Dr. Paula Kline and Dr. Jackie Camp are longtime friends, psychologists, and business partners that run an adult psychology private practice together in Raleigh, NC. Their clients are extremely important to them and they want them to feel as comfortable as possible, so we wanted to do a branding session that would present a friendly, authentic feel and showcase their family relationships. Paula and Jackie are extremely close, almost like sisters, and their families work and play together all the time. And since we wanted this session to be more play than work, we did the combined family-branding shoot at Pullen Park, which was such a great idea! We did some headshots and some family portraits and watched some ducks and sketched some superheroes and blew some bubbles on a lovely 60 degree winter day (then we stopped by their office after hours to take some office shots). Jackie and Seth’s daughter Hazel did some hilarious giggling and tiger roaring, and Paula and Aaron’s daughter Sydney did some amazing art sketches and talked to me about her pin jacket collection (which I loved!). These families love each other so much and it’s evident by their interactions, and I’m so happy I got to take their branding photos to show that to their clients.

We did a shoot with Janice Smith of Big Dog Little Bed Productions way back in 2015 (see it here!) when I was just starting to become the creepily obsessed stalker of her dog named Toby. She wasn’t super concerned about my drooling over his fluffy adorable fluffness at the time but I think over time she’s come to realized just how serious I am about him. I call her from hotel rooms at 11pm to say things like, “Hey Janice! We just made it to Blacksburg! Are you still awake? Can I come see Toby? What’s your room number? Oh… you just got in bed? Okay…I guess I’ll see him tomorrow.” And then I call at 8am to say things like, “Hey Janice! We are awake! Are you awake? Can I come see Toby? You’re downstairs? Okay, we will be right down!” And I’m not totally sure what she thinks about my constant comments on her Instagram regarding him or my texting her to ask about him occasionally but you know what? I don’t really care. Toby is my dog soulmate. My love for him is broken down into several parts:

50% Unreal orange fluff
30% Playing like a total spaz with arms straight out in what I’ve come to call “invisible casts” and romping around like he’s done five lines of cocaine
20% Unrequited love (he does tolerate me and occasionally seek me out for head pats, but part of me enjoys the fact that every single photo I take with him involves him literally rolling his eyes or actively trying to escape)

Anyway, Janice told me that Toby doesn’t like it when girls come on too strong to him, so I’m trying to refrain from making this entire post about him. Janice is a dear friend of ours, an extremely talented female bossy lady videographer, a Durhamite, a lover of pups big and small (the small, also adorable, far more loving and friendly doggo in these pictures is Murphy), a trusted colleague, and a wearer of vests and fanny packs. We have a little too much fun photobombing her at weddings (there are probably many minutes of footage she’s accumulated and cut out) and we love her dearly. It was with great pleasure that we photographed her new promo photos for her wedding and commercial videography company Big Dog Little Bed. She is hilarious and charming and adorable and beautiful and intelligent and can rock 1977 dad glasses like there’s no tomorrow. This shoot makes me smile because Janice makes me smile. Also Toby.