Welcome to the Family
I was invited to document a gorgeous backyard garden for Sierra Harvest. And, when Anika and I arrived, we met the most adorable surprise! The family had adopted a new puppy a few days before our visit. And of course I had to document this new little family member. She was a chunk of love, with big paws and squishy face. As often happens, we pivoted to include her in the family story that we were invited to document. Pets are such a part of our family stories. And we believe in responding to all the memories happening in front of our lens, even if it's not part of the original invitation. And the good news is that I love pet photography as well, so I could take a few of the puppy, and their first dog, for the family.
When we photograph puppies and kittens, we include a perspectives that evoke nostalgia as time passes. What is important to document with little animals?
- Their connection with their humans (being held and cuddled because they will be bigger later). Those first snuggles are so precious.
- Their size relative to other things. If they are willing to toddle around, we like to show them so small in a big world. When they measure up to ankles or things in the garden, that evokes memories in years ahead.
- Details like their little face or their big paws. Puppies and kittens change so fast. They may grow into this big paws so those first images are extra adorable.
- Family together. One of my computer backgrounds is the first photo we took with our puppy, Chewbacca, with the kids. They're growing up together. And no matter what age you are when you adopt a new pet, you'll look back on the younger versions with growing appreciation of the days you started the journey together. The images of new best friends become cuter and cuter with age.
And, of course, puppies and kittens grow quickly, so it's helpful to reserve your time soon after the new furry friend joins your family.
Are you welcoming a new pet to the family? Even if they're not little puppies or kittens, that early time together is precious. Click or tap here to connect with me to reserve pet portraits for your pet! They're super fun to create, and super precious in years to come.