You know you have an awesome boss when they buy you a Ruthless Photos gift voucher for Christmas. Kristy has such a boss (who also happens to be a previous client of mine) and I got to photograph her gorgeous Pugs, Ref and Serina, a few weeks ago. It was the first weekend in Winter, so it was crisp but the light was beautiful.

When I leaned down to say my hellos Ref went the kind of crazy that I thought was reserved for Staffies – who knew Pugs could spin so fast?! (All the Pug owners are probably mouthing the word “me” at their screen right now!) So we started with Serina, while Ref composed himself.

Kristy said in her questionnaire that “she gets the snaggle tooth and sometimes her tongue just pokes out”, to my utter glee she actually did one or the other for every single photo!

black pug standing in flowerbed with angry face and snaggletooth

Serina is almost 6 years old. Kristy said “I adopted her in September 2016 and she was a very scared girl. She still gets very unsure in noisy and overwhelming situations”. But, like a good little Pug, she was all about the food and as long as I wasn’t trying to put her on any evil benches we got along just fine.

black pug with tongue sticking out

Yup. Adorable.

pug wearing pink collar with funny face and snaggletooth

Ref is almost 7 years old and has lived with Kristy’s family since he was a puppy. He’s no stranger to the camera and has perfected the wide-eyed puppy dog look.

happy smiling black pug standing in flowerbed

He can also touch his forehead with his tongue. Impressive.

black pug dog with tongue covering nose

black pug dog sitting in bushes with sun behind him

There wasn’t much faith in my ability to get a photograph of both dogs together (mostly from me) but thanks to a container of precious cheese, we got this.

two black pugs making funny faces

I don’t even know who we thank for this one. Some weird Pug god of derp!

two black pugs with whacky expressions

While Ref does some solid posing …

black pug headshot shallow depth of field with bokeh

… he also does disgruntled loaf of bread impersonations.

black pug lying on grass looking like a loaf of bread

Yeah, I don’t even know what was going on here. I guess her lead looked like fun or something.

black pug in a play bow

The face you make when you realise everyone’s laughing at you. (Or because it’s a day that ends in y.)

black pug dog standing in park with pink collar and lead

We went in search of Autumn leaves and weren’t disappointed. Ref was thrilled.

two black pugs sitting in autumn leaves

For a dog who was described as having no training, I think Serina did pretty awesome. She’s quite the little poser.

black pug standing under tree in park with snaggletooth

Monkey see, monkey do.

smiling black pug dog posing for the camera

It was cold so I brought some hats just in case. (Or maybe just in case I wasn’t the only one who thought Pugs in hats would be funny!)

black pug wearing blue winter hat

black pug wearing red winter hat sticking out tongue

I was surprised that Kristy didn’t use her voucher to book a spot in my #SquishyFaceCrew book. I asked her why and she said she wasn’t sure that the dogs would be confident in unfamiliar surroundings or would hold a stay. They were completely fine to work with, so if you’re reading this and had the same concerns but your dog loves food you should go ahead and book a session! Ref and Serina will make an appearance in the book anyway – how could they not?!

If you’re a Pug lover you should check out Kristy’s website The Pug Diary. It’s a wealth of information about all things Pug.

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