Every dog I meet is special, but sometimes I meet dogs and I just know they’re one-of-a-kind. When I recently photographed two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Maya and Bodie, I got the chance to meet two of those dogs.
Truth be told, this wasn’t the first time I met Maya and Bodie’s owners Neil and Kim though. I actually met them for the very first time 3 years ago when I photographed them with their pup Tory (who is now passed away).
I spent the day on the Manassas, VA Battlefield with Tory romping through the grass and capturing the sweet bond they shared.
The Manassas Battlefield is a special place for this furry family. I’ve done all their photoshoots there. Each pup has their own spot where we shoot, reminiscent of past photoshoots.
This recent shoot was there as well, but was all about Bodie. He’s training to be a decoy retriever and Kim and Neil wanted to get a few pictures of him before he was through with his training.
We couldn’t get through the day without putting Maya in front of the camera too though!
Like Bodie, Maya is a Royal Canine National Champion. But, Maya is also a prize-winning dock-diving dog that’s acquired many accolades and medals in her few short years. She travels all over the country with her owners and brings home prizes to show off to her brother.
Kim and Neil brought along their creativity and fresh ideas for this recent shoot, which I love! I’m thrilled when clients get involved in their pets’ photoshoots and bring a fresh perspective.
Together, we brainstormed fun ways to pose the two champion dogs and different tricks we could use to get their personalities to shine through on camera. We took individual pictures, pictures of the duo and even a few with Kim and Neil for the mantle at home.
In the end, the pictures came out beautifully and a special picture of each of the dogs was picked to print on a custom wooden block that their owners showcase in their house – right next to the custom wooden block picture of Tory.