Maybe it's because we now have a younger dog in the house, or maybe it's just been the heat slowing everyone down, but I've started to notice our dogs have been aging. We don't really see it on a daily basis, but looking back at the photos from when I adopted Miss M nearly 4 years ago I've noticed a loss of vibrancy in her brindle, a couple more gray hairs in her ears, and a wisening in her facial expression:
We've enjoyed taking tons of photographs of the pooches to see how they've been changing through the years, but it's rare that I can actually capture a "frame-worthy" image.
For the past 2 years we've actually been lucky enough to have amazing professional photos taken of the pooches. Jill from Jookie Photography has been generous enough to volunteer her time and skills organizing a fundraiser for Miss M's alumni group New Leash on Life. For a $75 donation, you get a professional photo shoot of your pooch. There are a limited number of spots for the Dog Days Fundraiser, but if you're in the Chicago-area we highly recommend checking out Jookie for both kid and pet photography. Mr. B even made the prime spot on the promotional mailing, with Miss M a supporting player in the background:
Jill is amazing at capturing emotion and expression, and we had a great time at our photo sessions. All our photos turned out so incredible. Here we have some already framed and hung:The photos are even packaged in boxes with cute paw-print tissue paper. Here are some that we still need to frame:And since I know not everyone is lucky enough to live in Chicago to take advantage of Jookie's talents, I also wanted to share another photography idea. When E and I eloped in San Francisco last winter we wanted to get a photographer to take some photos of us around San Francisco in wedding attire. There is so much untapped talent, and students eager to practice their skills, on Craigslist that you can find for reasonable rates. I think it would be a fun idea to do a "documentary style" photo shoot with your pooch.
Has anyone else done a dog photoshoot? What other ways do you document your pooches?