This week’s 52 Project theme is “play,” and it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. My week was filled with play while visiting my cousin, her wife, and their two hysterical Bengal kitties, Claudius T. Bear and Sydney Vicious, in New York City.
Early each morning, the light in their Brooklyn apartment was just perfect, and I thought it was a great opportunity to have a little fun with the kitties while experimenting with my new D800 camera (woot, woot!).
Meet Claudius T. Bear. He is usually a very distinguished and serious cat… except… when catnip is involved…
Next up, check out Pittsburgh Cat Photographer Nicole Begley, then follow the links at the bottom of each post all the way around ’till you end up right back here.
A few weeks ago, I had my table set up at The Original Paw Pleasers & Peticures by Tess. That day, I had a chance encounter with a wonderful woman who would come to remind me to never take for granted a single moment with those you love.
Monster, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/English Coonhound mix (or so the DNA test says), was celebrating her 16th birthday and her mom was picking up a special cake just for her. We got to talking and she decided to sign Monster up for a session. At 16, Monster is not doing so well and her mom wanted to make sure she had some special photos of the two of them together.
We had the session at their home since Monster has trouble getting around. She wears a special harness 24-7 so her mom and dad can help her. When I arrived, Monster was napping on her bed in the living room. She woke up for a little bit — after all, I did have chicken treats for her — and then fell asleep again. It’s hard being a model, so we gave her a little time to rest, then we moved outside to their yard. We got some family photos and shots of just Monster but we were really focusing on creating memories of mom and pup.
Monster is an incredible dog and I really fell in love with her while I was there. When I got home and started editing, let me tell you: the tears were flowing. Monster’s connection with her mom is undeniable. They love each other so much. I was overwhelmed looking through all the perfect little moments between Monster and her mom, now frozen in time. I couldn’t help but think that these will be memories that are held on to in the months and years to come.
Editing their photos reminded me that our dogs do get older and their health does deteriorate; it is a simple fact they will not be with us forever. I was humbly reminded that what I provide to my clients are so much more than just pictures. I have been given the great gift to be able to capture the bond between us and our four-legged family members, and create memories to hold on to long after they have left us. It made me feel very lucky to be able to do what I do.
Thank you, Monster and her mom, for giving me the incredible honor — and I do mean honor — of photographing the connection and love between you.
Now, I’m going to go hug Roxy while you all check out some of my favorite shots from Monster’s session…
A few weeks ago, Sophie the Corgi had her big day as a model! I met Sophie and her mom at the San Diego Humane Society’s 2012 Walk for Animals where they signed up for an in-studio session. We opted for the bright blue backdrop to offset Sophie’s beautiful coloring.
Sophie is such a great little dog! She is so full of life, energy, and love. She had a great time running around the studio while I tried to capture some great memories for her mom. I think Sophie knew getting her photo taken was just one big, fun game… I mean, how could it not be… she got yummy bites of boiled chicken every time she gave that-crazy-lady-with-the-camera a perfect look!
And now… meet Sophie! Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think of her session!