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Better Than a Baby Gender Reveal, A German Shepherd Puppy Reveal!

Do you know the very best way to surprise a 10 year old girl?

Puppies! Of course! German Shepherd puppies, to be specific.

Now, before I get into the nitty-gritty of this particular puppy photo session, let me back up a couple of steps and explain just how this sweet surprise came about; 

Madison had been wanting a dog for a while. About four years, as a matter of fact! She would beg her family, promising she would take excellent care of the new dog, if just given the chance. Every plea from Madison, brought about the same family response of, "not right now."
Most kids would get tired of asking and just give up. After all, in the life of a 10 year old, four years is nearly half of her life! 
But Madison persisted. 
Meanwhile, Madison's family had been waiting for the right opportunity to bring a new dog into their life. German Shepherd dogs have long been a breed favorite for this crew. So when the time was right, they concentrated their efforts on finding a German Shepherd puppy.

Do you know how, sometimes, when you get one thing, you start to think; "if one is good, two must be better"?

Well, Madison's family had that train of thought when they were researching German Shepherd puppies. Turns out, Madison's grandparents ended up with a German Shepherd puppy, too!

Madison's mom wanted to make this Puppy Reveal extra special for her daughter. A photo session at my studio was the perfect solution. After all, I have been photographing Madison's family for just about 17 years!
Brittanii, Madison's mom, called me with her idea and together we made a plan. 
Madison came to my studio thinking she was here for a regular portrait session. We began the session with some quick shots of Madison. Then Brittanii took some time to primp Madison and pretend to fix her hair. While Madison was distracted, her grandma and aunt snuck in through my back door with one of my milk crates, filled with two puppies! (I told you this was a family affair!)

 SURPRISE! You just got yourself two German Shepherd puppies!

SURPRISE! You just got yourself two German Shepherd puppies!

We were all tickled at how long it took Madison to notice there were puppies just behind her. But I should have known, Madison has always been an outstanding photo subject for me, since she was a newborn. Of COURSE she would follow directions and keep her focus on me and my camera!
After some quick thinking, and some silent giggles, I had Madison turn her head a bit.

And then, voila!, the puppies were discovered!

 What could make these puppies even more precious? Add flowers, of course!

What could make these puppies even more precious? Add flowers, of course!

This Puppy Reveal could not have been more perfect! Madison's reactions to the two newest members of her family was priceless! She squealed and asked if she could hold them. Madison later told me that, when she first saw the two German Shepherd pups, she thought they were mind. What can I say? This kid knows me well!
As the initial excitement wound down, we got to work photographing the puppies' first portrait session. These two little dolls immediately stole my heart. They slept through most of the rest of the session. Clearly, the excitement of the evening had worn them out! I was able to caputre some really cute images of this little boy and girl.
 

Oh yes, and if you're curious, these two cuties are named; Hawkin and Millie.
Sweet names made even sweeter once I tell you, these two German Shepherds are named for Stranger Things characters!
Hawkin is the police sheriff and Millie is the name of the actress who plays Eleven. 
If you're a Stranger Things fan, you get the references. And if you're not, well, you can still appreciate the adorable names <3 

Dog Photographer: German Shepherd Puppy Dog

I am a HUGE fan of German Shepherd Dogs.

This dog breed has long been a favorite for me. German Shepherds are dependable. They are loyal. They are SO smart. And they love to please their people.

A little known fact to many people; I grew up with German Shepherd dogs. My (human :) ) son is named for my first German Shepherd my family had, when I was a baby and young girl. His name was Benjamin. We called him Benny. I have many fond memories of laying on beanbags with Benny and watching Sesame Street.

A well bred German Shepherd puppy is truly a sight to behold. Leah brought me just such a puppy when she commissioned me to photographer her Zender. I knew Zender and I would get along well, the minute he walked through my door. Armed with a sweet personality and all of that puppy fluff, Zender melted my heart on his first sweet nose kiss!

Zender's German Shepherd father is named Ven. I have always enjoyed Ven, both in the studio and in the field. And, lucky for me, Zender is just like his father! Both dogs share the same personality and the same drive to please their people. Zender and Ven also share their love for being photographed!

Little Zender already knew his basic commands.

He also knew some more advanced commands, like "chill." The "chill" command is used when Leah wants Zender to put his chin on the ground. IT IS SO CUTE to see Zender do this trick!

Zender has a great start to life with his human, Leah. And all the backing from a wonderful kennel, Lytle's K-9's, where Zender was born.

German Shepherd Dog Photographer: Kyrie and her Mama

There is a bond between a dog and her Person that nothing else can compare.

