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!