Marika Moffitt

Artist | Photographer | Creative Wildling
Moving the world with art inspired by Soul Dogs.

www.souldogcreative.com

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Live The Journey With Your Soul Dog

I miss my Soul Dog every day. Every. Single. Day. I miss her sass. I miss her silliness. I miss the way she’d sneak into the bedroom in the morning, slide along my side of the bed, and scoot her nose up under the blankets until I opened my eyes and looked at her. Every part of my life was sweeter with her in it. And every part of my journey is better because we lived it together. I said goodbye to my Soul Dog, Kerouac, on August 12, 2021. Although we had 15 1/2 amazing years together, there’s still so much I wish we would have done. So much I wish we would have experienced. So much I wish we would have lived. I know she’s always with me. And she’s still inspiring me to do things in her memory. It’s why I’m still out here planning experiences I wish we would have had together. And it’s why I’m sharing them with you so you can live the journey with your Soul Dog too.   “Live the journey” isn’t just an idea. It’s a rallying cry from my soul to yours. A reminder to be present in your moments. The good, the challenging – feel it all. Especially with your Soul Dog. Don’t waste this time. Find freedom and life through experiencing beauty with the dog you love. Go on more than a walk around the block. Run. And be wild. Let your hair loose, and spread your arms wide. To live the journey with your Soul Dog means spending your time taking in this wonderful life, and living every moment of it. Eager to find out how you can get started? Download the Live the Journey With Your Soul Dog guide here.   Live the Journey with your Soul Dog – A call to adventure If I had it all to do over again, here’s how I’d live with my Soul Dog.   We’d find our wildness at the coast. My husband, James, and I took a road trip along the Washington Coast back in 2018, and the entire time all I could think of was how much I wished we’d brought Kerouac with us. We hadn’t yet experienced the various options for dog-friendly accommodations, and Airbnb wasn’t even on our radar yet. So when planning our trip, we didn’t really see a way to include her. I know better now, so if I had it to do over, I’d definitely bring her with. The Washington coast is one of my favorite places in the world. It’s where my soul feels free and wild and deeply connected to being alive. And I’m obsessed with photographing dogs there. If I had more time with my Soul Dog, this is one place we’d live our journey together. We’d spend more time in the forest. In the 1980s, my parents built a house located in the forest and on the beach. And then I was born in it. So I grew up climbing trees, making forts in the woods, and blazing trails through ferns. I’m pretty sure most of my clothes were bedazzled in sap, slug slime, and all kinds of treasures from the forest’s floor. I wish I had continued this level of wildness into my early adulthood, and shared it with Kerouac. We went to the forest, sure, but I wish we had had more adventures among the trees and ferns together. The older I get, the closer I feel to that wildness of my childhood. And louder is the call to return to the forest and its magic. Had I been listening more intently to this piece of myself before Kerouac reached her final months, we would have found ourselves among the trees much more often. We’d seek out wildflowers. In May 2022, I spent a few days in the Columbia River Gorge visiting the wildflowers. It was my first trip out there to see them in bloom. I invited my dad along to hike and stay in this 100-year-old farmhouse for a few days. We had a blast. We saw a rattlesnake, hiked through fields of wildflowers, looked out at amazing views of the gorge, and had a picnic beneath old oak trees. The day my dad left, I met up with a couple of friends to shoot photos for my SoulDog in The Wild project. We had an amazing evening hike through the wildflowers, and the photos turned out wonderful. A couple of months after that trip to the wildflowers, my mom gifted me a poem she had had commissioned by a friend. It was a beautiful story about Kerouac and me. I’ve always felt connected to wildflowers. Their ability to transform a scene – to add just a pop of color or a sweet scent among any landscape – feels like the ways we can show up in life. In small ways. In big ways. Our wild, beautiful moments – however long – can change everything. If I could do it again, I’d pack Kerouac into the car, and we’d go find the wildest and sweetest wildflowers in all the land. We’d swim and play in water. When Kerouac was a puppy, she loved to chase waves along the shoreline of the Swinomish Channel in La Conner, Washington. This is where I grew up, and where we lived at the time. There was one small stretch of sandy beach where Kerouac got to run her beans out. I’d take her there several times per week when she was young, and let her run and run and run. She’d dig holes in the sand, jump over logs, and climb up the small sandy cliffs like a mountain goat. Every now and then, she’d wade into the water just far enough to get her belly wet, and then she’d come rushing back to shore like a crazed beast. During Kerouac’s last couple of weeks before her death, I bought her a lifejacket to go swimming. It

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The gifts of my summer babies – what they’re here to remind us of.

