A special occasion, as the snow falls. Photo’s, of course, are being taken. The snow gives photo’s that extra oomph that editing can’t quite compete with yet. You can try, adding in fake snow and fake backgrounds. It’s not the same. Snow has the special glint that somehow makes the dog’s, or other pet’s, coat gleam. Sometimes, it even made them look a little happier. As a frolic through snow drifts, and eat, and eat snow. Which later, if your pet is anything like my pet. Snow gives them a little bit of gas.

Seeing other people post about their pets playing in the snow, shows that this isn’t just true for me. The snow ‘gleam’, not the gas. In one of my photos, a Black Labradane couldn’t sit still. He was having a ball, not giving a care in the world about how wet his paws were getting, or if he was beginning to smell like wet dog. He was digging around, just enjoying himself. Then I snapped this photo.

He looked right at the camera, which seems to be a rare phenomenon in pet photography. And the leaves behind him seemed to glow, his eyes matching that same glow. As if it were true, snow gives photo’s an extra chance. Summer photos can be just as good, yet seeing this almost made my heart skip a beat. I took this photo? The small-town photographer that is just hoping to inspire people that anyone can make a business, took a photo that almost looks professional.

I couldn’t believe it when I checked back on the screen to make sure the same thing my eyes saw was now captured into a permanent memory. I had hit my motto, ‘capturing memories’. Maybe someone else may not see a story behind this photo. That this dog is an adoptee, and that he was going to be put down because he had a peeing problem at 7 months old. That this dog refuses to let someone hug someone else, without being in the middle. And that he’ll join right into the conversation if he doesn’t agree, even if we don’t understand him yet.

Every photo has it’s own story. Sometimes you just have to tell it.

A Danvers high-school student, that has joined a CEO program to gain new connections, and become a good representative of leadership to her class, friends, and everyone she meets. She is a writer, research-fanatic, and lover of animals. Currently involved in volleyball, soccer, and almost every football game she can make it to. Having the opportunity to be in CEO, and create Leashed Animal Photography has shown Lexi the world of business in a new perspective.