Talk about a fun group! I’ve known Travis & Meredith for years now & this is another family that I’ve gotten to be there for so many milestones; Travis’ proposal, their engagement (some of my favorites to this day) & their wedding (one of the most fun ever). Then we got to connive on an announcement, shoot some beautiful maternity photos & then the addition of little William Ellis to the family. To say I love them is an understatement.
They also share my love for big dogs – so when Meredith asked if they could bring the dogs to their extended family session I answered with an emphatic YES! I always encourage my clients to bring their pups along, large or small. So many people, photographers included, ask me how I handle that & I don’t really have a formula except that I roll with it. I am a dog person so I genuinely like dogs & I don’t get easily rattled. Dogs are living beings who bring their own dynamic to any session but I try to keep in mind that we’re asking a lot of them. Most of the time they are in an entirely new setting, surrounded by foreign sights & ALL the smells & we’re asking them to ignore all of that. That’s a lot on them so high energy & a bit of freaking out is normal. The other thing I do is encourage the humans to not stress because the dogs feel that & once in position, to let me worry about the pup. I’ll make all sorts of funny noises, throw things in the air, even jump up & down to get that perfect ‘ears-cocked, head-tilted’ shot & I just need the humans to keep on smiling.
While these three were certainly interested in everything around them – they were also surprisingly well behaved when it came to their time in front of the camera! A beautiful family, content kiddo & three sitting pups – what more could a photographer ask for?!
Enjoy a few of my favorites from the Taylor extended family session here in Murfreesboro.