A walk Around Golden Acre Park and the Canal With Co-editor of Nrth Lass, Jess, and her Little Gal Pal, Cassie
Every once in a while, I’ll have a shoot that is just effortlessly easy. It’s like the dog I’m photographing knows exactly what to do - how to pose, where to sit and how to get those puppy dog eyes on point.
That’s what it was like when photographing 9 year old sassy Cassie - a Maltese, Bichon and Shitzu cross (or in Jess’ words, dolly mixture) who knew exactly how to work the camera. She had two shoots; one at her favourite place Golden Acre Park and the other down at Rodley Canal just as the sun was setting. I followed Cassie together with her owner Jess, the co-editor of one of my favourite magazines Nrth Lass, and got some girl-power shots for the pair to cherish forever.
We start our shoot just strolling through Golden Acre Park, letting Cassie sniff it out and have some me time. She knows this place well and has been coming here since she was a pup. In-fact it was the first place that she was let off the lead, so it’s quite a sentimental place. I can tell right away that she knows her way around and she’s got a particular little sniffing route. With just little legs, she lags behind me and Jess. Jess calls her, but she won’t be rushed. She approaches us at her own pace, almost strutting over. It’s then that I realise how much of a character little Cassie is and her strut is actually one of Jess’ favourite traits about Cassie.
In actual fact it’s Cassie that leads us to some top photo spots. She sniffs them out and then revels in posing for the camera.
As we reach the water, Cassie spots some of the interesting looking breeds of duck having a paddle. You can see a cheeky look in her eye, contemplating whether to dart towards them. She’s not daft, Jess tells me more about her cheeky personality.
After a lap around the park, our first shoot comes to a natural end and we snap what later becomes my favourite frame of the day, of the pair taking shelter from the rain in the pavilion.
Over the course of both shoots, I get to hear all of the alternative names for Cassie and I also discover that they all have a reasoning behind them which I love. (My personal favourite has to be Cassandra Howell) …
For our second half of the shoot, we meet down at Rodley canal just in time for the sunset. This is actually an unfamiliar spot for Cassie but just like in the park, she explores at her own pace. And when she lags behind, distracted by all of the new canal smells, it’s a joy to see her run up the towpath catching us up. I notice that her ears bounce up and down as she trots along, it’s as if she’s just been pampered and she’s showing off her little bob cut hair do. It’s the sweetest.
As the true diva that she is, Cassie absolutely loves being the centre of attention. More cuddles, and more close-ups as Cassie works her magic in that late Spring light. Golden hour disappears and so we make our way back along the canal to the car, and of course Cassie never breaks character. She’s a true professional.
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