Prepare for two really cute two sessions in one! :) A wonderful woman named Melanie called me a couple weeks ago to set up a portrait session for her 11-month old son, Gregory, and her two dogs, Kuma and Bella. Therefore, this is half toddler-portrait-session and half dog-portrait-session… the best of both ridiculously cute and cuddly worlds! :)

We’ll start with Gregory first! Gregory, who is such a photogenic toddler and lover of the camera despite his cold at the time, is the happiest toddler in the world. He didn’t cry or get upset once, even when he was tired! He laughed and smiled the entire time. Even when he finally did get tired, he just sort of rubbed his eyes and looked like, “Uuuggghh… so tired… but I must… keep… posing…”. He’s clearly a baby modeling natural! I loved this little fella!

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This is Gregory’s “Blue Steel” face… all CSP clients have one, even the babies.

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And enter Bella! Bella is a large (very large) black and furry dog of unknown origin. She is a total sweetheart (her patience exhibited below) and Gregory just loves her.

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Bella and Gregory get along. Kuma, ehhh, not so much. :) Kuma gets along with Bella, but not really with kids. She just does her own thing being A REALLY CUTE (but tiny) dog that looks like you took a Husky and shrunk them down with a shrink-ray and made a pocket sized version (technically called the Shiba Inu breed). Look at that face!

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Enter Gregory+Kuma+Bella’s incredibly kind and beautiful parents, Melanie and Mark! Melanie is a software architect and Mark is a lawyer, and combined their children will be very smart and professional! Look at Gregory’s face below… he knows how to work it for the camera. :)

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Look at this little dog! Ohhh, Kuma, I just want to give you lots of hugs but you kinda just do your own thing by yourself and I respect that.

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So Bella originally was supposed to be 40 pounds full grown, but she obviously became much much bigger. No one is sure of her breed… all we know is that she’s very soft, furry, and giant. But she is so cute! I love her ears. She can look pretty wolf-ish sometimes and is just adorable!

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I had a great time on this shoot and it was a pleasure getting to know and work with this beautiful family! :)

Vince and Jackson are city dogs. Kind of. Actually, not really. Jackson’s pretty terrified of traffic and elevators, and Vince is perfectly comfortable chewing on sticks and chasing his bro around the park. However, their parents are city people and scheduled a portrait session for their dogs before their downtown Raleigh engagement session, so we took the pups to a nearby park and let them run free (sort of)!

Vince is the Boston Terrier (a breed I’d been looking forward to photographing for such a long time!) and was everything I thought a Boston Terrier should be… a hilarious diva dog. He was very smart and insisted upon being in front of the camera at all times. I had to delete a ton of pictures of Jackson because they all had a giant Vince blur running in front of the camera like, “HEY GUYS HEY GUYS HEY GUYS!!!!” Vince enjoys pepperoni, chasing Jackson, and chewing on sticks.

Jackson is an adorable mutt who belonged to Shannon before she lived with Phil. He’s very protective of Shannon and doesn’t particularly want to like Phil, but you can tell he does anyway. He goes back and forth between trying to ignore Phil and running up to Phil like, “HI PHIL HI PHIL HI PHIL!!!!” Jackson enjoys swimming, chewing on sticks, and my husband Geoff.

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Both of the pups live together now with Shannon and Phil and clearly get along splendidly. :)

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Does anyone else see the resemblance to Fidget here?

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I love the picture on the left. :) They’re so cute together!

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Hahaha look at those eyes on the left hand side… Oh, Vince.

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“Sticks are the most delicious.”

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I love you, Vince+Jackson!! You will see a little bit more of them in my next post, Shannon and Phil’s engagement session. :)

I was happy to have another wonderful client reunion with yet another CSP original couple (one of the first three!) on Monday. And while we had craaazy weather with the epic evening storm was that brewing, overcast skies and cows-flying-through-the-air wind, the doggies and us made the best of it!

Peanut is a Maltese/Poodle mix and enjoys chasing and biting his little sister, dragging around his toy duck, and treats. He cracks me up because he reminds me exactly of a stuffed dog I used to have when I was little. Butter is a Yorkie/Poodle mix that enjoys running, jumping, and running. Peanut was Erika and Dustin’s first dog, given to Erika on Valentine’s Day. Butter came a while later and was named to go along with Peanut… but Peanut ended up being much larger… and now they enjoy snickering behind their photographer’s back when she confuses their names a lot. ;)

These two were great, energetic little pups who enjoyed having the run of the park on this crazy windy day!

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