Scooter is a three-year-old Wheaten Terrier mix adopted from Atlanta Pet Rescue & Adoption earlier this year. He was extremely timid when he first came home (he would even urinate out of fear when strangers tried to approach him), but his wonderful family took the time and patience to work with him, and he has emerged from his shell a perfect gentleman! He’s ridiculously laid back and can go to work with his dad where he lies quietly under the desk. At home he’s still very calm and pretty much never barks, but has a playful streak and a complete repertoire of tricks he does for treats.

For his session he came right up to me (a testament to all the work his new family has done!), then proceeded to pose like he was in a furniture commercial in every room of his beautiful home. He loves to nap under chairs and the coffee table, and likes to sprawl out on the bed for a belly rub or a good chew with his favorite toy. It’s unfathomable to think someone could discard a dog like this (or any dog, really), and he is such a poster boy for all the amazing dogs out there in rescues!

Buddy & Cali

This was my third session with Buddy, but my first with his new sister Cali! Cali is about three years old and was found in a dumpster with her 15 puppies earlier this year – on World Spay Day, of all days. :/ Luckily, Atlanta Lab Rescue saved her and although she was frightened and skittish when she first arrived at her new home in March, she’s since blossomed into a very affectionate and sweet girl. She loves to be the center of attention and is incredibly smart.

As you can imagine, Buddy is an old pro when it comes to photo sessions now and even though he’s ten years old now, he still thinks he’s a puppy and will play ball for as long as you will let him. He’s a goofy, lovable boy, always rolling around in the wet grass and leaning against you when he wants some love. He loves his regular visits to the nursing home, where the residents adore him. Buddy is a perfect testament to what a joy it can be to adopt a senior dog (he was adopted two years ago at eight)!

Now – on to the photos:

See what I mean about goofy?:)

I love how Cali’s tail looks like a question mark!

I can never resist taking those photos at the very end of a session, when they’re all tuckered out…

October 24, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Joni A Solis - Wonderful photos and I am so happy this family chose the adoption option for both dogs.

Brewster & Violet

Brewster is a ridiculously adorable Bearded Collie who was rescued from a shelter in Alabama ten years ago. When I arrived for the session, I knocked on the door and saw his face pop up on the other side of the glass door, tailing wagging like crazy, and knew this was going to be a fantastic session!

Brewster is eleven now, but has been easygoing and gentle since the day he arrived. He’s never met a stranger, and even welcomed the addition of his cat sister Violet earlier this year without batting an eye. He loves to nap by the front door, keeping tabs on the goings-on in and around the house. His favorite part of the day is when his dad asks him if he’s ready for a walk, and they go their neighborhood’s private park (I’m so jealous!) for a stroll and sometimes a dip in the creek.

This handsome boy missed his calling in life as a professional model. Few dogs take to the camera as quickly as he did – he made all sorts of ridiculous expressions without any prompting, and when we were working outdoors he trotted across the field toward the camera like a model on a runway. I love him!

Did someone say “treat”?

I love the single stripe he has on his tail…

Of course we had to get a few of sweet senior kitty Violet. Brewster was a little miffed about losing the spotlight so in a lot of these photos, even though you can’t see him, he’s actually squished himself directly between the camera and Violet!