Pippa the Frenchie and her Mom, photographed at Delta Park in Johannesburg. We made the most of the last colourful Cosmos before the onset of winter (which is definitely here). I’m regularly commissioned to photograph dogs on their own or as part of a larger family unit, so it’s always a pleasure to capture portraits of dogs and their owners. As a dog mom myself, I’m often either in cell phone selfies with my dogs, or totally absent from photos, just like lots of other dog parents.
For many of us, our dogs are our children, so why aren’t we in photos with them more regularly? It might feel a tad self indulgent (I promise you it’s not) to book a shoot with your dogs, however you will be incredibly glad you did in ten years time.
In case you still need to be persuaded why a portrait shoot with your beloved dog is a good idea, here’s my list of reasons –
- Dogs age just as we do (they don’t have the luxury of botox or hair dye to hide it either) and when they are old and grey, you’ll want to remember what they looked like when they were in their prime.
- You’ll want to remember what you looked like a decade ago in ten years time too.
- Dogs don’t live long enough and years pass in the blink of an eye, you’ll be devastated if your dog passes on and you don’t have any professional photographs with them.
- Dog portraits make great wall art for your home (either with you in or just of your pooch) and are a far better investment than impersonal pieces from a high street chain store.
- If you have human children and dogs, portraits of them together will be priceless memories not just for you but for your kids too when they are grown up.
Pippa is actually part of a trio of dogs, her brothers Troy and Frodo stayed at home (we got a pic of them altogether with Mom and Dad before we left for the park) because Frodo is very old and Troy is very naughty at the park. The flowers may well have been a bit too feminine for Troy as he likes to be thought of as butch and manly, LOL.
Mom’s outfit was carefully coordinated to match the Cosmos (yes really, we thought this through) and we managed to finish the shoot just in time to avoid a thunderstorm.