This year Bentley wanted to celebrate Pawther's day with a photoshoot. How adoreable is that? The session was booked early June and I met with Grayg & Bentley at their home just by Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC and it was the perfect location. They are blessed with a beautiful garden area in back and in front of the home they had a wonderful rock and lavender garden we took advantage of and played in for a while.
Prior to the session I had done a quick check if Bentley would like to really do it up with a glittery crown and apparently the response was a resounding "WOOOF". So I planned for some glittery magic. I arrived around 6 pm for quick introductions and a walk around then got to work, Bentley is a Portuguese Water Dog, I mistakenly thought he was a Doodle of sorts due to his curly hair and calm demeanor but nope he is a working dog.
Once I found out Bentley's lineage I did a quick google search and found out these dogs are originally from the Portuguese region of the Algarve (so cool) and they were taught to herd fish into fishermen's nets, retrieve lost tackle or broken nets, and act as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. Now that is a working dog. Breeders also say that they are hypo-allergenic dogs, but really they just don't shed much which is a bonus and has made the breed more popular. Oh and here's a fun fact, President Obama also had 2 of these dogs named Bo and Sunny, which also boosted their popularity as a family pet.
Now back to Bentley. He was the most laid back dude I have met, and was happy to spend some time lounging in the sun spots in the back yard, or nuzzle his favorite toy Lamby. Bentley really wanted him included in the photoshoot but Lamby was just not photo ready that day, so we subbed in fur dad Grayg. I think Bentley approved as you can see that smile from miles around.
What a great gift Bentley gave his fur dad this year, happy pawther's day all!
Meet Lewis, our heroic Great Dane! You MAY recognize him from Check TV’s news article. Lewis was the puppy that played a role in finding the escaped inmates in Esquimalt.
So onto more about Lewis, he attended the Fund Raiser in Shawnigan Lake in November, and I was thrilled to have a big guy to work with, as you know I love Danes, they have such goofy energy, they are such great cuddlers. Anyhow I wanted to touch base with Trish, Lewis’ fur mum to get more about their relationship and how fame has changed him (spoiler alert - it hasn’t phased him in the least).
Question: Other than nabbing escaped inmates, what do you and this big cuddle bug love to do in your down time?
Mum Says: Lewis just loves walks and it goes without saying he just ADORES lounging on the couch. He is an adventure dog and travels with us alot in our motor home. Frankly as long as he is with us (his humans) he is the most happy.
Question: Who are the members of your fur family and tell me a quick fact about each one.
Mum Says: We are a small family unit of 3 and the occasional visit from our son _ who he just loves as well.
Fun fact, Lewis has his minute of fame, as his size and good looks caught the attention of 2 escaped convicts. When they commented on how big Lewis was, my husband realized who they were and called 911. Keeping a distance, he followed until Vic PD came and arrested them.
Question: I know this was a limited edition session, and quick however, what was your favorite parts of your session.
Mum Says: The photo session was awesome! We had a very warm welcome, and felt comfortable right away. Lewis was treated like a star, getting treats and water and so much attention, I think it started going to his head.
Question: What props/toys did you bring and why?
Mum Says: I didn't think to bring props, but it’s a must for our next session. Since it was a bit Christmas themed it was really cute to see all the other dogs with Christmas collars and would be a perfect gift. PS. Your squeaky toy was great for getting Lewis' attention for the perfect shot!
Question: What are some words of wisdom you have for other families preparing for a session?
Mum Says: Squeaky toys are a must! And although Lewis loved the treats, I would hold off until the end of the session as a reward.
Boy, can he drool!
(Very good point!)
Question: Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand? If so, what were the worries?
Mum Says: No, I wasn't really worried about the session, and the minute we got there, you made sure we felt comfortable. It was so fun!! You definitely have picked the right career! You can tell you love what you are doing and do it well!
(I really DO love working with them!)
On a side note, this beautiful boy is from a local breeder on the island named Jonnie Danes.
Bob Segar or best known as ‘Segar’ swung by with is humans back in June 2019 for a very cute puppy session. He comes from a littler just across the street from my home, and we think he is a mix of Great Dane, and Werminer and Lab, to be honest no one is quite sure but the bigger Segar gets the more GD seems to shine through.
Segar was still very young when we worked together I think he was around 16 weeks old and just a joy. He honestly sat and posed like a champ no issues! I mean look at the images of him below. What a regal dude.
The entire session his humans were oohing, and ahhhing and so proud of how good a boy he was being. (He really was, it was minimal treats for this boy, he nailed it)
On a side note, I just love working with black on black for dogs, the images just look so striking.
Anyhow, Segar, I hope will get an update to his images at his 1 year mark… and then we can really see how big he is. For now enjoy his little puppy faces.
Kim is a pet and people photographer who likes to think of herself as someone who can give you the opportunity to time travel through portraits. The blogs are of sessions, tips, tricks, and behind the scene video's to get to know more about what she does and how.