At Paws & Claws Photography, we love all of our furry clients, but we were thrilled when we met Zoey and Mia, two Cocker Spaniels from Reston, Virginia.
Kathleen, the duo’s owner, had her other Cocker Spaniel Bella, photographed in her home in 2012, sitting in a unique chair.
After Bella passed, this portrait became a favorite of Kathleen’s, prompting her to get in touch with me once her new Spaniels, Zoey and Mia, joined her family.
This new portrait of Zoey and Mia is to be hung in the hallway of Kathleen’s home, next to Bella’s portrait and other images of her furry family.
Fondly nicknamed the “Hall of Hounds,” I was excited to be a part of this fun legacy.
Knowing that she wanted to recreate the look and feel of Bella’s portrait, I began studying the light and style, wanting to do my best to imitate it, but without losing my own unique style.
Like any artist, photographers bring their own flair and personality to their work, which makes “recreating” a particular image more difficult than you might imagine.
Thankfully, my studying paid off and the portrait session went flawlessly.
As I prepared the proofs to show Kathleen, I just knew she would love the way they turned out.
And she did!
She ended up ordering three canvases to add to her “Hall of Hounds,” in addition to five other prints and a flash drive of the album to share with friends and family.
Although I was nervous to do this shoot, it turned out to be a great learning experience for me, forcing me to step out of my comfort zone and allowing me to embrace a whole new set of skills.