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.