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Hercules and Dixie

Barb was one of the winners of my contest in February, and it was wonderful to meet her and her two amazing dogs! Hercules is a Mastiff, a big boy, but also with the most perfect name ever! He was so gentle, and loved his ball!

Dixie is a gorgeous Blue Merle Australian Shepherd. In typical Aussie style, she adored to play frisbee and one of our main goals for the shoot was to get some of her both playing disc and agility (her next favorite activity!). Both Dixie and my own dog, Sniper, had their agility debut on the same weekend, but at different venues. I hope to see them at a trial in the near future, from what I heard Dixie was a super star getting two qualifying jumpers runs!

Dixie showing off her jumping skills! She makes it look easy.

We started out into the field, gorgeous blue skies, snow, and lots of wind! It made throwing the frisbee a challenge, but Dixie was more than happy to play. She put an awesome effort in, and still managed to beat the wind to get some great jumps and catches.

Hercules was not to be outdone though, he loves his ball and it made for some entertaining times!

Both of them were awesome at posing. They practically placed themselves in position. It is always a lot of fun to work with dogs who just work the camera.

One of the best things about dogs are the crazy faces they make when running with pure joy!

And the not so crazy, but happy expressions 🙂

Then the race was on! Herc took the lead, but Dixie soon zoomed past.

This duo were absolutely fantastic.

Thank-you Barb for a wonderful time and allowing me to capture some photos of your two incredible dogs!

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Opal the Poodle Mix – Ontario Dog Photography

Opal was a challenge to photograph! Not interested in toys or treats, and nearly impossible to move away from your legs – it made for a great learning experience. With patience and time any pet can have great photos of them! What most people do not understand is how much time you really need to take photographs. Along with time to get to the know them, you need patience and understanding of the pets personalities – and tailoring your approach to them is of utmost importance.

With Opal, we started the day off on a group dog hike. She hardly would move away from the legs of my friend, who was walking her while her owner was away on vacation. When we got back, we gave her some individual time in the yard to get to know me better. For Opal, we had the added challenge that her mom was not around to help. She was in a new place with new people, and you could tell she was more of a shy and anxious dog. Far different from the other rambunctious and energetic dogs on the walk.

Once she got to know me, she would once in a while look in my direction. For the most part, she would sit and smell the air. Just getting her far enough away from me to take a photo was the first feat. In the end, we got some great portraits of this girls smile! With quick timing and patience, I managed to get the shots I was aiming for.

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Jake, Airedale Terrier Puppy

I met up with Jake and his family early one morning for a mini-shoot of this handsome boy. He is such a sweet dog, for a pup he is so calm and relaxed! This works out wonderfully for the family, it is exactly what they were looking for since they have young grandchildren that come to visit. He definitely is the type of boy who would give them gentle kisses and love to cuddle and play.  It is always amazing the differences in dogs personalities – you quickly learn how each dog is different, and they all take a slightly different approach. It really did not take much persuasion to get Jake to pose for a bit! He was eager to play and curious about the tasty treats I had brought along.

Jake had a great time running around a local field, a place he is very comfortable being at.

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Bella, German Shepherd Puppy

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Bella’s session – having been around a lot of puppies, you learn that at a young age, there is always something new and exciting to do! I was pleasantly surprised when she showed up, tail wagging, ready to give me her full attention! She was a great model, completely into both the treats and toys I had brought along. Like most puppies as well, she was full of energy and silliness! I say no puppy shoot is complete without at least one case of the zoomies!

I get a lot of people asking about what they can do if their dog can’t be trusted off-leash. It is not a problem at all – I always carry a long line along to give the dogs freedom, yet security at the same time. Bella was on a line the entire time to make sure she was safe and stayed close. Leashes are then removed in post-production. Starting in the summer we will be have a new assortment of long lines with improved clips making it easier to edit and remove later.

We started off Bella’s session in a little known trail in Richmond Hill. This was her first time exploring in such a location, she absolutely loved it! She is going to definitely be a great hiking and cottage dog in the future. Once she discovered the bushes, we couldn’t keep her from jumping in them.

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Then came the zoomies as she bounded towards me when she heard the squeak of the toys I was carrying! From all her running around, it didn’t take long before she started to tire.

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We then walked back to the beginning of the trail. It passes through a section of a golf course – the only place in March you could find any hint of colour!

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Bella quickly discovered the joys of the fallen sticks, and also one of the golf holes in the ground. She quickly moved to investigate by sticking almost her whole head inside!

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And of course, as I said, “no session is complete without zoomies!”

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Thank-you for the great time! Every session is so much fun, and Bella had the best playtime with me. The dogs seem to forget there is a camera with everything going on! I can’t wait to see Bella again in the near future when she is grown up.

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