February 10 on 10: A Personal Project | Seattle Photographer

February’s 10 on 10 images are an homage to my dog’s love of playing with his toys. I had no idea what I was going to photograph for this month, and one day, I ran across Bo’s abandoned toy in a gorgeous patch of sunlight in my dining room. I noticed this patch of light just as it was fading away, with no time to run grab anything other than my iPhone. I’d never seen this patch of light before, and figured it must be because we are always so rainy and grey in Seattle this time of year. I crossed my fingers that we would get another patch of sunlight the next morning, set a reminder on my phone, vacuumed my carpet, and got my DSLR camera ready!

Lo and behold, the light came out, and the toy was still in it’s abandoned glory. Really only meaning to grab a single image of the toy itself, Bo soon came over to investigate what I was doing. At first, I was really irritated that he kept blocking the light and getting in my shots. Then I realized I should just roll with it and document it. Before I knew it, I had a whole series of him playing, and knew they would be the perfect fit for this project!

Thanks for visiting! Go check out Megan’s 10 on 10 next! And when you loop back around, feel free to check out January’s 10 on 10 images from Kennedy Space Center!


  • SharleenFebruary 10, 2018 - 6:24 pm

    What a great set of images  I love the shallow depth of field in the first few images.  Your dog is beautiful and I love that he has a fun toy that he loves and the way he has staked his claim on it in the last image.  Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • alexismerrittphotographyFebruary 14, 2018 - 1:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Sharleen! He does love his toys….he rotates which one is his favorite, but once it becomes beloved, he’ll always come back to it! (Until he kills it…lol)ReplyCancel

  • CeriFebruary 11, 2018 - 6:14 pm

    Alexis, these images warm my heart, perhaps because my own pooch doesn’t understand the concept of toys, but mostly because I love the story you tell through them. Beautifully done.  ReplyCancel

    • alexismerrittphotographyFebruary 14, 2018 - 1:19 pm

      Thank you, Ceri! Sad that your pooch doesn’t understand toys, but perhaps that’s easier on the pocketbook! Bo’s toy box is ridiculously out of control…lolReplyCancel

  • JaneenFebruary 12, 2018 - 2:55 pm

    Love these!  I love that first one of the toy in his mouth.  I always feel that Bo is so loved in your images.ReplyCancel

    • alexismerrittphotographyFebruary 14, 2018 - 1:17 pm

      Thanks Janeen! He’s loved and spoiled, for sure!! Ha!ReplyCancel