Deb McGuire Pet Photographer presents the cover of the 2018 "I PAW HAWAII" dog calendar, featuring photographs by pet photographer Deb McGuire, Hawaii's best Pet Photographer

“I PAW HAWAII” 2018 Cover

It’s hard to believe, I created my first Hawaii pet photography calendar for Island Heritage Publications more than five years ago. Our collaboration has been very fulfilling and a refreshing change from a previous experience. I had worked with another local publisher the year prior, but was not happy with their distribution and pay structure, so I chose to look for someone who appreciated the quality and popularity of my photography. That past publisher’s quality was geared more toward novice professionals, photographers who needed to learn the difference between a good and bad contract. The publisher attracted photographers who lacked attention to detail in their images, and the publisher’s product reflected that inattentiveness. Fortunately, I knew the difference in regards to quality and contract; and I walked away… very soon thereafter, I found my way to Island Heritage Publications.

This is the back cover of Deb McGuire's 2018 I PAW HAWAII Dog Calendar. Deb has been voted Hawaii's best Pet Photographer and this calendar features her work. The back cover includes all the images of dogs photographed for this years calendar.


And so, here we are, Deb McGuire Pet Photography and Island Heritage, celebrating the fifth year of the “I PAW HAWAII” dog calendar. Take a look at the cover. These are the same dogs who were part of our tribute to the iconic Waikiki beach boys, Duke Kahanamoku, his family and friends. These dogs are true professionals that I was honored to photograph. FYI-They were NOT charged a monetary fee to be in my calendar. In fact, I never charge anyone to be in any of my publications. I find it tacky, tacky, ridiculously tacky to do so. Some advice, if another less skilled photographer does ask for money to be a part of their production… RUN…it means they aren’t good enough to make it without your



money and the money from the publisher as well. For me, the reward comes from working with so many wonderful and talented dogs. I truly enjoyed engaging with this group and with all the models who are a part of my newest calendar. Five years, WOW, here’s to many more.

The “I PAW HAWAII” calendar is available at retail stores throughout the islands including Longs, airport gift stores, Wal-Mart, military exchanges and the Island Heritage website.

They sell out fast so if you can’t find the calendars, send me a message.



OK, when I dunk my camera to photograph underwater and surfing dogs, my  camera is sealed tightly in a custom constructed underwater housing.


In the water with Blitz and Bleier


A break between sets

When I thoughtfully considered how to take my photography into the watery environs, I needed a solution that would allow me to use my high resolution, medium frame equipment. One cannot experiment at that juncture, so I went to the experts. I turned to the surf pros. My housing is molded specifically for one of my CANON cameras. The housing allows for waterproof actuation of all the major camera controls experimentation.

That takes care of the camera, but then, there is the human part of the equation. Fortunately, being an avid water enthusiast helps. Swim,surf, snorkel, SCUBA or what I like to call the 4S’s, are essential to underwater and surf dog photography. Although I don’t don my SCUBA gear, any experienced SCUBA diver will tell you that buoyancy control is key. It’s a must in underwater photography. You also need to be able to tread water using just your legs and a medium set of fins. Treading while holding a surf housing for up to an hour at a time in medium surf is an acquired skill, one that must be practiced. Further, having a specially designed housing with rounded edges is always helpful when the seas decide to dunk you to the bottom even seemingly benign pool shoots can tax your lungs and legs. Shooting underwater dogs or surfing dogs is not something for amateurs who grab a cheap housing, jump in the water and assume that they are instantly Seth Casteel or Deb McGuire.Blog-IMG_0551-d

Shooting underwater dogs or surf dogs is incredibly awesome, but it can be physically exhausting. Again, underwater and surf photography are fun but challenging, simultaneously.

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Cleopatra focusing on retrieving her toy underwater. Photo by dog photographer Deb McGuire


On September 19, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Magic

Deb McGuire and more specifically Deb McGuire Pet Photographer proudly announces an art showing at the prestigious Canon Gallery throughout October, 2016. This has been years in the making, and we are so appreciative of Canon’s recognition. Entitled “Hawaii’s Animal Ohana,” the show features some of my favorite photos of our beautiful furry family taken in the beautiful scenery that is a hallmark of our island home. “Hawaii’s Animal Ohana” will be on display from October 3-28. The opening reception is October 3 form 11-1. Light refreshments will be served. We invite all our friends and loving supporters to join us on October 3.

Canon USA, Inc. Hawaii offices are in the Ward Plaza at 210 Ward Ave, Suite 200. Parking is available on Auahi Street and Ward Ave at the Ward Plaza and on the top floor of the Ward Warehouse parking structure (Please do not park in the reserved parking stalls that are in the garage under the galleries).

