April, Mark, Greer and Merton

This shoot was a special one, for a couple of reasons, but mostly for how it ended.

Sometimes things don’t always work out how you imagined. The goal was to get a photo of little man Greer with the elderly statesmen of the house, Merton…a fantastic dog of 13 years. And other photos of course.  Hopefully a nice Christmas card would be made with a boy and his dog. I had ideas of the perfect pose, exactly what I wanted. So did mom and dad.

But for whatever reason, poor Greer wasn’t feeling too great right before the shoot. Mom thought he must be coming down with an ear infection. Ugh, poor kid.

So it ended up being a bit rough for him to have this goofy photographer with a massive camera right in his face. The shot we wanted proved elusive.  But it all led up to a beautiful moment at the end of the shoot that is kind of what being a parent is all about.

About two-thirds down in the photos below, April, Mark and Greer are standing together in the path and you can kind of see the little guy is crying. He’s just done. In fact, right after those pictures, he walked past me, tears in his eyes, stops, turns to me and says “Buh-bye” and keeps walking. So funny this kid. We get it. The shoot is over.

So dad picks him up and takes him over to the trees in this grove and just loves on the little guy. Helps him pick some pistachios. I just hide away and snap some photos. Then mom joins them and a bunch of smiles and happiness takes place.

It was beautiful to watch. And that’s a lot of the fun of photographing families like this…when you can capture that love they have for each other. It’s not always so easy.

Thanks so much guys for allowing me to hang with you a bit. And thanks to Greer for being such a champ. Hope you guys have an amazing holiday season!


  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Great stuff, as usual Mike. Dogs aren’t easy to incorporate and you did an awesome job.

  • http://diamonds-photos.com David Latour

    Another fantastic photoshoot. You have been doing a lot of these family shoots lately. Great job capturing the all of the families personalities.

  • jina

    This shoot has a sweetest to it… which maybe you all didn’t feel at the time, but it comes through in the pictures anyway.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Great job man, the little guys has stunning eyes. Glad you were able to capture such an intimate moment – that’s what being a photographer is all about and what makes it special.

  • http://www.hansrico.com/rss Rick Louie

    Another great photo shoot! That’s a great canopy of trees!

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Love it Mike! Way to capture the moments here. This is a great looking family and I love the B&W one of dad kissing the little guy on the cheek!

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    That is some great work Mike! I love the fact that their dog wears a scarf!

  • http://jstolarski.com Jon Stolarski

    You were a busy man this last weekend, great Stuff Mike!

  • http://billmccarroll.com Bill McCarroll

    Well done Mike, your patience shines through on these shots. They will cherish the memories you gathered here.

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    Great work Mikey, just fantastic. Love the expressions you captured.

  • http://www.rockypointcalendar.com Karen Elaine Aldridge

    Wonderful, beautiful shots that capture the love in this family. I have a son (daughter too) and have had a dog, and these photos would have been so meaningful and a terrific way to keep the memories!

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