It’d been forever since I’d photographed the “family” dogs, so this past weekend while I was home in Maryland I jumped at a spare few hours to photograph all of the critters who call my mom’s place, Waterside Farm, home. There’s Jake the Springer Spaniel, Thor the Bulldog, Archie the Golden Retriever, Sophie the Labrador Retriever, Electra rescue kitten who sadly just passed away this weekend :(, and the newest addition, Harley the Beagle. I love all of these sweet faces and I’m sure you’ll see why :) Aren’t they all so photogenic? And to me, their personalities are so clearly identifiable.
After I photographed Tank’s Cherish Session last month, Jackson’s mom emailed me to schedule one for him. Jackson is a 14 year old Labrador Retriever, and since his family is in the business of rescuing labs, this guy is extra special having been around since he was just a pup. We met on James Island yesterday afternoon and let Jackson do some of his favorite things…chase the tennis ball, swim, lounge in the sun, and of course eat a ton of yummy treats. Jackson looks amazing for being 14 and I hope my labs live as long a life as he has. You can tell he’s still just a big baby in a big old dog’s body :)
Every year since we’ve lived here the field behind our farm has been planted with something different. In 2011 we had peanuts, 2012 was soy beans, and this year we got cotton! Growing up in Maryland, I honestly had no idea cotton was still grown. I totally thought that cotton was machine made in a factory these days, so when I first saw these fields full of fluffy white stuff, I was so confused. “Honey, that’s cotton” is what Dustin said. “Cotton what?!” Yup, completely unbeknownst to me, cotton is still grown. Call me a dumb blonde, a yankee, whatever…I had no idea! So rightfully so, I’m obsessed…for a few reasons. One, because it’s so cool and such a southern thing. Two, because it literally feels like a cotton ball so I’m completely amazed. And three, because it looks like a snow covered field which reminds me of home. I’m going to be so sad when they finally pick it!
Since I know that day is coming quick (I’m hoping not too quick since I still want to squeeze another shoot in!), I had to get the dogs out there. We had pretty, warm fall light last night and this was the first time in a long time I’d picked up my camera just for me. I can’t even remember the last time I took pictures of my own dogs! So enjoy Riley and Lexi in the cotton, and some other random barn odds and ends :)
When Aura emailed me and she was looking for someone to photograph she and her husband and their two furbabies on their anniversary trip to Charleston, I was all in. She told me a little about the dogs and we decided Boone Hall would be a perfect spot to explore and sight-see. Well, we sure did make some memories! Turns out Aura knows her dogs super well…Hemi loves the water, and Sophie loves squirrels. Both dogs wasted no opportunity to show me exactly what Aura meant. Despite the detours we ended up taking, I love what we came away with :) These four and their little family are so fun and I really enjoyed getting to know them for a few hours last week. Enjoy my favorites!
Here’s Hemi after he went for his “adventure.”
Meet Tank. Tank is a Mastiff/Sharpei mix and sadly his mom just found out a few weeks ago that he is suffering from bone cancer, a common disease for the Mastiff breed. It was deemed untreatable and Tank’s pain has progressed quickly, so he will only be with his mom for a few more days. Like many dogs, he isn’t a fan of the camera, and Lindsay knew that it was now or never to get better pictures of him to remember him by, so she quickly scheduled a Cherish Session. We spent an hour walking around Boone Hall and letting Tank explore a little. He was really excited to be on a “field trip” and loved staring at the horses and checking out the different parts of the plantation since he had never been. It breaks my heart to know our four legged loved ones time here with us is not long enough, and if you have a second, I know any positive thoughts and prayers will mean the world to Lindsay. Safe travels over Rainbow Bridge, Tank. You are such a handsome and sweet boy.
Although I have deep roots in Maryland where I grew up, I am absolutely in love with all things southern. I live on a farm in a small town in South Carolina with my handsome husband, my beautiful step-son, our two yellow lab fur-kids, and three spoiled horses. My blog is a journal of sorts. It’s where I can share all about the things I love so much: my family, our life together, and of course all of the amazing and wonderful people and pets whose story I get to tell.
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