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Cash One Year
10th May 2015 - 0 comments
Okay! So this is the final blog post for Cash the Rottweiler puppy (probably anyway). Some things have changed... for instance, Cash is no longer really a puppy. Other things have stayed the same, such as Cash is still a Rottweiler (and I have a feeling he'll always be a Rottweiler). If you're late to the story, I started photographing Cash at just 8 weeks old (and you should click that link to see how freaking adorable he is and read a bit more about why I started photographing him) and I photographed him again at 6 months. Once you've clicked on those links and caught yourself up on the story of Cash, then you should be sure to come back here and see these photos. So...

First thing that is important to know is that Cash is still a fetchaholic. Here he is with his ball in a moment of calm.

He has gotten better at catching though! And he was giving us lots of awesome jumps in his attempts to catch the ball (most of which were successful).

He also gave some hilarious faces in those attempts.

We let the family out to show how big Cash has gotten, and get some shots of everyone playing together. The fetch continued. Memphis was playing with Cash, and Tyson was in the back playing with Jinx.

Memphis was determined to play with Cash's ball while Cash was trying to bring it back to us humans to throw it. A few times Cash had to slam on the breaks to avoid running over Memphis.

At a year old, Cash was finally as tall as Tyson! When he was six months old he was only as tall as Memphis.

The giant tennis ball is also an opportunity for the first side by side photos of how big he has gotten!

Cash took a few breaks in between playing fetch (and by breaks I mean, while we were preparing to throw the ball). Here the sun was hitting him just right to show his breath and the fact that it was cold.

I also snagged a photo of Cash being serious, adult, and handsome all at once when he heard a sound in the front yard.

After playing around a little bit we settled down to take some posed photos, which Cash was happy to do for treats and other things.

When I turned around after getting the treats out, Mr. Jinx was right behind me wagging his tail trying to convince me he needed a few as well. Of course I was ecstatic. The whole reason I even knew who Cash was because of Jinx. The first time I came to the house, he was pretty shy and I didn't get any pictures of him. The second time at six months, Jinx hung out a little bit, but eventually wanted back in. This time Jinx was out with us the whole time and was more than happy to take treats from me!

With some treats, Cash was briefly convinced to shake and show how big his paw has gotten.

And also do a stay on the porch just so we could show him in the same place for the third time.

But stay is kind of boring, even if you get to a treat in the end. Cash thought it was way more fun when we brought out a pine cone just to see if he still liked them. Answer: Yes. And he thought it was fun to destroy it.

And last photo of Mr. Cash, playing tug-o-war. The first two photos in this little three photos were not set up. The third one was. Cash thought it was fun despite it being set up. ;)

And because I took like 8 years to post his session, I have some photos that are related to Cash because Whitney and Jesse (his owners) are involved in rescue, Midsouth Animal Rescue League to be exact. And so here are some adoptable dogs in their care (because HEY. Maybe you'll fall in love an adopt one of them).

FIRST IS SHAY/ZOE. She's a pit bull thing who lived out in the woods for quite a while and took forever to catch. She was a bit shy in these photos because she hadn't been living the good life for long. She's been living it awhile now and come out of her shell.

Those are brindle spots by the way. And she's gorgeous.

NEXT IS STRAY ROTTIE. As his very accurate name implies, he was a stray, and he is a rottie. Specifically a Rottweiler. He's full grown, probably around 3 years old. He's filling out some. He should hopefully get a real name soon (they haven't spent enough time with him to give him a name, he's been in boarding). If you'd like to speed up the process, adopt him or foster him and name him yourself. ;) He's a super sweet boy and loves people.

Look how happy he is! You could be the one to make him smile every day.

NEXT UP IS ARYA. She's a Rottweiler thing. She's young (about 10 months). I'm personally of the opinion 6 months to 1 year is the perfect age to get a dog, mainly because they have bladder control at that age, but still go through that enjoyable demon spawn deal. She's also pretty cute. And dog friendly. And people friendly. And spayed and ready to go to a home! I met Whitney at Walnut Grove Animal Clinic to photograph her (and see how long it has been since I took the photos of Cash, the grass is now green when it was dead).

She looks like she has dirt on her nose. I love it.

And here her mouth was all drool-y because she was wanting the treat Whitney was holding.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS IRELAND. She too is a Rottweiler thing. She too is around ten months old. She too is awesome, gorgeous, and dog friendly. Unlike Arya though, she's got a bad leg and gets to go through the joy of a hip replacement surgery when she grows up (because she has to finish growing first so she doesn't outgrow the replacement). Despite that, she's not slowed down in the least and didn't get the memo that maybe she should stay off that leg.

