Oh, Anja

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

My brother and his girlfriend adopted their dog, Anja (pronounced like An-ya, which leads us to call her “Anyang!” like they did on Arrested Development…anyway, moving on) back in September, but it feels like she’s been a part of the family forever. Maybe because she’s probably part labrador and her smile reminds us of our old dog, Hershey. Or maybe because you can’t help but love this dog’s intelligent eyes and happy demeanor!

Either way, one recent afternoon I dragged them out to a local park to catch the pretty light before storm clouds moved in. Lucky for me Anja is super well behaved (just graduated at the top of her training class!) and is a total ham!

Naturally, any good dog parent cleans the eye gunk before starting.

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

It’s a necessary part of being a parent.

Always such a happy girl!

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja
Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

No teeth whitening was employed when I processed these images – they’re just super diligent about brushing her teeth! (If only Dante would let me without a fight…)

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

There are few things cuter than a boy and his dog.

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

Can you see her parents reflected in her eyes? :)

Ellingsen Photography Dog Portraits Orange County Petography-Anja

Oh, Anja, why do you have to be so darn photogenic? Can you please stay a floppy puppy forever?

xo