PawPrintsLife Info and FAQs


In a nutshell, what does PawPrintsList do?

We provide pet-and-people portrait photography. In addition, we have over seven years of action photography on file and available for purchase from agility, obedience/rally, and other competitions. We also offer all-natural pet foods and other earth-friendly, holistically formulated, and healthy dog, cat, and people products!

Who owns PawPrintsLife?

Virgil Sweeden, a professional photographer with over 30 years’ experience, is the owner. Virgil has a master’s degree in fine arts and has experience photographing everything from dogs and cats and people to sporting events, architecture, biomedical subjects, and much more.

Working with Virgil is his partner, Rebecca Forrest. Besides her PawPrintsLife work, Rebecca publishes her own poetry and fiction at RebeccaForrest.

Does PawPrintsLife accept credit cards?

Yes, MC/Visa/Discover. Also checks and money orders, and of course cash. Make checks payable to PawPrintsLife.


Pet-and-People Portraits in Southwestern Ohio and Products Throughout the US

Are gift certificates available?

Definitely. Check out Gift Certificates.

What photographic products are available?

Check out Photo Products.

Where does Paw Prints work?

Portraits are available at Virgil and Rebecca’s Dayton location (about 5 miles north of the Dayton Mall). We work primarily in the Dayton-Cincinnati area of Ohio. A few exceptions are made for organized portrait events in other areas.

Call or email Virgil to make an appointment or get more info.

What services does PawPrintsLife provide to for-profit businesses?

Groomers, boutique owners, dog trainers, doggy spas, daycares, boarders, and vets, click here to go to the business income model page. Find out how scheduling a photo day for your clients can produce income before, on, and weeks after the day of the event. Guaranteed to increase your “door swings”!

What makes PawPrintsLife photography different?

See Virgil’s article on our blog.

Does PawPrintsLife do portraits on location?

Some pets don’t like to go places and pose. They prefer to relax in familiar surroundings and have the photographer come to them. No problem! We’ll come to your favorite southwestern Ohio spot to make memorable portraits. 

Wireless lighting means quick and easy setup without disturbing your home. Digital photography means instant selection of your favorites.

Prints are made by hand, by Virgil personally. Orders are mailed within about two weeks.

Do Virgil and Rebecca have animal friends?

Yes, we share our lives with three dogs: Logan, a 10-year-old former racing greyhound, has been with us since 2008. He’s a brindle. Zelda, another former racer, arrived here in Mar 2009. She’s a black 6-year-old greyhound. Jordie, a 6-year-old brindle greyhound is our newest. We got him in June 2010. We lost our tabby cat Lucy in the summer of 2013. She was nearly 20  years old.

Click here to see pictures of Virgil and Rebecca’s animals. Click here for pictures from Virgil and Rebecca’s commitment ceremony.

What sets Paw Prints apart?

You can freely reproduce any PawPrintsList images for your private personal use.

All PawPrintsLife prints are carefully color corrected, sharpened, and manually cropped for the best quality image.

At each session, Virgil takes multiple shots. You always have plenty to choose from. We want you to be delighted with your prints or your digital images. If you’re not happy, you’re not obligated to buy.

PawPrintsLife has images on file from 2007 forward, and you can always email or call us later to order more prints or a CD.

For more information on what makes PawPrintsLife different, click here.

Need some help choosing photos from agility trials?

Click this link for an article on “Jumps and Ribbons and Zoomies: Choosing Agility Photos.”

Want suggestions on photographing your own dog?

Click this link for an article by Carina MacDonald on “Photographing Your Dog.”

What makes our photography different?

Click this link for Virgil’s article on our blog: “What Sets PawPrintsLife Photography Apart?

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I contact Paw Prints?

Paw Prints Life LLC

Virgil Sweeden &

    Rebecca Forrest

5512 Woodbridge Lane

Dayton, OH 45429