This week's theme is "Paws" for our 52 week pet photography project. The timing of this theme was perfect for a personal journey what was coming to an end this past weekend. I have been in the Karen Pryor Academy Instructor Certification Program for the past six months. This has been a lot of work and time spent with 6 wonderful dogs and their trainers taking the journey with me. Our final "exams" were this past weekend. For all of us, this was bittersweet. When the scores came through from our final assessments, all six of us passed (yeah!), but it also meant the friendship we all built over the months as we studied, struggled, trained and helped one another was at an end. Except for this past weekend, all of our workshops were on weekends where the Texas weather turned ugly. We traveled in rain, cold, ice and snow from LA, TX and OK for three of our 4 necessary get togethers. Thus our class name: "Storm Trainers (aka: Ice Twice Doggies)".
As a photographer, I wanted to put together a fitting gift for all my new friends, human and doggy alike. We had been forged through cold and ice into an amazing team of trainers. At our last workshop, I asked each dog/trainer team to give me a few minutes for individual shots. I took our theme of Paws and put together a collage as a remembrance of our time together.
For the next person on our pet photography chain, check out Jennifer Felman of Khanya Photography, Poughkeepsie NY.