Pepsi Atlas, A Boston Terrier Loved Forever

In the Summer of 2015, a year and a half before I lost my beloved best friend – my 14-year old Boston Terrier named Pepsi – I had an opportunity to do a photoshoot with “Some Like It Shot Photography” and the magical Alisha McGraw.  For many years, I dreamed of doing a pinup shoot with Alisha and finally my chance arrived!  I already had many poses in mind as I had collected lots of images over the years of poses I wanted to do if ever this occasion occurred!  Now it was just a matter of picking out outfits and having fun!

During this time, Pepsi’s health was spiraling downwards quickly.  I recall one day I was emailing with Alisha prior to the shoot and she suggested that rather than doing a pinup shoot, perhaps I should do a regular photoshoot with Pepsi instead.  What a great recommendation and decision that turned out to be.  I lost Pepsi in January of 2017.

Alisha captured so much of Pepsi’s beauty during a time when he was no longer quite “beautiful”.  Well, he was always beautiful in my eyes!  But Cushing’s and old age took a toll on Pepsi’s health and appearance.  He had lost a lot of fur and the coat he had was scruffy and dull.  Dementia, loss of eyesight, and hearing loss made it difficult for him to be the good, patient boy he always used to be.  Pepsi used to love having his picture taken – but now it was a challenge.

Yet somehow (this is why I call her magical) Alisha managed to create images of Pepsi that depict the amazing pup he was – my companion who was always so full of life – absolutely shined in these photos.  I now have incredible, photographic, documented memories of the love and bond that Pepsi and I shared during our fourteen years together.

I am most thankful to Alisha for giving me a gift that I didn’t even realize I needed.  Alisha’s patience with us during the photoshoot, her dedication to getting the perfect shot, and her professionalism even when she was exhausted from her travels was amazing.  Most of all, I am appreciative for the love and compassion she had for me and Pepsi during what was a difficult time in my life.  Intuitively she already knew what lied ahead for Pepsi and me.

It hasn’t been a full year since Pepsi left me.  The pain is still real – the grief still deep – and the hole in my heart will never truly be healed.  But the pain was worth it as Pepsi gave me the best years of my life.  He was certainly the best darned pup a girl could ever ask for!  Pepsi taught me how to laugh – how to play – how to fully live – and how to love – all things he did so well.

Thank you, Some Like It Shot Photography, for telling our story through images, for capturing our special moments, and giving me a bit of Pepsi’s love and life that I can now hang onto forever. I hope one day I will have another chance to take pictures and make memories with you again!

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The Boston Terrier Monster Mash

It’s not a typical holiday card, but it is definitely one that their friends/family will remember!! Enjoy the transformation of Nigel the Boston Terrier into Nigel-stein, Melinda as Mom of Nigel-Stein, and Joe as the Mad Scientist!!

Boston Terrier Frankenstein Mad Scientist, better ask my mama how to make a monster, www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Melinda & Joe are fans of The Cramps, a psychobilly band, and the phrase was inspiration from the song Creatures From The Black Lagoon.  

They didn’t start out as monsters though, the transformation began with stylist Tisha Arterberry helped Melinda with her hair raising 1960s hive before taking family photos amongst the beautiful roses in their community garden. Then with a touch of digital artwork magic they turned from Sweet and innocent by day into Monster Mash by night.

Boston Terrier vintage pin up beehive www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com couples photo Boston Terrier vintage pin up beehive www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com with roses Boston Terrier vintage pin up beehive www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com holiday card Boston Terrier vintage pin up beehive www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com watering flowers roses in the sun

Some Like It with roses

Some Like It with bolts

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Dia De Los Muertos – Day of The Dead

This year seems to have been especially hard on us and many of our friends. So many people seemed to lose the ones they loved; whether that be human or pets. Not a month went by where at least one of our close friends didn’t go through the painful heart break, and after losing our first fur child Charlie in April we have a new perspective on the pain this causes. This Day of the Dead we decided to give honor to Charlie, for all that he taught us while he was alive and after he died. Dia Day Los Muertos is a 2 day celebration in which the pain is subsided as we honor those who have left us. Nov 1st it typically Dia De Los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels) honoring children who have died. Since we considered Charlie our child we felt today was the best day to honor his life. Mr. Boo, this one is for you.

Doggie De Los Muertos www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle WA

 

We’ve had clients participate in Dia De Los Muertos style creative photoshoots as well and hope more come include some of this traditional celebration into their fall photoshoots.

Dia De Los Angelitos Child Day of the Dead www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Kent Seattle Tacoma WA

Black Widow Dia De Los Muertos Catrina Kent WA Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Dia De Los Muertos Celebration Catrinas www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com  Sombrero Dia De Los Muertos www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com Seattle WA

to be or not to be painted dis de los muertos www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.comamor de los muertos couple with spider chrome car www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.comblack and white dia de los muertos shadows www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com paws whiskers dia de los muertos www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.comskeleton moon de los muertos www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

 

Some like it colorful

Some like it creative

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The Beehive and the Boston Terrier

We did a bit of a 60’s twist on our popular pin up photoshoots with Melinda, Joe & Nigel in CA. Their photoshoot was on one of or pin up days where we did portraits and included an artwork image too. These are some of my favorite types of photoshoots…everyone has such a variety for artwork.

burnin ring of fire retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

 

Enjoy their slideshow video if you’d prefer:

The day started in the styling chair with Tisha Arterberry (stylist) working her era magic. She has so many colors to play with I love it!!

lip sticks stylist Tisha Arterberry pin up www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

We started our journey into the 60s once the beehive was set.

- styling by Tisha Arterberry retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

We took photos in a few rooms of a fabulous mid century home – perhaps our favorite was the beauty room and this amazing styling seat – with a beehive friendly hair dryer attached to the top.

red - styling by Tisha Arterberry retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Nigel demanded on being adored in order to pose for photos…which was not hard to do.

boston baby - styling by Tisha Arterberry retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Everyone loves a Boston Terrier – their squishy faces are darn kissable.

boston kisses retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

When he was asked not to be the center of attention, well, he made himself center of attention still!! A little Boston Terrier photo bombing action never hurt anyone.

boston photo bomb - styling by Tisha Arterberry retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Life was easier than it might seem a photoshoot should be, seated on a comfy couch snuggling up and getting kisses. Making the perfect family shot without all the over posed cheesiness.

rockabilly kisses - styling by Tisha Arterberry retro vintage 60s pinup Boston Terrier Seattle www.SomeLikeItShotPhotography.com

Some like Johnny Cash

Some like 60’s pin ups

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Spring Pet Minis & Auburn’s Pet Palooza

We’re crazy dog people, it’s true and you know what, we’re not ashamed of it. When we adopted our 4th dog (who was supposed to be a foster) at first we thought about how crazy we were going to look to others, but after going to Auburn’s Pet Palooza and we realize up here in WA, four pets isn’t even that many!!

Thank for this photo Ken Poore!

Thank for this photo Ken Poore! & Thanks to Boomer for posing with us

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