Portraits like this one don’t automatically happen during a session. Sometimes dogs don’t really care for such close contact so I may coach my subject to relax and the work the pose again with subtle changes. When I get the composition of the portrait just right I like to take multiple images so we have a nice selection to choose after the session.
In addition, the soft and gentle expressions they both have in the portrait give the image a strong and lasting mood as we the viewers contemplate the thoughts and emotions of the subjects.
Portraits that we treasure, like this one that the dog mom treasures, certainly increase in sentimental value as time goes by.