This is a little outside of my usual clientele, but my parents got a 7-week old bullmastiff puppy this past weekend that they named Zelda. She was so darn cute that I knew I had to take some photos of her, but let’s just say I might have gotten a little carried away with all of my baby props.
It started out pretty innocent– just some fluffy backdrops…
I’ll admit, capturing her attention and coaxing her to hold still was a bit challenging (note- puppies love to attack expensive lenses and flokati rugs), and I was just about to suggest we take a break when she suddenly went from super feisty to ultra sleepy in about 10 seconds flat. She fell into such a deep sleep that I wondered if she would let me wrap her like a newborn (I have seen other photographers successfully do this, which gave me the idea). To my surprise, she never made a peep (and I think she was really cozy too). The great thing about bullmastiff puppies is that they are pretty much the size of newborn babies, with lankier limbs, so most of my props worked well.
Doesn’t she look sweet? I love her pretty brindle markings.
Ok, maybe I went too far with the felted bow, but you have to admit that she looks pretty adorable…
Below is a popular newborn pose right now, and Zelda rocked it! She even stuck out her little tongue for me.
Sweetly dreaming in a sea of white fluff. Doesn’t she look peaceful?
In the end, it was a super fun and unpredictable session (seriously, you forget that puppies only have two settings– wild and sleeping!). I’m glad that we managed to get some cute memories of Zelda as a young pup, even if some of the poses were just plain silly (hey, I’ll take the newborn wrapping practice where I can get it!). I joked to my mom that I’m looking forward to receiving Zelda’s birth announcement in the mail! Now that would be a first!