• WELCOME!

    Looking for the Gallery for the Dog Pawty at Lexington in East Hampton on August 20, 2016? Click here.

    You can download the image for free, and order prints by adding your favorites to the shopping cart.

    This is the main website and blog site for the Puparazzi, the pet photography division of Vivid Visions Photo-Graphics. We are based on eastern Long Island and serve Long Island, the North Fork and the Hamptons, but we also take our show on the road from time to time. If you live outside of our main service area, don't be shy-we may be coming to your neighborhood soon!

    We have been having so much fun doing sessions in the field that our website does not get updated very much. But, don't worry--we are as active as ever, and would love to meet you and your furbaby to get some great memories for you. So, call or email to find out more!

    We cover quite a bit of territory here, but our main focus is making images of your furry, fuzzy and feathered friends.

    Primarily, we hope you will find easy access to information regarding our services and pricing. Just check the menu bar above. There you will find links to our Pet Photo galleries, details on our services and other information, including a note from Owner/Photographer Judy McCleery sharing a bit about how she found herself making a living with a camera in her hand.

    Feedback, input and comments are always welcome, so please join our conversation with a post in our comments section. Or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

    Thanks for visiting! Stay as long as you like and come back to see us again soon!

  • Photography Services

    While we would love for you to just browse around at your leisure, we know your time is valuable, so to help you find the topics that are most interesting to you, here are some a couple of suggested links you should try first: You can learn more about our style and our suggestions for preparing your pet for the photo session by checking the links in the ABOUT drop-down menu. You also find our pricing plans and information on additional services. Also check out the Gallery of Pet Pix in the Gallery link. This will take you to the Flash slide show. If you wish to see the gallery in without Flash (important for iPhone users) you'll find a link in the ABOUT drop-down menu
  • We’re Greener Photographers

    Conserving our natural resources is as important to us as preserving your special memories. And we give this effort more than lip service. Wherever and whenever possible and practical, The Puparazzi uses environmentally friendly business practices and offers environmentally friendly products. So, if you would like to talk a walk on the greener side, ask us about our Greener Photography specials. Oh, and check our nifty badge in our sidebar-we're certified as a Premier of Greener Photography.
  • The Blog-

    After you have explored the business side of things, we have plenty more to share on the blogging side. We'll share sample photos and comments about recent shoots, photography tips, and even climb on the soapbox once in a while for a worthy cause. We hope the blog offers you a glimpse into who we are, so when you are ready to contact us, we feel like friends.

    Scroll down the page to see the most recent posts.

  • Contact Us

    Learn more or book a session. 631.765.3572 info@thepuparazzi.net

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

I’m pleased to introduce Hogan, our black lab and resident watch dog, and an absolutely committed retriever.

If you’ve seen thePuparazzi gallery, then you’ve seen this ham for sure. He loves to pose for pictures! Another thing Hogan loves to do is sleep. On the couch, preferably with his head propped up by a pillow.

Today’s Puparazzi Pic-A Sleeping Hogan

Photo-sleeping dog

Sleeping Hogan

Puparazzi-Buddy at Bailies Beach

We are getting a little ahead of ourselves here, but very soon, Vivid Visions Pet Pix will be transitioning into The Puparazzi. And regular readers of this blog will be able to watch the transformation take place. Consider it a metamorphosis as the Pet Photography division of Vivid Visions Photo-Graphics hatches out of its cocoon to become a serious contender in the pet and wildlife photography field.

One of the features of the new Puparazzi brand is regular posts of pet and wildlife photographs to provide our readers, friends and soon-to-be- friends a brief  moment to pause in their busy day to enjoy imagery of our fuzzy and furry friends. We plan to offer a new image each day, so bookmark us, friend us and follow us so you won’t miss any!

Our inaugural Puparazzi Pic is Buddy at Bailies Beach. This gentle giant is part golden retriever and part shar pei. This image was captured at his first beach outing when he was about 9 months old. Turns out he’s not much of a swimmer, as his cousin Hogan, a black lab and avid swimmer, couldn’t coax him in the water no matter how hard he tried. No matter – it was a fun day for all the pups.

Buddy

Buddy's first day at the beach

Horseshoe Crabs-critical link our eco-system

If you live near the coast, no doubt you have encountered a horseshoe crab, or at least their shells, once or twice. Inconspicuos as they may seem, these creatures are critical to the red knot, a shore bird that migrate annually from the tip of South America to the Canadian Artic to rear their young.

The red knots have a lay-over along the Atlantic shoreline in their migration north so they can feast on the literally millions of eggs that are deposited by horseshoe crabs during the spring mating season. A serious decline in the horseshoe crab population in the 1990s, attributed to over-harvesting for bait and medical purposes, has diminished the food source for the red knot so seriously that the red knot population is at risk of crashing. States have imposed harvest limits, but enforcing them is difficult because the prime time for collecting the crabs is in the dark of night when they come ashore to mate and lay their eggs in the sand.

We don’t have enforcement authority, but concerned citizens can help.  The crabs prefer to mate in the new moon to full moon period of  March, April, and May, with May being the most active month. If you find yourself on the beach on a May night, you may come upon what is literally an orgy for the crabs. Multiple males, attach to a female who has burrowed in the sand at the water’s edge. And there can be hundreds of crabs mating at a single beach.  Often the breaking waves of a choppy bay will turn the crabs over, leaving them helpless and facing certain death. If you find one like that, just turn it over and put it back in the water so it can live to mate again. They are completely harmless, so there is nothing to fear from picking them up.

The other day I was walking the beach to monitor piping plover breeding activity and came across a site recently used by the mating horseshoe crabs, along with an overturned fellow who was close to becoming seagull food.  We picked him up, put him in the water and watched him collect himself and swim away.

Score one for the horseshoe crabs and red knots.

Horseshoe Crab 00068

Horseshoe Crab mating site-five pairs in one place.

HorseshoeCrab-00069

Horseshoe Crab rescued

Maximum Cute-National Puppy Day!

So today, March 23rd, is National Puppy Day…not that puppies need their own day, but I’m always ready to celebrate those darling bundles of fuzzy fun!

And puppies are so much fun in a photo shoot too. Their fearlessness and curiosity make them very unreserved with camera so the poses and expressions are guaranteed to bring a smile to the viewer. And just like children, the window of opportunity is very brief. So if you have an new furry member of your family, don’t delay getting those shots. These days of puppyhood will be gone in a flash and you’ll wish you had some nice shots.

Need help making your photos their best? Give us a call!

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite candids from recent shoots: