Two of Kristy and my best friends in San Diego are Jeff and Betsy of LaVida Creations. I had the awesome opportunity to photograph their ten year recommitment ceremony at Wiens Family Cellars in Temecula, then they did an amazing job photographing Kristy and my engagement photos. A while ago we started talking about the fact that both of our dogs are getting along in years; Boo Radley will be 14 this year, and Betsy and Jeff’s dog Mace (that’s right Star Wars fans!) Windu will be 12. So we decided to trade portrait sessions. We talked about some of Mace’s favorite things and decided on shooting a mini day in the life session with Mace. We started by heading to Mission Bay’s Fiesta Island dog park where Mace hung his head out of the window smelling the salty air and getting amped up for beach time. Walking along the shore, chasing and fetching balls in the bay and just generally spending time together as a family. Jeff and Betsy pointed out the normal walk they take with Mace, and let me tell you, it’s a long walk that would exhaust any dog, not just a 12 year old!
From there we went to South Bark Dog Wash where Mace got his favorite blueberry face scrub followed by an all over bath to wash out that San Diego salt water. As much as Mace had a great time at the beach you can tell this is a spa dog at heart and his face shows even with water pouring over his eyes, he could have stayed there and been pampered all day. Finally, we finished the day back at the McCue home and office where Mace lounged in Jeff’s office while Betsy and Jeff reviewed images, waited patiently for treats while they checked facebook, and just lounged in the living room while we all relaxed.
It was a great day, and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to photograph Mace!