If you’ve read my blog before or scrolled through the galleries than you will have seen this handsome Bloodhound’s face on my site. Wyatt and I go back a ways….all the way back to 2011 and Baker beach where I met him for the first time. His human, Josephine, has his photo taken each year and up to that point she had chosen a different portrait photographer each year. This particular year she wanted photos of Wyatt with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background. We meet, had a blast at our session and the rest, as they say, is history as I’ve been photography Wyatt and Josephine each and every year since then.
We’ve had our sessions at numerous recognizable Bay area locations, like the UC Berkeley Campus, the beach in Pacifica, and even strolling along the Embarcadero in SF. See Wyatt’s other yearly portrait sessions by clicking these links: Year One, Year Three, Year Four
This year she wanted a studio portrait and she added a twist. Wyatt as a new baby sister named Sasha. Now she isn’t a Bloodhound, so perhaps that makes her a baby cousin, but whatever, she is the most adorable and sweetest Chocolate Lab. At one point I had to inform Josephine that she wasn’t going to be able to take Sasha home, I was dog napping her!
We started off with both Wyatt and Sasha taking turns in the studio. One would be inside with me and the other outside with Josephine. Since my studio sits within a completely fenced garden, it is great place for dogs to sniff around and relieve themselves before their turn in front of the camera.
We moved to the outdoor garden area for a few more shots of the two playing. Wyatt is obsessed with his ball and so no session is complete without throwing a few for him. Sasha is just learning to run after the ball, so I threw it for her while filing some video. This was my surprise for Josephine. She took Wyatt for a quick walk around the block while I worked with Sasha and she has been such a terrific and lovely client over the years, I added a little video to her session slideshow.
I don’t know what next year has in store, but I can hardly wait to see Sasha all grown up and play with Wyatt again.
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You know that I am a big proponent of adoption as the shelters are filled with amazing dogs looking for a good and loving home. This wonderful couple, while looking in various local shelters to adopt a dog, was approached one day by a neighbor who had decided to give up her too senior pups stating she could no longer care for them. As it turned out this brother and sister were in need of some help as they hadn’t been well taken care of for some time already.
They took them home, made them part of their new family, got them much needed medical care and have lavished both with the love and attention they needed. Then they decided to memorialize their new family with a few studio portraits.
I think what they have done for these pups is amazing and I could tell immediately that the pups knew that they had been truly rescued. They gaze with loving eyes upon their new humans and make themselves at home on the new laps.
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