Photographer Lynn Terry has been working with animals for about 10 years, and especially likes pit bulls because she has a personal affinity for the breed. “They are the underdog and I want to do what I can to change public opinion about the breed,” says Terry. So she decided to put some dogs in a Photo Booth. She swears none are photoshopped at all.
Bumper, the licker, “went to kiss” Willis, the lickee, Garrison says. And photographer Lynn Terry “got the shot. She got just the perfect trigger time.”
Bumper is a pit bull who “came from a not-so-great area of St. Louis,” says Garrison. A “gentleman tried to fight her. She wouldn’t engage.” A little boy “lured her away” and got the dog to Mutts n Stuff, a local pit bull rescue.
Garrison and her husband Jason have had Bumper for about 1.5 years, she says, when they felt ready to take in a foster dog. They were matched with another pit bull, then six months old, who had been part of a 500-dog fighting ring that was raided in the summer of 2009.
The fun process and the popularity of the results of the first photo booth session inspired her to continue the project and capture more photo booth romances with other dogs.
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It didn’t take long for the block-headed pup to become a permanent member of the family. All the Garrisons had fallen in love with him. That includes Bumper.