When I was contacted by Zhenya to book a portrait shoot with her brand new puppy, Arya, I was excited … and a little intimidated. While I feel very comfortable behind the camera when I'm creating artful moments with individuals, the unpredictable, wiggly energy of a puppy thrown into the mix is certainly a new element. But every single photo shoot presents new challenges and opportunities, so I embraced the chance for this one. And, well, how could I pass up spending a couple hours with a puppy? Really.
Thanks to a dose of patience, keen puppy soothing by Zhenya, and our session lining up with afternoon nap time, we created some beautiful, touching images that will help commemorate this magical but fleeting time in sweet Arya's life. We even managed to fit in some one-on-one portraits of Zhenya while her pup snoozed away nearby.