Reilly's mom Rita got in touch with me in January with some sad news. Her sweet puggle was sick and she didn't know how long she would have left with him. She wanted to get photos taken of him while he was still feeling like himself and looking like the handsome boy she's loved since he was a puppy. I get a few sessions a year of this nature, and they're never easy. I fall in love a little with every dog I ever photograph, so while I'm happy that their families are getting quality photos to remember their pet by, it's always sad for me to meet these sweet animals when I know their time is limited. I could barely believe that Reilly was sick because he was so full of energy and spunk during our session. I even had to crank up my shutter speed because he was happily running on the beach like a young pup.
We chose a beach that was close by Rita's house and one that her and Reilly liked to visit. I'm one of those crazy people who prefers the beach in the winter because it's so calm and serene and there are rarely ever any people to get in my backgrounds, so this was a perfect spot for me. Reilly had fun running in the sand and eating some unidentified dead sea creature that washed up on the shore!
When the light was getting a little darker, we headed over to Rita's house because she wanted a few photos of Reilly at home too. He relaxed in her beautifully decorated basement den and was treated to plenty of cotija cheese to get him to look at the camera. Only the best for this boy! Reilly did such an awesome job and it was so great spending some time with this sweet boy.
When I went to Rita’s house for our viewing appointment to show her all her images, Reilly jumped all over me and kissed me like we were best buds. Rita told me she was shocked because he never really acts like that to people he doesn’t know very well. I said “he smells a dog person”. I have to say, dogs do tend to love me. I think it’s because they can tell I love them so much. Also, I probably smell like other dogs 99% of the time! In all seriousness, my relationships with my clients and their pets is one of my favorite things about my job. If you are my client, I can tell you it is an absolute honor for me to become best buds with your dog. At the time of writing, Reilly is still with us and Rita told me he has his good and bad days. I hope he has a lot more good days ahead of him and special memories to make with his mama.
Here are some of my favorite shots from Reilly's session.
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Usually when someone buys a gift card from me, I have to wait a little while to meet the person that they bought it for. Joel's daughter Donna reached out to me around Christmas for a present for her dad. I offer gift cards in almost any amount, so she decided she wanted to cover the entire session fee for her dad, plus some extra so he'd have a bit of credit to buy himself a few prints after our session. Well, Joel must have been pretty eager to get some photos of his French Bulldog Bella, because less than three weeks out from Christmas, he was in the studio with her and his wife Gloria.
I could tell Bella was very special to Joel. He even wanted a few photos of her and him together. I love when pet parents get in the photos too, so I was happy to hear he wanted to join in. Bella was absolutely adorable and such a good model. French Bulldogs have such adorable little faces.
After the session when I was dropping off their products, I got to see Joel and Gloria's beautiful lakeside home. Bella is certainly a lucky pup to have such a beautiful backyard to romp around in. While I was there, Gloria brought out a professional photo Joel had gotten done of his dog in the 1970s, a beautiful Siberian Husky. I think it's so great that after all this time, he still values photography and loves his pups enough to get a great headshot done of them. I'm so glad that my photos of Bella will hang close to that cherished one!
Here are some of my favorite shots from Bella's session!
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