This was a studio portrait session with Astro. An energetic teenager shepard mix. Astro’s Mom wanted a few really nice portraits of him that captured his personality. Our session lasted about an hour. One quite unusual thing was that Astro enjoyed relating to the camera, as all good professional models do! When he threw that big smile at me, I melted. Mom was thrilled with the out-takes from the session. Many prints were made to distribute to family members, even wallet sizes-believe it or not! Photographing animals/pets is an adrenaline rush, you never know what to expect and there is always constant movement. My goal is to be spot on with focus, but sometimes an unpredictable blur is a welcome surprise. I was delighted with the results and so was Astro. I also want to acknowledge my retoucher, Lona Walburn, for such a wonderful job bringing out the detail in Astro’s fur and smile and creating a lovely color for the background.