I was looking through my 2014 Session Folder this morning and revisiting some of these sessions....the laughs, the tears, the new/old friends.
Tucker has been modeling for me for a really long time...you just might say he was the first dog outside my home to be officially referred to as a "model" dog. With that history between us, it was only fitting that he be the model for my first attempt at shooting sunset from the hill. This location gave me so many great shots this year. Tucker's mom Karley has been assisting me occasionally on shoots for several years now after we met through rescue work.
Ruby's brother Finn has been modeling for me for almost a year. When Ruby joined the family I couldn't resist capturing her adorable fluffiness! Finnegan is a beautiful red Cardigan Corgi show dog and Ruby is planning to follow in his footsteps. Their mom Krystal also has assisted me for a couple of sessions/events this year.
I have been working with different rescue groups for years. Rescue photography certainly has it's challenges but it is so rewarding at the same time. There is no better feeling then knowing that your work helped find a dog or cat their forever home.
Justice...there is so much to say about this handsome mug. This big guy has a special place in my heart. He has been a client and now he models for me anytime I need a stand in dog to test and idea or to take a silly picture that most others wouldn't have the patience for. Justice is a dog that people can be proud of, a dog that went from unwanted in an Illinois shelter, to living months at a local day care- waiting for a permanent home, now he is a dog with a loving home and a purpose. Justice is a therapy dog that visits patients in the hospital, nursing home, college students at finals crunch time. His personality just brings calm to everyone who meets him. I am proud to be his friend and photographer.
Oh the sunset fun we had on the hill this year. I can't wait to go back at the first sign on green grass!
This session really touched my heart. Two basset girls- one younger, one older. Lucy the older girl had cancer so this shoot was to capture her and her sister to create memorable images for her family. The bottom image I think was one of the best captures from this session. This shot is Lucy giving her Mom a kiss as her Mom was trying to adjust her position. The love and bond in this image brought tears to my eyes a week after it was taken when Lucy's Mom sent me a message saying she had passed away. This top image is Bea, she and I became best friends. I try and meet up with her and her Mom from time to time just so Bea and I can play. Over time she has become an old pro at this photography thing and is a great subject to photograph.
Over 2014 I brought some of the softer lighting techniques that I use to use with humans over to pets and I have loved the results. I also introduced bubbles this year leading to some fun images.
I wasn't sure what to think at first...I grew up around horses and when George's Mom told me he was 28 years old, I had concerns about how aged he would look and how would be the best way to truly capture him. When I arrived at the stable, I had some trouble with the front gate so George and his Mom came strolling up to help. I thought to myself this can't be the 28 year old horse. Sure enough, as I got out of the car I was introduced to George. George and his Mom have been together since she was a little girl. He is a retired race horse, turned show jump horse, and now living the retired life. George at time during the session was a little grumpy, but at his age he really has every right to be.
I can't wait to see what 2015 brings! I know I get to start January with an older horse and Ibizan hounds, I am so exited for both of these sessions!
Thank you for trusting me to capture your fur babies.