In December I took a break from the grey Leicestershire weather and visited my high school friend Alena Ireland, where she runs a dog school just outside of Cork. You may remember her and her dog Jack from the personal branding shoot that I did for her agility classes.
Three days in the south of Ireland, my camera and a willing (or at least exceptionally well trained) canine model – as you can imagine I just a little bit wild on the photography side of things. One of my favourite locations was a cliff walk close to the village of Ardmore in Co. Waterford. It offered such a diverse range of backdrops and scenery – in fact I took so long getting the angles right that we started losing the light towards the end and returned to the car in the dark.
The story of Alena and Jack sounds a little bit like one of those movies. Alena will tell you she wasn’t exactly looking for a dog. After all, she was just in Ireland as an Au pair and volunteered at the local shelter. However, when Jack entered her life, she decided to get a job, a car, a house, and ultimately a life in Ireland and she hasn’t looked back since.
While Jack is of course a sight for sore eyes by himself, I set out on this walk with the mission to really capture the bond between him and Alena. It’s unique. I can only ever hope for a dog to look at me some day, the way Jack looks at her