Some families can’t help but fall in love with a specific breed. Whether it’s for the look, the temperament or just that inexplicable “that’s my dog” feeling, families around the world seem drawn to a certain type of dog for one reason or another.
For the Shiflets, a family I was fortunate to have recently worked with, that “it” breed is (and always will be) the Husky.
Upon moving to the Woodbridge, VA area, the Shiflets were wonderfully surprised when they found a local rescue group that specialized in saving Huskies.
In March of 2012, they rescued Mayah, their beautiful Husky. Their grandson, Wyatt has known Mayah his entire life. In fact, they essentially grew up together. That’s why it felt so special to work with the family after they contacted me to do a session at their home.
I knew this bond, this extraordinary relationship, would be incredible to capture on film.
After our initial pre-consultation, and viewing the surrounding area around where they live, we decided that the neighborhood dock would be the perfect location for the shoot.
Not only would Wyatt visit this spot frequently to play on the tree swing with his dad, but Mayah would often accompany them too.
One of the most intriguing parts about this shoot, however, was the fact that Cheryl, Wyatt’s grandmother, was adamant that it needed to happen soon, saying that she had a strong feeling that they shouldn’t wait.
She felt so strongly, in fact, that we even moved up the session once it was already scheduled.
The shoot was beautiful. And what was even more wonderful was getting to spend time with both Wyatt and Mayah.
It was something I’ll never forget.
Just this month, Mayah crossed the Rainbow Bridge unexpectedly. I am so thankful, and truly humbled, to have been part of their unique story. I am deeply grateful that the shoot was able to happen while they still had Mayah.