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Portraits for dogs

A Family Dog Portrait with a Lab, a Pitt Bull and Something In-Between

Family portraits can be a chore to put together whether your a human or a dog family. But I tend to love a good challenge!

Mila is the oldest. We all expected Mila, the Pit Bull, to be the most comfortable with the entire situation. She is self assured, very friendly and loves to be around people.

Chloe, a two-year-old Pit Bull and Husky mix, was next in line. Again, our thoughts were that Chloe would follow Mila's lead and be generally easy to work with through out the portrait session.

And bringing up the rear, we have Lizzy. Lizzy is an 8-month-old Pit Bull and Labrador Retriever mix. We all fully expected Lizzy to be the biggest challenge of the shoot. As a puppy and as the youngest of the pack, Lizzy loves attention and LOVES to cause a bit of mischief toward her two older sisters.

Surprisingly, things did not turn out as we expected.

Lizzy ended up being the champ of the day! Her love of attention translated well into the photo session. Lizzy was eager to work and please all the humans. The better she worked for the camera, the more treats she would receive. It certainly didn't take this little Pit-Lab mix to figure that out!

Chloe was the classic middle child in the group. She cooperated well and was easily distracted by Lizzy. But she did her best and when it was time to turn on the charm, Chloe did so with great aplomb.

Mila, however, did NOT like all the attention and excitement surrounding the portrait session. As her little sisters played and ran, Mila was quiet and reserved. When it came time to put on the wreath of daisies, Mila was just about ready to walk out of the door and give up on the lot of us!

In the end we did get cooperation out of everyone and the family portraits were a raging success! The three girls sat together just long enough for me to nail the group shot. And a lot of breaks between poses kept the whole pack happy and content.

Athena and Otis; Rescue Dogs

Athena & Otis are two crossbreed rescue dogs who hit the jackpot with their human mama!

Athena is a lovely girl. This pup is a little shy when she meets new people, so it is important that she has lots of space available when coming into a new situation. Athena loves treats and will come to get a treat after she warms up a bit to the new people.

Ms. Athena is a Pit Bull mix. We are not sure exactly what else she has in her, but we think there could be some Labrador Retriever. Regardless, she has a sweet personality and loves her humans with great passion.

Otis is Athena's brother. He is much more outgoing and expressive when he meets new people. Otis will prance happily toward you for his first greeting. Like his sister, Otis also LOVES a good treat and will show you all of his tricks in hopes of getting one from you.

Otis is one of the more unique dogs I photograph. He is a cross between a German Shorthaired Pointer and a Basset Hound! I've never seen this cross before, and let me tell you, the look of this sort of dog is definitely unforgettable!

This portrait session is the second time I've had Otis and Athena in my studio

The first time Otis and Athena visited me was a couple years ago. They had just moved to Alaska and were feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the new sights and scents. But after some warming up, we all became great friends and I fell head over heels in love with these two rescue dogs!

But this time around, we concentrated on portraits of Otis, Athena, and their human. The weather was bright and sunny, perfect for portraits outside the studio doors.

Once again, these cute rescue dogs did not disappoint me with their character and antics during the photo shoot!