Being a photographer, I naturally have a TON of pictures of our fur babies, but it’s not as easy to get those great shots as you might think. Such was the case when I attempted to get a few new shots of the dogs last weekend. I had just gotten home from a portrait session and the snow was starting to fall but there was great light. I thought, “This is a perfect opportunity to get some pictures of them with the wood pile, which will make a unique background I haven’t done before.” Giddy with the mental image in my head of two smiling pups in front of this interesting background I call the dogs outside and we play for a few minutes as we make our way out to the wood pile.
Once there they are definitely game to investigate the stacks of logs, but forget about posing. There’s just too much to see and sniff! Tequila puts her paws up on one of the stacks and I wait for her to look over at me, but whatever was across the driveway was obviously more interesting and .2 seconds later she was over there checking it out.
I figured I’d give them more time to play since they hadn’t been out for a while and then try again once they burned off some energy. Ten minutes later I get them both in front of the wood pile, tongues out and excitement in their eyes. I decided to try to get a shot before crouching down to their level in case this doesn’t last. In the instant it takes to put my camera to my eye their faces change to this. Sigh.
So I tell them to stay, get down to their level and try to catch their interest without causing them to move from the spot they are in. This is when they decide to play a game with mom called Look Here, Look There. Tequila went first.
Stoli went next.
Then they looked in tandem, but in different directions over my shoulders.
And then in opposite directions away…
I said treat to get them focused and Tequila played along but Stoli had to check the other side too, just in case. Deep breath.
Tequila decided she’d had enough and went to explore, but Stoli hung out for a moment so I snapped a few solo shots even though he refused to look at me and threw in a snaggle lip for good measure.
Ok, at least that’s decent and you don’t look like a pirate…
Tequila came back about then and climbed up on top of the wood pile. While not the background I envisioned, it’s still a fun shot so I get into position and bam, she has to check the woods behind her.
Next she posed but wouldn’t look at me.
Then gave in and did look at me, just in time for a huge snowflake to cover her eye.
Finally I get this shot as she watches a car approach on the road, not bad but still not what I wanted.
So I move around to where she’s looking and draw her attention up. Yes! This will work! Until she wiggles the moment I press the shutter button…Really?!
Seeing sister on the wood pile, Stoli wants in on the action and climbs up when Tequila runs off but continues their game of don’t look at mom.
I get him to sit but still, no looking at mom. And now we’re going to make faces. Not the cute kind. The frustrating kind. This is the I’m cold and I don’t want to be sitting in the snow face.
This is the what is sister doing that I’m missing out on because I’m stuck here so I’m going to snort my displeasure face.
This is the whatever face…
So I say whatever myself and tell them “Go Play” to which they happily bound off into the falling snow running and growling like wild crazed animals. Heathens I tell you, heathens!
Cold and disappointed I round them up and tell them to head inside. A few hours later I download the images just to see what I might be able to salvage and find these two little gems hidden between all the faces above.
Still not the shot I envisioned, but both make my momma’s heart smile. And that’s why I always overshoot, because it’s those little in-between moments that turn out the best. But that’s how life is, it’s the little fleeting moments that you forget as quickly as they happen that make it all worth while. 🙂