So excited to share a little about our Limited Edition Porch Session Contest Winner Dominique and her 2 babes, Red and Buddy. This fur family was so much fun to be out working with. We met at a local off leash dog park called Rotary Park in Duncan, BC. I arrived just before 7 pm to get set up and met up with Red, Buddy, fur mom Dominique and fur dad Sebastien. What a fun and energetic family - check out the video below of our session (thanks to Sebastien for being my assistant). I love the park we shot at because of the gorgeous open fields and trails around, so many options to work with. To top it off it is also the puppers favorite park and we ran into a few of their friends during out session.
Both these pups are rescues from Nanaimo SPCA buddy is 5 years old and Red is 10 months and a very recent addition to the family. These are some energetic dogs, and I had suggested that they have a good run prior to our session, but even with their daily run they were still ready for more and have energy for days. Speaking of energy, their fur mom Dominique is a professional IFBB Fitness Pro and keeps them all in tip top shape both mentally and physically with daily jogs and the occasional pup work out. If you live in the Duncan area, and frequent the Someno's Dog park you will likely have seen them along the dyke. Anyhow, our session took a bit longer than expected as they were very playful but the evening was gorgeous so we just took our time and strolled along to great spots.
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!
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.