Some curses are blessings in disguise. Last fall, I inherited responsibility for taking the dog’s photos for their website profiles. A lot more work, but simple enough? Not so!
For every shot that makes it –
there are dozens more that go into the recycle bin.
I try to get the dogs shortly after they arrive so we can share them as quickly as possible with the team and expedite their going homes. Those first couple of days can be an adjustment for the dogs resulting in sad faces. Some of those looks tug so hard at the heart that they help them get home immediately…like Talulah.
But what I really hope to capture is the dog’s true personality, be it playful, rowdy, sweet, or silly which often means revisiting them over the course of a week or so.
Adorableness is easy-just stick a puppy in front of the lens.
But in sussing out their true selves, I get some of the strangest, goofiest, and loudest looks!
A good assistant is highly recommended. Squeak-makers, tennis balls, and treats are required. Getting at dog eye level means mud and wet are part of the deal. And you had better learn quickly just when to step out of the way lest you get run over.
They can be devilishly frustrating.
I can’t tell you how many times tongues have been stuck out at me.
It is impossible not to smile back at a face like this.
It is time-consuming work, but incredibly rewarding. I get to be one of the first people they meet and watch their personalities transform.
And as their frequent “going home” photographer, I get to bookend their time with us.
A blessing indeed.