When I first came up with the idea for this blog, I envisioned cute clothes and cute dogs in front of cute murals around Chicago. Luckily, the clothes and dogs are working out and I’m still hoping to get out around to some murals but we’re going to take things as they come. What I didn’t think about was the actual photography portion of the whole thing. Sure, I pictured beautiful photos but the process of taking said photos never occurred to me. Enter: so. many. outtakes.
I’m lucky to now be friends with my photographer, Katie Koosmann, so she spares me from all the double chins and unflattering angles (spoiler: there are a LOT of them). But every once in awhile, we giggle over a photo and I couldn’t help but think maybe you guys want to see them too.
See, the photos are full of flaws but so am I and so are these dogs, and quite honestly, so is life.
Now the dogs don’t have double chins to worry about, but they certainly have their “off moments” so to speak. Making sure the pup looks their best in the photos is important to me. So when the dog is too busy to be bothered with sitting pretty, it can take a little bit of coaxing, patience and treats (lots of them) to get him to look just his best. In the below pictures, you’ll see plenty of moments that the dog just wasn’t having it. Whether wandering off set or needing a potty break, they can’t be perfect all the time!
What can be perfect is the messy moments within these photos. The ones I don’t show to people. Captured in these pictures are when I forget the camera is on me and I’m just simply enjoying the time with the dog. Forgetting that my laugh scrunches up my nose and that petting a dog on the head doesn’t make for a great Instagram post. These are the times when I’m letting my guard down and just enjoying life as it is.
My decision to share these with you did not come without fear of looking like a moron, but if you really can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at? I hope these pictures encourage us all to remember what reality can actually look like and in the end, it’s these imperfect moments that are some of my favorites.
So now that I’ve showed you mine, show me yours! Tag your photos with #TheRescueRunway so I can see all your hot mess moments that makes you, you! And make sure to let me know your favorite pic in the comments below.