The Showoff


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

    March 14th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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

  2. Sarah Danaher

    March 14th, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    gosh, he’s a cutie!

  3. naomi chokr

    March 14th, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    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.

  4. Kate Douthwright

    March 14th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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

  5. Sha

    March 14th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

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


    March 14th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    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!

  7. Laura Stricklin

    March 14th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    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!!

  8. Rich Park

    March 14th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    what a model! polo’s awesome!

  9. P E N N Y

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

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

  10. desiree

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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

  11. Stephanie Stewart

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    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!

  12. Faith Bowyer

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    So cute!!

  13. anouschka

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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

  14. Raul Neijhorst

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    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!

  15. Kare

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    ahhhhhh so cute!

  16. Melissa Cramer

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    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. 🙂

  17. Jayme

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    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!

  18. ashley barnett

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    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!

  19. Wendi Vander Veen

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    LOVE it!

  20. nadya

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    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!

  21. B

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

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

  22. Deney

    March 14th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    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.

  23. Ashley

    March 14th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    This is cute! It makes me want a dog.

  24. Jill Samter Photography

    March 14th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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

  25. Shauna

    March 14th, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Loving the use of sunlight!

  26. Damara

    March 14th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    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.

  27. Kristin

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

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

  28. Diane -

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    so adorable!

  29. Kristin Nicole

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    What a cutie

  30. Erin Davenport

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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

  31. Jessica R

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    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!

  32. jamilah

    March 14th, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    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!!

  33. Zoe Pamintuan

    March 14th, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    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.

  34. Columbus GA Photography

    March 14th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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

  35. Emily Abril

    March 14th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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

  36. brianne howard

    March 14th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    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!

  37. Elizabeth

    March 14th, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    awww, polo is so adorable!

  38. Maïa

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

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

  39. Maïa

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    and 1/1000 lol !

  40. Tab McCausland

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Such a cutie pie!!

  41. kelsey {las vegas wedidng photographer}

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    He is too darn cute!

  42. Ria Liu

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    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!

  43. Jodie C

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    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!

  44. Emily Heizer Photography

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    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.

  45. Shane O' Sullivan

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    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!

  46. Cristina

    March 14th, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Totally adorable!! <3

  47. christina {simply modern}

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

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

  48. ErikaM

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

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

  49. Judy

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

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

  50. Brittani

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

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

  51. Mike Turner

    March 14th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    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..

  52. Stefanie Hampton Morrow

    March 14th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Adore this post… Precious, furry soul mate 🙂

  53. Christy

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    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!

  54. kathy

    March 15th, 2011 at 12:39 am

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

  55. Tasha prescott

    March 15th, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Aww my min pin poses too!!!

  56. Jessica Hope

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:07 am

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

  57. Lloyed Valenzuela

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:12 am

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

  58. Diana Lupu

    March 15th, 2011 at 2:18 am

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

  59. Life with Kaishon

    March 15th, 2011 at 3:40 am

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

  60. natalie

    March 15th, 2011 at 5:38 am

    too cute for words!!

  61. Evonne & Darren

    March 15th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

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

  62. amanda thiessen

    March 16th, 2011 at 3:55 am

    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!

  63. Krysta

    March 16th, 2011 at 6:29 am

    That is adorable. <3

  64. Suzanne Larocque

    March 16th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

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

  65. Kathleen

    March 16th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Ugh. He melts my heart. Every time.

  66. George

    March 16th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    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! 🙂

  67. JamieY

    March 16th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Beautiful work! Love that cover!

  68. Shaun David

    March 18th, 2011 at 3:15 am

    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.

  69. Jessica Sweeney

    March 18th, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  70. Jason Bergado

    March 19th, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Beautiful site and photos Jasmine!

  71. cassandra-m

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:00 am

    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….

  72. Jenna Danelle

    March 22nd, 2011 at 4:57 am

    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!