The plan was to photograph Noah during my #squishyfacecrew book project but an unexpected cancer diagnosis meant his shoot had to be brought forward urgently. His owner is a vet nurse. He was brought into her place of work to be euthanised when he was eight years old, due to severe demodex. She instantly fell in love with him and asked if he could be signed over to her instead. Her background and experience meant she was in a good position to get his health issues under control. She gave him four good years and he gave her complete devotion in return.
Noah was blind and deaf but like any self-respecting Pug his sense of smell was sharp as a tack! I had prepared myself for a difficult shoot but he turned out to be great to work with, so long as the treats flowed freely.
He sassed me when I kept him hanging.
How gorgeous is his smile? He took all the unfamiliar surfaces in his stride that day. (Actually there was no striding, he was carried between each location. Someone had a sore back by the end of it!)
Those good ol’ Pug crazy eyes.
Stand on a branch? Sure, why not.
Sit amongst the twigs looking adorable? Nailed it.
Noah was given his wings just days later, shortly before what would have been his twelfth birthday. When it came time to edit his session these photos really tugged at my heart strings. His love for his rescuer was undeniable.
Before the sun set we found another rock to put him on where he delighted us all by sitting like a baby seal. Too bloody cute! It was no surprise when it was one of those photos that was chosen for my client’s private Ruthless Photos gallery. (I’ve photographed so many of her dogs she has more of my photos on her walls than I do in my studio!)
I shared a digital page-turn of Noah’s album on my Instagram if you want to check it out.
I may have launched the #squishyfacecrew book project after Noah’s passing but that doesn’t mean he missed out, I’ve saved a spot especially for him. If you own a squishy and would like to join Noah and others in my next book applications are now open.