lifestyle family portrait photography

How I got to photograph Slovak Rough-haired Pointers {Lifestyle Family Photographer, San Jose, CA}

When I first got an email from this family I was extremely happy. Not only they are dog lovers, but they are literally dog parents. Oscar and George are their kids as any human kid could be. They even go trick or treating each year. This year, for example, they were supposed to be superheroes, but due to a family sickness they did not go.

Thanks to their super awesome mom you will be able to see Slovak rough-haired pointers super heroes, anyway. She dressed them all up today and snapped those pictures just for the purpose of this post, so enjoy what might be your only chance to see such cute thing.

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I really hope they enjoyed those costumes more then being in a sheep disguise (what I heard, they did not like so much).

This breed (Slovak Rough-haired Pointer), is very unique to United States. If you were with us you could simply see that, because every single person who walked by us stopped with the question:

 “wow! what kind of dogs are they?”.

I was very impressed by the dogs friendly attitude towards me or other dogs. During the session I had received countless kisses and many times we had to take breaks caused by the urge to say “hello” to passing dog owners, or rather the owner’s dogs.


These dogs are mostly bred to track and point vast range of animals from birds to deer. The couple got them after falling in love in this breed during a dog show they attended. Or I should say, it was the mom who fell in love with this breed. And when woman wants something, she gets it. Right.

They imported one from Slovakia, and then one more. They say, they don’t plan more, but, well, I know how that goes…


You start from one, then the one seems to be a little lonely, so you add another one, and before you know it you have a bunch…



As an owner of a hunting breed myself, it was very interesting to listen about Oscar and George. I loved hearing about their personalities and how different they are. Just like my dogs. The same breed, two totally different personalities. Well, the same goes with my two daughters. Kids, dogs, no difference, and we pretty  much agreed on that, too. LOL

Also, just like kids, we were able to trick them to “behave” with some delicious snacks during the session.







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Best place to visit and shop this weekend in Sonoma County

Few days ago me and my kids had an awesome time visiting a friend who lives up North. We had one day trip with the kids and I kind of fell in love in that place. The City of Petaluma – best place to visit and shop in Sonoma County, especially this upcoming weekend. Why? Because they will be having an amazing sales (their approach to Black Friday). So if you’re planning your family session this year, well, Petaluma is filled with unique boutiques with beautiful wardrobe, and if I had known I’ll be writing a blog post about it I would probably had taken a few photos of those boutiques. But I didn’t, so you just have to believe me 🙂

Take my word for it, you will find some beautiful outfits for the entire family!


This place has very historical feeling to it. Many of the old buildings have been re-purposed into retail, and it’s great to just walk around.


Isinde this old mill there are stores and offices. Very cool place!



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the Balshaw Bridge


I’ve heard Metallica played in this theater years and years ago.


The sales have already (partially) started so I simply couldn’t resist and lost myself in a “yarn store”. Got out of there a few more cashmere yarn balls richer.



Along the shopping it is also a wonderful place to just walk around, have a lunch and relax.











During our trip we got very lucky because we not only had our tour guide but we also were fed with some delicious home cooked food, and my kids got to bake cakes and cupcakes! The best trip ever.

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So, if you still don’t have any plans for this week, well, Petaluma is a place to consider for sure. And here is address to a free public parking:

169 C St, 

Petaluma, CA

from there you can easily walk to all the places on the pictures above.

Have fun!


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