Mischief Holiday Photo Shoot

It’s my Golden Beach Day but it was delayed by an idea of my mom for a
Sugar’s Holiday Photo Shoot.

Mom already broke Rule #1 of the 5 Helpful Tips of Taking Holiday Pet Photos
we shared last 11/10/2010.

Rule #1 states planning is a key to a successful holiday photo.
Select a simple theme. A well fed and relax dog is the best time.

Well, this photo shoot was a spontaneous idea of my mom. The theme is of course Beach. Yes, I was well fed but could always have more treats. Relax, no way its my beach day.

Rule#2 indicates to select appropriate accessories.
Not all dogs want to be accessorized and dressed-up.
Be sensitive to the comfort level of your dog.

It so happen that I have an extra lei in the car.  Also in the car was a Santa scarf that mom has been using to warm her hands on our morning walks.
Another accessory that is used in the photo shoot was a boogie board
which I am not a big fan, as I like to use my own body to catch the waves.

Rules #3 & 4 says the Keep the photo background as simple as possible.
Natural lighting is the best. Thus, taking holiday pet photo outdoors is great.

Well mom’s selected location/ background was the Beach.
BTW not my favorite beach. It is my mom’s favorite so it means I can’t swim here.
The location was not simple for me as I want to swim.

Lastly, Rule#5 states to be experimental. Enjoy and most importantly have FUN.
Relish this time you spend with your dog. You’ll forever treasure the end-product.

This Holiday Beach Photo Shoot was definitely “experimental.”
Yes, I had FUN being silly but I was good too. I know mom took great photos of me.
Definitely, this 2012 Maui Holiday Photo Shoot will be treasured forever.

Photos selected from this photo shoot will be used in our email 2012 Holiday e-card.

I’m joining Monday Mischief blog hop.

Lots of Golden LVE n Woofs


  1. Those are all great photos Sugar, but my favorite is the first one! Good for you for sitting still long enough (while at the beach) to allow your mom to take photos. I take Penny and Luna to the beach and they go bonkers.

  2. Cool photos, pal, and clever captions!
    I have something for you on my bloggy, drop by :)

  3. What a great card that will make, Sugar. Sounds like your Mommy followed most of the rules, too. Happy Monday!

  4. We love all the photos Sugar, but have to admit that we really do like that first one the best!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  5. Rooo Sugar – those are some real pawsome rules and the photos turned out great! Did you see my Christmas card bloopers? My human put stooopid antlers on my head, would you believe it? *Waggy tail*

  6. Sugar your Golden smile in the first picture says it best…Mom has gathered all the props fur my holiday picture and we’re to supposed to work on it later today…Not sure I’m happy about that *snoogles*

  7. Love this photo shoot Sugar and the tips for getting good holiday shots with your pets. I am sorry you that it cut into your golden beach day and you didn’t get to swim at that beautiful beach. You were an awesome model for your Momma though! :)

  8. Sometimes it’s good to break the rules! Great photo shoot, Sugar! Woofs from Jeffie and Rudy

  9. Great photos – you are a fabulous beach boy ;o)

  10. Excellent Photo session Sugar in fact it was 100% better than any of the Sport’s Illustrated Swim suit issues.

    You have more style in your pinkie toe than any of those bathing suit models
    Hugs madi your BFFF

  11. How cute! I wish I had your rules last week! I love all your holiday photos! The surf board was a brilliant idea!

  12. We agrees wif our BFFF Madi!
    Happy Monday sweet Sugar!

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  13. MadSnapper says:

    woof woof means I enjoyed your photo shoot also… your mom is SOOOO full of mischief.

  14. Great tips and as always great photos!

  15. What pretty pictures! I can tell you and your momma had fun taking them.

  16. Great pictures. Nothing better than the beach for great shots.

  17. You hardly look like you are up to any mischief in those pictures Sugar. You should have seen the outtakes from my photo shoot. I was mostly just a blur in them.


  18. If I only I had a beautiful beach to has my fotos taken…sigh.
    We usually has to plan out shoots cuz of da lightin’ and stuffs.


  19. The photos turned out great! Good for you for being patient with your mom ;)

  20. Hey Sugar!
    Wow, you were very patient for this pix taking event! I love that last one of you sitting and smiling on your board. Lovely and fun at the same time!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  21. Sugar I didn’t see anything except you at the beach. Thank you for making me burst out with a really good chuckle this morning! That card is hoot! I hope you can drop over and add your link to my Awwwww….Monday. I think everyone should possible should see you today!!

    Mollipop didn’t watch. She is busy with a treat but I will tell her all about it!

