This is the story of how I took a photograph.
So I had an idea that I didn't think I could pull off. Sure, I self-doubted, but that's only because I had to train a fox first. This is my dog (or my pet fox rathe), my 3 year old Shetland Sheepdog puppy—Aria.
If there's anything you should know about Aria it's this; she doesn't sit still. She's quite the hyper pup, and will only give in for a belly rub. But somehow, I trained her how to sit and every time I come home to New York, she listens.
So I set up light and cleared the dining room. At first I thought, there's no way she was going to sit for a photograph, so I accepted the fact that I would have to construct this image in my head. I photographed Aria first but telling her to sit and ducking under the table with the camera remote. I had a friend call Aria to look at the camera because she kept trying to look at me underneath the table, and If I moved, she would try to sneak down. So I took a couple shots, then I stepped in frame and took a couple of me.
Then I thought that was it.
But then I thought, "Why not try this out together?" So I called Aria over and scooped her up and set her on the table with me. First I had to pet her little because she was just too darn cute to not snuggle with.
I set her down beside me and told her to sit. And she stayed still. For 30 minutes. She sat next to me and looked directly at camera, mesmerized. I was so in the moment and kept firing the camera because I didn't know how long she would stay like that; but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't amazed in a daze the entire time. After we took the last shot, I put her down on the floor and she trotted off like usual on her light little paws. But I sat there baffled that she stood so still, and when I reviewed the photos I could not believe that it worked.
I'm pretty happy and proud of the work we were able to achieve together. I guess I can speak part fox, but I have to say, Aria is quite the suave looking fox.
Cheers & enjoy!