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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Our gentle giant

We’ve sort of kept this mum because we wanted to make sure all the details were ironed out first.  And because I was afraid I would jinx it and the whole deal would fall through.  Tomorrow Dash and I are making the long drive to Dallas to meet his new family.  I know we said we were going to keep him… and we really meant it.  It breaks our hearts to give him up, but we had one hell of a dog fight two weeks ago and it did not end well.  Two parties needed stitches (not me, luckily) and Kodiak still doesn’t want to admit that Dash is bigger and stronger.  So we decided that it was in everyone’s best interest to find Dash a home where he won’t always have to be butting heads with Kodiak.  Luckily there is a wonderful family in the DFW area that expressed interest in Dash right around the time we decided to keep him.  They were still searching for a companion for their female Akbash when I emailed her two weeks ago, and after much emailing, they have decided he may be the dog for them.  So tomorrow we make the long trek to say goodbye to our gentle, goofy giant.

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This is one of my favorite things that Dash does.  He’s so big that you forget he’s still a youngster, until he has one of those goofy, puppy moments.  He does this thing where he flops from side to side with his legs all stretched out, smacking whatever happens to be within his reach.  He just looks so ridiculously carefree and happy when he does it, that you can’t help but laugh.

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James

About a month ago, I opened my inbox (which is usually distressingly void of client-type emails) to find this…

“I need a photo of my grandsons age 17 and 11. I’ve looked at all the Lubbock photographers that had online galleries and you are my pick by alot. Is there anyway you could pretend that they are a couple of spaniels and do something fun for me. Please. Linda”

Now, I will be the first to admit that I don’t know much about portrait photography, but how do you say no to an email like that?  So I dug out some books on lighting and posing and portrait photography in general, and I searched the internet for tips and tricks.  I won’t lie, I was REALLY nervous driving to meet James and his mom.  None of my usual tricks were going to work here, as I was fairly certain James would not be entertained by squeaky balls and dog treats.  Luckily for me, he turned out to be a great kid, and we had such a fun time wandering around TTU’s campus with him and his mom.

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The one on the left is one of my favorites.  He’s like one part cute kid, one part bada$$.  We found out during the session that he’s a skateboarder, so of course I was imagining all sorts of ways to incorporate it into photos.  Which wasn’t terribly helpful, considering we didn’t actually have the skateboard.

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Following the above shot, I asked him to do a “serious, thinking pose” and he throws out the one on the right below.   Love. him.

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There are shots in the outtakes that still make me laugh to look at them.  Most of them involve him making a face that clearly indicates that he thinks I am crazy.   Which may or may not be true…

A big thanks to Linda for setting this up, and to Jill and James for a great time.  And if we meet again, bring your skateboard!!

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