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The Wild is waiting.

Answer its call.

Join me on adventure photographing the dog you love in Washington State Parks.

The Wild is waiting.

Answer its call.

Join me on adventure photographing the dog you love in Washington State Parks.

Join SoulDog in The Wild

Live the journey where your soul feels free.

What better lesson can we learn from the dogs we love, than to live in the moment?

To be here now, together.

Feeling the earth beneath and all around us.

Choosing our path as the moments guide us.

The smells, the sounds, and every beautiful sight we see, steering us to places that move us deeply.

 

If nature is the place that sets your soul free, then this call to adventure is for you.

 

SoulDog in The Wild is a call to adventure with the dog you love.

There are 130 State Parks in Washington.

And I’d like to photograph dogs in all of them.

We’re going to play together on the trails and the beaches, in the rivers and the lakes, among the wildflowers and the trees.

Join me, and we’ll create art to remind us how wonderful it is to live in this place with the dogs we love.

Hey, I’m Marika!

If there’s only one thing I know for sure, it’s that I’m here to live.

And to feel it all.

Not to escape, but to seek out more opportunities to live this life in all its beautiful messiness. In all its joy and grief. In every moment that makes it ours.

I’ve created SoulDog in The Wild to honor the memory of my Soul Dog, Kerouac, who taught me so much about living with a wild and open heart.

My hope is to find healing and inspiration through this journey, and to create art that does the same for others.

I’d love for you and your Soul Dog to join me in living this beautiful mess, together.

Let’s go see some incredible places, and make art to remind us just how great it is that we’ve lived.

SoulDog in The Wild is a personal project for me, but it can be something special for you too.

While I’m working my way to a goal of photographing dogs in every State Park in Washington, you can feel closer to the wild beauty of your Soul Dog and this wondrous place we call home.

SoulDog in The Wild is a personal project for me, but it can be something special for you too.

 

While I’m working my way to a goal of photographing dogs in every State Park in Washington, you can feel closer to the wild beauty of your Soul Dog and this wondrous place we call home.

Your SoulDog in The Wild session can be whatever you need it to be.

More time spent with your dog.
An opportunity to be seen in your beautiful light.
An experience you'll hold onto forever.

Here’s what happens when you say yes to this adventure:

You'll inspire community.

When you choose to participate in SoulDog in The Wild, you’re sharing your journey with our community. The art we create will celebrate you and your Soul Dog, but it also honors the beautiful places we explore together. All of this serves as inspiration for others to step into their own stories, to live their journeys with the dogs they love.

You'll help keep our spaces wild.

Keeping our wild spaces wild, is all of our responsibility. Creating art that brings awareness to the importance of caring for our earth is part of what we’re doing through SoulDog in The Wild. In addition to that, a portion of every session fee is donated to organizations that help keep these spaces wild and wonderful.

You'll be part of a legacy.

There’s so much potential for what we create with SoulDog in The Wild (a gallery show or a book or a blog series and more!). When you book your session, your Soul Dog’s story will live on through all of it. They’ll be representing so much beauty in our world, and they’ll help create a living legacy of these wild places we call home.

Your SoulDog in The Wild Photo Session Experience

SoulDog in The Wild Session Package

Starting at $2500

Here’s what you get with your SoulDog in The Wild session:

 

  • A private, custom photo session at one of Washington’s State Parks
  • An Authentic SoulDog in The Wild Wall Art Piece
  • An official SoulDog in The Wild State Parks Adventure Map
  • Official SoulDog in The Wild swag for you and your dog
  • Your dog will be the official “Soul Dog” of the Washington State Park we photograph them in*
  • Potential to be featured in a future gallery show or book
  • An unforgettable experience embracing the wild beauty of nature, your Soul Dog, and your connection to all of it.

 

*For this first edition series of SoulDog in The Wild

Where the Wild meets your walls.

Your SoulDog in The Wild Wall Art Piece

The experience of exploring your chosen state park for your SoulDog in The Wild photo session is just one piece of what we do together. I believe in giving ourselves the opportunity to reconnect with moments, places, and feelings through physical art. Not just a digital portrait to glance at on our phones, but a piece of art that hangs where we can see it daily. To remind us of this beautiful life we’ve lived with our Soul Dogs.

