Yes, ours. Because, dear friends, I couldn’t be doing this magical dog photography stuff without you.
Dog photography is a thing. I still get a lot of raised eyebrows around Spokane when people ask what I do.
And that’s OK. I get it. It’s a very niche form of portrait photography.
If you’ve followed along on this blog, you’ve learned why I chose dog portraiture and putting your pet in focus for your family portraits.
You’ve read some pretty cool stories about dogs and the people they’ve rescued.
Those are special stories that I put my heart into.
But first came #agirlandherdog.
A girl and her dog
Last year, as I was starting to get this dog photography business off the ground, I approached friends with dogs to pose for me.
They were all women.
I joined a group that connects models with photographers.
The people who responded to my model calls were all women.
Because we have a special connection with our dogs. I always did with Shep; I always will with Bella.
Now, this is not to say men don’t have this bond. The old saying does go that a dog is a man’s best friend.
So unfair. We get stuck with diamonds.
Enter the Daily Dog Tag
I heard about the Daily Dog Tag through a dog photographers Facebook group to which I belong.
The woman who runs the website curates images of dogs with their people. I reached out, prepared for the reply that’s always in the brain of a person who suffers from Imposter Syndrome: ew, no, your pictures suck.
Instead, Beth wrote back, “Yes, please.”
I cried. No, really, I did. It’s as big a deal to me as last year when I was named second favorite photographer in the Readers Poll for Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living magazine.
Beth published my images on Thursday in honor of National Pet Day.
Every picture tells a story
At the center of my work lies the love I still have for my heart dog, Shep, who left this world in 2014.
When he died, some Alberta friends who are also photographers dug into their archives and found images they’d taken of me and my boy together.
Images I didn’t know existed until the shared them.
Images that I keep carefully stored in a special section of external hard drives. (Note: plural. I’m terrified of losing any data, so it’s all backed up in triplicate.)
Images that I will cherish until the day I join Shep on the other side.
And that’s what I wanted to achieve when I set forth with my project of A Girl and Her Dog. Same goes for the rescue dogs project.
Our dogs are never with us for as long as we want them to be, but they give so much to us. Honoring that unconditional love they give us and the bond we forge with them is my passion.
Really, it’s what Shep taught me to see.
One of my favorites of me and my guardian angel Shep, photo credit to Danelle Wettstein of Calgary
Is it time for your dog photography?
I look at the images I shared with Beth to publish on the Daily Dog Tag and I remember every minute of every photo shoot.
Jacquelin and Lincoln at Plantes Ferry. Lincoln is the former Path of Hope rescue puppy known as Clove.
Brenda, the Petco dog trainer, and her happy girl Pretzel.
Dana, my best friend in Calgary with her Bernese mountain who succumbed to cancer just a few months later. It was the last time I saw Shep’s brother from another mother.
My adventure friend Cat and #littlemissthang Newt, taking time out for me on a day we spent exploring St. Maries and Benewah.
Incredible moments in my life, all of them. And that’s only in my first year of operations.
I’m so fortunate to be doing this, and I take great encouragement from some of the comments on Beth’s website:
These photos are precious. I love the emotion behind them…you can see the love in both human and dog eyes.
The photos speak so much happiness and love!
Makes me wish we had taken more photos of our now 12 yr old doggie when he was a pup. He’s such an integral part of our family & we don’t have a lot of photos of him growing up with our kids.
Beth said on Instagram she hopes publishing this feature encourages more women to get portraits done with their dog(s).
If you’re in the Spokane and North Idaho areas, let me do it! Just click this button to get to a handy contact form or give me a call at 208-618-1630. These memories can’t be beat.
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