I was standing at my back door staring out into the yard when I saw it. Something was moving in a tree. One little thing. And then another. And another.   It took me about 10 seconds to recognize what I was looking at. Three tiny raccoons climbing, and balancing, and tumbling along the branches of a tree in my neighbor’s yard.   They were slightly bigger than kittens, with striped tails dangling as they wobbled their way along the tree’s limbs. Their mother was sitting on a larger branch, watching over them. It was like they were having a climbing lesson.   And I was in love instantly.   What a gift to witness this moment in their lives. I would have missed it, surely, had I been trapped in my phone. Had I been in my old routine of checking, and scrolling, and posting, and losing time on social media, I never would have met my summer babies at this stage of their lives.   Okay, maybe I would have met them. I’ll never know. But it wouldn’t have been on this day during their climbing lesson. And I probably wouldn’t have felt so deeply connected to experiencing more moments like this.   And maybe I wouldn’t have understood the role my choice to take time away from my phone played in all of it.   Some (most) people will say it was a coincidence that I came upon this scene when I did. Sure, that’s possible. But I don’t think so.   Life is happening all of the time, all around us. We can be witness to it, or we can ignore it. When we can’t hear or feel our intuition guiding us toward the moments unfolding for us, we miss out.   When we are stuck watching other people’s lives on social media, we can’t hear our own life calling for us.   I was listening on this day. And something inside of me said, “Get up, walk to the door, and look outside.”   A video compilation of my encounters with my summer babies.   The first time I saw the babies (I call them “my summer babies”) was July 2nd, 2022. The most recent experience with them was March 18th, 2023. Every time I saw them, it felt like I was being reminded to be present. And that if I took time to appreciate this gift, I would find deep meaning in it.   Some sweet things I was reminded of through my encounters with my summer babies:   Remember how fun it is to learn something new. That feeling of making connections through deeper understanding of ideas and the ways in which things work. How what was once a mystery becomes a part of you in knowing its magic. Watching the babies learn to climb had a deep impact on me. And seeing them use their skills over the following months felt like I had had a secret window into this sacred and natural piece of their wildness.   Delight in the simplest of things. And the magical things. In all of it. Each time I saw my raccoon babies, my child heart rose up to the surface. My voice changed, my eyes brightened, and my entire energy shifted into wonder.   It’s okay to take the long way. If that’s what you love, go for it. If you’re in it for the journey more than the destination, take as long as you need. Go as far and as high as you feel called. Sometimes I didn’t see the babies, but I heard them on my roof. They have a route that goes from my office window (up a tree we call the ‘rat ladder’), over and across the roof, and down another tree outside our bedroom window. Then they head back across the neighbor’s driveway in the same direction they came from before. The long way is sometimes the most fun.   Find a spot with a great view and rest there. Take it all in. Wave to the world. And then nap. Pretty much every encounter with the babies involved them climbing to a high point – my roof, a tree, the back fence – where they could look out across the yard, and rest for a while.   Play. Find the people you love the most, and get them outside to play. At sunrise. In the middle of the day. As the sun goes down – play. My encounters with the babies happened at all times of day. The first time was after 3 in the afternoon. The second was before sunrise. And there have been many times I’ve heard them in the middle of the night. And every time, they showed me the joy of play.   And I might have missed all of this had I chosen to get lost in my phone rather than find out what was right outside my back door.   Be well and wild, my friends.   All my love, Marika     This post is part of “The fire” blog series. Welcome to the fire. Where we step outside of the walls built around us to discover something more beautiful and more alive together. Marika Moffitt is an artist and storyteller focused on expressing the spirit of dogs through photography. As the owner of SoulDog Creative in Seattle, Washington, Marika helps clients throughout the Pacific Northwest to honor their journeys with their Soul Dogs with one-of-a-kind artwork. Full of life and movement, Marika’s photographs touch deep within the heart of what it means to live the journey with the dogs we love. To commission artwork of your dog, cat, or horse, book a consultation with Marika to begin your journey.

