To celebrate Niner's 4th birthday, I wanted to do something extra fun. A few ideas came to mind, including a picnic, a hiking trip, a play date with friends, a special portrait to mark the day. And then I figured, let's do all of them!
I decided on a party, something with the feel of being in the Hundred Acre Woods among best friends, soft golden sunlight, oak trees and green grass. Then I called up my dear friends and extraordinarily talented photographers Natalia Martinez and Bill Parsons of Photo Lab Pet Photography, who also are the parents of Willow and Corbin, two dear doggy friends of Niner's.
When I asked if they would be interested in pulling off this project -- a picnic party plus photo shoot -- they were more than game. The resulting collaboration is something that had all of us laughing during the shoot, and sighing or squealing at the photos that came of it. Both the photos and the joyful experience of the afternoon are something I'll cherish forever.
These are just some of my favorites from the day. Be sure to visit Photo Lab Pet Photography's Tails from the Lab to view Bill and Natalia's favorites as well!
Get a peek behind the scenes and see what went into the planning, preparation and posing for this shoot! You can see the collaboration from my end in this post, and also learn the things you need to consider to pull off your own conceptual photo shoot. I can't wait to work with this amazing duo again.