Again, we are so excited for this opportunity (Mahalo, Canon!), and we look forward to seeing all of you at the upcoming exhibition.


We journeyed to Holland with a purpose, a flower pilgrimage. Sure, we hit the art museums, walked through the relatively tame “Red Light District,”  avoided the second hand highs spilling out of the local pot bars, but we were on a mission.

Our first stop on the pilgrimage was at the place Martha Stewart once described as the Wall Street of Flowers. We rose well before the sun and hiked to the Amsterdam’s Central Train and Bus Station. After wandering around for a few minutes, we found the correct bus stand that corresponded to the number and route. The presence of other pilgrims waiting for the same bus gave us confident confirmation. Soon, we departed. The ride took us through the city into the suburbs and finally to the edge of the countryside where greenhouses began to appear. We arrived at a huge warehouse facility that houses “FloraHolland.” We traversed catwalks suspended above a floor covered by containers of flowers that moved on automated carts prior to entering the auction and then by rapidly crisscrossing electric lifts after purchase. The choreography required to move these containers around at incredibly fast speeds without crashing into each other is amazing. Further, given the speed and frequency of movement, it is amazing that the right containers make their way to the correct trucks to get on  a plane for distribution around the World.Blog-TC1A8950

Blog-IMG_4982After returning to the center of Amsterdam, we walked to the Flower Market, a much smaller, less hectic venture that we also truly enjoyed.


So,when we booked the trip, we picked a date based largely on the prime blooming season in a place called Keukenhof. We dragged our luggage to Amsterdam central station and took a train to Leiden. A day later we took the bus to Keukenhof.


Keukenhof rocked! Yes, there were flowers, but most importantly there were DOGS! More than 7 million bulbs to countless million blooms and DOGS! Did you really think that this would continue to be all about the travel or about the flowers? We had barely walked into the park when we saw the first locals with their dogs. Amongst the tulips, the tulips, and more tulips, dogs walked with their humans, and to a pet photographer, this made the pilgrimage all the more rewarding.








2017 I (Paw) Hawaii Cover

2017 I (Paw) Hawaii Cover

Calendars. Chances are you have one… roughly one third of us hang a calendar upon a wall. That’s a lot of calendars, and that’s millions of us looking at them.
Dogs! Roughly two thirds of us have dogs. That’s a lot of dogs.
Calendars and dogs! If one third of us have calendars and two thirds of us have dogs, then a WHOLE BUNCH of us have calendars and dogs. So, those folks who have dogs should have calendars that feature dogs… cute dogs… dogs in beautiful settings… Hawaiian settings!
My Calendar!!! People with dogs who need calendar should have my calendars!!!
I (Paw) Hawaii,” the best pet calendar in the WORLD, is available NOW!
Do you think I like… no LOVE,,, this calendar?! You’re right, I do. You will too.
Deb McGuire, Hawaii Pet Photos, announces the release of her 2017 “I (Paw) Hawaii” Pet Calendar.


Da-dum da-dum da-dum da-dum daaaaaaaa…

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Pet Photographer on Hawaii’s North Shore takes floating lessons from Mermaid Kariel

SCREECH… NO, WRONG MUSIC! It’s not Jaws swimming through the night ocean water ready to chomp a little hunk of human meat for dinner. No, cue the mermaid music. In this case, I am thinking not of a fictitious mermaid, but a real living, breathing mermaid, Mermaid Kariel.

Growing up Kariel liked mermaids as much as any other girl, but unlike others, Kariel wanted to be a mermaid.

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Mer-dog Lola, photo taken by Hawaii Pet Photographer Deb McGuire

I was paging through my 2013 “I (Paw) Hawaii Calendar, which included Kariel’s Mer-dog-ter, Lola. When I first met Kariel for that shoot, I was absolutely blown away by her passion and the positivity that she exuded. It was a beautiful day, in many ways. Eventually, she convinced me to dawn a tail and accompany her into the deep. My take: YOU HAVE TO BE IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE TO SWIM IN THAT TAIL! Kariel is.

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Oahu Pet Photographer bonds with her favorite mermaid Kariel

So, here I sit, in the midst of shooting multiple pet photography projects, and I am thinking of a Mermaid… a real life Mermaid and her real life Mer-dog… and I find my “happy place.”


Lola-the cutest little mer-dog ever is featured in the book.

Lola-the cutest little mer-dog ever is featured in the book.


