Dante the German Shepherd’s Mingo Creek Park Session – Pittsburgh Dog Photography

With his fluffy ears and tail, gorgeous eyes, and happy-go-lucky personality that has earned him that name “Party Poodle” because he’s always ready for a party/adventure, Dante’s family’s description of him certainly had me excited for his session after raising $585 for Biggies Bullies during last year’s pet calendar contest and earning a featured month in our 2021 calendar.

Early on in our planning process, Ali told me that she had been wanting a GSD of her own for years, having grown up with others and losing their family’s two-year-old GSD to renal failure in 2014. Hearing that just conveyed all that much stronger the love she had for Dante.

“I fell in love with a litter of pups that were born in January 2019. My fiance, Zach, recommended waiting until the summer so we had better weather for potty-training,” she recalls. “Luckily, one of the pups from this litter was returned to the breeder in May 2019 at just four months of age, already potty-trained with basic obedience. On Memorial Day weekend, we drove all the way to Michigan to pick up our Dante. It was a crazy, tiring, happy weekend and we’ve loved every moment of puppy-parenthood since.”

Ali described this playful, hyper, 14-month-old lovebug as “100% puppy, but with a daunting bark,” adding that, “Dante gets very excited to meet new people and dogs and will show his excitement by barking and jumping like a kangaroo.”

Knowing his energy level and learning that Dante brought along a favorite frisbee, it was game on for some high-flying action shots, a series that made its way into a beautiful accordion mini album. Look at this silly boy go and how he suddenly seemed to notice me mid-catch with that amazing eye contact!

German Shepherd pup catching a frisbee at Mingo Creek Park in Washington County

During their reveal and ordering appointment, Ali & Zach choose a beautiful statement piece for above the fireplace in their new home, a grand-sized framed print in a striking genuine Italian solid wood walnut frame with a classic white mat that highlighted Dante’s rich coloring and the tones of the bridge where he posed. Using a special program, I was able to show a to-scale mockup of their wall as an example of how the frame finish and size they were considering would look in their home so they could feel confident in choosing an appropriate size and finish. Check out the progression from Dante’s original image to the wall art mockup and finally the actual product.

framed print of a German Shepherd on a bridge at Mingo Creek Park above a fireplace

Ali & Zach, I appreciate you both so much and thank you for trusting me to create these heirloom pieces for your home that I know you’ll enjoy for many years to come. It was really a pleasure getting to know you all and having a hand in making your new house a home with Dante’s handsome face displayed prominently in its special spot.

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