8. Annie Ballantine - Artful Paws Photography
"I had seen Annies (Artful Paws) work for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and was impressed by her talent and commitment to helping some of the most special shelter animals find loving, forever homes.Annie arranged for me to bring Lucy to her studio for an introductory visit. This was very beneficial because Lucy was comfortable in the setting on the day of our shoot. Annie was so patient with Lucy (and me) and made us both feel comfortable in a strange setting with lots of lights! Lucy did great and I thought wed get a couple keepers. When I sat down with Annie to look at the images she had captured, I had tears in my eyes. The photos she took of Lucy captured her personality perfectly and there were so many wonderful shots it was hard to choose! I eventually settled on three different poses and had prints made of two of them and a fine art portrait of the third - meant to be hung in my husbands home office. They all turned out magnificent. When my husband opened his gifts on Christmas morning he was overwhelmed. Needless to say, Lucys portrait is not hanging in his office - rather, it is proudly displayed in our bar area where it can be seen by everyone visiting our home. Without a doubt, this was the best gift I could have given my husband and Im so grateful to Annie for making it happen. If you are considering having your pets photos taken - please trust me and go with Artful Paws. You will not be disappointed!"