Well it’s that time of year again. Some would even say the most wonderful time of the year.
I say photographing two dogs and yourselves by yourself is harder than it looks. We had enough trouble with our 2011 photo, and that only had 1 dog (look how little Nero looks!):
So this year I thought I would get a head start. Warning: lots of adorable, anthropomorphic dog photos to follow…
I got Nero all dressed up in his festive bowtie collar and, like a good boy, he obligingly helped me capture this:
Which Rogue then photobombed, unplugging one strand of lights with her awkward adolescent paws, while likely saying this: “Mom! I can’t believe you’re making me wear this silly skirt! This better not be posted in public!”
So we tried a different tactic, this time one dog at a time, and with the help of some props (it’ll make more sense in a second, I promise). Once again, Nero waited patiently while I tried to capture the perfect shot.
And then Rogue photobombed us again. Here she is being dramatic while Nero looks annoyed:
But when it was Rogue’s turn with her own prop (and yes, the Christmas skirt again), she initially seemed more interested in doggie Granny’s hand, hoping a treat would magically appear if she nuzzled those fingers enough:
And of course Alex and I couldn’t get a photo of ourselves without a Rogue photobomb (her record is impeccable, I tell ya):
Even when I was just setting up the camera and taking a couple practice shots (while testing Alex’s patience), she snuck in there with her dramatic sighs:
But finally, finally, we got a winner:
I love how it captures Rogue’s silliness and her love for getting her belly rubbed. It also captures Nero’s charm and inquisitiveness. And the photo of us isn’t too shabby either!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, and Happy Holidays! May your homes and families be filled with joy! Love, Rogue, Nero, Jessalyn, and Alex.
P.S. Have any tips for photographing dogs? Do tell.
P.P.S. Stay tuned tomorrow for a special collaborative post and holiday craft with my dear friend, Carrie!