Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gretel: The Cutest Boxer/Lab Mix You'll Ever Meet

I just HAD to interrupt the Iceland posts to share pictures from a shoot I did a little over a week ago with a 9-year-old boxer/lab named Gretel.  Gretel's mom, Jenny, contacted me about a month ago after seeing some of my other dog portraits on the beloved interwebs, saying she wanted portraits of Gretel taken as a surprise for her husband for their upcoming second wedding anniversary.  I love, love, love this idea!  It immediately gave me a fuzzy feeling inside because it's so obvious what an important part of the family this sweet companion animal is.  No new watch, engraved money clip or even weekend getaway:  portraits of their favorite four-legged friend.  Makes me happy!

Of course I was excited about the shoot--I love animal portraits--but imagine how my heart swelled as soon as I saw Gretel in person.  I mean, just LOOK at that under bite!  I couldn't get enough of it.  The girl had such a personality--sweet as pie and happy as a clam.  Ok, so she couldn't sit still in one spot for very long and her dinner was surely ruined by all the treats her mom had to bribe her with, but what a mug!  She was so much fun to photograph, and I have to say that Jenny is one of the nicest people to talk to.  We talked the entire shoot with ease, and I'm so glad our paths have crossed.

I received word that Jenny's husband was indeed surprised by the portraits.  I'm so glad a could be a part of this wonderful occasion!


  1. Gosh she's really lovely. Looks like she had a ball too! Thanks for sharing her with us. :)

  2. Aw, thanks for posting this (and ON our are good!)! Can't wait to read the rest of your blog...your Iceland shots are amazing!

    Thanks again for everything!

  3. I didn't realize they were an anniversary present! That is a very good idea I must keep in mind. Do you think Jason would prefer a Monty or Levi portrait?