The Showoff

The Showoff

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People sometimes ask how I get Polo to sit still for photos and the truth is that my dog was perfectly made for me. No, really, he was created to be photographed. Even as a puppy, when he saw my camera, he posed. Posed. As of late, he’s been giving me attitude when I take my camera on walks, but he forgets as soon as we are a few blocks in.

A few days ago, JD took Polo on a walk while I finished my work for the day. I called him to join him on the last part of the walk and I brought along my camera. Because it was sunset. Duh. When Polo saw me, he began to run circles and show off, wiggling his bum for good measure. When I tried taking his picture, he just wasn’t having it…

Here’s another lap around the tree to show how physically fit he is…

…then, finally, he sat and was ready for his close up. The sun, apparently, loves him as much as I do.

Happy Monday!

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  1. Tanya De Leeuw -

    Aren’t dogs wonderful? Such personalities! Have a great week!

      3.14.11 - 2:16 pm

  2. Sarah Danaher -

    gosh, he’s a cutie!

      3.14.11 - 2:41 pm

  3. naomi chokr -

    oooohhh! polo…what a poser! my dog cece hates the camera. The moment i pull my camera out he is off somewhere. or i bring it out and he looks away. such a brat. Unless i give him treats… then he’ll do anything i tell him to.

      3.14.11 - 2:43 pm

  4. Kate Douthwright -

    Polo is too cute! My dog is also my best model. She seriously works it in front of the camera!

      3.14.11 - 3:00 pm

  5. Sha -

    Oh, how cute!!! reminds me of my dog, Koochie who looks similar to Polo =)

      3.14.11 - 3:05 pm

  6. LEOLAK -

    Awww….I think I love Polo as much as you do! LOL That’s too funny..what a smart loving dog you have there! Thanks for the Polo post and pics…great way to start a Monday!

      3.14.11 - 3:18 pm

  7. Laura Stricklin -

    Toooo cute! I love how you post imperfections. It makes the rest of us feel a little okay in our skin. Something I think we all strive to do! Have a blessed Monday!!

      3.14.11 - 3:27 pm

  8. Rich Park -

    what a model! polo’s awesome!

      3.14.11 - 3:46 pm

  9. P E N N Y -

    What a funny pup!! Love the action shots!!

      3.14.11 - 4:01 pm

  10. desiree -

    having a dog makes everything so much better! he is so handsome! and it’s nice that you always have a "go-to" model!

      3.14.11 - 4:08 pm

  11. Stephanie Stewart -

    Polo makes me smile every time I see his little face on your blog! I love that he poses for you! I need to show this post to my cat, Lola…she does not like my camera. When she does allow me to photograph her, she gives me so much attitude!

      3.14.11 - 4:10 pm

  12. Faith Bowyer -

    So cute!!

      3.14.11 - 4:17 pm

  13. anouschka -

    love it! my two are just the same, they *can* pose perfectly but just don’t always feel like it 😉

      3.14.11 - 4:20 pm

  14. Raul Neijhorst -

    Wow..! Nice! I looooove dogs! And I loooove your pictures! Is that a coincedence? Beaaautiful light. Jasmine: master of the light. Or better: master of light from the stars!

      3.14.11 - 4:20 pm

  15. Kare -

    ahhhhhh so cute!

      3.14.11 - 4:26 pm

  16. Melissa Cramer -

    He’s so… well, I wanted to say cute, but that doesn’t seem adequate enough. And I really can’t think of a good word, he’s just got that "something" that makes you want to eat.him.up. To absorb all his yumminess. 🙂

      3.14.11 - 4:27 pm

  17. Jayme -

    Polo, you must be related to my Bandit and Molly. They are usually posing when they see the camera, but their Christmas shoot was an adventure for sure!

      3.14.11 - 4:29 pm

  18. ashley barnett -

    Aw this made me laugh. I have many many photos of my dogs doing the same thing. Sit! Stay! Nooo stay right THERE! Stop following me! So cute Polo, so cute 🙂 Happy Monday Jasmine!

      3.14.11 - 4:38 pm

  19. Wendi Vander Veen -

    LOVE it!

      3.14.11 - 4:39 pm

  20. nadya -

    hahah how cute! my dog use to be sooo good for my camera but now he doesnt even look at me and sometimes he will he me one quick look! most of my photos of him moving look liek the first one lol, dogs are such beautiful souls!

      3.14.11 - 4:44 pm

  21. B -

    My nephew looks like the dog from the NeverEndingStory. I miss his face!

