It was a gorgeous October afternoon… rich in colour and in sunshine. Rhonda, Bear, Jack and I (camera-in-hand) headed out in the hopes of capturing some great moments, employing the autumn splendor as our backdrop. The location was Kildonan Park and Nature did not disappoint. What a perfect venue for capturing fall in all of it’s Manitoba glory.
Rhonda, Jack and Bear are long-time friends. Interestingly, five years ago, 5 month old Jack was the first shelter dog that I ever photographed. That photograph opened doors and introduced me to the wonderful folks at Winnipeg Animal Services. To this day the W.A.S. dogs own my heart.
It was that very same photo that connected Rhonda to Jack (then Aspen) and the beginning of Jack’s forever family. Handsome Bear is Jack’s canine sibling. Bear is the most lovable and the largest Samoyed that I have ever met. Together Bear and Jack make up a most charming duo … one that I am thrilled to photograph, any place, any time. Along with their beautiful “mom”, of course!
We walked, we talked… making frequent stops atop the growing carpet of leaves to click the camera shutter.
Thank you Rhonda for the pleasure of photographing your two boys on that gorgeous fall day. So far we have winter and fall covered. At the very least, we have two more seasons to go. Hope to see you soon.
This week I got to photograph Bear and Jack… a special session in so many ways. Rhonda, their mom, is a dear friend and Jack is literally the face that launched my current photographic journey.
I remember the day well… it was an unseasonably warm October day in 2010. I was aimlessly strolling an adoption event at The Forks, camera in-hand, checking out the various booths when I spotted him… a five month old St. Bernard cross pup sitting quietly beside a table baring the Winnipeg Animal Services banner. His calm nature in the midst of all the commotion had me take note. I knelt down, gave his ears a scratch, snapped his photo and left hoping with all my heart that his search to find the perfect home would be a quick one.
The next day I decided to share the photo with Animal Services on their Friends of Animal Services facebook page. Coincidentally my friend Rhonda saw the photo. Two great things came out of this… Rhonda adopted this beautiful boy, naming him Jack, and Animal Services contacted me to see if I would like to photograph the dogs in their adoption program. Both Jack and I started down new paths that day… each in the best unexpected way.
Now here we are almost five years later… once more meeting up at “The Forks”. Jack has grown into a most handsome boy, sharing the good life with his canine sibling, Bear… the biggest, fluffiest Samoyed I have ever met.
The day was cold and the venue was bustling with the spillover from the Festival du Voyageur. We had a marvelous, fun time… walking, talking and gathering memories.
Thank you Rhonda for this day. Love your doggies. Hope to see you all again very soon.