Daniela and Layla

My focus on photography is pets, but will always include people with their pets if they are not camera-shy. This time the focus was on a young girl and included her energetic, non camera-shy pup.

Daniela is now 11 and I’ve known her family for many years.  Her mom realized it was time to have  current images of Daniela as she heads towards the teenage years. Ya know the kids change quickly. Mom wanted to load up a wall with prints of Daniela combining new portraits and portraits I had taken of Daniela in previous years.

Daniela at age 3.  During that time period, I had purchased a higher quality camera and was photographing mostly just our dogs.  During a visit to our home, I captured this shot of Daniela while she was visiting the dogs at the gate to the kitchen.  She’s thinking I know I want a dog, what kind do I want.

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A few years later they moved out of the area and Daniela came back to visit local family during Christmas time.  At age 8 we took at trip to Vasona park. By now I’m just starting my photography business and deciding which direction of people or pets. In the beginning it was both.

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Time passes and the family has returned to live in the valley once more and now at age 11 we visit Vasona again during the winter.  This time Layla is now part of the family.

Winter = rain = green grass and foilage, except during drought years.  Lots of rain this year.  This time I chose a different area of the park.  Layla was now part of the family, so of course she must be included in this photo session.

While I was photographing Daniela, Layla was having too much fun running around.  Often Daniella was watching what Layla was up to.

Technique and style have evolved.  This is my favorite type of shot.  Zoomed in with a very blurred background.

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My favorite photos of the day of the two of them.  I have an array of noise makers and use them to get a dog’s attention.  Layla, squeek squeek, squawk squawk, quack quack.

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