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Thursday, July 21, 2011

elly | castleton, ontario, pet photographer

This is Elly, a black lab mix with the shiniest coat and beautiful brown eyes.
She belongs to my brother and sister-in-law, and has been through many changes over her six years. They got Elly when they were a young couple just out of university and today they are married with two kids, plus one on the way. Elly has adjusted to a relatively quiet existence to a household full of, well, chaos ... in a good way. She has handled it all with grace and loyalty.

I have been wanting to get my hands on her for some time to photograph, because although I love my brother and he is good at many things — fatherhood, knowing the lyrics to every single Beatles song, collecting an impressive wardrobe of beer t-shirts from around the world, to name a few — I have yet to see a decent photo of Elly. This is what she typically looks like in family photos:
Yep, pretty sad, right? She kind of looks like a black ink spot (here's a great resource by Marianne Drenthe for more reasons why custom photography is the way to go!). There really is so much more to Elly. She is such a sweet soul with some tricks up her, er, nose.
Elly spends most of her time outdoors and loves to explore her property's forest ... squirrel!
 Through it all, the bond between Elly and her dad has remained strong. Kisses!

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