The companionship a dog can bring to a human is a relationship worth documenting in portraits. And I am always happy to oblige, when someone calls for portraits with their pup.

Mary made just such a call about a portrait session with her German Shepherd Dog, Kyrie. Mary wanted portraits to commemorate her love of Kyrie. Kyrie is a five-year-old German Shepherd Dog who was rescued by Mary when Kyrie was just about 18 months old. Right from day one, these two were inseparable.

Mary takes Kyrie with her everywhere she goes.

Kyrie is such a gentle soul, traveling with Mary is a pure joy for this sweet German Shepherd girl. Kyrie is a pleaser and she loves to show off all of her obedience skills! Kyrie's favorite toy is, of course, her ball. Every time Mary would pull out the ball, Kyrie's eyes would light up and she would jump around her Human Mama with great excitement.

Kyrie has definitely bonded with Mary. She looks forward to hikes with Mary and together, they travel all over parts of Alaska to hike and play. These two gals have many selfies together on their adventures. And I have to say, a selfie is always better with a dog in the picture!

Mary brought Kyrie back with her, when it came time for them to view the portraits we'd made at Mary and Kyrie's session. I have to admit right now, how much I enjoy it when clients bring their dogs back for the ordering appointment!

Kyrie waltzed right in, as though she owned the place. This German Shepherd girl was so happy to see me once again. And, I think, even better were all the chew toys and dog beds I had available for her to keep entertained while we looked at all the portraits we had made.

In the end, Mary fell in love with the portraits of her and Kyrie. And I so enjoyed the opportunity to make portraits of these two girls, together. Their bond is clear in real life. I am happy to show that bond in portraits, as well.

Alaska Dog Photographer: Shy Puppy Mix Breed

I loved this mix breed puppy, Zoey! She had a beautiful face with big, dark eyes and a soft expression. When Zoey enters a room, you cannot help but fall in love.

But Zoey isn't the type of puppy you want to run up to or get in her face. You see, Zoey is shy. But lucky for her, I'm pretty good with shy puppies. I've had years of experience working with puppies who tend to be anxious or unsure about their new surroundings. One of my most shy puppies was my own Great Dane girl.

Zoey walked in to the studio, a little cautious. She did not show any signs of fear. Instead, she just moved slowly, staying close to her Human and watching everything around her. I knew immediately that my impulse to get close to Zoey and pet her would not be well received. So I kept myself away from her and tossed her bits of delicious cheese. Slowly but surely, Zoey came out of her shell to sniff out, and eat, the cheese trail.

Eventually, Zoey was ready to make portraits. Her shy puppy personality was still there, but her confidence was increasing by the minute.

I took my time with every portrait image I made of Zoey. She and I spent plenty of time between making images to engage in quiet play. I always let Zoey tell me when she was finished with me. And I was always prepared to back off and not force her into anything that may cause stress.

By creating a safe environment for Zoey, I was able to drastically increase her confidence in herself. But also, this shy puppy was able to trust me and give me the behavior I asked for during the session.

Zoey's time in front of the camera did not last as long as many of my dog portrait sessions. It was more important to me that Zoey be comfortable than that I get the perfect shot. Besides, I happen to be pretty confident in my camera work, myself. And I knew I could get what I needed from her in a short amount of time.

Zoey proved she was more than just a shy puppy. When Zoey came back with Tracey, her Human, to view the images, Zoey pranced right into my studio, as though she lived here! What's more is Zoey LOVED sitting with me. Gone was the shy puppy who preferred me at a distance. Instead I was greeted by a confident girl who wanted to snuggle with me and play.

Tracey has already booked a second session for Zoey. This time, I'll be photographing Zoey's doggy siblings along with her!

Alaska Dog Photographer: German Shepherd Dog

Growing up, my family always had a dog. There is actually not a single moment of my childhood when there wasn't a dog in our home. And while we always had a dog, we also stuck with the same breed for all of my growing up years. That breed was the German Shepherd Dog. I have many sweet memories of the German Shepherds we had through out my life. As a matter of fact, my son is named for my first family German Shepherd; Benjamin. So, whenever a German Shepherd comes into my studio, my heart skips a beat while a flood of childhood memories come rushing to my brain.

Bethany first contacted me through text, about a portrait session for her GSD puppy. One of my first questions of clients inquiring is; "What is your dog's name?" I asked this question of Bethany, and she responded that her pup's name was, "Pond."

Well, right then and there I knew we were going to get along like peas and carrots! As an avid and long time Doctor Who fan, I immediately knew where Pond got her name. Amy Pond is my second favorite Doctor Who companion. This family definitely has great taste in dog names!