Last year, I found the cutest red velveteen holiday collars for the girls. They were adorable, dark red collars with tiny little bells attached. Both Amore and Dolce loved ‘ em! Didn’t want me to take them off in fact. Amore and Dolce paraded around loving the little tinkle of the bells. They would fight over who got to put on the first collar I held out for them, nosing out the other for first dibs on getting the collar on.
They were so cute, I was bound and determined our Christmas picture card would be of our precious dogs with their collars on. The perfect photo-op in mind, I envisioned pinons with snowy boughs in the background, our blue skies above and there in the forefront of our beautiful Southwest backdrop, would be Amore and Dolce sitting side by side with their matching collars on. It so didn’t happen!
If Dolce was still, Amore was looking off somewhere besides the camera. If Amore was behaving, Dolce had her eyes shut. The girls just didn’t want to sit still and smile for the camera. They didn’t want to sit side by side and they didn’t want to pose. On top of my canine models not cooperating, we didn’t have any snow in the background, nor blue skies on the day we took the shoot. Malcolm, my dog wrangler for the day, laughed at the impossibility of my efforts. My christmas card was doomed from the get-go.
I promised myself this year would be different. This year, our Christmas picture card would feature Amore and Dolce shoulder to shoulder, smiling for the camera with their beautiful red velveteen collars on. And some snow! Fate was on my side. Our first snow drop arrived mid-November. Malcolm and I took the girls for their photo shoot as soon as the roads were plowed. Once the girls were tired out from their first of the season’s frolic in the snow, I started clicking.
Digital cameras are great. Since we don’t have to pay for developing film like in the old days, the pictures are essentially free. It doesn’t matter how many bad shots you take, how many pic’s are deleted, somewhere in the day’s photo session there would be a good to great shot. Between cropping and tint adjusting, I was sure I would have the perfect photo.
And I would have. Had I remembered to find and bring the collars.
DAMN and Double Damn! I had my perfect shoulder to shoulder, smiling dog photo sans the collar. I had the snow sans the snow-capped Pinon trees and blue skies. I went with it. My models behaved just enough for me to get that one out fifty perfect photo. The cards went out anyway. Mailed to family and friends, posted on the website to my blogger buddies.
We were fortunate to see more snow flakes over the Christmas weekend. I grabbed my sweet dog wrangler and the camera, loaded up the dogs and headed out for another photo shoot. This time with the collars.
I’m all set for 2015!