Puppy Portraits! Two 11-Week Old Shih Tzus

two puppies sitting on crate photographed at the park

I squealed with delight when I opened my first email from Tara. She was soon going to be getting not one but two Shih Tzu puppies! She had not even gotten them at that point, but was already planning on having professional pet photographs taken. Tara wanted to get the dogs in as soon as we worked out the schedule, to capture them while they were still little babies.

This dog photography session was special, since Tara was coming to Columbus from Findlay. With a little bit of a drive ahead of her, we scheduled a few dates so that if there were any weather issues, we would have other options lined up. Luckily, our first date and time worked out wonderful — with hot, but lovely weather.

We arrived at Jefferson Park in Blacklick and I saw two little balls of fluff playing in the grass. Benji and Baxter are brothers from the same litter but were so different! Baxter, the black dog, was a bit smaller than his brother and had such a silly little personality. He was always keeping an eye on where his mom and brother were, while we did his individual photos. Benji on the other hand was bigger and more serious than his littermate. I adored that already, at 11 weeks, you could tell they were two peas in a pod, yet so different.

I had quite the time trying to get these two little dogs together for a few photographs. I rolled around on the ground with my camera to capture them playing together. I swear, these two were full steam ahead and would not tire out! I thought after individual photographs of each dog plus some playtime, they would be on the verge of sleeping, but not at all! Finally, they calmed down enough that with some quick hands I was able to get these two in a few images together before the play started back up.

Thank you so much Tara for making the drive to Columbus to have me photograph your beautiful little puppies. I cannot wait to see them grow up and how they look in just a year from now!

black puppy at park for photographs

11-week old black shih tzu puppy photograp in grass

black puppy yawning for portrait at the park

Either I was boring Baxter or maybe he was just over the photography process.

cream and white puppy running though grass at camera

cream and white shih tzu puppy portrait

little white puppy portrait at park

puppy talking to brother while sitting on box

I wonder what Baxter is saying to Benji in this photo … any guesses?

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  • beth September 17, 2012 - 7:01 am

    OMG I love these! I have a little shitzu too and they are just the funniest little dogs..awesome captures Danielle!

  • These are darling! Oh my gosh. I squealed with delight when I saw them! What absolutely fabulous puppy portraits. They are all so wonderful.

  • Ellen September 20, 2012 - 7:03 am

    They are darling! I can just imagine what it was like with two energetic puppies, but you made it look easy.LOVE the yawning one!

  • Deena September 20, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    Precious puppies – you certainly have the knack to capture them at their cutest! I especially like the last one – it looks like they are sharing a secret. Thanks for brightening up my day!

  • glow portraits October 6, 2012 - 4:38 pm

    omg i want a puppy now – these are way too adorable!

  • p October 10, 2012 - 9:48 am

    OMG I want to take them home.

  • That last one is so funny. Love these!

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