When you have someone as talented as pet photographer Sarah McGraw, pretty much every session becomes my favorite. This first image belongs in my imaginary museum. I hope that they have a big canvas of this image hanging on their walls.
From Sarah: “I walked into Bean’s home and she was curled up napping on her little dog bed. Above it were adorable signs created by her human sister marking that part of the house ‘Bean’s spot.’ Yeah, I could tell Bean has had a good 15 years.
Although thin and a little shaky, Bean was more than happy to raise her head and stand up to greet me. Her English Pointer nose quickly discovered my treat bag and I instantly had a new fan. I could tell she was having a good day.
Bean doesn’t have any health issues other than some arthritis that keeps her back legs a little wobbly. She does, however, tend to go through spells where she doesn’t feel so good – – but then she bounces back. The day of our session, she was officially bouncing back! We were so lucky because the day was gorgeous, the weather was perfect, and we only had a small window of time to do the session before Christmas (the session was to be a surprise for Bean’s dad). It all worked out perfectly.”
From Natalie: “Bean is a 15 year old English Pointer who was adopted from a Pointer rescue facility in Massachusetts. She was our first child, and to be honest, she was a rough introduction to parenthood! She required lots of training (it was clear she hadn’t ever ridden in a car, and she helped herself to our beverages–even coffee out of a mug!) and LOTS of exercise (I was a long-distance runner in college and still couldn’t hang!) and lots of patience. We stuck it out together, though, and our world is a better place for it.
Bean is a gentle, sweet soul–ever tolerant of our now 8 year old daughter who learned to walk by holding onto her jowls.
At 15, her hips are shaky, her eyes are cloudy, and her hearing isn’t what it used to be, but she still recognizes the finer things in life: a walk in the park, a nap in the sun, a scratch on the back, and an affectionate nuzzle for all. We love you, Bean.”
You can see more of Bean as well as Pip the guinea pig on Sarah’s blog. Follow McGraw Photography on Facebook for awesome pet portraits including pets up for adoption!
About McGraw Photography: Sarah is a full-time professional pet photographer specializing in fresh, modern, fun pet portraits taken on-location in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Sarah has two dogs of her own, Sadie and Eva. Sarah is a member of HeARTs Speak, a non-profit organization that connects artists and rescues to promote pet adoption.