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February 16, 2014#

Dogue. Thats Dog/Vogue okay it’s just my puppy

So I got a Puppy.  Last year I did  24 flights the year before 78.  This year I anticipate 6 ahhhhh that means I can have the responsibility of loving a small animal again and just like that my home is filled with joy and chaos ha.  So for Christmas I adopted this little bundle of love.  Her name is Cookie and she is just adorable.  I am potty training her and I have already taught her to fetch and retrieve.  This week I got NO work done except one shoot which I took her too.  She has dominated my studio my office and my apartment.  There are Pee Pads everywhere and chew toys.  Luckily I left her with my assistant the other day for a whole hour and went for a Mummy Time walk ha ha.  She is now sleeping through the night and is just the apple of my eye.

I am an aunty to 10 children I love every one of them as fiercely as any Sparent could (sparent means Spare Parent).  Also throw in Simona &Graham’s twin girls, Tiff and Marc’s daughter and Ruby &Warwick’s two babies (My BFF) and I am surrounded by beautiful children.  Well only furbabies for me and that’s okay.  I asked Nikki Closser to photograph us the other day what transpired was just hilarious I thought I would show you some behind the scenes of our Dogue Shoot and how important it is if you shoot portraits to offer the dog to come along to the shoot.  People do love their babies and it was so fun to do a mock newborn shoot it was also very cool to have a shot with her as I’m sure she gets bigger and bigger I will treasure this always thanks Nikki.

First step warm up the room and calm down the baby

First step warm up the room and calm down the baby

Swaddled and slowly calming down

Swaddled and slowly calming down

lots of touching and sh sh sh sh sh sh

lots of touching and sh sh sh sh sh sh

Safety is paramount PS: this shot didnt work ha

Safety is paramount PS: this shot didnt work ha

save treats till last they distract dont help

save treats till last they distract dont help

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Cookie and I do a Glam Portrait

Cookie and I do a Glam Portrait

 

She did'nt mind the fan but Nikki was exhausted afterwards ha

She did’nt mind the fan but Nikki was exhausted afterwards ha

43 Comments

  1. Oh what a fun post, Sue! Love the “tips” and the glam photos are fabulous, well done Nikki!

  2. OMG. Too cute and too funny! I am so doing this the next furbaby I get. In fact, I’m tempted to see if my old grumpy mini dachshund would submit to this now! LOL

  3. Love love love it. I think you should launch it as a genre – newpuppy shoots instead of newborn ones.
    I only have furbabies too. Cookie is just the cutest. Enjoy her. xx

  4. DAMN you are HOT. Sue, you have the most beautiful eyes. You pup is ADORABLE!!! Love this post!

  5. Oh my gosh this is the cutest thing out of all of the things ever. I want your dog.

  6. Sue… you make me smile…laugh.. bring joy to my life.. thank you so much from afar. Your baby is the sweetest thing ever. By the way you look fantastic. SO HAPPY FOR YOU! It is a wonderful life <3

  7. I had to come look. So glad you two have each other now. Looking forward to seeing more pictures, you can’t post to many for me! You look so pretty and you guys look like you were meant for each other. Be blessed you funny girl.

  8. Absolutely LOVE IT, Sue!! You’re so funny and your pup is just adorable! Enjoy her!

  9. Does she like Jilly Beans barking bones? lol so cute

  10. I am so happy for you Sue! She is precious. As I realized when I adopted my first dog 2.5 yrs ago, You are never alone when you have a dog. They know how you feel, makes you laugh, and makes the heart full of love. Thank you for pointing out how important it is to bring along the dog to a portrait session. I specialize in pet photography and it doesn’t feel like work when I pick up the camera.

  11. Too cute. LOVE it!

  12. You gorgeous girls. Love the blog. She has her innocent face on in most of the photos. ha

  13. Hehe, awww Cookie is just soo adorable! Definitley suits you Sue :)

  14. Woman! You are amazingly beautiful… so full of light. I hope that dog dog knows that she has been taken in by a Goddess. Meaning: Do NOT eat the pretty lady’s shoes!