She enjoyed the toy I brought.

And Miss Arya got in the way of this photo, but I still love it. So hey, I get to add it. It's my blog. ;)

AND THAT'S A WRAP. This blog post is over. I hope you've enjoyed seeing Cash grow up like I have. And hey maybe you've fallen in love with one of the adoptable dogs I just posted and will get a new family member. ;)
03rd April 2015 - 0 comments
So I was preparing to do a blog post for Cash the Rottweiler for his one year old session, and then I realized I never did a blog post for another black and tan dog I photographed! SHAME. FOR SHAME, ERICA. I can't believe I forgot the gorgeous Molly! And she is gorgeous, I'm not just saying that. We had our session way back in November 2014. Our session took place at my favorite little park. Molly had been (kind of) recently adopted from Memphis Animal Services and was doing wonderful in her new life. Also, cool fun fact, Molly actually lives near my house, which I didn't realize until after our session. I was out walking my brats and saw her! Unfortunately my dogs tend towards the "asshat" when it comes to other dogs and don't typically get along with other dogs, so there was no friendly play as I caught up with Molly's owner. I've delayed sharing the wonderfulness that is Molly long enough!

We started out our session getting some action shots. Molly had recently had a bath for her session and was still a bit damp so she was wearing a jacket to protect her from the slight chill in the air.

As Molly got sick of chasing Vienna sausages around (which were used to make her run, and currently make me hungry just thinking about it), we headed towards the lake to make a loop as I snagged photos.

We took off her jacket and got some photos of her with her natural born black coat with touches of smoke in it.

And then the light was coming perfectly through the woods surrounding the lake. We had recently had a frost and red leaves of the tree had fallen to the ground (to see the leaves before they fell off, check out T-Bone's session, the seventh photo). I squeaked a toy, and Molly gave me a wonderful head tilt to go with the gorgeous lighting, beautiful dog, and specs of red.

As we continued our trek, we also got Molly to show us her dance moves to beg for a treat.

And then, of course, I had to get a photo of her posed on the picnic bench so the background looked awesome. Look at those gorgeous eyes and sculpted eye brows.

As we were nearly finished with our session, she briefly went into the woods to look back at the lake, which gave me a second photo I absolutely adore.

For the final two photos, her owner wanted photos of Molly's "I want that treat, but I'm trying really hard to be good face." Her tail was wagging like crazy as she tried to stay in her sit.

THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL SESSION MOLLY! You have a fantastic home now. You went from the jail cells of the animal shelter to a loving home!
29th December 2014 - 0 comments
Well I'm not sure if I'm going to finish all of the blog posts for the sessions I had this year, this year. I still have Molly after T-bone to write about, but who knows? Maybe I'll get it together and give you two blog posts in two days so I can feel successful! But, aside from my slacking, this is a blog post about the lovely T-bone. T-bone is a gorgeous purebred Golden Retriever who was nine and a half years old at the time of our session (so now he's a few months older) and weighs 90 pounds. Which when I was told he weighed 90 pounds, I had my doubts, people exaggerate... His owner did not exaggerate. He really was 90 pounds and huge. He was also a typical golden and very friendly. And water obsessed. When our session started, we had dreams of keeping him dry despite a lake being in the middle of the park, calling his name. We dodged it for the first few photos, but when we neared it again, T-bone made sure we knew he was more than just good looks. There were brains underneath that handsome exterior and he tricked us to get to the water. Once he had gone into the water we gave up and just let T-bone be himself to the fullest. I think we had a fantastic session, and shooting with a wet dog nearly the whole time just made it a lot more entertaining. So with that...

For the first few photos we were pretty far away from the little lake, so T-bone instead played some fetch with his favorite toy. Look at him all dry!

After playing some fetch we started heading back towards the lake so we could get some different backgrounds. For the most part T-bone thought he should stick right next to his owner's side, but we managed to trick him a few times. T-bone has some absolutely gorgeous unique colored eyes that were a golden amber, rather than the typical liquid brown of most goldens.

We then stopped for a pose in front of the lake. I did not realize this would be the last dry photo. Look at his pretty collar though! That was bought new for our session together.

So T-bone did his thing and tricked us to get into the water (we gave him too much leash because he was being good, and then once he was pretty far out, he started heading back to us, once he had slack he darted to the water before we could collect the long line back and stop him). And then suddenly T-bone emerged from the lake in his true form. Wet. I loved this photo because his tongue was hitting him in the face and reminded me of a heart. For his love of water.

And once he had been in the water, we threw up our hands in defeat and just let him have some fun, so he got to play fetch in the water. Here, he was waiting for the ball to be thrown.