    Happy Day Sugar from me, Mollipop and the gang!:-)

  22. Wow Sugar, you sure are a lucky girl.
    It’s 2 degrees here. It’s cold and that beach just looks pawsome in comparison. Just the thought of jumping in the water at the moment is making me cold. I bet that water is nice and warm. *wag wag wag*

  23. Hey Sugar,

    They’re some cool pics buddy, my Mum wishes I would be that patient for a photo shoot!! She also wishes we were by that beautiful beach!! :)

    Have fun,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  24. Sugar I have no doubt you could never take a bad photo. These were all great.

  25. You always have lots of Golden fun Sugar. That’s why we all love you. You are a ton of Golden fun.

    Have a woof woof day. My best to your mom. :)

  26. Photo shoots are always such fun!

  27. I have a good idea – put some spots on yourself and pretend to be Blueberry! Then I can use those photos cause B just doesn’t sit still when I really need her to! ;)

    Great photos Sugar!

  28. Hey Sugar, Jet here.

    What a fun experience. Perfection not required! You look so cool on the boogie board! How to choose when they’re all so great!

  29. I love the first one!

  30. Love the boogie board shots. You are such a beautiful beach babe, I bet your mom can’t possibly take a bad photo of you! Happy Mischief Monday!

  31. Those sure are some great beach shots!

    Lovies, Miss Mindy

  32. Those are lovely photos! Hope you got to take the surf board for a spin:-)

  33. Very nice photos! I would like to live near the ocean!
    Mom said thank you for the holiday card. She finally went to the PO Box and got our mail. You look so beautiful!


  34. MadSnapper says:

    about the Christmas lights. if you have a point and shoot, set your camera on Firworks setting, but you will have to sit the camera on something or use a tripod. if you have a DSLR camera with settings, set the ISO to 400 and use AV of 1/25 or lower. must sit the camera on something firm… it is hard to get great lights with hand held. and i just keep clicking until 1 our of 20 is a good one.

  35. Sugar, you are the prettiest surfer chick ever. Glad you had such a good time being the beach bunny.

  36. It must be great to do your holiday card photoshoot on a Hawaiian beach! Lucky you!

  37. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning says:

    We don’t think your Mom would ever have to go through all that planning stuff – all your photos are beautiful, just like these.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  38. Beautiful photos, Sugar! I don’t see a bad one in the bunch! That’s an absolutely beautiful beach, but no fun that pups aren’t allowed to swim. Coop hates beaches like that! Thanks for sharing your photos and happy MM to you!

  39. Well it seems the rules of the perfect photo, certainly helped with these lovely photos! Looks like I should be hiring you Sugar to help Kirbylearnhowto pose!

  40. We took pictures this weekend on the beach too! But our beach was cold and windy. Bet yours was nice and warm! :) Great pictures!

  41. You are the perfect model Sugar. You should be calling that Sports Illustrated.

  42. Love the whole photo shoot. But of course, you couldn’t take a bad picture. your too beautiful.

  43. You look SO happy in that last shot!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  44. They’re all so good, Sugar. I love the ones on the boogie board!

  45. Well we LOVE your holiday card and we want to apologize in advance if ours is late. We orderd from shutterfly and they still haven not arrived and then to address and send them

    urban hounds

  46. Great photos – you look super duper happy :)

  47. You always look amazing Sugar, no matter what the backdrop!


  48. Excellent tips and wonderful pictures. I bet you will have a hard time choosing.

  49. Sugar, you are full of a whole lot of good ideas!

  50. Love the pictures! They are pawesome!

  51. Two French Bulldogs says:

    You look awesome on your board
    Benny & Lily

  52. Hi Sugar, You know that I love the islands and love you too, so this was the best of both possible scenes.BTW, last night my daughters and hubby’s were over and they thought your card location looked like Kaanapali, with the Sheraton in the background on the cliff. It did look like one of the beaches we used to hang out at-so let me know if we are correct. Thanks to your mom for the great tips; I should have tried some other things with Hunter, but there is always next year.
    Wags, Noreen & Hunter

  53. Where have we been the last few days….. You’re in the newspaper…Well done!

    We are copying down those rules for HER…SHE is never relaxed and we’d always like to be somewhere else. BUT SHE doesn’t make us wear clothes.

    Hope you got a long swim and some treats for that photo shoot. You look fantastic by the way!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  54. When it comes to photo shoots, Sugar, you are a real pro!

  55. What fabulous photos! You have such a great doggie life!

  56. I sure wish I was spending my holidays there…