meet Sampson … a.k.a. Sammers, Brickhead, Bully, Mr. Wiggles, and Goober.
like a lot of scruffy dog clients, Sampson’s Starter session had been booked more than a year in advance … in fact, this boy’s session was supposed to have taken place last November, but weather thwarted our attempts and we rebooked for spring. even then, Sampson’s session was bumped a couple more times due to weather … in this case, the bizarre and brief heat in May, which would have left this highly athletic bulldog’s tongue lolling in most of the photos.
but finally we found a day, in spite of a threatening sky, where the temps were just perfect for this incredible boy. and boy, did we have fun!
i love photographing bulldogs. i won’t lie though … i’ve always said they’re not a breed for me. for my own personal dogs, i prefer sharing my life with a true working dog, hunting breeds being among my favorite. i love working with their intense drive, and training and building a deep understanding and working-bond with my dogs. i have to admit though, this boy Sampson certainly made me reconsider, if only for the brief time of our session together. like all bulldogs, Sampson is a character … a clown, a joker, a comedian. he’s fun-loving, happy, and totally adores his parents.
Sampson’s recalls were not only perfect, but this tank came in like a torpedo, leaving me laughing behind the camera at the variety of expressions i could see on his face with each click of the shutter.