Cadens Senior Grad Session | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Countryside, horses, family & laugher.

It was such an honour to be part of Caden’s Grade 12 Graduation from Lacombe High School. I was invited out to their acreage in Lacombe County where we spent a couple hours with his immediate family, girlfriend and Grandma.

They had so many different areas of the acreage that we could use for photos – grassy pastures, the dirt road, the field with their three horses and treed sections.

To add to the mood of the session, there were grey clouds circling behind us. They almost had a tornado look to them. Luckily, they seemed to pass by us without a drop of rain, but the backdrop it provided was incredible.

Brother Brody had graduated 2 years prior, so some of the photos we took were replications of the images they had done for his grad. But then we got to make some unique ones, just for Caden! It was fun to photograph him in his blue suit, then in his grad gown and finally in his comfortable jeans.

Congrats Caden & best of luck in all your future endeavours!

Here’s a small sampling of the photos we captured that evening


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Lemieux Family Session in Sylvan Lake| Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Extended family, new home and the perfect backyard setting.

This family knows how to document all the important things in life! I have photographed them on numerous occasions and was ecstatic when they called to say extended family was coming into town and they wanted to document it.

A little bit of rain didn’t bother us as we took shelter under the mature trees that filled the backyard of their new home.

After all the traditional posing that I do with families, I love to let the kiddos run around and show me their true spirit! For this morning session, balloons were involved and the cousins really lit up as they ran around the yard, punching the balloons and chasing one another.

Congrats Lemieux Family on your new home and to celebrating all the important moments in life! I can’t wait to see you again!

Here’s some of the images from their session:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Simple Tricks to Look Thinner in Photos | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Feel proud when you look at a photo of yourself.

We have all seen photos of ourselves where we simply weren’t happy about how we looked. It’s easy to be your own worst critic but it’s even easier to make small changes in how you pose for photos in order to look slimmer and more confident.

  1. Low angles are a no-no. Nobody looks good when they’re photographed from below. Photos taken at this angle make you look heavier, shorter and will more than likely give you a bit of a double chin. Instead, I take photos from a side angle or from above.
  2. It’s all in the jaw. It might feel rather awkward at first but try practicing moving your chin up slightly and your neck forward so that it accentuates your jaw. Sometimes this is called “turtling”. It feels strange but works miracles!
  3. Think before you get dressed. What you wear plays a big role in how you look in photos. Avoid bulky or baggy clothing that doesn’t fit you well. While darker clothes do make you look slimmer, if you want to go for brighter colors, stay away from any patterns that draw attention to your problem areas and always avoid horizontal stripes.
  4. Angles & posture are instant wins. You will always look slimmer in photos if you twist your body slightly to create an angle. Place one leg in front of the other and keep your weight on your back leg. Put one hand on your hip and keep your other arm relaxed at your side, not pushed up against your body. To accentuate your collarbones, stand up straight and push your shoulders back. 
  5. Sit correctly. If you’re sitting in a photo, try and cross your ankles instead of your legs. It makes you look leaner and shows less of your thighs.
  6. Stick to the middle. Taking a group shot? Try and stay away from the end of the group if possible as people standing on the edges of the group always look a little bigger.  

Remember that confidence makes a big difference to your photos too so don’t forget to smile naturally and let your beauty shine through.  


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Caleb’s High School Graduation | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Caleb, a recent graduate of Lacombe High School! I had the pleasure of taking some quick photos of him, his girlfriend Ashley and his family, in-between the ceremony and dinner portion of his grad day, at Westerner Park.

There were so many people there, I believe they had 400 graduates?! At first I thought we would have to do photos inside because of the rain, but it seemed to stop just as we were about to start our photo session. We also managed to find spot with some pretty trees that were nice and green, and full (to hide the buildings behind them).

I couldn’t believe the gowns that the ladies wore! They are absolutely stunning (just check out Ashley’s gown in the above picture!).

Best of luck to Caleb! I know there are lots of wonderful events and experiences ahead of you!

Check out some of my favourite photos from our session:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! ~Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Moser Family Session | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Fun in the sun & water at Three Mile Bend.

It was the most gorgeous Fathers Day, when I got together with the Moser Family at Three Mile Bend. The sun was BLAZING out, and for half of the session, it felt like shade was hiding on us.

We started out in an open grassy spot with the pond (do we call it a pond?!), beaver dams and full leafy trees were our backdrop. I had to watch where I stood as the moose and deer had been in there, leaving some “presents” behind. For me, it’s important to get some big family shots first. This allows everyone to get to know me a bit more, feel more comfortable when we move into individual/family photos. It also gives me a chance to provide some posing “tips” that everyone can use throughout the rest of the session. And of course, most importantly, all kids at generally in a good mood at that point in time…so we want to get the most important shots done first! And with an extended family photoshoot, the most important shot is the entire group.

