Not everyone ‘gets’ photographing dogs. And maybe gets isn’t the right word, but rather ‘understands completely and thoroughly enjoys’ would be a more accurate use of words. Well, I love it and when I get to throw in a handsome guy (or pretty girl), that just makes it all that much more fun. This session was topped off for me by having one of my friends with me who is also a photographer (who by the way also ‘gets’ it). For Elizabeth and I (you can check out her work at http://www.elizabethdphotography.com/), it became an evening of laughter, hard work, and loud cheers (the cheers occur when you both know you’ve captured an image with which you are extremely pleased, despite any challenges you might be dealing with).
As part of a project for which I’ve been asked to contribute, I had to take some photos of the owner (and his dog) of Alpha K9 (http://alphak9.biz/). Alpha K9 is a Sacramento disabled veteran-owned non-profit organization. They provide and train Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dogs to people, such as Veterans, First Responders, and battered women and children. And as I proudly have a son and nephews currently serving in our military and the fact that I know first-hand myself the healing aspect animals can have on people, it was an honor to be able to work with Kevin and his own dog, Dasko. To see strength and structure together with some fun and laughter through my own lens was quite exhilarating to say the least. If you’d like to follow Alpha K9’s current activities, you can check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AlphaK9.