      3.14.11 - 4:46 pm

  22. Deney -

    Aww Polo finally got tired. I love it when our girls Juku and Kami do mini laps indoors. They run through every open space they can.

      3.14.11 - 4:56 pm

  23. Ashley -

    This is cute! It makes me want a dog.

      3.14.11 - 5:27 pm

  24. Jill Samter Photography -

    totally precious. our maltese does the same thing for me! so cute and love the sunflare!!!

      3.14.11 - 5:27 pm

  25. Shauna -

    Loving the use of sunlight!

      3.14.11 - 5:40 pm

  26. Damara -

    Aw man…who convinced whom of the dog need and how did they win? I’m wanting one of these fluff balls but the hubs is having none of it.

      3.14.11 - 5:54 pm

  27. Kristin -

    TOTALLY looks like the dog from Never Ending story!!!!! lol!!!

      3.14.11 - 6:00 pm

  28. Diane - www.sagephoto.com -

    so adorable!

      3.14.11 - 6:03 pm

  29. Kristin Nicole -

    What a cutie

      3.14.11 - 6:17 pm

  30. Erin Davenport -

    Hahaha! What a character. I love that he poses for you. He and my little Claire Bear would have so much fun!
    xoxo

      3.14.11 - 6:39 pm

  31. Jessica R -

    Love it! One of my Boston’s poses for me when I want to take his picture. The other two have not quite mastered it yet!

      3.14.11 - 6:42 pm

  32. jamilah -

    ok, I’m not even a dog person… but every time I see pictures of Polo — it makes me wanna fly to Cali, kidnap him, and keep him for myself! He’s sooo darn cute!!

      3.14.11 - 6:59 pm

  33. Zoe Pamintuan -

    Our Rottweiller Thor was like this, too. He would pose for me every time he saw the camera. Usually with some attitude thrown in. We had him for 10 years and I miss him all the time.

      3.14.11 - 7:10 pm

  34. Columbus GA Photography -

    LOL. Cute photos. My dog thinks my camera is a gun pointed right at him. Wish he was a poser.

      3.14.11 - 7:32 pm

  35. Emily Abril -

    Polo is such a lil star!!! I take dog portraits and I do LOVE when tire out. =)

      3.14.11 - 7:51 pm

  36. brianne howard -

    that is so funny! i always wondered how you got him to sit all the time! i have a pug and she’s so dumb…she sprints in circles and won’t sit still for anything!

      3.14.11 - 8:12 pm

  37. Elizabeth -

    awww, polo is so adorable!

      3.14.11 - 8:48 pm

  38. Maïa -

    maybe if you try f 22 it can work ? ;))

      3.14.11 - 9:11 pm

  39. Maïa -

    and 1/1000 lol !

      3.14.11 - 9:11 pm

  40. Tab McCausland -

    Such a cutie pie!!

      3.14.11 - 9:18 pm

  41. kelsey {las vegas wedidng photographer} -

    He is too darn cute!

      3.14.11 - 9:18 pm

  42. Ria Liu -

    ADORABLE! I have a little maltese named Lambchop and he does air twirls when I come home, but he doesn’t sit so well for the camera 🙂 Polo makes my heart happy!

      3.14.11 - 9:30 pm

  43. Jodie C -

    Hahaha! That made me laugh! Polo is just so cute! And you are totally right – that dog was made for you.

    My pup doesn’t have a bar of me!

      3.14.11 - 9:36 pm

  44. Emily Heizer Photography -

    Right before Christmas I took a bunch of photos of our family dog Clarence as a gift to my dad and my sister. He was healthy at the time but in January he developed diabetis, quickly lost his sight, but didn’t lose his good spirits! He even learned his rights and lefts! If he was about to walk into something, we would call out "LEFT!" and he would turn left and save himself from bumping into the couch/wall/door, etc. He was doing so good. While I was in Las Vegas at WPPI Clarence suddenly passed away from pancreatitis. I got a text at the end of Jason Groupp’s lighting class from my sister that he was gone. That was actually the same day I met you, the day of the women in photography panel discussion. It was an awful, awful day but the news about Clarence was so upsetting I couldn’t even think about it while I was in Vegas and have been struggling to process it since I’ve been back. 🙁 I’m so glad I took those pictures back in December though. Clarence was great at posing, as long as you had some turkey to bribe him with. I miss him.

      3.14.11 - 9:45 pm

  45. Shane O' Sullivan -

    Ha brill. Know what you mean though especially shooting at f1.2 on the 50mm, it is bloody impossible getting sharp pics when they’re moving! How are ye getting that weather over there, so jealous!