With the help of the ball, we did some posing between fetch cycles. We snagged this photo which is my favorite from the session. This bush was the first to get with the program and begin looking like we actually have a fall season. When I came back a week later for Molly's session, the bush had lost nearly all of its leaves.

We also had to get a "from above" shot which turned into more of a "from above and an angle" since T-bone was like "what do you think you are doing? I don't want to stare at your camera, I want to stare at the ball of fun!"

As we walked around the park, we also stopped and convinced T-bone to get up on the picnic bench. Except T-bone kept jumping on and off, and a couple of those times involved re-soaking his coat because he was starting to look semi-dry. We tried getting photos of him without the ball, but then he started barking because, well that was now his ball. Eventually he put the ball down (on his own!) and looked perfect for about 5 seconds. Then he determined (correctly) that I had gotten the shot I wanted, and it was time to move on!

OBLIGATORY SHAKE SHOT! It took a couple of tries to get a decent one, but T-bone was more than happy to keep trying for me since it meant he kept getting to go in the water.

And we finish this blog post off with one final photo of T-bone. I don't have anything witty to say, so just enjoy it. :)

Since I missed posting anything for Christmas, hopefully you all had a terrific merry Christmas!
Pepper - Six Months
19th December 2014 - 0 comments
If you missed Pepper at six months on Facebook, HAVE NO FEAR. You'll see this gorgeous blue girl all throughout this blog post. What is with that "at six months" phrase? Well it is because gorgeous Miss Pepper already had a session at around 12 weeks so we have to distinguish her sessions. In the event you've forgotten or have never seen her because you're new around these parts, Pepper is an adorable blue Weimaraner girl. She's a dark little thing (in color, not in soul, she's got a quite happy soul) and I absolutely love it! We had our session at Overton Park, which was a first for me. I went down and visited it before our session, like I always do when I go to new places, and got some ideas in place before heading out there for our actual session. One of the reasons I had never had a session out there before was because it is such a gorgeous place that tons of people go there and that makes it distracting for dogs (and photographers who shun large populations of people) when we are attempting to do posed photos. And it WAS busy when we went. But Pepper (and I!) handled it like a champ and we got a number of gorgeous photos! I loved the photos from our session so much it -almost- makes me want to use it more often. I'll have to think about that for any final decisions, but if you love these photos and plan on doing a Standard or Ultra Session you can always yell at me and be like "ERICA, WE ARE GOING TO OVERTON PARK FOR OUR PHOTOS. I LOVED PEPPER'S SO MUCH, AND I WANT MY DOGS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THAT FANTASTIC PLACE."

So if you have been to Overton Park, there is a large open area that people play soccer, Frisbee, have picnics in, etc. We chose to play some fetch and let Pepper have some off leash fun.

Pepper also decided we needed a full body shot of her gorgeous six month old self, and when she was distracted by a band playing drums, we got that photo.

After playing, barking (Pepper, not us humans), and having some fun, we stopped at this large tree stump for some posed family photos. I don't normally post the photos plus humans, so you can enjoy this one with just Pepper before the human couple clambered up there to be with her.

We then attempted to do some posing over some clover. Clover annoys people with perfect lawns, but provides a rich green color for photos when the grass is beginning its death for winter.

But Pepper quickly sprawled out a like a frog to cool off a little. She made me laugh, and gave me one of my favorite photos of the session.

And then we headed into the woods, to escape the multitude of humans for some privacy. There are tons of fallen trees and tree stumps, which we of course utilized for photos.

We also found where Pepper is in camo mode and nearly blending in with the background.

As we were leaving the woods that seemed to be a sauna, we stopped for posing next to some flowers, which I don't think you can even see, but the photos were magnificent all the same since they had such a lovely green backdrop, and an even lovelier model. I considered getting rid of the vines that were attacking Pepper from behind. But decided they added, so they stayed.

We then got my "tied for favorite" photo, right up with Pepper the frog once Pepper decided to add her own flare and lay down instead of sit.

Once we were done, Pepper was happy to get up and continue our trek out of the woods and back into the open.