Grandma and Grandpa had their kids and grandkids come in for this special occasion, travelling from Calgary and Edmonton to Red Deer. After photos, they had plans for a bbq back at their house.

We found a little bridge where we got some grandkid photos, with their feet dangling over the water. Then it was off to some shade!

This location provides great variety for photos – open fields, pathways, tall grasses, and then eventually, you reach a “beach” of sorts, although quite rocky and sore for bare feet, the water area is stunning! It’s almost like being in the mountains, but we’re right in town!

I hope you enjoy some of the photos I captured from this session. In total, I sent the Moser’s 120 photos from this session – that’s the great part about a “full session”. We had as much time as we needed; time to change and go to different locations. It worked out great! Thanks for letting me be part of your 2019 Father’s Day, Moser family!

Check out the fun we had:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Why a “First Look” is a Must on Your Wedding Day | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding Photographer

Are First Looks Important?

Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘untraditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.

Reason Number 1 – It Makes Your Wedding Day a Little “Less Crazy”.

No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.

Reason Number 2 – It Gives You a Special, Intimate Moment With Your Soon-To-Be Spouse.

If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course). 

Reason Number 3 – Walking Down The Aisle Will Still Be Special.

Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony. Instead, now you can take in the moment, hear the words being spoken without those “first look” jitters!

Here’s some photos from the Munn Wedding First Look:

Aren’t convinced yet? Here’s a few more reasons…

Reason Number 4 – A Crying Groom Makes Everyone Melt. You’re probably thinking and dreaming about your groom’s reaction when he see you for the first time. The fact is that boys get nervous, and when they do, they shut down. Imagine what a crowd of 150+ people will do to your soon-to-be spouse! Now imagine his reaction when it’s just you and him!! Almost every groom who meets his bride alone, expresses his raw and true emotions. He doesn’t shut down, he doesn’t get shy…and he almost ALWAYS cries tears of joy!

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you got some clarity on what First Looks are and why they are super important for a happy, stressful wedding day!

Here’s some photos from the Near Wedding First Look:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

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Catherine & Andy | Calgary/Red Deer Wedding Photographer

Love & affection abound for these newlyweds.

I met these two newlyweds (2 years married…but boy did they have chemistry!) at Pearce Estate Park in Calgary. It was a gorgeous June evening with very few bugs, and only short snippets of rain during our time together.

They were up for anything – any location that I chose, or pose that I suggested, they quickly stepped into it and then made it their own. It always excites me to see the chemistry of a couple come alive as our session goes along. They seem to settle into a rhythm with each other, probably because the busyness of life is put aside and all they have to focus on is one another!

Here’s some of the images we captured, enjoy!


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Client Appreciation Garden Party With RE/MAX Realtors Kim Fox and Roxann Klepper | Red Deer/Calgary Event Photographer

Private greenhouse purchases, lunch with friends, activities for the kiddos.

I had the pleasure of capturing this Client Appreciation Garden Party that Kim Fox and Roxann Klepper, from RE/MAX real estate central alberta put on last week. They had over 100 families come out to enjoy a free bbq, bouncy castle, bubbles (event the parents could be seen having fun with bubbles!) and crafts for the kiddos (check out those adorable rock animals the kids were painting).

The event was held at a private, typically wholesale only greenhouse called Meadowbrook, in Penhold. Clients were given a free flower basket to take home (compliments of Kim and Roxann, aka Roxy) and had the ability to purchase other plants inside the greenhouse. Even I went home with a gorgeous planter for my front step, some annuals for my front garden and some “hens & chicks”! The quality was outstanding, plants were well maintained and looked flawless.

The event was a huge success! Kudos to Kim and Roxy and their entire admin team and volunteers who put on such a fun party!

Here’s some of the photos captured from the day. Thanks for letting me spend the day with you guys!

~ Amy


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Consider “Golden Hour” For Your Upcoming Session | Red Deer/Calgary Wedding and Family Photographer

Why sunset is the best time for photos.

So you’ve heard about Golden Hour but don’t really know what it is? It’s a pretty popular time of day for photographers to shoot. I’ll tell you what it is and why I prefer this time of day to others. 

Family Sessions – When clients contact me about doing a session, we need to decide on what time to do it. I always recommend photographing early in the day (ie. in the morning) or in the evening before sunset. It is possible to do daytime sessions (and sometimes with younger kids, this is the best option due to nap times, better moods at certain hours, etc) but overall, I prefer to shoot in the hours leading up to sunset. This is known as ‘Golden Hour.’ During this time, the lighting is absolutely perfect. 

Weddings – With each wedding that I do, I encourage my couples to step away from their reception for a quiet moment, just the two of them (and me!) to capture a few images in that gorgeous lowering sun. Most of my couples have never considered doing this but are always happy that we did it. The images are magical! And on top of that, it creates a memorable moment, where they can focus on just them, look back on the day and relish in the fact that they are now husband and wife!

