We’ve all heard the story of how the cobbler’s children didn’t have any shoes, and I know that applies to every profession, the contractor’s house never gets finished, and the photographer never has time to photograph her dogs. I’m happy to say that my sister, Alice G Patterson, carved out time this winter to get these stunning portraits of her three dogs, Lulu the Pug, mystery breed Franny, and Darla the Pomeranian. Alice just calls them “the girls.” When people meet Alice’s girls, it is always interesting to see which dog they gravitate to. As Alice says, she has “a little something for everyone.”
Lulu is Alice’s first dog since Alice moved away from home. Lulu has been Alice’s copilot for 14 years.
Lulu always calls “shotgun”, but she is willing to share her seat.
Lulu loves to cuddle with anyone and everyone except for cats. (As a puppy, she had a run-in with a feral cat and is still distrustful of all cats.)
After spending years as Alice’s top model and light tester, Lulu has retired for the most part.
I have never really understood the term “bittersweet” as clearly as I do now. It is both sobering and endearing to see Lulu grow old. She’s treasured by all who meet her.
My other two sisters and I have reached a consensus that Franny is the “best dog” which is no small feat, considering there are nine dogs between the four of us.
Beautiful Franny has an interesting past, although we only know a little bit about it. She was rescued by The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association-Rural Area Veterinary Services but gave them the slip. Alice found Franny and another dog walking the streets of LA; Alice was able to locate the vet who originally rescued Franny. Alice loved Franny so much that she and the vet worked out a trade, the vet treated Franny for several life-threatening conditions and Alice photographed the vet’s wedding.
Franny spent some time fending for herself and had puppies in her life before meeting Alice. She is incredibly gentle and loving.Franny has undoubtedly seen some scary things in her past, but her biggest worry these days is “Are you getting my good side, Alice?”
Looking at Franny, I would expect her to be an adventurous free-spirited dog, but if Franny could talk, she’d tell you “There’s no place like home, and no place I’d rather be.”
Darla, the Pomeranian, is the baby of their family, and I have to say she‘s even more adorable in person.
She just turned eight years old, (which seems impossible for all kinds of reasons), but she’s a puppy at heart. Give that girl a squeaky toy and she’ll play with it for hours!
We joke that Darla’s favorite activity would be shopping in high-end stores.
Although Darla looks like a fashionista, the truth is she LOVES to be outside rolling in the snow or dirt and is fiercely independent.
While Franny and Lulu love to snuggle with each other or a human, Darla demands some attention and then needs her alone time.
Check out Alice’s dog portfolio on her brand new website. You can see more her photography by following Alice G Patterson on Instagram. Alice has partnered with A-List Artistry for an awesome giveaway. I’ve confirmed that the winner may include a dog in the portrait session.
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in dog photography, editorial work, and senior portraits.