About Mandy Whitley Photography: Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mandy specializes in photography for pets and their people. She also photographs portrait sessions, family sessions, couple portraits, and weddings – as well as just pets!
This family celebrated their newest family member, Toa, the adorable pup, with a family photo session with Nashville pet photographer, Mandy Whitley. They met Mandy at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, in Brentwood, Tennessee, which was the perfect backdrop.
You wouldn’t know by looking at him, but Toa was badly abused as a young puppy. Luckily, he was rescued. Now, Toa is well-loved and cared for by his new family. Although I’m unsure of his breed, he reminds me a lot of Olive, the heart mender.
Matt, Chandra, Elliott, and Gwendolyn adopted this sweet pup, Toa. during the quarantine from East C.A.N. in East Nashville. (This is the same organization that I adopted my pups from.)
Toa’s name is Samoan for ‘Brave Warrior’ (Chandra is Samoan). Matt told me Chandra didn’t get to name the kids’ Samoan names so she got to name the pup whatever she wanted.
They are going to have so much fun growing up together!
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