The perks of photographing during Golden Hour: 

  • You get amazing light flares that add a new dimension to the image, and beautiful soft light. 
  • There are no harsh shadows or squinty eyes from the blinding sun at high noon. 
  • In the summer, the weather isn’t too hot, so you’re able to relax a little better knowing there isn’t sweat running down your face or making stains on your shirt. 
  • Everything is warm and pretty and gives off a magical feeling. 
  • We can also get some sweet silhouette shots as the sun is going down on the horizon.

Here’s a few images taken during Golden Hour:


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Bailey II – Senior Dog Session|Red Deer/Calgary Pet Photographer

Grey beard, long ears & cocker stare.

Meet Bailey II, a 10 year old black American Cocker Spaniel (who reminds me very much of my own black spaniel). It’s amazing the resemblance – with Bailey’s grey chin, serious stare, sad yet intense eyes. And yes, those long years, even longer pink tongue, and a personality that always wants to please their owners.

How did Bailey II get her name? Well, before Bailey II came into the picture, her mom had a Cocker Spaniel that was the same colour as a Bailey’s drink. Even thought Bailey II isn’t the colour of a Bailey’s drink, she till suits the name!

These days, this 10 year old deals with seizures that come and go. Recently she had a bit of a stroke. She doesn’t feel like going for walks much these days, but prefers to laze around the house and enjoy “retirement”.

Some fun facts about Bailey II? Well, when she gets a new toy, if she doesn’t like it, she’ll chew it up. And recently she’s decided that she doesn’t like her groomer.

I hope you enjoy some of the images we captured from Bailey II’s senior dog session at my studio!

Want to see more posts about dogs? Check out Boxer Dog CJ’s blog post HERE.


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

CJ – Senior Dog Session | Red Deer/Calgary Pet Photographer

Valentine beauty, props & sensitive legs.

CJ came to visit me for his Senior Pet Session. This 12 year old boxer travelled to my studio from Calgary, just for this special shoot. He had the most gentle personality and expressive eyes. His sore legs didn’t stop him from letting us pose him on props and with a variety of props – check out that red striped scarf and adorable heart shaped glasses! He was such a sport!

He made me giggle with some of his expressions – his eyes clearly said “are you ladies crazy, why am I dressed like this…this is embarrassing!”.

I hope you enjoy some of the images we captured from this memorable session! He was such a pleasure to meet and I hope he has the best life a senior can have!

Want to see more posts about dogs? Check out Scottie Westie Cross Dog Maggie’s blog post HERE or Lab/Pitbull Mix Dog Bella’s blog post HERE.


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Lemieux Family Session | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Studio lights, extended family & halloween costumes.

Oh how I just adore the family I’m blogging about today. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve been photographing them for a couple years now! I truly can’t believe how much the girls have grown and changed since I first met them.

For this session, we took it into the studio as the weather was a bit chilly. I love using a simple cream and grey backdrop, it can help “pop” outfits and make your family the centre of attention (as you should be!)

Oh, and as you’ll see at the end of the photos below, the girls brought their halloween costumes for a couple of the photos. They hadn’t been able to capture them previously (last fall), so this was the perfect moment to do an outfit change and have some fun!

I admit that I had to do some head swapping in this session, as the girls had a variety of expressions, but in the end, we achieved a family picture that can hang proudly on their wall.

Here’s a few of the images from this fun session.

~ Amy

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Want to view some more family sessions: Check out the Agu Family Session HERE or the Pulham Family Session HERE.


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Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

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Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Miss Maggie | Red Deer/Calgary Pet Photographer

Shaggy, blind, and wagon rides.

Meet Maggie – a Scottie Westie cross with lots of beautiful white hair and pointy ears. This September, she will be 13 years old and has such a tender personality.

Almost fully blind, Miss Maggie has arthritis in both of her hips and knees. She also seems to be a tad forgetful at times. Yet through all this challenges, she still has a thriving appetite for food. If any meal is “late” in her books, she reminds her owners with a louder bark than usual.

As with any dog, she loved her walks. With her painful hips and knees, walks are a thing of the past. But recently, her two big sisters have implemented “walks” in a different way – by loading Maggie into their wagon and taking her for a ride. Those wagon trips are clearly one of the most joyous times for Maggie as she rides along with a wagging tail and nose stuck high up in the air, sniffing intensely. I’m sure it’s those sweet moments, that remind her of the less painful, younger years of her life.

At 8pm sharp, Maggie makes it known that it’s bedtime for the senior in the house. She barks at her owners, requesting for them to carry her upstairs to her bed.

It has been such a blessing to have met the Crane family, and continue to photograph them throughout the years. Normally, it’s just the girls that I get to photograph…but with Maggie getting older, it’s even more important to capture such photos for the family.

Here’s some more images from my Senior Dog Session with Maggie. May her sweet temperament melt your heart in the same way it melted mine.