Photo of Golden Retriever dog playing in the creek.

Melissa & Ryder's Relationship Goals

by Kris Phillips

I had the most fun hanging out with 6 year old Ryder and his Mom Melissa at one of my very favorite spots in all of Colorado. Though the weather played games with us all day, first raining in morning, then clearing mid-day before raining & snowing even again just before our session, Melissa & Ryder bundled up and still had a super fun cuddle session. As I started to worry that the dark clouds might dampen their spirits Melissa reassured me that she liked the mood they created, and she was definitely right!
How Ryder found Melissa can only be described and fate. On 4th of July she was waiting around for a blind date who was running late when she noticed a tiny puppy, just the size of your hands, had been sitting abandoned in a stroller for quite a while. After asking around about an owner, it seemed he’d been left unattended for hours in the July heat. Not one to leave a puppy stranded, Melissa took him home. And clearly, her impromptu date with Ryder went better than the one she had planned with the mystery man. After all, Ryder is her constant companion.And there’s no doubt he knows he’s quite the handsome catch!
Ryder’s an easy going guy who’s always up for adventure. Which is good because Melissa’s military career keeps them on the move on the regular. Ryder’s hobbys include long rides in the car and long walks through the mountains, followed by pizza…lot’s of pizza.

Despite the weather weirdness, easy-going Melissa & Ryder were a blast to hang out with and so much fun to photograph!

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