Canine Companions for Independence
These had to be the most well trained dogs we have photographed and there's a good reason for that. Erin is a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). These dogs are raised to be highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities. One of the best parts of this organization is the fact that the dogs provide support at no cost to the recipient. All the costs are paid for through donations and fundraising efforts.
Erin has raised multiple CCI dogs. Her latest CCI dog was getting ready to leave and go off to the Regional Training center. She had also recently received her newest CCI pup, who is so cute! Erin wanted us to capture images of both her CCI dogs and her own dogs in a very specific location. For this location we had to apply for photography permits and hope the weather was perfect.
Planning The Session
Her dogs have always been photographed by a wonderful pet photographer based out of Virginia. However, her regular photographer was not available this year so she reached out to us. At her home we saw all the wonderful canvases that her previous photographer created for her. We then started to talk about where she wanted these newest photographs taken. In her head she had this vision of her dogs in front of the US Capitol Building in DC with a dramatic sky in the background. She had seen a beautiful image of the US Capitol Building with a colorful sky and bold clouds and wanted something similar.
This was going to be a difficult image to capture but if any dogs could do it, hers could. We also had to hope the weather played nice and it had been raining quite frequently in the weeks before the session. For the session we decided to do it on a Sunday at sunrise since the sun comes up just behind the Capitol Building and there would be very few people on Sunday at 7am. A couple weeks beforehand, our pet photographer had also gone out in the morning multiple times to check the light, do test shots, and check the area out. So we assumed we were ready.
The Pet Photography Session
The day of the session came and we began setting up our lights at 6am. Erin arrived right on time and we set up the dogs and started doing test shots. We were waiting and hoping for the vibrant color from the sunrise to appear. It was dark and cool outside and we were not sure what we were going to get. It took about 30 minutes of waiting onsite and then for 5 minutes the sky burst into vibrant color and we got the shot! Check out the image below!
After, the color started fading we quickly captured some images for her Holiday card and then moved to different locations around The Capitol Grounds creating more beautiful images of her dogs. Some of those other photographs are shown below.
Displaying the Pet Portraits
At the ordering appointment a 30" x 40" canvas gallery wrap was ordered along with two 16" x 20" portraits. Holiday cards were also purchased along with multiple digital images. After everything was printed we delivered the holiday cards and hung the wall art in her home.