Thursday, July 5, 2012

4th of July Photo Session

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4th of July Photo Session

After seeing Cheryl Goede's incredible 4th of July photos of her German Shepherd and Beligian Malinois, my girls and I decided to see what kind of "family" photos we could accomplish with our trio of canine happiness.
After a trip to Wal-Mart for an American flag and some patriotic bandanas, my firstborn dressed our dogs for their photo session.
Surprisingly, all 3 were game for the unusual addition to their neck finery :)  However, all 3 were not so fired up about having their pictures made together.
Before I share the resulting pics, here are some lessons we learned from our 4th of July photo session:

1.  Appreciate the heck out of photos with animals sitting right next to each other looking straight at the camera.  Didn't even come close to happening at my house.  Even with a kid or two in the photo holding the subjects, it was impossible to keep them still enough.

2.  Layla, my GSD, is a control freak.  She felt compelled to keep the other subjects in the photos in line.  
"Be still for Mama! She wants to take our picture! Can't you quit wiggling (Lizzie, Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel) and hopping (Hermione, mix) for one second??"

3.  Too many "helping hands" does not help.  The best pictures I took yesterday were when the Layla, Hermione, Lizzie and I went to the front yard by ourselves.  The wind was blowing, it was cloudy and quiet. and I let them just mosey around on their own and snapped whatever happened.  

4.  Lizzie meant it when she said she didn't want to stand poolside.  Our Lizzie fell into the pool this winter and would have drowned if it hadn't been for Lassie wannabe Layla who alerted us to the impending tragedy.  We have since taught Lizzie to swim and every few days drop her in the water on purpose to make sure she remembers how to swim to the steps, but other than that, she wants no part of the pool.  I swear I thought I was going to have to give her doggie Xanax when we tried to pose them in front of the blue water.

5.  Hermione is camera shy.  You'll notice in the pics below that there is only 1 with her actually in the photo.  Once we went to the front yard for photos, Hermione just disappeared.  Since she was a rescue in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and we don't know much about her background, it makes me wonder if she's in the Witness Protection Program  :/

6.  Last but certainly not least, all photos must be taken before the fireworks begin.  See the photo below of my ferocious (yeah, right) GSD curled in a fetal ball wrapped in a Cubs blanket for security once the bombs started "bursting in air" last night.

Hope your day was as lovely as mine! :)


  1. Your dog posts always make me smile! Each dog is so different and you are good at conveying their personalities.

    1. Aw, thanks, Tina. All 3 of them are hams in their own ways so it's pretty easy to convey their personalities :)

  2. They are beautiful dogs! My big boy was zoned out on Xanax last night too. He gets so freaked out by loud screeches and pops that he shivers uncontrollably and has to hide under a blanket in the shower. I am thinking of buying him a thunder shirt, but my gosh, those are expensive for a big dog!

    1. We looked at thunder shirts yesterday in the pet store while buying new collars and you're right about the price! I wrapped Layla up pretty tightly in her blanket and turned up the tv while the majority of the firework action was happening. She was still very glad once the most of it was over. I feel so sorry for them bc unlike us, they have no clue what in the world is going on :( All they know is the loud sounds, smoke, and crazy lights.

  3. You have beautiful dogs! I used to be scared of dogs earlier, but now we have a puppy at home and I get what amazing friends they are :)
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  4. LOL! Well, even if it might not be the photo perfect op that you were hoping for you still get some great shots-at least individually. We have a chocolate lab and I can't get any good pictures of her either--she just refuses to look at the camera! Cats seem much easier--as long as they're not giving you the stink eye. ;)

    Happy Independence Day!