Normally my weekends are booked pretty far in advance, so when Jacob called on a Sunday and asked if I had any time that day, I was a little hesitant. I had a pretty full day, and I feel it is very important to maintain a balance between my work and personal life. When you work with animals, your energy is essential. They feed off of it. So if I am overworked or stressed, it does not translate to getting the best results from an animal.
But I could not turn Jacob down until I knew what was prompting him to want to come in right away. I always build extra time into my schedule for someone who has an ill or aging dog, as that may be the last chance they get to capture memories. So I asked Jacob why he was in such a hurry. He said it was because he realized that his little Boxer mix puppy was growing so quickly and he wanted to get some great photos while Koby was still little. Needless to say that was all I needed to hear in order for me to squeeze him in.
I was so happy that I did! Koby was an absolute dream in the studio. I could tell that Jacob had been spending a lot of time with Koby’s training because he was so well behaved. He would sit when asked and was full of head tilts and puppy personality.
That was definitely a day I will always remember. My earlier session had been a memorial session for a dog with cancer, so before Koby came in, I had been feeling quite sad. Koby totally lifted my spirits. I went from one end of the spectrum to the other in terms of the emotions a session can bring. On one end was the sadness of knowing that my client would be saying goodbye to their loved one soon. On the other end was the joy that only a baby can bring. Both are rewarding to me as a dog photographer, since I know I am providing my clients with priceless memories!
Thanks for making my day Koby!