      3.14.11 - 9:46 pm

  46. Cristina -

    Totally adorable!! <3

      3.14.11 - 9:51 pm

  47. christina {simply modern} -

    so jealous that polo is super photogenic. roma can never sit still for a photo! haha

      3.14.11 - 10:00 pm

  48. ErikaM -

    Man he is adorable! He makes me want to get a dog! :o)

      3.14.11 - 10:01 pm

  49. Judy -

    Just beautiful… and glad to see I’m not the only one with blurry dog pics!! 🙂

      3.14.11 - 10:10 pm

  50. Brittani -

    He really is 100% made for you…adorable. <3

      3.14.11 - 10:38 pm

  51. Mike Turner -

    Jasmine, my dog was hit and killed by a car driving through the community. Never ever ever ever let your dog offleash unless it’s indoors or in a fenced off area. You can never tell..

      3.14.11 - 10:39 pm

  52. Stefanie Hampton Morrow -

    Adore this post… Precious, furry soul mate 🙂

      3.14.11 - 11:27 pm

  53. Christy -

    My pup is all about me taking pics of her with my SLR, but as soon as my husband pulls out our little point and shoot to get a picture of us together… she darts! haha. Not sure what’s up with that. Either she’s embarrassed to be seen with her mom? Or she doesn’t like dad taking pics… haha.
    Cute Polo pics!

      3.15.11 - 12:12 am

  54. kathy -

    with the ray of sun streaming down…I can almost hear the choir of angels singing. too cute.

      3.15.11 - 12:39 am

  55. Tasha prescott -

    Aww my min pin poses too!!!

      3.15.11 - 1:57 am

  56. Jessica Hope -

    Hi Jasmine! Random question: Who do you use for your online proofing? Who do you use for your printing? Much appreciated 🙂

      3.15.11 - 2:07 am

  57. Lloyed Valenzuela -

    That dos is a STAR!!! he is soooo cute and adorable..

      3.15.11 - 2:12 am

  58. Diana Lupu -

    ohmygosh! he’s just so cute! i say you make Mondays polo days! 🙂

      3.15.11 - 2:18 am

  59. Life with Kaishon -

    What a sweetie : )
    He sure is fast!
    A ball of energy. Just like you!

      3.15.11 - 3:40 am

  60. natalie -

    too cute for words!!

      3.15.11 - 5:38 am

  61. Evonne & Darren -

    Awww… Polo is soooo adorable! We love him! 🙂

      3.15.11 - 11:59 pm

  62. amanda thiessen -

    hahah cute! that’s like our dog…except she won’t sit still at all! 🙁 she will turn her head the opposite way if she sees the camera no joke!

      3.16.11 - 3:55 am

  63. Krysta -

    That is adorable. <3

      3.16.11 - 6:29 am

  64. Suzanne Larocque -

    Polo reminds me of my kids. Cute and kinda furry. Enjoyed your presentation on Monday. Thanks for sharing and keeping it real.

      3.16.11 - 3:05 pm

  65. Kathleen -

    Ugh. He melts my heart. Every time.

      3.16.11 - 7:26 pm

  66. George -

    i read all our posts, its tue, but whats more amazing is that i find myself looking for a Polo post after a few… can’t do without it! 🙂

      3.16.11 - 10:32 pm

  67. JamieY -

    Beautiful work! Love that cover!

      3.16.11 - 11:55 pm

  68. Shaun David -

    My wife and I get good wedding photography practice here in Pittsburgh with our cat Charlie. We had some family. Over the other day and wow did he ham it up for the camera. He comes up with his own cute poses and is especially interested in the Camera strap lol. He
    also enjoys seeing himself in HD on our TV.

      3.18.11 - 3:15 am

  69. Jessica Sweeney -

    You’re lucky that he even sometimes poses. My cat always wants to immediately sniff and lick the camera as soon as it’s out. Needless to say, that’s too close for all of my lenses to focus.

      3.18.11 - 11:16 pm

  70. Jason Bergado -

    Beautiful site and photos Jasmine!

      3.19.11 - 2:41 am

  71. cassandra-m -

    this post makes my HEART SMILE. The one photo I post of my Mocha is the one where he listens and sits…the photo is perfect. The other 99 pics are where he is running & not listening. They end up being put in iPhoto for my amusement later….

      3.21.11 - 4:00 am

  72. Jenna Danelle -

    This just makes me SMILE! :~D I truly pray one day I can have the lifestyle you have… Wow, what work I have to do still… Sometimes I feel lost in it all – but every time I come here and it really does make me feel relaxed, and just, smile!

      3.22.11 - 4:57 am

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