Patience & Perseverance
One of the comments I hear a LOT is "what if my dog doesn't behave?" or "my dog is really crazy and won't sit still".
Well here is the perfect example. For this photo shoot, Comet was 12 weeks old. Yep, a 12-week-old lab puppy. Do you think he sat still and posed for his photos? Uh no. Did he chew on everything he could see including arms, legs, and camera? He sure did. But the key is patience. And perseverance. I follow along and wait for the moments to occur, and for the inevitable nap to ensue. Because all that energy has to wear down at some point. And when it does? I'm there. And before it does? I'm there. And trust me there is potential for some hilarious photos of that high energy, can't sit still, life is so much freaking fun juju that pets (and children for that matter) have.
I have also heard from cat owners that their cat is “not friendly” or “she will hide when you come over”. Well let me tell you a little story about a cat I shared my home with once… Her name was Callie and although she was beautiful, she was from hell. Yes she was the devil spawned and living in my home. How did she end up in my home? Because she was a gorgeous calico kitten, and I was lured into selecting her from her litter mates. Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know that I have experience with sweet, friendly, shy, AND demonic cats…and dogs. So I’m not afraid or intimidated. Again, it all boils down to patience.
Izzy was not really interested in my appearance in her castle. She was slightly interested in my camera, but only when it was not being used. So when I did have my camera ready for the perfect shot…eh, she would wander away. While I love the fun playful energy of dogs, I also adore the standoffish, I don’t give a rat’s ass attitude that cats have. So I wait.
Not only do I wait, but I crawl around on the floor, lying in awkward and sometimes uncomfortable positions, and wait. For what? The perfect look, movement, interaction. Now I’m not as spry and fit as when I was a youngster, so it’s probably pretty amusing to see me crawling and grunting around on the floor. Luckily none of my clients have been amused enough to photograph me yet (and no this is not encouragement to do so).
The thrill of the chase, you might say. Whether I’m chasing the manic antics of an excited puppy, or the aloof disdain of a cat, I love it all. And after a couple of hours of this chasing? Well I’m exhausted that’s what. And then I get home, and I slip my memory card into the computer to download and wait… Waiting for the images to populate my screen.
Then there is that moment when I get to review the images and choose the ones that best tell the story. That tell the story of the hunt for the perfect moment, of the antics and attitude that I witnessed. A story that represents the pets, the family, the household.
Once I have the photos selected and then edited, I create a slideshow. What better way to tell a story than a series of photos with some sappy music? I LOVE THEM! I can’t tell you exactly why, but every time I create a slideshow for my clients I watch them and cry. Not just the first time. Every. Single. Time. I don’t know, maybe I need to see a therapist. Or maybe it’s good to release my bottled up tears. I do cherish that connection between pet and family, and maybe this is a way for me to relive those moments. Regardless, I think I need to watch another slideshow. Now.
Above is an example of one I created for Manina and Cathy’s family. Oh come on, admit it. You welled up a little too! How could you NOT?