Holiday Family Portraits With The Dog { Girard Photographer }

Like many of my pet clients, my dogs are my children. The same holds true for Denise and David. Their adorable one and half year old English Bulldog is part of their family. I also have a soft spot for bullies, so when Denise contacted me about photographing their family, I was super excited about the session.

We had a brisk November day at Mill Creek Park for their session. Tank was excited, nervous and overwhelmed after their drive from Girard, to the park. New place, new smells and a new person were sensory overload for this dog. I spent my first few minutes with them, getting to know Tank and giving him treats and a lot of love. He quickly warmed up to me and we were ready to go for his photographs. We used the area around Lake Glacier and the Glacier Boathouse for a lovely Autumn backdrop to the photographs.

Although Tank is completely stubborn, he had no problem modeling for the camera. At one point, David asked me if the session was going ok. I get that question often from pet parents. Their dogs are bullheaded, crazy, not listening … just about everything they are not like at home. But, what happens at the session from the pet parents’ eyes is completely different from what I capture with my camera. So even though Tank was not on his very best behavior, I wait it out and get the images that show his silly personality and his people will fall in love with.

I got some great images of my buddy, Tank the bulldog, by himself and with his family. David and Denise choose some fantastic storyboards to give as gifts and to display in their own home. Storyboards are a fantastic way to display multiple images in one piece. I cannot wait for their products to come in so they can show off their fun family!

outdoor portrait bulldog standing at lake in youngstown ohio's mill creek park during fall

portrait bulldog looking out over the lake in youngstown during fall

portrait family with dog at mill creek park

adorable dog looking up at camera with fall leaves

bulldog sitting at waterfall in mill creek park youngstown fall

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  • wendy January 8, 2014 - 7:31 pm

    Great shots of an awesome family. I love my doggie nephew Tank. You really captured some sweet expressions.

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