Deb McGuire, Hawaii’s Best Pet Photographer, announces the arrival of her 2016 “I (Paw) Hawaii” Calendar in stores now. To get Deb’s calendar, go to any local Longs, Walmart, Food Pantry(s), Airport Gift Shops, Hawaii Doggie Bakery and Boutique, Target, the military Exchanges, and many others. If you have trouble finding Deb’s Hawaii Pet Calendar at your local store, you can order the Deb McGuire’s 2016 Hawaii Pet Calendar from Island Heritage Co at When it comes to pet calendars, especially Hawaii Pet Calendars, don’t settle for anything less than the original Deb McGuire calendar.

Front and Back cover of the 2016 I (PAW) HAWAII Calendar

Front and Back cover of the 2016 I (PAW) HAWAII Calendar


On July 18, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Magic
Bugsy Yew photographed by Deb McGuire, of Hawaii Pet Photos, while surfing at the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii.


When putting together my first calendar, a now friend happened to have a very unique fur-baby who not only jumped out of airplanes (tandem of course) but surfed the waves of Waikiki. Dr. David Yew and his Bugsy traveled a very adventurous path.


Today, I learned that Bugsy had passed. I love all my fur-babies, but when I am friends with both the dog and his human, the passing is particularly tough. When David told me, it was hard to hold back the tears. Bugsy was truly one of a kind.


Photographing Bugsy and Dr. David Yew riding the surf at Waikiki, for Deb McGuire, Hawaii Pet Photos, Hawaii's best pet photographer.


Sometimes, something about a photo shoot sticks in my head. In the case of my session with Bugsy, there are a couple things that come to mind. The first had less to do with photography and more to do with the reaction of the world famous Waikiki Beach Boys and the local beach vendors. They all seemed to know Bugsy and respect him.

The second image that comes to mind was that both David and Bugsy seemed to enjoy being on the surf that morning. They both smiled so broadly. It was a beautiful morning and a beautiful image to keep in my mind.


Bugsy Yew lived a long, adventure-filled life. He left a huge part of himself with David Yew. Bugsy left a mark on all of us who were fortunate to know and cuddle him. He will be missed but I take comfort in knowing that Bugsy is now pain free and running like a puppy, jumping from cloud to cloud in heaven.


Hang loose Bugsy!


Bugsy surfing on a red surf board for a photo shoot for Deb McGuire Pet Photographer, Hawaii Pet Photos, Hawaii's best pet photographer.




On April 1, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Magic
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Black Magic Scarlet McGuire turns TWELVE!!!

It seems only a year ago, Magic was eleven. Now, she is twelve. I guess that is how life works. One day your ten, two years down the road you’re twelve.

Twelve is such an even number, I think. Unlike eleven, which is just odd, twelve has more symmetry.

Twelve is divisible evenly by three. I love three. Twelve is in fact divisible by three even numbers other than itself. Twelve is, therefore, a very good number.

Magic will be quick to shed eleven. Of course, that is I, a human, saying this. In year eleven, Magic had a cancer scare. During a checkup because she was losing too much weight, the Vet found a mass in her abdomen. That precipitated a second trip to the Vet for an ultrasound, which showed nothing… The tumor, we (Vet + us) concluded, was most likely a large poop that had not yet worked its way through her little system; this confirmed the fact that our cats wait far too long between bowel movements. Her third trip to the Vet was for a tooth extraction. Tooth became teeth, because two teeth needed to be pulled. Then, when she became irritated with the stitches inside her mouth, and tried to use her back paw to scratch through her cheek to get at them, she made a fourth visit to the Vet. If you can picture a very petite black cat dwarfed within smallest sized protective cone-of-shame, you will feel for her. We called her the Space Alien, as she bore a striking resemblance to “Marvin Martian.”

Yeah, I am thinking Magic is well rid of eleven.

Happy Birthday, Magic. We love you!

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Magic, the Birthday Girl, is TWELVE!!!




On March 30, 2014, in Uncategorized, by Magic
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Hawaii Surf Dog Calendar by Deb McGuire Pet Photographer

Admittedly, I sometimes react like a little girl. So, when the box arrived from Island Art Cards, I anticipated its contents as if the box held Christmas or Birthday presents. My expectations were high. Anticipation… Expectation… Culmination! YES! The “Hawaiian Surf Dogs 2015” calendar is here, and if I do say so myself, IT IS WONDERFUL. I LOVE IT! The calendar is full of my passion. It is full of dogs doing the things that they love to do at the beach or in the water.

Hawaii Surf Dog Calendar by Deb McGuire Pet Photographer

Images of Hawaii’s beach dogs by Honolulu dog photographer Deb McGuire