Little Eko and I had a very special Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot done together. It was a lot of fun, but keeping him still for a photo was a bit of a challenge. I am so glad to have these special moments captured, I will cherish them forever.
We adopted Eko in August of 2019. He is a piebald, silver dapple miniature dachshund with a lot of heart. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA. Eko’s name is pronounced “echo”. I am a big fan of the show “Lost”, and Mr. Eko gave me the idea for my puppy’s new name.
One year prior to his arrival, my husband and I suffered the loss of my Dachshund, Reno. He was with us for 14 wonderful years. Through Reno’s loss, we learned that part of grieving is being able to continue to love and always remember the lost, and to keep going.
Our new miniature dachshund, Eko, is a spunky little puppy. He loves life and is a very special addition to our family. But, starting over with a new puppy was a really big step for us. We had to learn how to potty train and puppy proof our home all over again.
Little Eko has helped me fill the posts of the Dachshund Station Blog. I am re-learning everything as a new dachshund puppy parent and documenting along the way to help others through this journey as well.
Puppy Photo Session Tips:
For our Valentine Puppy Photo Shoot, there was a bit more to prepare ahead of time than we thought. First off, we had to set up our white background in an open space. We added a few large couch cushions on the floor and covered them with a white fuzzy blanket to keep things cozy. Then, we set up some softboxes for indoor lighting.
Preparing for Puppy:
It helps to have at least one helping hand to deliver the treats and capture any run away doxies during the photo shoot. I find it helps to put up a small barrier around the photo setup to help with any puppy escapes.
Using a super yummy treat (broken up into small bites) helps a lot! The puppy will focus on that treat and look in the camera… for a few seconds, until they receive that treat.
Keeping the photo session short is key. Puppies will only tolerate about 10 minutes of a photo session, after that they will just stop cooperating all together.
Take Lots of photos. Many of the photos you take of a wiggly puppy will turn out blurry. Make sure you have plenty of light and use your back button focus to get a good handful of clear shots. Good luck and have fun with your future puppy photo shoots.
I have had a Dachshund in my life for as long as I can remember. When I was a child, our family dachshund, Heidi, was a big part of my life for 16 years. As an adult, two special dachshunds have been a part of my family for 14 years. Now, little Eko has joined our family, and we couldn’t be happier.