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goldens in the mist

there’s just something about seniors that gives them that edge over other dogs.  they just sorta seem to know it all, don’t they?  it’s like they’ve seen it all … and as such, they’ve got it all together, they know what life is about … and even if they do happen to slip they do it with such grace that they make it look like they meant to do it … like maybe you needed a smile just then and they totally knew it.

meet Sara and Clancy …

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… two lovely old souls i had the pleasure of shooting one very foggy morning last week.  as the scruffy dog-mobile hurtled toward Guelph in the early morning hours, the fog grew denser and denser, squashing all hopes i’d had of catching those first a.m. flares of the rising sun with my un-hooded lenses.  and yet, that heavy gray mist was just a little kind of magic …

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the dogs certainly seemed to enjoy it …

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and sara definitely had lots to say about it.  this girl is undeniably a talker.

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… while Clancy is more the silent type.

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down by the river Sara set about her usual task of hauling out rocks from the riverbed to be placed on a pile she’s apparently been building over the years.  you can see it on the shore behind her in the second photo.

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while dad tossed stones for Clancy …

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… and a few for Sara, too.

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back at home Clancy welcomed me warmly …

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and we chilled on the back deck for a while …

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… as well as the back  yard, where Sara still hadn’t said her fill.

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not by a long shot …

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it was wonderful to just hang with these two gentle souls, to witness the deep love owners Sue and Richard have for their two ‘kids’.

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thank you, Clancy and Sara for a lovely morning … and thank you Sue and Richard for giving me the opportunity to capture these memories of your wonderful pups.  i hope you enjoy your double-wide gallery.  i had a hard time narrowing down the field so i’m sure i haven’t made your job easy.  enjoy!

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  • Jill BeninatoThese are some of my all time favorites of yours…those shots in the mist…wow.ReplyCancel

  • BevBeautiful series!!!ReplyCancel

  • Holly Garner-JacksonAwesome shoot illona!!!! Those goldens are magic and the fog really sets them off nicely. What a wonderful series of photos for the clients to choose from. You’ve really captured the essence of these two dogs. You rock girl!!!!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • California GirlI haven’t visited in a while but I thoroughly enjoyed this series of photographs. Your talent just keeps growing and these dogs are beautiful in your lens eye. I mean, you make old dogs look good! (what can you do for old broads?) 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LynneThese are such amazing photos — I love your site and your blog! I am “mom” to 3 dogs — one of whom is a 13 year old golden… there is just something so special about the senior dogs, isn’t there? I never believed I could ever love anything as much as I love these three dogs… thank you for sharing your amazing talents!ReplyCancel

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