I received a phone call this past Sunday late in the day: “Hi. I’m interested in doing a pet photography session for my 18 year old dog”. I heard the sadness in her voice. We spoke a bit about how “Mickey” was doing. He’s good – he has a few months”. I mentioned that these types of sessions are a priority and I do my best to accommodate a close date. We scheduled for early Saturday morning – 6 days away.
Late Sunday evening I had one of those “gut feelings”. I emailed the mom of the elderly dog and said, “We can do the session tomorrow if you’d like”.
I got the call on Monday at 11:30 AM. “He’s not doing OK. Can you still come later today?” There was sadness and breaking in her voice. I said I will leave my house in 15 minutes. The drive was about 45 minutes and when I arrived, the family had gathered together to celebrate the life of this amazing dog. There was so much love in that house! It was bitter cold outside, but mom put Mickey’s sweater on and we were able to get a few outdoor pics to start. He was picking his head up and taking treats! It was wonderful! We moved indoors and got pictures with each of the family members. We also made sure we captured the little guy in his bed, one of his favorite resting spots.
Our pets are our family. They mean the world to us. It’s extremely emotional doing these types of sessions, but also so very rewarding! I cry. I cry with the family. But to see that love and that bond between people and their pets warms my heart and makes it so very rewarding.
I thought this week I’d share some “Fill the Frame” images to celebrate beautiful Mickey! “Filling the Frame” is all about “getting in close” to your subject and removing all the distracting elements from the background. One can either zoom in or crop close. When seeing these images of Mickey, everything I’m looking to express is right there. Here are a few of my favorites:
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Thank you for stopping by our 52 Week Pet Photography Project Blog Circle. Please follow along and see some amazing images from a wonderful group of professional pet photographer’s around the world! Next up in our circle is Blue Amrich with Beyond the Fence in Boston, MA. Have a great weekend!