MOM BEHIND THE LABEL: In your line of work as a professional photographer, I’m sure you meet a variety of different people of different abilities, interests, and characters. Bella has severe autism spectrum disorder, and going to new environments can be very challenging for her. Meeting new people and hearing different sounds are a few things Bella is learning to cope with. Having Kadence as her autism assistance Dog Guide has really helped her with her physical and emotional safety. What was your experience like working with Bella and Kadence during the photoshoot?
ISAIAH: My experience working with Bella and Kadence was unique from the other service animals and handlers that I worked with, and will likely remain a stand-out experience in my photography career for years to come. With Bella’s disorder, it is definitely understandable that new environments might be challenging. When taking pictures of people, it is always a concern whether they will appear to be natural, or frightened by the camera–and whether they will cooperate in working with you to get the best shot. When shooting with Bella, I never once had to try in any way to pose her, or get her to smile. Bella’s natural positive energy is vibrant and evident on camera, and she was a pleasure to work with. Her relationship with Kadence is one that can only be truly understood when seen in person, and is largely why I believe there is a great need for more service animals.