It turns out my pet portrait program at the Sayville Library just happened to coincide with a major heatwave on Long Island, but that didn’t keep the pet lovers from coming out to get photos of their beloved animals. We lucked out that the library building perfectly shaded the courtyard we were doing the program in, and there was a nice breeze back there that made it actually a very comfortable setting. The library and I also made sure to provide fans to keep the patrons and their pets comfortable, and we had lots of bowls of water around to refresh the pets that were there for their closeup.
This is was my first time doing a program at the Sayville Library and I was impressed by their beautiful courtyard. The inside of the library is really amazing too. If you have a chance to visit for a program, I’d really recommend it. We had 10 families bring their pets for a photo, which is a pretty good turnout considering it was my first time doing a program there and Long Island’s ambient temperature was slightly below that of Hell on that day! Thank you so much to the Sayville patrons who came out, and to the sweet and dedicated out of district patron Gail who brought the beautiful Muishi in for a photo! I got to know Gail on Instagram and met her in person the first time at the Islip Public Library last year. It was so good to see them again!
Here are some photos!
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You might remember last summer when I shot an incredibly sweet session with newborn twins and their big adorable Airedale Terrier named Benjamin Franklin. If not, check it out here! I loved this session so much because it perfectly combined my two specialities, newborns and pets. That's why I was so happy when mom Sarah got in touch with me again for round 2 for the twins' first birthday photos! Of course, Benjamin was coming along for the ride too! This time, since the babies are a lot bigger and on the move (Nathaniel is walking, Caroline is close to it!), Sarah decided to adopt a 1:1 supervision technique! She would be in charge of one baby, dad AJ would be in charge of the other, and her brother, the twins' Uncle John, would be there to keep a hold on Benjamin. With two spirited one year olds and a huge dog, needless to say, we all got a workout that day, but it was SO. MUCH. FUN. Is there anything cuter than seeing dogs and babies interact? I daresay there is not.
My favorite photo of the day was a special request by Sarah for a photo to go on some change of address cards. The family is moving soon to a house on a street called Caroline Avenue. She had a friend make shirts for the twins to wear, Nathaniel's with their house number (which I removed in this photo below, since I don't think they'd want me broadcasting their address to the whole internet!), Caroline's with just an arrow pointing up to her face, and a sign with the word Avenue for Benjamin Franklin to wear. Since from previous experience, I know how hard it is to get two kids and a dog to look at me at the same time, I opted to take a few photos of all of them together to have for size reference, and then individuals that I could put together later in Photoshop. I absolutely love the way this came out. They're just too cute.
It means so much to me when clients bring back their children that I've photographed as newborns. It's so fun to see how much bigger they've gotten and what kinds of personalities they've developed over their first year. It also makes me feel great that they're putting their trust in me once again to document a really special time for their family. Here are some more of my favorites from the session!
Have you always wanted your babies and furbabies together for a great photo? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (631)256-7476 to schedule a session!
I'll be doing another pet portrait program but at a new library this time! On July 20th, I'll be at the Sayville Library taking pet portraits in their courtyard! Registration for the program begins on June 18th. Registration is limited to Sayville Library cardholders for two weeks, and then program registration will open up to out of district patrons from other Long Island libraries on July 2nd!
The program will be held on July 20th from 10am to 12pm, first come, first served. Your pet can enjoy a solo portrait or you can join them for a family photo. There could be lots of other animals around when you bring your pet for a photo, so we ask that you make sure your pet is clean and well-behaved around other animals. Please bring your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Note that event is not limited to just dogs and cats! I've done this type of program at other libraries and we've gotten pets like ferrets, turtles, etc. I love all types of animals, so bring it on!
There will be a rain date of Saturday, 7/27 in case of inclement weather!
Register for the program here!
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Here are his birthday photos!
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Here are my favorite photos from Gianna’s Christmas session this year!
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