Last spring this family had to say goodbye to their beloved golden retriever, Summer. She had lived a long, full life and was a huge part of their family. I took their family portraits during the dog’s final days, which was a sad but beautiful experience.

      I was thrilled when they invited me back this month to photograph their new puppy, Frankie! Frankie is a three-month-old golden retriever who is an adorable ball of fluff. The kids adore her, and she is lucky to have all of them!

      Photo tip:
      When it comes to dog photos, have treats! If you put dog treats right on top of your lens, you might get at least a few photos of the dog looking at the camera. The closer the treats are to your lens, the more eye contact you’ll have for the photos.

      Would you like me to photograph your dog or kids or family? Take a look through my Families and Kids portfolio, and then contact me to let me know what you have in mind.

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      Charlotte Geary


      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.