A photo session surprise! Pia hit me with an unexpected professional photography session package with one of Denver’s finest animal photographers. Yeah! After passing on the good news to Lucy, we set a date and headed downtown for our session.
Once we arrived at the studio, there was a holding area where an assistant took our information. Pia held Bella’s lead and I held Lucy’s. When it was time for us to enter the main photo shoot area, the photographer suggested Pia and Bella wait out in the lobby so Lucy wouldn’t be distracted. At first I was disappointed that they couldn’t join us, but later learned it was a good idea. Bella only let out a sound once while we were separated, but it took minutes to regain Lucy’s focus from that minor distraction.
Trust the artist.
When the thick, black curtain closed behind us, Lucy and I entered the brightly-lit room and had a look around. There were a bunch of photo items and backgrounds in this large room of assortments. In the center of it all was a big red couch. I removed her leash and collar and she immediately began exploring the entire room, sniffing and searching. They tried to get her attention to come back to the center, but I knew she first needed a moment to sort things out.
“She’ll just sniff around some,” I reassured them. “Then she’ll come back to me and get still.”
The photographer and her assistant looked at me and nodded. Then we all watched Lucy. She quickly found a plastic bag full of something I couldn’t see. She became very interested in it and inserted her big, black Leo muzzle inside to retrieve the contents.
Before I could ask them what was in the bag, one of them said “Oh wow! It didn’t take her long to find the dog treats, did it?”
No. Not the Luce. She finds stuff like that wherever it is.
In no time, Lucy became satisfied that the room had been sufficiently explored. Now she wondered why we were here and what was next. She came back to me and sat on the floor. I massaged her ear while the artists gave me instructions.
“See if we can get her up on the couch,” the photographer said.
I wasn’t sure she would jump up next to me if I called her up. She can be stubborn when she feels like you’re telling her what to do. But I called her up next to me anyway. And much to my surprise, she jumped right up. I think she was a little unsure what was going on and figured sticking close to me – just this once – couldn’t hurt.
Then the clicking started. Flashes and clicks. Clicks and flashes. And instructions in rapid fire. “Good, that’s good. Interact with her some more. Smile. Look at us. Look away from us. Look at Lucy’s nose. Move your right hand it’s covering her eye. Oh wait there’s a drop of spit about to fall from her tongue.”
We did as we were told.
Lucy is pretty good at this. She seemed to be a natural, almost posing for the camera. But then, I guess that shouldn’t come as surprise because anyone reading this knows I take many pictures of Lucinda. Almost daily. So she is very accustomed to mugging for the camera. I, on the other hand, am not at all used to people trying to take pictures of me every day. In fact, most people (like my daughter), prefer that I stand just out of the photo frame. Otherwise I could ruin a perfectly good shot.
This photo session went on for some time, but after a while, Lucy began to get tired. She laid down on the couch next to me now, and I could tell from her eyes she was ready to take a Leo nap. It was freezing outside but very warm in the room. And that puts Lucy to sleep faster than anything. They got her attention with some squeaky toys and she sat up again. Not for much longer, but long enough. She was finished, and so was the session.
We had a great time and the results were outstanding. I’ve included my favorite one here. And if you look closely, you can see that drop of Leo sweat just about to fall off the end of her tongue in the warm room. It landed as a precious dewdrop of Leo purity, right onto my leg.
What a perfect way to cap off our session. And all such a nice gift from Pia!
Lucy in the studio