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I’m pretty excited about this year’s calendar, and just HAD to share a few favorites from the shoot. I mean really…. how could one keep these to oneself?
shh secondhand hounds rescue :: 2012 calendar shoot
shh2 secondhand hounds rescue :: 2012 calendar shoot
shh3 secondhand hounds rescue :: 2012 calendar shoot

Berit spent the better part of her 13 years around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, so it was the ideal setting for her Joy Session. When her mom first contacted me, they were hopeful for a few weeks or months left with their girl, but it wasn’t to be. Just over a week later, our 7pm session needed to be moved up to the morning. I met them at the lake and sweet Berit was in her favorite place. It was a grey day, and while I had hoped for a little sun, her mom assured me that this was very “Berit” weather — she always liked best a day that wasn’t too hot or sunny, and when the water was a little cool and choppy. If I was smart I would have worn a skirt or shorts, but I rolled up my jeans and joined her in the water. She couldn’t swim or even stand really, but her loving eyes and earnest face were all we needed for some great images. They said goodbye later that evening. It’s often the case with Joy Sessions that the animals are not very mobile and the whole shoot takes place in a very small area. I really strive to get a good variety of images, and portray each person’s pet with the beauty and dignity they deserve. I think it helps to push my creativity and see things I might overlook with a more active subject.
berit4 berit :: joy session
berit2 berit :: joy session
berit3 berit :: joy session
berit6 berit :: joy session
berit5 berit :: joy session
berit berit :: joy session

Tami is a woman of many talents. She’s a dog groomer (and always does a fabulous job on Gracie!) expertly parents/wrangles her 4 kids, and makes the most delicious cheesecake you’ve ever had. I’m so glad she called me to photograph her old boy, Yukon. Walking was tough for him, so we double-teamed getting him up and down the stairs. The kids picked the background colors and Yukon did a masterful job being handsome.
yukon5 yukon :: in studio joy session
I don’t normally show “posed-looking” photos, but how cute are they together??
yukon2 yukon :: in studio joy session
yukon3 yukon :: in studio joy session
yukon4 yukon :: in studio joy session

Curtis is 14 1/2 years old, totally deaf and a very good boy. His studio session was a gift for his dad…. not a Joy Session, per se, since he’s doing really well, but just an opportunity to get some great images of his buddy. Thank you, handsome Curtis!
curtis curtis :: twin cities dog photography
curtis2 curtis :: twin cities dog photography
curtis3 curtis :: twin cities dog photography