This is Luna...
She is a Blue Heeler cross, and is completely and utterly crazy. Since the day I first brought her home as an 8 week old puppy she has pretty much hijacked my life. Raising a puppy (especially one of the working breeds like her) is a lot of work. Like that old cliche, it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotion, of joy and frustration, of stress and elation, and walking, lots and lots of walking. But as anyone who’s done it will agree it’s well worth it. Although the complete lack of sleep (she still wakes me at a quarter to six every morning), may make even the strongest willed pet owners have their doubts.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I made my fair share of mistakes but one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t take enough pictures. Don’t get me wrong like all new puppy owners I shot about a million blurry, out of focus, underexposed, and poorly composed pictures with my cell phone. But seriously, I am a professional photographer, and yet I don’t have a single good image of that tiny little 2 month old puppy that I first brought home, not a one of that awkward 3 month old, or even the curious 4 month old that is already starting to show signs of the adult dog she would soon become. By the time I finally got around to taking some real pictures of her (coincidentally it was about this time I started sleeping through the night again) she was practically an adult and that little puppy was already gone forever.
The worst part is I should have known better, growing up we always had a dog or two running
around the house, they were my companions and accompanied me on most of my childhood adventures. As an adult I’ve always regretted that I don’t have a picture of any of them.
While in this digital age photography has become so easy and accessible that there is little danger of repeating that mistake there is a big difference between the hundreds of blurry snapshot photos that you have on your cell phone, and a professional photographic display quality image.
The sad truth is that you will outlive your pets, but in the time that you share together they will become an important and invaluable part of your life, a part that deserves to be celebrated and remembered and immortalized.
If they're anything like Luna the day will come when you need a reminder of that cute little puppy that could do no wrong. Especially when you find yourself chasing the little sock stealing hellion around the house, or waking up shivering because she’s dragged the blankets from the bed with demands that you come and play despite the fact that it’s hours before sunrise.
Those regrets, along with the all consuming pet obsession that goes with being a new dog owner is the inspiration for EpicTails Photography. With over 10 years experience as a professional wildlife and nature photographer I know exactly what it takes to get a great photograph, how to capture a sometimes uncooperative subject in just the right moment so that their personality shows through, in order to create a one of a kind piece of art that can be proudly displayed as a tribute to the relationship you share with your furry companions.
- Brandon Smith