The whole mutt-ley crew - Family portraits with 4-legged friends

March 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Family portraits with 4-legged friends--

For our Christmas portraits this year, I wanted to do something a little bit different. We send out Christmas cards each year with updated portraits of Roddy and I, but our dogs have never been included. I don't know why. They're part of the family too!

Well...maybe I know why. Maybe I didn't want to subject myself or some other poor photographer to the chaos that is our pack of pups. They're all super sweet and wouldn't hurt a fly, but getting them to all sit nicely together isn't for the feint of heart.

Enter Krystal. Krystal and I met on Facebook after I found out she photographed the wedding of someone I knew. We started chatting and she needed a hand shooting weddings occasionally, so last year I began second shooting for her. In October, Krystal was in need of someone to photograph her son's first birthday and I was in need of Christmas portraits, so we swapped. 

Luckily for us, Krystal (of Ever After Photography) was up to the challenge of photographing our mutt-ley crew. On top of adding the dogs to our family portrait, we wanted them taken at our new home, since purchasing it and finally getting settled in the Houston area was our big milestone for the year. 

With a little bit of patience on Krystal's part, two leashes and a perfectly placed basketball....ta da! Houston, we have a family portrait!

To top it off, I had the portrait digitally painted and printed on a canvas. It's now hanging in our living room in all its 30X40-inch glory :) This small photo on your computer (or worse...tinier photo on your phone) doesn't do our family portrait justice.

Another request I had from our portraits was that Krystal make one of Lady and I. Lady is my nearly 14-year-old border collie. Other than a few snapshots and GoPro photos, we don't have a nice portrait together. So in the year that she became a teenager (or senior in doggie years), we had our photo made together. Isn't she a pretty girl?

After the dogs' attention spans had run out and they were awarded a Milk Bone, it was time for portraits of just Roddy and I. I'm a lucky girl to have this guy as my better half. Life without him would be lame!

In case you're wondering, this hat and blanket scarf were the best impulse purchases ever. Target for the win!


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