This is why your SoulDog in The Wild session experience includes one gorgeous wall art piece. It’s not just any ordinary wall art piece though. Your SoulDog in The Wild wall art piece is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Your 20×30 inch* acrylic wall art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, naming it an official SoulDog in The Wild collection artwork, and will hold your dog’s name and the park we featured.

 

 

*Exact artwork dimensions may vary depending on final image selected, but will be up to 30 inches on the long side. Upgrades will be available along with options to purchase additional artwork.

Your SoulDog in The Wild State Parks Adventure Map

Keep the adventure going

 

When I first decided to create SoulDog in The Wild, I needed a way to keep track of all the State Parks I’d be photographing dogs in. At first, I went on a search for artwork that would allow me to mark off each park in a fun way. I found a few options online, but nothing that captured the spirit of the project. And not a single option that included dogs in the adventures. So, I knew I’d need to have something created on my own.

    So here it is. The official SoulDog in The Wild adventure map in two designs. Every SoulDog in The Wild client gets their own copy of the map of their choice to hang at home (and to inspire them to continue to explore with their Soul Dogs).

    Soon, the maps will be available for everyone to purchase, which will help support the project as well as raise funds for organizations doing great work for our wild spaces.*

     

     

    * A portion of the proceeds from map sales will be donated to local (Washington State) nonprofits.

    Answer the call by booking here

    1. Fill out the form

    Where will we adventure to?

    In your inquiry, you’ll answer a few questions, including letting me know when and where you’d like your SoulDog in The Wild session to take place. It’s okay if you’re not sure which park (or what season) you want your SoulDog in The Wild session to be yet. I’ll help you figure it out based on which parks haven’t yet been booked, and what kind of adventure you and your dog want to experience.

    2. Meet with me for a chat

    How will we embrace your wildness?

    Planning your session involves us meeting over Zoom to talk about you and your dog. We’ll plan your adventure based around the park you’ve chosen, the artwork we’re creating (your authentic SoulDog in The Wild wall art piece as well as any other art you have your heart set on), and your story. This is where you’ll officially book your session, and become a part of SoulDog in The Wild.

    3. Let’s go!

    Are you ready to answer the call?

    Once you’re all booked, I’ll do additional research about the area of the state we are visiting. I’ll send recommendations for where to stay (if you plan on making it an overnight trip), eat, and other things to do. It’ll be your own custom digital packet for your SoulDog in The Wild adventure.

    SoulDog in The Wild inquiry form

    Once you’ve filled out and submitted this form, you’ll be redirected to a page to book your consultation. You’ll also receive an email with the link to book a time to chat with me if you aren’t ready to schedule it right away.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need to be experienced at hiking to book a session?

    There are plenty of Washington State Parks that don’t require us to hike far. If you prefer to have your session in a super accessible location, we’ll pick a State Park that fits your needs and still gives us opportunity to create your beautiful SoulDog in The Wild wall art piece (and more).

    What if the park I want has already been taken?

    If your heart is set on having a photo session for your Soul Dog in a particular park, but that park has already been completed for SoulDog in The Wild, we can get you booked in for a regular session. If you really want to be a part of SoulDog in The Wild, I suggest we work together to find another park. You never know, you might just discover your new favorite place.

    Am I going to be in any photos?

    PLEASE be in photos with your dog. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am to have booked TWO professional photo sessions with my Soul Dog before she died. The photos of us together, just being our wild selves, are some of my greatest treasures.

    If you’re nervous about being in photos, I get it. It can feel awkward not knowing what to do, or what’s happening behind the camera. But here’s the thing. When you are with your dog, just being in the moment together, you are absolute magic. We’ll work together to create a fun, joyful, and stress-free experience for you and your dog. If anything awkward comes up, we take a break, regroup, do some zoomies, and continue living in the moment where you and your dog are in your beautiful light.

    Afterwards, you’ll be so happy to have photos that show just how amazing you are with the dog you love.

    What if I want more than just one piece of art?

    Oh, you’re definitely going to want more than just your authentic SoulDog in The Wild wall art piece. During your ordering appointment (where we go through all the best images to pick your SoulDog in The Wild wall art piece), you’ll have access to my full line of SoulDog artwork options. I’ll be there to help you decide what you’d like to purchase, and which images will look best based on the art you want to fill your home. 

    Pets nearing the end of their journey take priority in my schedule. If you're in need of a photo session ASAP, let's get you to the front of the line.