I never get tired of photographing Newfoundland dogs, and if you've ever met one then you would know why. They're big, they're devoted, they're always happy, and they are full of love! I was addicted the minute I had 140 pounds lean up against me and then slowly sit down- right on my feet. It was all over in that one gesture!
Every few months I get my Newfie fix by heading up to a dog show and last time I went all the new puppies were coming out to start their show career! It's a great opportunity because the dogs are clean, groomed, excited to be out in public with their friends, and it really challenges my ability to set up as many poses as I can in 5 minutes or less while they are waiting outside the ring for their class. It was an overcast day which meant it was perfect for photographing black dogs- you can get so much more depth and texture in the coat and the eyes which is hard to do in bright sunlight.
It's especially exciting to see the older, more mature dogs because I've spent years watching them grow and fill in and I know what they are able to do in the water and in draft as well. These are working dogs, and they absolutely love to work, and their humans spend an incredible amount of time training and bonding with them to foster the trust that is needed for a good team. I can't even get into the health care and feeding because this wonderful group of people will do anything, and I mean anything and everything, for their dogs. It's really inspiring and when one heartbreak happens it is felt throughout the community.
These were just for fun, but hey, dogs are just that- FUN!