It’s been awhile since the kiddos graced the blog…

We were snowed in for most of last week, which meant my sessions got postponed and I had no excuse but to get caught up on computer work and personal projects (i.e., photographing my own kids!). And after this, I kinda wish the snowed-in thing would happen more often! My fellow dog photographers out there know what I mean when I say we don’t get to photograph our own dogs enough – working on these really warmed my heart. Even though the dogs are lying at my feet right now, there is something about seeing these tender expressions and knowing I have finally captured them for myself, and I smiled the whole time I worked on these. (Don’t worry, as soon I hit “post” I will go snuggle with them for real!)

We have at least four other dog beds in the house, but I got it in my head that I needed another one for the main living room that would match the decor so I wouldn’t have to move it every time we had guests over. (Corey thought this was ridiculous as the dogs view the actual couch and loveseat as their own personal dog beds, but he didn’t really have a say.) Yes, they still sit mainly on the couch, but can I just say – of all the beds we have, this was the favorite the day it was delivered. It’s a West Paw bumper bed, and you get to choose the color of the outside bumper and the interior, which leaves endless combinations – and it’s eco-friendly! Ellie and Becks love having the bumper to prop their heads on, and Sienna loves burrowing in the corners to find the space with maximum potential warmth.

And the most significant indicator that this bed is freakin’ awesome? If I bring it into the bedroom, it is the ONLY way that we can get Sienna to opt to not sleep in the bed with us. (Sienna has a way of taking her 7 pounds and making it feel like you’re in bed with a 50-pound dog, the way she positions herself. All the dogs are allowed in the bed with us and we love it, but let’s face it…three dogs + two humans can get crowded and sometimes we just need some space!) That is a serious feat.

So, while all the roads were covered in ice, we had a camera party and each of the kids took turns modeling in their new bed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This look below on the right is the face Ellie gives you, paw out, corner of her mouth turned up in a smile, when you are close enough to pet her but you’re not. It SLAYS ME. It’s a wonder she’s not going bald from all the petting she elicits with this face.

January 28, 2011 - 12:05 am

admin - @myboyzach – they did get to play and loved the snow, but i’m afraid i wasn’t feeling well that week and didn’t want to exacerbate it by getting cold and soaking wet chasing them around in the yard. :p

@joni – i don’t think i have one specific post about my equipment, but i mention it here and there. i currently shoot with a nikon d700.

@anna – yes, all natural window light for these!

January 24, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Trude - Thanks for the tip on the bed, I think it might be just the right thing for Dante! He tends to roam when I’m working out of the home office and I’d love to find something he’s happy to lay in by himself. That last shot of them all together is just too cute!! ๐Ÿ™‚

January 20, 2011 - 10:45 pm

myboyzach - OH, so cute each seperately, together and in/on the bed. Glad to see all the kids. No snow pictures? Did they get to play?

January 20, 2011 - 12:47 pm

Joni Solis - What a wonderful family of fur! Love the new bed too — sky blue color looks lovely with all your dogs.

By the way, do you have a blog post that talks about your camera equipment?

January 20, 2011 - 12:20 pm

Anna Gibson - Wonderful shots, the color goes great with them too, but what dog wouldn’t look good next to sky blue? Did you use window/natural light for these? I miss that. All our windows are covered as we live in the basement of a house, at ground level. It will be nice to one day own a house that has nice natural light again. My vizsla loves beds with sides too, I have a Bowser donut bed I’m saving for when the others are worn out. You would love those too as there are all sorts of awesome fabrics to pick from, and everything is totally washable and replaceable.

Glad you had a chance to shoot your own kids
Take care

January 19, 2011 - 10:54 pm

scruffy dog photography - Sienna never fails to crack me up! love that girl.

January 19, 2011 - 9:37 pm

grace - I am so in love with you pack!

January 19, 2011 - 6:38 pm

Charlotte Reeves - Great bed! I love that they can prop up their heads on the edges. It’s wonderful to spend some time photographing your own, and your photos turned out beautifully.

January 19, 2011 - 5:32 pm

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January 19, 2011 - 4:41 pm

Jamie - they are all fricking adorable, but that last shot had me squealing and laughing loudly. Soooo cute! Awesome shots Leesia. These are photos YOU will be sure to treasure for many years to come. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 19, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Shauna (Fido & Wino) - These really made me smile- your family is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

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