Most of my portrait experience having been animals, I had my first official “human session” last month at Golden Hills Nature Park. Luckily for me, it was with this amazing family with super cute and well-behaved kids. I was really nervous at first, but as soon as we started shooting, I realized kids are actually be easier than pets. For one, they have a much better “stay” than most dogs!
First we did some family shots. It was a little tricky since Lizzie (the Border Collie with the toothy smile) is deaf. Luckily, her family brought her favorite frisbee so we could get her attention for group shots.
Now for a fun little story. Back in April 2019, I took a few photos of some senior pups from Camp Golden Years (at Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue) and one of them was a little white dog named Ryan who was my favorite from that day. We had to put him on a box to make him stay still long enough to get a few shots because he was so feisty.
Turns out this family fostered him and then decided to keep him! I knew one of their dogs was named Ryan and that they had decided to keep their Camp Golden Years foster, but didn’t put two and two together till we started shooting and I realized, “Oh, Ryan!”
He seems be fitting in just fine with his new pack and couldn’t look happier.
We did some of just the dogs. (Ryan was a little rambunctious so he had to be added into the group shot after the fact!)
Then some of the kiddos. There were so many cute ones I had a hard time culling the images during editing.
And the kiddos and doggos… What an adorable pack!
We took a walk and the kids showed me a nifty hidden grove with a stream and a little foot bridge. We found a frog! (That’s what’s inside the cup.)
Back into the light and we grabbed a few more shots, including the cute couple! (The frog is now in the poop bag.)
Then around another turn in the trail for a few more shots. We also found a pen, hence the hands behind the back! lol
Ryan had to be tied for a few minutes while we took the human photos, and I took the opportunity to get some shots of him staying still. I think having a furever family really agrees with him!
By now, it had gotten quite cold, so it was time to put the frog back and head home!