Just Max

17th May 2016
I had a photo session with the lovely Max and Maddie in May 2015 (there is a new Wal-Mart where that session took place now). Maddie unfortunately passed away, and then in an even more unfortunate turn, Max was diagnosed with bone cancer in his front leg. Rose wanted a photo of Max with a kiss on his head like we did with Maddie, so a second session was in order. Since Max wasn't feeling well and limping (and I run my own business, so I get to break my rules), we had the Mini Session at his home so that he wouldn't have to overdo it and would be as comfortable as possible. The yard wasn't perfect, but we managed to get some leaves together in the spirit of fall, and I think we had a good session. So with that... you know the drill...

ON TO THE PICTURES:
Max putting on his serious face for his first photo.


But he couldn't keep that up very long, and ended up smiling.


Being at home helped Max relax unlike our first session. Look at that happy pant.


I spotted some bushes, so we moved to the side of the house. Max was happy to follow along on the short journey so long as I kept supplying him with treats.


When Rose temporarily went away to grab her lipstick, Max went to follow her. Giving me a chance to photograph his lovely spots not seen in portraits.




When Rose came back, she planted a kiss on his head, but it didn't look as much like a kiss as we were hoping for. A second try was attempted and shows just how hard using a dog's head as a canvas can be. Fortunately for Rose and me, Photoshop is always an option to make the vision become reality in a photo. Here's an example of the kiss gone wrong.


Unfortunately the focus wasn't perfect on Max's eyes, and I had chopped off the top of his head. So I used the kiss from the photo above, edited it and the photo in the before of this image below, and then placed it on Max's head where it belonged. It came out looking quite heart like, which I enjoyed.


Here's another photo of the edited kiss from a different angle. Max was taking a break from the modeling and watching the neighborhood.


We ended the session with a few close up photos of his lovely hazel eyes. Here's his left eye.


And his right eye.


I'm happy to report that while initially his owners were nervous Max would not make it into the New Year, he is still with his family and doing alright. He still limps on the bad leg, but pain medicine does help. I got to see him again when I delivered his prints, and he enjoyed hamming it up and getting attention. :)

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