If you have followed me lately, you know that we had a bit of a rough patch. Between November 12 and December 19 our dogs had one emergency surgery, one cancer surgery and we said good bye to Barney, Skirvee and Danny.
It was horrible for us, but we counted our blessings and kept putting one foot in front of the other.
I have a dog blog that I keep mostly a personal journal about the dogs, but it is open for anyone to stop by and enjoy.
For each dog that we have lost over the years, I always do a post going back to the early pictures and telling their story. For Barney, Skirvee and Danny I was quite saddened to realize that the last photos I took of our guys was in July.
I promised myself I wouldn’t let that happen again and one by one we took them out to the little rustic studio to take portraits of our own babies yesterday.
It didn’t take us long to get through the pack and I realized the importance of pet photography. I see their personalities through my lens. Joey has always been shy since the day we brought him home. As hard as he tries and as happy he is with us, his world has always been a very scary place.
Minnie is confident and strong and ready to greet whatever comes her way. Treats make for an exceptional greeting.
I’ve known this little guy since he was one day old. He’s always shy around strangers and especially in new situations, but he runs around on the acre with confidence and speed.
Flocko is my happy, happy boy. Always has been, probably always will be.
This dude knows he’s gorgeous. What can I say? He works the crowd like he’s the only dog in town and he greets his admirers with grace.
So, my challenge to you is three parts.
- Keep taking those photos on your phones and with your own camera, you will never regret it. Make sure you back them up, especially the phone cameras.
- Find a professional photographer you like, call me or search for pet photographer by city, by state, by region. Look at their portfolios and find one that you really, really like. Look at the photos, can you see your own dog or cat in the photos. There are a lot of us out there and believe me, if we call ourselves a pet photographer, it is out of love for animals first, photography second. Schedule a session.
- Prepare yourself for a little bit of sticker shock, but order your print products from your photographer. They work with professional labs and your products will be the highest quality. Don’t be afraid to go big. Make a statement. Please don’t ask for a disk with the digital images. The disk will sit on a shelf and gather dust, trust me when I tell you that you’ll be so much more delighted when you go home and can display your prints right away.
I have already ordered my first print product of the challenge earlier today. That handsome young man Pete will come back to me as a 16×20 inch canvas wrap floating in a frame. I can hardly wait.