra special.

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And although the indoor kitties were a little less enthusiastic about their first snow experience, we think they loved it too! Er, well, hey, they’ll do just about anything for the kitty treats!

Baby Clemson, aka Skippy Jon Jones

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And Lilly Paris, aka Princess Kitty

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Excited to see what next week holds and looking forward to lots more time with fur babies in 2018! Watch for our brand expansion as Family Tides Photography grows to add Salty Paw Pet Photography with lots of exciting offers for your pets this year.

Want to see more beautiful fur in our Blank Slate Blog Challenge?  Go check out Darlene with Pant the Town Pet Photography serving MA and NH

  • Giving Lisa a Second Chance - Nancy Kieffer Photography - […] take on the subject for the week.    I invite you to follow our blog circle to Salty Paw Pet Photography (owner Nancy Hedtke) , serving the Savannah, GA area to see her interpretation of the subject.  […]ReplyCancel

  • Kim Hollis - Oh I love Lilah in her scarf. Baby Clemson (love the name) is beautiful too. (I used to know a chihuahua named Skippy Jon!) And then Lilly Paris. Such great names for all of these. Welcome to the group.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - Oh my goodness, cats in snow! That’s wonderful! I love dogs in snow and Lilah looks to be having a great time. Great start to the new year!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine - Beautiful photos of Lilah. We also have an English Setter names Lilah and I am partial to the name. Our very first dog was a golden named Sandy. Like you, I consider them beautiful in any backdrop. Loved the kitties in the snow. Welcome to Project 52!ReplyCancel

  • Danyel - What stunning images! I love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Ellis - These are stunning snow images..just magical!ReplyCancel

  • Susannah - I think you got more snow than we did in Cincinnati! What wonderful images and your orange kitty is absolutely stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Darlene - Wow! Snow in GA!!! How exciting! These are great images – Love Lilah in her colorful scarf and the cats are beautiful! Enjoy the snow while it lasts!ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Ooohhh…the snow! We don’t get it in Hamilton NZ, but this is magical. I’m a sucker for a golden retriever, but Lilah is a beautiful grand lady! Look forward to seeing more of her🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - I love playing with my dog in the snow. He is sometimes too fast to catch good pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra mccarthy - I love your golden photos. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • Rochelle Marshall - I love everything about these. But those cat images… Outstanding!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Every one of these images is such fun! I think you captured their pawsonalities quite well!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Allard - Lucky! The images look beautiful and I love the red scarf!ReplyCancel

  • SamAdele - I don’t have much to say about this apart from stunning! The red and gold and white on Lilahs photos – gorgeous!
    I love the cat photos too! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Perdue - Wow! Savannah got a lot of snow and you did a wonderful job of photographing in it! I love all of the shots, but I definitely loved seeing the cats in the snow – not something I have seen very often.ReplyCancel

Meet sweet baby Josiah!  He was so calm and alert for his in-hospital newborn session and we absolutely loved seeing how much his big brother loves him already.


Click here to see his Just Hatched Story.

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We love these in-hospital “Just Hatched” sessions where we focus on documenting those sweet first days with your little one.  With a story-telling approach, we aim to capture the setting, the discovery, the tiny details that are so special in baby’s welcome party.  We welcome family to join in on these sessions to, so we’ll help you plan to include siblings, grandparents, and other special family members for your baby’s treasury.

Contact us today so that we can tell you more about how we approach these sessions, how to plan for a smooth experience, and what products you can choose from this special plan.  We take a limited number of these sessions each month so please contact early (recommend six weeks before baby’s estimated date of arrival).




Family portraits in the fall marsh of Savannah are a beautiful way of forever bottling time. While we laugh and hug, dance and kiss, our joy and warmth glows against a beautiful southern sunset.
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I was so honored to capture this beautiful extended family during their Thanksgiving gathering! With their family now spread out between several cities, their reunion in Savannah meant the world for them.

From siblings

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To couples

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And even sweet fur babies,

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We captured joy!

Best of all: we captured love between Generations!

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Consider adding a portrait experience to your next family get-together! You will be so glad that you did!