I shot a special wedding at the end of last summer… one of the most unique to date. It was that of Elsa & Jeff. We weren’t able to fit in an engagement session BEFORE the wedding, so we agreed that I’d come back out to their home outside of Excello in the spring for a post-wedding couple shoot.
Two months ago, Elsa told me that they instead wanted me to shoot their family…more specifically…their dogs.And they had FIVE of them. I was very excited for this challenge, but I knew that four-legged friends could indeed be handfuls, so I brought along my trusted assistant Ashley Clarke. When we got there, there was a surprise.
Elsa & Jeff’s family had grown. By three. So there were now EIGHT dogs!!!
First up, meet 7-year-old Tug. She is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. And she was super cool.
She was well-trained…and came when she was called. Flapping ears and all…
She has a special place in Jeff’s heart…
And then there is Elsa’s little ham of a dog. Rooster… he is a Vizsla and is charming and rowdy at the age of 4.
Love how mature he looks here.
OH the things dogs will do for a piece of hot dog.
I should say here that most of E&J’s dogs are trained (or in the process of being trained) for hunting. BUT, in these next pictures, the pigeon was never in harm’s way. They merely used the bird for training purposes. And I found it cute.
Rooster likes pigeons, too.
The third canine…a German Shorthaired Pointer who is 7… is Gator. I like Gator’s smile. 😉
The eldest of the E&J clan is Rocks. She is an 8-year-old English Pointer. Elsa & Jeff almost lost her not too long ago after a run-in with an infection that came from inhaling a grass seed. She has stitches up and down her belly. She’s a trooper!
Her lack of amusement might have been because we kept saying “Birds!” to get her excited. And finally, she said, “Forget you guys, I’m going to find a REAL one.”
She came close. She found a nest. Check out her form….she stayed like this until E&J said she could move. That’s COOl.
Next up is their 6-year-old rescue mutt, Scooter. Scooter is a motley lil’ guy…and his underbite is quite endearing…don’tcha think?
Ashley’s tongue pic.
But it was the two youngest, also beagles… that I couldn’t get enough of. They were tricky devils to catch though because being untrained and puppies, they were hard to get in focus.
This is Goose. Named by the surrogate owner…one of E&J’s nephews.
A ball fell beneath the steps, and Clementine wasn’t having that. So she tried to get it…from the oddest way possible.
Oh my…how this makes me sigh.
Thank you, Elsa & Jeff, for treating us to such a challenging…fun…and unique family session!!! And Neil also thanks you because now I won’t stop talking about wanting a beagle. haha 😉