Man's best friend- Barb had recently contacted me at the studio regarding having a portrait of her brothers golden retriever, created for her brother’s birthday. Barb asked if we had a problem with bringing animals to the studio, I explained to Barb we consider a family pet just as important as your own children or grandparents, this would not be a problem. I looked forward to them coming to the studio. As we talked about the portrait and I suggested some ideas for creating this special gift for her brother it became apparent that not only was this dog a special friend to her brother but, also dearly loved by Barb. Barb explained to me that she was going to sneak Shaina out of her brother’s house and bring her to the studio without him knowing. She wanted to give him a really special birthday gift. One he would have no idea he was going to receive. Barb did explain to me that Shaina was a large beautiful dog that was well behaved but, loved people and would be very curious at the studio.
The portrait session was set and the day had arrived that we were creating the portrait. We went through a lot of treats that day and my co-op student Cassie totally loved interacting with the dog, as we captured the many expressions of this beautiful dog for Barbs gift. There was dog hair everywhere in the studio and all over Cassie and Barb but, we had a great time and captured some fantastic images for Barb.
Some days you just realize how small a world we live in. As I was out at a local restaurant in the city with my family having dinner, in walks Barb and her brother to also have dinner at the same restaurant, and don't they sit down at the table across from us. At this point Barb and myself have direct eye contact but, Barbs brother has his back to our table. He cannot see us directly without turning around. Our eyes glance back and forth as I am trying to let Barb know that her portrait is framed and ready for pick up without her brother knowing what was going on. Barb looks over to our table several times and I give her the thumbs up, without giving the secret away and spoiling the gift for his birthday.
When we meet at the studio the next day to pick up the portrait, Barb explains to me that her brother was wondering why she kept looking over toward our direction but, she was able to make up some explanation that seemed to satisfy her brother. Barb was totally thrilled with the display of the portrait as we talked about the double matting and the frame selection we had decided on, for the portrait.
The next day when I came into the studio and retrieved my phone messages, Barb had called the night of the birthday to let me know how much her brother loved the portrait. She explained to me how her brother in his words said "it is just like an oil painting" and captured his best friend’s character. These are the type of messages that put a bounce in your step and a great feeling in your heart, that you were part of another great moment in somebody's life.