Goldendoodle Puppy Session at Phipps – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

In early August I received a call from Linda looking to book a session for her daughter, who would soon be turning six, and the family’s then 13-week-old goldendoodle puppy Bear. It was important for her to capture the two of them together because (as we all know) puppies and children don’t stay little for very long!

As I talked with Linda during her pre-session consultation, it became clear that Bear and her daughter have had a  very special friendship right from the beginning.

“Our five-year-old daughter had been dogsitting for her aunt on several occasions.  The joy she had whenever she was with the dog was infectious and the disappointment when the dog left was heartbreaking,” explains Linda. “She started asking for a puppy and her grandparents were taking her to pet stores. We searched for a breeder and found our four-legged friend near Geneva on the Lake.”

adorable goldendoodle puppy and child at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

“At first we thought it would be funny, a big name for our mini goldendoodle, but now it really fits because he looks like a teddy bear!” laughs Linda. I’d have to agree!

little girl and goldendoodle puppy at the reflecting pond at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

“He has the best demeanor and makes us smile the minute we see him!  We love him to pieces!”

little girl kissing a goldendoodle puppy in the garden at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

During our time together, we had the most beautiful evening with a gorgeous, warm light that filtered through the trees near one of my favorite cobblestone roads in Schenley Park. The pop of bright yellow flowers behind Bear added to the happy feel of his session. Look at that smile, which just happens to be one of his mom’s favorite things about him!

goldendoodle puppy plays during an evening session at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh

Bear’s family will soon have a three-piece wall art grouping for their home that includes a 20×24 and two 16×20 gallery-wrapped canvases for the living room. I cannot wait to deliver this along with a few gift prints for Linda’s office, a stunning leatherette and metal memory box, mini accordion albums, and her session slideshow!


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11 thoughts on “Goldendoodle Puppy Session at Phipps – Pittsburgh Pet Photography

    1. Thanks, Kim! That’s funny to hear that’s your favorite; it was Bear’s mom’s favorite as well! I shot that on with my 35mm and love the way it came out.

    1. I know! This is outside our city’s major botanical garden. It’s stunning in spring and summer and I plan to offer some of my new Fine Art Pawtrait Sessions here come early next year!

    1. Thank you, Elaine! Bear is just darling! It was impressive to see how much he’s grown since our session when I saw him again at their reveal/ordering appointment.

  1. Absolutely gorgeous! Bear looks so happy, as does the little girl,. A perfect match, and the photos will be very dear to them for a loooong time!

    1. Thanks, Lynda! After hearing her mom talk about how important and loved this dog is by her daughter, I knew this was going to be a great session!

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