Eli & Elvis

Eli and Elvis are very handsome six-month-old brothers who were found abandoned in a park when they were only nine weeks old. Luckily for them, they were found by Maddie and Abby‘s mom, so they now have a wonderful home where they’ll have everything they need and more. Sometimes I hear about how littermates taken into the same home can cause issues since they will bond to each other instead of the owner, but this is definitely not the case with these boys. They follow Lori around 24/7 and the main challenge of this session was getting them unglued from her!

But the hilarious thing – they follow her around together, and anytime she’s addressing them or giving them a treat, they squish together as close as they can and both look up at her with these big brown eyes. Who could have abandoned these faces?!

Eli is the on the left below, Elvis on the right (Eli is the redder one, Elvis has the widow’s peak):

July 29, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Eli & Elvis » Atlanta Dog Photography & Pet Portraits by Leesia Teh - […] photographed these handsome brothers when they were six months oldΒ and they were about 50 or 60 pounds then, so I expected they’d be slightly more filled-out […]

January 26, 2011 - 11:48 am

Ian J - Ohhhh…i literally have tears in my eyes looking at these, such a happy outcome, i have NO idea how anyone could abandon any dog, but these two….i dont get it! They are ADORA-BULL! πŸ™‚

January 25, 2011 - 9:24 pm

Maria Jose - I love it!!!

January 24, 2011 - 7:51 pm

Joni Solis - So happy these two love bugs were rescued and are loved! May we one day have happy endings to all abandoned pets.

January 24, 2011 - 7:36 pm

Betsy - “Hey Elvis…do you think she’ll notice if we grab that steak off the counter?” “I don’t know Eli, but if she does, I’m going to give her my ‘it wasn’t me!’ look!”

January 24, 2011 - 7:32 pm

scruffy dog photography - wonderful, Leesia. and that last shot is killer!

January 24, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Tif Lester - You are right, who would abandon those faces!? I absolutely love the last picture. I’ll bet they get away with anything!

January 24, 2011 - 5:46 pm

louis levenson - I have advised Lori that there are medications that can be taken to treat this sort of obsession, but to no avail

January 24, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Kim - Beautiful pics ! ‘The Hose’ & ‘Counter’ shot are too cute for words :))

January 24, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Trude - Love that story – so cute what a pair they make!! Especially love the last shot. πŸ˜€

January 24, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Brittani - How adorable! They are both so handsome with those beautiful eyes, and you did a beautiful job of capturing their curiosity it seems! The last shot is disgustingly cute!

January 24, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Candace - How flippin adorable!!!! And that last shot, I would blow that thang up, SO cute!

January 24, 2011 - 12:50 pm

Nicole Mlakar-Livingston - Absolutely fantastic shoot. Of course the last shot is gold but they are great.

January 24, 2011 - 12:48 pm

sarah - ahh!! the last shot on the counter is uh-dorable.

January 24, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Shauna (Fido & Wino) - I’m with John- *love* that counter surfing shot πŸ™‚

They are adorable pups πŸ™‚

January 24, 2011 - 12:10 pm

johnwaire - …that last shot is such a great moment! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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!! πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

January 19, 2011 - 2:01 pm

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


I was archiving 2010 files and realized that I never shared this image of Titus, Hera and Apollo. Their mom ordered a beautiful coffee table book with the session images and this one was used for the last page, along with this perfect quote.

January 15, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Joni Solis - So warming to my heart. Thank you for posting this wonderful photo and quote.

January 13, 2011 - 8:40 pm

scruffy dog photography - LOVE it!!

and those muscles! wow!

January 13, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Nicole Mlakar-Livingston - Such a great moment. Love this shot!

January 13, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Shauna (Fido & Wino) - That is beautiful- the quote and especially the photo!