Marianne and Cody's Portrait Session
On Mother's Day, children celebrate their moms for bringing them into the world, helping them navigate the world, and eventually being that one person who knows them better than anyone else in the world. It's a HUGE responsibility and an honor to be a mother. And really, a "mother" can be anyone who shelters, shepherds, and supports another being, providing them with endless opportunities to grow and giving them a place where they feel safe and loved. People who adopt rescue dogs are some of the best "moms" (and "dads") out there! And although my own mother is and will always be MY mom, I also have the privilege of sharing her with one fluffy 52-pound brother with four legs. ;-)
My mom Marianne rescued Cody over four years ago. When she took him in, he had been living on the streets and was skin and bones. His coat was dull and he had three broken ribs - no doubt an injury from getting booted, literally, from one place to the next. Naturally, Cody had a lot of behavioral issues, but he also had a lot of LOVE. Mom fell for him instantly and they have been pals ever since. I wanted to give my mom something special for Mother's Day this year and thought a portrait session of her and Cody might be kinda cool. Cody may have had his doubts - he almost made a Bond-style escape into the deep water channel - but Mom was all in, and together they made this a Mother's Day to remember.
Among the different styles of photography that I enjoy, capturing the relationship between people and their pets is one of my favorite things to do. It's such a pure and strong bond, without expectations (except to pet and be petted) and without drama (except when they pee on the rug). It just is what it is. It's beautiful. Thank you Mom for allowing me to photograph the special bond you and Cody have. You and my (*cough*) fur brother are definitely made for each other!
My mom is so pretty. And happy! That little ball of fluff attached to her hip ain't that bad, either. ;-)
Geez, would you just LOOK at the face Cody is giving me? I catch a hint of sibling rivalry in the air...
Ah, one of my favorites of Cody. Here he is channeling his inner Lassie against a chambray blue sky. I feel a Tim McGraw song coming on.
Aren't these two just the sweetest? <3
One of Mom and Cody's favorite activities is nightly brush time. No wonder his coat is so soft and beautiful. Technically, our outdoor session was over, but I just had to go and grab my gear again when I saw them getting cozy indoors! Glad I did, cuz this is super cute.