    Blessings on your new relationship… XOXO

  15. My dog is also named Cookie! I think that name is trending!!

  16. Adorable!

  17. Those are the cutest pictures and Cookie is perfect!! Love the ones of you together!! Great job Nikki!!

  18. I admire you so much, it hurts. I love that you love your puppy. I love that you are so committed to excellence. I love who you are.

    I’m a fan.

    -mM

  19. You can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way they treat animals! What a fun shoot!

  20. That’s hilarious! Did you know there’s a puppy grooming salon in Sydney called DOGUE? Hahahaha!

  21. I LOVE these, you have been, are and continue to be such an inspiration to me.

  22. So cute! Last week I put out a call for women who want to be photographed with their furkids. Love this idea.

  23. Fun post! Enjoy the new bundle of joy, Sue!

  24. This is probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. <3

  25. Aah just to adorable. Thank you for always inspiring me….

  26. You might be getting an entire new photo genre started here… ;)

  27. You and look amazing. and the little dog looks great also. Keep up the great work!

  28. You’ve lost lots of weight! Look fantastic!!! Enjoy your little one :-)

  29. Oh my word, this is just too beautiful! So adorable and your glam shot is so gorgeous!!! :)

  30. What a great idea and lovely images! And the best thing about all this is your baby won’t grow up to be a teenager!! And drive your car. LOL

  31. Love the photos so much. Cookie seems as though she is already an old hand at the photoshoot. I have a “feather kid” who I dote on!

  32. Cookie is adorable! Perfect for you! She wears all black : ).

  33. The black on black is lovely. She’s got your eyes.
    Sorry to hear about your electronic nightmare. Not fair. The power of Cookie-joy should help.

  34. Sue congratulations! Cookie is just the perfect little bundle of love :)
    I enjoyed all your pictures and it reminds me I must try and get some of my two. Bernese when we get some better weather. That won’t be anytime soon as we are in Scotland :(
    You enjoy your wee Cookie and I will look forward to seeing updates on her
    Cathy

  35. Sue congratulations! Cookie is just the perfect little bundle of love :)

    I enjoyed all your pictures and it reminds me I must try and get some of my two. Bernese when we get some better weather. That won’t be anytime soon as we are in Scotland :(
    You enjoy your wee Cookie and I will look forward to seeing updates on her
    Cathy

  36. Gorgeous! And I can not stop looking at little Cookies. She is as cute as a button! Google eyes…so love her!!

  37. What a fun and memorable thing to do!! You will treasure these images forever :-) .

  38. Awwww, puppy love! ❤️❤️❤️

  39. O Sue, this is just THE most adorable shoot. I can so relate to not having kids of my own, cos, well, it just didn’t happen, timing wise. But furkids, they are my life. I take her with me wherever I can. I love your shoot, but moresot I love the expression on your face. enjoy. <3 Julia

  40. Hi Sue,
    This is my second time trying to add a comment to your post. The other time was rather long but I’ll try to be brief this time. I have watched you on CreativeLive.com and of course follow you on Facebook. I am impressed with the way you are down to earth and with your amazing talent.

    I am curious, why did you choose to use the image of you holding your puppy with your hair blowing instead of the other image with you holding the puppy? I am in no way being critical when I say this but I like the non-hair blowing image better. This brings up a question. How do you decide which image to use, is it based on how it is being used or in case of similar images just because you like one better than the other? I know this seems like a silly question at least did as I am writing it but didn’t sound like a silly question in my head. Choosing or culling images is something I have trouble doing especially when it comes to personal pictures (not of me but other subjects). A picture has to be pretty bad in some way or another for me to delete it.

    Another question I have is other than practice, practice, practice, how did you become so comfortable with posing subjects? I have been taking pictures for a long time (I am 62 soon to be 63) sometimes professionally, meaning I got paid, but mostly as an avocation. Not to be immodest but I think I have pretty much have the technical aspects of photography, exposure, lighting, etc., pretty much down but I suffer from confidence with posing which is why I prefer taking wildlife and scenic photographs :-) . Since I am about to retire very soon from my 8-5 I really want to try my hand at building a portrait photography business. I have a lot of studio equipment but my lack confidence with the posing gives me reason to pause.

    Thanks Sue and congratulations on the new Hasselblad.

  41. Love these photos!

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