For our final photo-- "HOLD UP ERICA. I WAS SEMI UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS WAS A STANDARD SESSION. There are 25 photos with that session, WHY ARE THERE ONLY 13?" Because my astute reader of this blog with ninja abilities to know what kind of session this was without being told before now, I don't post people pictures for some reason and once I culled the people photos from the final gallery for this blog post, we were left with only around 13 photos. I'll probably change that rule shortly, and remember to start asking owners if they are okay with their face being on the internet again. If I get permission for Pepper's final session at a year, I'll include my favorite people pictures from all her sessions (and I absolutely love some of the human photos as well) in her final session blog post. Until then, this is the last photo of Pepper the little hound with the large ears posing in front of the Brook's Museum.
09th November 2014 - 0 comments
I've been meaning to do Buddy's blog post for a while, but I just couldn't. For one, it took me a couple of days to have decent enough internet to load all the photos for his blog post. But that wasn't the main reason seeing as I've had the photos I wanted to add to this post added for over two weeks now. Buddy was a pointer mix and 8 years old. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with lymphoma which leads to my second and primary problem. Buddy passed away on October 14. Buddy's death got to me more than normal. Whenever I hear about a client of mine dying I'm always upset, I hate it, and don't want to imagine the loss. The loss that we all have to go through as animal lovers and pet owners. Despite typically only spending a few hours with each of my clients in person, I get attached to each and every dog I've photographed. It is hard not to when you spend hours staring at the screen, editing the photos, seeing their smiles, reliving moments, laughing at outtakes that perhaps don't make the cut because they are too blurry or I accidentally overexposed them. In Buddy's case he was not particularly a fan of me at our session. My giant bulk of camera gear made him nervous. Despite that, I thought a lot about Buddy's session after it was over, worried that I hadn't quite achieved the photos Jessica had wanted. Due to the lymphoma, Buddy had lost some of his vision and it made it harder to capture things that were typical Buddy as he had been described to me. He could no longer play fetch, our chances of getting a photo of him pointing was a big fat 0%. Buddy and Jessica also had an amazing bond that I'd never seen before. Buddy couldn't take his eyes off of Jessica, and while a few times he would come up to me, it was always an accident and we all knew he really meant to go to Jessica. They'd been through tough times, and they helped each other through them. They come through the difficulties with a better bond than most animals and humans will ever share. So I guess with a lot more sentimental introduction than is my norm, it is time for the photos of this awesome dog.

We had a beautiful day for a beautiful session in my favorite little park in Lakeland.

Since Buddy's vision was going, it quickly became apparent that fetch was not going to be achieved on our list of goals. While editing the photos I was happy to see I'd snagged this one (while preparing to see if Buddy would fetch) and at least we had a photo of the idea of fetch. The moment before the throw. Step one, in every game of fetch.

This is going to be the first of nearly every single photo in the rest of this blog post. Despite failing vision, Buddy nearly always wanted to be able to make eye contact with Jessica.

And again.

It really didn't matter what the setting was.

Although, he did take a break to shake off the water after taking a swim (well more of a deep wade) in the lake. Apparently he's not normally a big swimmer, but our session was pretty hot, and he had the humans jealous of him that he could go swimming to cool off.

I tried for one of my favorite "from above" shots, and Buddy thought it would look best if his eyes were closed, more peaceful looking that way I suppose.

And then he was back to having his eyes on Jessica, even though we were posing in front of the gorgeous lake with perfect reflections.

But Buddy must have heard me internally complaining, so he threw the pet photographer a bone, and stared into the camera so I had the photo I wanted to get as well.

Since we were at my favorite park, we paused for one of my favorite photos with the leaves behind looking gorgeous. With these photos I normally have the dogs jump up on a picnic bench, and for the few dogs who won't do it with the lovely bribery of treats, we pick them up and place them up there. In Buddy's case, I couldn't in good conscience place him up there. So we tried bribery, but since Buddy was going blind, he didn't want to climb up onto the picnic bench. He obviously knew what he could handle and couldn't so we took his photos from the ground. In this photo was one of our attempts to get him on the bench. Buddy showed us how one steals food in the stealthiest way possible. Apparently stealing food was a habit he had for a time.

After messing around we finally got the planned photo.

We rested for a bit due to the heat, and then got back to some posing, which Buddy was getting better at as our session went on.

One of our goals that we weren't sure we were going to get (and we didn't) was a picture of Buddy pointing, proving his pointer blood. When he points, his tail, which was broken when he was younger, pointed in the same direction. So I settled for a photo of his tail, which pointed up.

I also made sure to get a photo of his fantastic wavy fur. No styling was needed.

I leave you with one final photo of Buddy that was my personal favorite from the whole session.

I always struggle with what to say to my clients when I'm informed their dog has died. This is because I am terrified of saying the wrong thing and making it harder on you guys, not because I don't care. I personally grieve by getting away from everything and I can't stand when people try to comfort me, so just know, that although I'm saying very few words in most cases when I find out, I'm thinking about you all a lot more than I may mention. I hope you guys have enjoyed getting to know Buddy through his photos because I sure enjoyed getting to meet him and Jessica.