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. 🙂
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.