Dakota was rescued from a kill shelter with 30-minutes left to live. She is now one of the Mullis Pups and plays an important roll in my rescue photography. You see, Dakota has the ability to make a scared, timid puppy mill survivor and rescue dogs calm down and feel a little more secure while I am taking their photos...the photos used to help them find their forever homes. Not all of the pups need her to be there, but it makes a difference for the ones that do from having frightened looking, 'stiff' photos to something more natural...something that better shows how special each dog will be for that perfect family. Below are some photos from our outdoor shoot with Fred, a Basset Hound. My fellow rescue photographer was taking Fred's photos, and he is such a friendly guy that he really didn't need Dakota to help, so I entertained myself with this series of shots...and the imaginary story.
"Hey, mom, there's a storm coming!"
"Seriously?! Do you really think we should be out here now?"
"I want to go in! I'm not helping Fred with his posing! He lacks talent anyway!"
"OK, I tried to talk to him like you wanted and he's not listening. Let's go in!"
"I don't want to work anymore. I want to go inside...there is a storm coming!!!"
"I can't hear you! I'm getting low so I don't blow away and closing my eyes to avoid the flying debris!!"
"Seriously!! Are you not getting the impending danger here!!"
"Be quiet, Fred! You're like 80lbs...you don't have to worry about being blown away!"
"I mean it, Fred! I'm about to come over there and go all kinds of tiny crazy on you!!"
"No! I'm not helping him! He thinks he knows everything already...he doesn't even look at the camera! Amateur!"
"Do you see that big thing? It could blow over on me at any moment!! What is that anyway?"
"Oh, hey, the sun's back out! Ahh, I need to work on my tan! I'm getting ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille!"