I first met Daun and Aurora through a group of photographers and models here in Spokane.
We all get together every once in a while, flex our portrait muscles and share our creative joo-joo. It keeps me agile, because more times than not, the models don’t come with dogs.
That dog photography thing comes easily to me, I like to think. Especially since I’m more focused on the dog and making the dog happy.
So when it comes to engaging with humans, just humans, there’s a big challenge in getting them to hold their hands right or keep them from worrying if I have their good angle.
(Dogs don’t have bad angles.)
Daun and her daughter, Aurora, let me have a Mommy & Me session with him at the Saltese Uplands Conversation Area.
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In between poses, Daun and I got to talking.
Lo and behold! She has a dog!
Silly, you should have brought her!
Ah, so we set another date. And I got to meet Dixie.
Dixie is a border collie puppy, full of energy and named for Daun’s hometown in Idaho.
We didn’t schedule our date very well, realizing golden hour — the photographer’s Mecca of light — was coming sooner and sooner in the day.
We met at one of my favorite locations, Post Falls Park, and tried to find a few quiet spots amid the fishers and the sunset strollers.
We managed to get a few great shots and I made Daun promise we would do it again … but soon in the snow!
When we chatted on the old Instagram, Daun said, “I fall in love with these photos every time I look at them!”
Oh, Dixie, what adventures are in store for you as you and Aurora grow up together!
Because there’s really quite nothing like the love between a girl and her dog.