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Dog Photography on The Washington Coast

There’s no wrong season for dog photography on the Washington coast. When (and where) we choose to go just depends on what kind of adventure and artwork you want to create. I’m drawn to the Washington coast for a lot of reasons. Its mix of wildness and serenity. The changing weather that brings with it endless opportunity to create breathtaking art. The way the ocean fills a deep longing in my soul. Which is probably why I love booking sessions out there. Actually, “love” isn’t strong enough. I’m obsessed with photographing dogs at the coast. When I’m out there, I feel connected to my wildness more than anywhere. And I feel alive with creativity in ways only the coast can draw out. The best part of visiting the coast with a dog is watching them live their best life while running, playing, and splashing along the beach. Which is why it’s always a “heck, yes” from me when clients ask about a session on the coast.   Some of my favorite locations for dog photography on the Washington coast:     The rocks at Beard’s Hollow south of Long Beach, WA.   This super cool spot with reflecting pools next to Grayland Beach State Park in Grayland, WA.   This stretch of beach near the Westport Lighthouse in Westport, WA.   The dunes at Pacific Beach State Park in Pacific Beach, WA.   And these are only a handful of what’s available for us to explore. No matter where we go for your SoulDog Story session on the coast, we’ll create art that you’ll never want to stop looking at.   Things to know about sessions at the coast with SoulDog Creative:   Plan to stay a few days. You’re driving all the way out to the coast, so why not make a multi-day trip out of it? You and your dog deserve some time to connect at the coast and leave everything else back at home. There’s a lot to explore, so having at least 3 days to do so is best. It’s also a good idea to leave some wiggle room for the weather on/around your planned session date. Depending on what the goals are for your artwork, we want to have the flexibility to shoot when the weather is going to give us some of its magic.   Bring extra clothing options if you want to be in photos with your dog. No matter what, I’m gonna tell you to be in photos with your dog. Even if all we do is capture some details that include you, it’s a good idea to plan what you’re going to wear. And because the coast has so much scenery to offer, it’s best to bring a variety of options (we don’t have to just stick to beach photos, so bring those hiking boots if you want some of your session to be on the trails too). I’m happy to help you make final selections closer to your session date (and even the night before, we can jump on zoom or FaceTime if needed).   Embrace the wildness and the unexpected. It’s completely possible that everything we plan for goes right out the window because the coast has its own agenda. If we’re shooting in the stormier months, we might get four kinds of weather in a single day. Which can make for incredible skies, but also keeps us on our toes for scheduling. A little patience and a sense of adventure is all we need to make amazing art together.   A SoulDog Story session at the coast is perfect for you if you’re ready to get out of town, embrace the wild, and let the art we create come to life through the moments we spend together. I accept bookings for the coast all year round, but it’s best to reach out as soon as possible to be sure we can fit you into my schedule.   Next steps for booking your SoulDog Story session on the coast are: Fill out the inquiry form to get on my radar. Book your consultation to chat about working together. Commit to a booking, and we’ll start planning your session!   You don’t have to know exactly when, where, or how your session on the coast is going to happen yet. We’ll cover all of that during your consultation. All you need today is to go fill out the inquiry form to get started.

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For business and collaboration inquiries: marika@souldogcreative.com

Marika Moffitt is an artist and storyteller focused on expressing the spirit of dogs through photography. As the owner of SoulDog Creative in Northwest Washington, Marika helps clients throughout the Pacific Northwest to honor their journeys with their Soul Dogs with one-of-a-kind artwork. Full of life and movement, Marika’s photographs touch deep within the heart of what it means to live the journey with the dogs we love.

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