This week I met with Marie and her right hand Oliver. Oliver is a 11 year old Border Collie mix that was rescued when he was a puppy. Marie was fostering him when he was a puppy and after a while, their connection was so strong and so special that Marie adopted him. Oliver was her first dog (now she owns 2 more which trains at her Dog Training Center in San Jose) and as a first dog, he was also her first love. They´ve share so many things in life that now that Oliver is a senior dog, she wanted to capture him in all his splendor before it´s too late.
During my consultation with Marie (a very important step towards designing the perfect photo session) she told me that they love to go on walks at the beach. Although Oliver doesn´t like to be in the water (despite the benefits of it, specially for his arthritis), we decided that Baker Beach would be the perfect place for the dog photography session. She had the idea of him with the Golden Gate Bridge behind Oliver and I was very excited about the idea. I love the Golden Gate Bridge!
For the way Marie talked about Oliver, almost with watery eyes, I saw how special was this for her. Growing up with a dog it´s a life changing experience and thinking a life without him was unimaginable for her. Her story with Oliver was very moving and I wanted to give them the most special session possible. So I decided to do the session during the sunset. For photographers, there´s what we call "the magic hour" which are those 3 minutes just right after the sun sets. The light in the sky is as beautiful as fleeting. As fleeting as that instant connection you make with somebody.
Despite some physical limitations for Oliver (he gets very stiff after some running) he did very well. He even got wet paws for me! :)
Here are my favorite photos from that day.
When Marie saw the photos, she was so happy that she couldn´t hold some tears of joy (I have to admit that I also let a tear go...). These are her words:
"I can't thank you enough for all you have done for Oliver and me, and I don't think words can share how amazing this experience has been! Again, THANK YOU! You are an absolute godsend and I am so lucky to have had the chance to work with you".
If you have a senior dog and you are thinking to capture him or her, contact me today and share what you have in mind. I´d love to work with you!
Session selected as my favorite one of 2014! See the rest here.