“It’s just the most amazing thing to love a dog, isn’t it? It makes our relationships with people seem as boring as a bowl of oatmeal.” – John Grogan
I had never met a Saint Bernard before in my life. I grew up watching the film Beethoven and just assumed that Saint's are like any other breed of dogs, but I couldn't have been more wrong ( I mean that in a good way!)
I met Alex 2 days before our shoot was to take place and wasn't sure what to expect. I had only ever seen Saint Bernards from a distance and couldn't even take a guess as to what was going to happen next.
The door opened and a 62kg boy came upto me, stood on his hind legs and gave me the biggest hug I could have ever gotten. Alex is a kisser and he slobbered all over me. He then got on all fours and turned around and leaned onto me for a butt scratch. Now this, was nothing unusual. My dog Prancer does the same, and so, I was prepared. But, what I didn't expect was Alex, putting all of his weight on me, push me onto the bed so that he could come and sit in my lap.
It was the best first visit ever!
Next up , shoot day!
Alex's sister - Sush just started college in Canada. They both love each other dearly and wanted to get a shoot done together so that Sush has photographs to take with herself to feel close to him, no matter where she is.
Alex's life hasn't always been the best. He was the runt of the litter, which meant that his immune system was weak and overall strength was less than those of his siblings. The breeder was about to put him down when his mommy fought for him and finally took him home. Alex has had a rough ride in life. He's been through tick fever, jaundice, has early onset arthritis, but nothing stops him from being the happy-go-lucky dog that he is.
He was up for anything during the shoot. Alex climbed rocks and ran around the park , nearly pulling of Sush's arm! He was so happy to be outdoors and unleashed.
The thing that made me laugh the most during my visit to their house was the fact that both Sush and her mom had to carry around a roll of tissue paper to wipe Alex's drool! So when I saw that they carried a roll to the photoshoot as well, I didn't want to miss the chance of capturing that moment!
"It was an amazing experience to get a photoshoot done by Prathima for my furry baby Alex with his elder sister Sush. Prathima is a gem of a person who oozes out so much positive energy to get any job done in any kind of circumstances. Alex being a Saint Bernard is not so easy to handle but the way Prathima managed to get beautiful pictures of all of us is just outstanding. Thank you Prathima for capturing beautiful moments for us."