Client Session ~ Frankie the French Bulldog

Frankie’s parents were lucky enough to score a gift certificate for their session and when I found out what kind of dog they had, I was delighted! I’ve been wanting to photograph a French Bulldog ever since I saw one in the flesh. They are such cool little dogs, so different looking and with awesomely photogenic features.

Time was of the essence with Frankie as she’s just on 5 months old and her parents wanted to get some shots of her while she’s still little. We had a couple of false starts with the weather, but on the morning of our session the conditions were perfect. We met at a local waterfront park and the light was just beautiful.

One reason why they wanted to have Frankie photographed quickly, is that over time she’s developing more brindle patterning in her glossy black coat. She was almost pure black when they brought her home but over time, the brindle is creeping in.. and we all know brindle is the naughty colour!

That lovable cheekiness is starting to creep in already and makes a lovely mix with the sweetness already so apparent.

Don’t Frenchies just have the best little faces?

Frankie loves running with her dad and checks with one eye to make sure he’s still there running with her.

Her ears which are usually flipped facing forward, get pinned sideways for better aerodynamics while racing flat out. She’s got the most hilarious flat out run, with her bum out to the side and her back half reaching to overtake the front!

Such a good girl at our session, she happily posed up on the picnic table for us.

Our next location was a short drive down the road to a lovely little boardwalk. It was a popular place for people walking their dogs and we had to keep an eye on the ever-curious Frankie as she was quite happy to wander off with whoever passed by.

I thought having a Great Dane was a conversation starter, but Luna has nothing on Frankie! Pretty much everyone who saw her wanted to know what breed she was, many people having never heard of the breed.

And really, if you saw this sweet face looking up at you, would you be able to pass by? (If you look carefully you can see me in her eye reflection, almost doing aerobics moves trying to get her attention)

Growing next to the boardwalk was a lovely bed of bright yellow flowers, and we couldn’t resist the urge to stick her right in the middle for some Anne Geddes inspired shots.

Towards the end of our session Frankie was tiring out, making it a bit easier for me to get far enough back from her for some shots. Like most puppies, as soon as I got down near the ground she’d run over to investigate!

I held out until the end for my very best attention-grabbing squeaking noises, just to get some awesome head tilt action like this. It worked!

Thanks for being such a great little dog Frankie!

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11 Comments
  • Ruth

    1 October, 2010 at 2:38 pm Reply

    Love them all! Well done 🙂 And oi, less of the brindle bashing :p

  • Leanne

    1 October, 2010 at 2:58 pm Reply

    LOVE them! I’m photographing an adorable Black[who is turning Brindle] French Bully in the next couple of weeks too.
    Love the Aerobics in the eye, haha

  • Micaela

    1 October, 2010 at 3:14 pm Reply

    She is soooo cute!! Great work!

  • Simon

    1 October, 2010 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Great pics, I’m currently trying to find one to photograph locally as I fell in love with photographer Perou’s frenchie Ludwig von T-Bone: http://perouinc.com/diary/?date=2010-06-15 I can’t find the pic I wanted to show, there’s a fantastic portrait of him somewhere on that blog.

  • Anita

    1 October, 2010 at 6:05 pm Reply

    These are absolutely gorgeous, looks like the weather was perfect!

  • Cheryl

    1 October, 2010 at 10:39 pm Reply

    You are an amazing photographer and Frankie is one of the cutest little Frenchies I have ever seen! Gorgeous!

  • gryt

    1 October, 2010 at 9:39 pm Reply

    Frenchies must not be so common in Australia – they have become super popular here in NYC the last few years. They’re so stinkin’ adorable..

  • Lexi

    1 October, 2010 at 10:35 pm Reply

    OMGoodness I LOVE those ears!! Great job!!

  • Ian J

    4 October, 2010 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Oooooo am loving these piccies so much! Frankie is a babe! I love Frenchies! 🙂

  • Anda

    19 October, 2010 at 9:43 am Reply

    Incredible series, Charlotte! Love her expressions and I adored the shots of her being airborne! Awesome action 🙂

  • Henry NG

    13 September, 2014 at 4:14 am Reply

    Love it

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