TOKYO'S ADVENTURE SHOOT
Creature Companions|August 2021
After having done pet photography for 4 years and meeting dogs with all sorts of personalities, there’s very little that surprises & challenges me.
Prathima Pingali

One day, I got a text from Sharmila, starting with the usual, “hey, I’m looking for a photoshoot for my pet.” Little did I know that she was going to make me really push myself and my photography skills!

Sharmila’s pup, the very well known – Tokyo the travelling tail – is an adventure dog at heart & her hoomans wanted me to do a birthday photoshoot for her, travel themed! But they didn’t want the simple travel themed cake smash. They wanted to go all out.

After a month of making a mood board, understanding the kind of photos we wanted to take, of plans getting cancelled, pet friendly resorts shutting for renovations, and the lockdown finally lifting, we were able to finalize our day of adventure!

Tokyo is an indie, lockdown pup. Any pet parent today knows that, that sentence speaks for itself. As for all of my Indie clients, a pre-shoot meeting is a must, to let them get used to me & my camera. Tokyo and I hit it off within no time. It was the green signal that we can to go ahead with the shoot.

The city of Bombay was bustling on the morning of July 4. We started our journey to Camp Max – a beautiful pet friendly resort 3 hours outside Bombay – at 6am. Tokyo slept for majority of the car ride on her bright yellow blanket, or what her hoomans call – The Floofintor!

The sun was just starting to warm the air around us as we reached the resort. We had to walk a bit to get to the boat that would take us across the lake to the other side, where our real adventure would start. Sharmila (Tokyo’s mom) loves recording everything Tokyo does and wanted to take a video of her getting into and out of the boat. She put her phone into the pocket of her shorts. I looked at it hanging half out and told her that I should probably put it in my purse. I could hear my dads very famous dialogue in my head “Accidents don’t tell you when they’re about to happen”.

Lo & behold, as we reached the other side of the lake and were getting out of the boat, her phone fell out of her pocket & slipped right between the crack of the ground, straight into 30m deep, mucky waters.

We waited for a good 30 minutes – hoping that one of the locals would be able to find the phone – only to be disappointed. The phone had all of Tokyo’s photos & adventures, but Sharmila wasn’t ready to let this spoil the day. So with spirits still high, we marched on into the main house to decide our game plan for the day.

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